Thursday, January 29, 2009

Spearmint Licorice

Spearmint LicoriceIn the world of chewy twists (red licorice) there are a lot of flavors. I’ve tried all sorts of fruit flavors (raspberry, strawberry, pina colada & cherry), chocolate, cinnamon and root beer.

The one that I was most intrigued with of late is Spearmint Licorice found at Vermont Country Store. (However, I believe that they’re manufactured by Kenny’s Candies - I’ve just never seen them in stores anywhere, just online.)

The packaging isn’t terribly compelling (not even featured on their website). Just a clear plastic bag highlighting the translucent green twists.

       Spearmint Licorice

They look like they could be green apple at first glance. And if you were expecting green apple and ate one of these you’d probably be pretty surprised.

They’re a wheat-based twist. There’s no molasses in it like most American & Australia-style licorices. They’re glossy, soft and flexible.

The open bag doesn’t smell like much. Not minty fresh, maybe just a little sweet.

The flavor is very subtle. It’s not a blasting mint like the sizzling flavor of the Cinnamon Fire Twizzlers. Instead it’s a not-very-sweet spearmint.

At first I didn’t like them. They were too soft and seemed a bit artificial. The spearmint has a light zing to it, but there’s no cool minty aftertaste.

Then I left them open for about a month and they got stiff and a bit dried out. Kind of hard to peel apart. But the flavor mellowed and though there’s some work on the chewing front, I’m really pleased to say that I’ve eaten over a pound of them now. They’re a comfort flavor, like Spearmint Leaves (those jelly candies sanded with sugar) - they’re not sexy or innovative ... just pleasant. (Even though I call them pleasant, I’m bumping their rating to worth it.)

Kenny’s Candy is Kosher, but this package doesn’t say Kosher on it (so may have been repacked at a non-Kosher facility).

Related Candies

  1. Twizzlers Chocolate Twists
  2. Barley Mint Mentos
  3. Twizzlers (Strawberry)
  4. Cinnamon Fire Twizzlers
  5. Kenny’s Licorice Pastels & Root Beer Twists
  6. Hot Tamales Ice
  7. Twizzlers Rainbow Twists
Name: Spearmint Licorice
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Vermont Country Store
Place Purchased: samples from Vermont Country Store
Price: $7.95
Size: 16 ounces
Calories per ounce: 90
Categories: Chew, Mint, United States, Kenny's Candy

POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:36 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. You should try the Darell Lea Licorice we have Mango, and black currant flavours, which are really nice, as well as green apple, and raspberry. My favourite licorice is milk choc coated, or the raspberry covered in white choc, so yum!

    Comment by Sweet Pursuit on 1/29/09 at 6:30 pm #
  2. bettyfelon's avatar

    I love Spearmint
    I might have to buy some

    Comment by bettyfelon on 1/29/09 at 10:09 pm #
  3. I’d love to try them!
    Were students trying to eat healthier so things like licorice and other sweets are banned. What a shame, these look really interesting…

    Comment by Lyndsey on 1/29/09 at 11:38 pm #
  4. I apparently couldn’t get enough of this as a kid (it was from the local grocery store and much darker) and they were finding sticks of it hidden all over the house for years. It still smells so good. The VCS has a lot of interesting sweets.

    Comment by Jeanna on 1/30/09 at 9:01 am #
  5. it’s not St Paddy’s day yet.  too early to break out the green licorice

    Comment by Cyber Rainbow on 2/05/09 at 8:30 am #
  6. I might have to try them.  I always look for spearmint candy canes during Christmas because I’m not a huge fan of peppermint, but alas, I never do.

    Comment by Rita on 2/06/09 at 6:44 am #

    Comment by LEE on 11/30/10 at 7:53 pm #
  8. hello ther due you have the old time speartment
    twist. if so please let me know. i use to buy it
    form you. that the best in the world. it go way.
    to ww1 form john hildman

    Comment by john hildman on 3/16/11 at 8:07 pm #
  9. I have been looking for this licorice since the 60’s when I was a small child. Nobody else in our community remembered them even though we had them at a regular neighborhood confectionary. To find them is a treat.The ones we ate though were darker green, stiffer and a little more spearminty…

    Comment by Becky on 2/21/12 at 5:23 pm #
  10. I am looking to buy spearmint licorce. Can I buy on line from your company?

    Thank you

    Comment by carol ackley on 7/18/12 at 9:24 am #
  11. This was the 3rd flavour that the twists came out in.  1st was black licorice, then the red (not really a cherry or strawberry taste), then the spearmint.  The green twists were out early 60’s for a couple of years, then it disappeared. Out again about the summer of 64, the seems the spearmint just stopped being available around the mid-1966. The search here was the first time I have been able to find it anywhere.
    Are there plans to re-introduce it again in stores?
    I don’t buy the other flavours.

    Comment by Roger on 6/24/13 at 6:17 pm #
  12. I got in touch with the company that makes black and red twizzlers, and they didn’t give a crap about making spearmint green twizzlers.
    The people I spoke to, were not very concerned about making more money, I guess.
    What a bunch of morons.

    Comment by Glenn on 7/29/14 at 11:41 am #
  13. I would like to order some spearmint licorice twizzlers please contact me.

    Comment by Eileen Champagne on 12/03/14 at 9:54 pm #
  14. I’ve been looking for years for spearamint licorice for my father.  He remember having it as a child, but hasn’t had any since.  Does anyone know where I can locate this for a Christmas present?

    Comment by Kelly on 12/09/14 at 7:19 pm #


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