Candy fans know about licorice-not even half like it, but they’re aware of it. Gummys…I’d really like to think we ALL know about gummys. But are we all down with the gummy/licorice combo? Cause it’s a thing.
Oddly, we’ve come across several varieties over the years, but I’m scratching my head as I can’t seem to find one review. What kind of shoddy shop are we running here?
But we adore Red Band, so…there’s no way we’re not looking into these.
Packaged in their iconic “fresh off the candy cart” spiral bag, you get a lot of these things. We like that.
Clocking in with 3 flavors (presumably cherry, orange and lemon), it’s cool that you can see the split of gummy vs. fruit. The thing about these, generally speaking though, is that they’re usually a very bland licorice. Typically, the licorice is sort of a mellow vehicle for the fruit gummy. What I’ve been waiting for is a standout licorice-dare I say, maybe even with some salt tang-to really set it off. Another meek non-intense combo isn’t really gonna do it for me at this point.
For now, the bar has been set by Mean Black Fox licorice. We reviewed their take on this here, and they ranked supreme. Taco supreme. That’s the bar. So let’s see how these Red Banders stack up.
Interesting. My first impression was…”where’s the licorice flavor”? But then it crept up. Even more interesting is that the fruit flavor really came on at the end, while at the same time not being overly sweet. These aren’t what I expected-I expected mediocre, or great. And they’re actually…pretty darn good.
I like that the lemon, orange and cherry (or is it raspberry? This one was difficult to discern) ring out so clearly at the finish of the candy. These are yummy.
My colleague ate a few-he doesn’t like licorice, but he liked these. That should tell you all you need to know. If you’re looking for an amazing licorice experience, keep looking. But if you’re looking for an interesting tinge of licorice to cut the sweetness of a standard fruit gummy, these might be right up your alley.
Enough to spend an ungodly amount of 2 bags, with the link below? No one knows but you, friend. Look inwardly.