Know how I regularly talk about “Grandma Candy”? It generally requires some variation of hard candy and licorice, and there damn well better be pink involved. Imagine my shock when I opened this bag fresh off the boat from my German insider:
The pictures on the bag couldn’t look MORE Grandma-esque. But the fact that they were in truth licorice/fruit concoctions really excited me, as that tends to be one of our featured jams here. I love the symmetrical pattern of fruit/licorice on each candy. Both of my passed on Grammies would be proud, I’m sure.
Individually wrapped, we get lemon, orange, and strawberry. But as you can see, I got a hell of a lot more lemon than anything else. I’ll never complain about that though, I adore lemon.
Not bad, right? Good job of looking reasonably like the product on the bag, I say! Nothing left but the tasting at this point, so I tried half of each flavor….and….I got confused.
Didn’t the bag say “licorice” fruit? Isn’t that black part of the candy in theory supposed to be licorice? Because I got literally NO licorice flavor at all. Instead, I got a milder, less intense version of a Starburst. Of course, I ate a few more just to make sure I wasn’t crazy, and it turns out I’m not crazy.
However…apparently my taste buds are bit…jaded from all the sour/spicy food I eat? I say this because my brother of all people tried one, and he immediately got a licorice element-albeit mild. I tried another and realized what he was talking about, but it was just too mild for me to consider a prominent flavor.
So in short, these aren’t earth shattering, I wouldn’t buy them again, but they’re far from bad. If the fruit flavor was notched up just a bit and licorice was notched up a LOT, these would be amazing and very unique. Until that time though, my brain’s vision of the perfect “Grandma” candy is still sitting in her candy bowl in Philadelphia, PA.