Grandma’s Finest Licorice Fruits

Reviewed by Jonny

January 8, 2014

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:

grand-bagI was all like “whaaah??!” and “whoa”  & stuff.

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.


  1. mattycandy

    Are they chewy or hard?


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