Thursday, November 29, 2007

Organic Finnska Soft Licorice

I’m still in a licorice mood and have been feeling more like “eating licorice” as it’s called. This means it’s soft and chewy and not too harsh.

I got a wonderful full sized sample of the Soft Licorice from Finnska at the All Candy Expo in September from the Gerrit J. Verburg Co. It’s just what I needed. I found the package charming, though every time I looked at it I wondered what an ostrich would be doing on a Viking ship.

Finnska Soft Licorice

The little twist are soft, perhaps a little sticky. They’re pure black and a bit glossy. They don’t smell like much, a little earthy, a little smoky.

They’re not super sweet, not very licorice-y either. In fact, there’s no molasses in there, which is one of the flavors I’m accustomed to in my wheat-based licorice chew. It’s also really low in calories.

It took me about a half a dozen of them before I figured out what they taste like. Beets. (Maybe beets baked in Ouzo.)

I know, it sounds horrible. But it’s great. It’s sweet and woodsy and a little bit like dirt or roots. It doesn’t feel cloying or sticky. It’s good munching candy. I’ve eaten the whole box. It’s rather different from Panda, which has a doughy texture to it sometimes and stronger anise and molasses tones.

This particular Finnska is also organic!

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Name: Soft Licorice Finnska (Organic)
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Finnska
Place Purchased: samples from All Candy Expo
Price: unknown (probably $2.50 a box)
Size: 7 ounces
Calories per ounce: 91
Categories: Licorice, Finland, Organic

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:22 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. Uch. I hate beets. But I adore the package for this. It’s really cute smile

    Comment by Karen on 11/29/07 at 6:36 pm #
  2. When I saw this package I thought it looked like Nessie! I, too, love the box.

    Comment by KateC on 11/30/07 at 5:18 am #
  3. Licorice is very healthy…more than people realize!!

    Comment by Your Natural Remedies on 11/30/07 at 5:19 am #
  4. I think it’s a Sea Monster or dragon not a Ostrich.

    Comment by Uda on 11/30/07 at 9:38 am #
  5. Oh wow, I love that packaging! I would buy it just for that, and then be stuck with the candy, since I’m no fan of black licorice. Really great design, though.

    Comment by Joan on 11/30/07 at 10:34 am #
  6. These candies look like another brand of Finnish licorice I find at Marshalls/TJMax/Ross.

    Comment by Sera on 11/30/07 at 11:53 am #
  7. okay, maybe i’m a little too immersed in finding clues about that movie “cloverfield” but lately any sort of sea monster reference scares the cheese outta me….this sounds like a licorice i would love—i don’t like the wheatiness of panda, and i could live without the molasses too. but beets! and ouzo! yum! dang, i have strange tastes.

    Comment by santos. on 12/02/07 at 6:15 pm #
  8. Whadya mean, ostrich? It’s Cecil, from Beanie & Cecil fame! :^)

    Comment by Tricia on 12/03/07 at 4:53 pm #
  9. I think the creature is supposed to be the dragonhead that viking longship bows have. It’s a bit dumb, since the Finnish never were vikings…

    Comment by Amoeba on 4/23/10 at 10:29 am #
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