Black licorice-nay, I mean real licorice, isn’t for everyone. It’s as polarizing as the election coming up, the Dodgers vs. The Giants, or One Direction vs. The Beebs. If you don’t have an opinion in either camp, then your’e not paying attention.
Just so we’re on the same page, the Candy Gurus votes:
The Giants (duh)
The Beebs. She’s a delight!
For those that don’t enjoy licorice, you’ll hate these. But this review isn’t for those people: it’s for you. Cause you’re smart, and you enjoy the classic, earthy, yet edgy and varied tastes that licorice can afford. The problem we all have though, is that most licorice is really not very good. That’s why-for the most part-you gotta look to our friends from the other side of the world. Specifically, Germany and Holland. The story behind Katjes is that a Dutch dude made a little licorice cat candy (yep, these) in 1910. Then some stuff happened, and yadda yadda ya, they now have an outstanding candy company. We’ve reviewed many of their products, from fruit gums to a ton of different varieties of licorice, and for the most part, their products are top of the line. As for the name “Katjes” – it means “little cat”, yo!
Describing these, they sound very plain : a VERY firm (I’d even say pretty damn hard) classic licorice taste. They’re not salted (or at least, if they are, it’s extremely faint), and trust me when I say this: these stick on your teeth like a sumbitch. For whatever reason, I don’t tend to mind that so much.
Fun game: put three in your mouth, and then when the shredded up pieces stick to your teeth, put three more in your mouth and “use” them to knock the little stuck pieces free. It’s like a never ending thrill ride.
I’m not doing a wonderful job of selling these, I know. But let me make this much clear: these are excellent. There’s something so pure and so classic about these…they never let me down. While it”s true that I don’t crave licorice as often as I do other kinds of candies, when I do get the craving, nothing else can satisfy it. These cats are on my short list of licorice solutions. I don’t particularly like soft licorice, but in the world of firmer licorice, these are about as firm as I go. A definite must try for any licorice lover though, regardless of consistency preferences.
The best part of all of this is that certain varieties of Katjes candies-including these- are widely available here in the states. Try a bag of these out-if you’re a licorice lover and you don’t like them, drop me a line. I might respond with an overtone of disappointed yelling, but I WILL respond. Enjoy!