Thursday, July 7, 2011

Villosa Sallos Licorice

Villosa SallosI’ve seen the Villosa Sallos Salmiak Lakritz Bonbons at import shops before. Their simple mostly black and white design is quite eye catching, especially in riotously colorful candy aisle at Cost Plus World Market.

The hard candies are strong licorice with a hint of herb extracts and ammonia salts.

For a while I wasn’t sure what they were. The picture on the package just shows a brown rectangle with a highlight on it that might indicate it’s soft and chewy or filled with goo. Every time I’d see them in the stores, I’d feel the candies inside and they were always hard. When I was in German, I saw these a lot at the stores (they’re apparently one of the best selling licorice products there), so I figured they were fresh and exactly they way they should be.

Villosa Sallos

Inside the package are a couple dozen individually wrapped pieces. They’re well sealed and easy to open. The candies are one inch long and about 2/3 of an inch wide.

The texture is smooth and hard, kind of like a hard caramel like Coffee Rio, except it’s licorice. The overwhelming flavor is not really licorice, it’s a bit more rustic than that. It’s a mixture of molasses, caramel and a little touch of menthol and mint along with the soft licorice notes. There’s a little waft of ammonia now and again, but it’s not as strong and offensive as some other European licorices I’ve had.

Overall, it’s hearty and not too sweet. They’re more like a cough drop than a piece of candy, which was fine with me. While this wasn’t quite as good as the Amarelli Sassolini, my other European licorice favorite, they’re certainly more affordable.

I also picked up their Schul Kreide (Skoolkrijt or School Chalk) a few weeks ago as well at Mel & Rose Wine & Liquors. I found it rather expensive ($3.50 for a little 5 ounce bag) and a little understated compared to the Venco version I’m accustomed to. There’s also a Sallos Black & White review on Candy Gurus. I think I’ll try to track those down.

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  4. Walkers’ Nonsuch Liquorice Toffee
  5. Van Slooten Lakrids Figurer
  6. Leaf Schoolchalk, Allsorts & Pipes


Name: Sallos Salmiak Lakritz Bonbons
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Villosa
Place Purchased: Rewe (Cologne, Germany)
Price: $1.35 (1 Euro)
Size: 5.29 ounces
Calories per ounce: 109
Categories: Candy, Hard Candy & Lollipops, Licorice Candy, 7-Worth It, Germany

POSTED BY Cybele AT 2:47 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewHard Candy & LollipopsLicorice Candy7-Worth ItGermany

Comments
  1. I like this - don’t love ‘em.  Not quite enough pizzazz.  IF you CAN find the black & white, I promise you won’t be sorry, they’re AMAZING.

    Comment by Jonny on 7/07/11 at 4:07 pm #

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