Welp, I’ve found it. The best “normal” not too salty, not too intense, not too hard, definitely not too soft, perfectly delicious licorice. Here it is.
Pingvin I get-that’s penguin, as per the penguin crossing guard on the top center of the bag. But blue jeans? I’m trying to make sense of the name, but there’s nothing to grasp on to. The pieces are shaped like coins, and they sure as hell ain’t blue.
Licorice coins aren’t a new thing, in fact it’s a classic shape. And with good reason: it’s fun to suck on it then fold it in half with your teeth and tongue, and then eventually go hog wild on it. So while not new or unique, this version is doing it best.
Frequently mass produced licorice (I’m looking at you, Haribo) is bland. It’s not “bad”, but it stays very middle of the road, most likely in an effort to appeal to the widest group of people possible. Sort of licorice-y, sort of ambiguous chewy thing, no one’s happy. This is why people generally don’t like licorice.
Thats not our style here. If you’re gonna swim, jump in the damn pool head first without looking (if our kids are reading this, I’m kidding, please don’t do that). Commit to a flavor, to a concept-just commit to something and at least try to be the best at it.
Thats where these penguin pants really shine. Everything about the eating experience is wonderful, and they mix very nicely with other non-licorice candies as well. They’re a serious contender for best easy-eating licorice of all time-no joke, folks.
While tough to find, they’re not impossible: they’re just pricey. For now, there’s an amazon link below, but we’ll try to keep the link current with the best available price.