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Flour based sugar confectionery containing licorice extract, made with natural ingredients
Glucose Syrup, Wheat Flour, Cane Sugar, Molasses, Treacle, Licorice Extract (3.0%), Humectant (420), Colour (150c, 153), Rice Bran Oil, Salt, Emulsifier (471), Aniseed Oil, Glazing Agent (903)
I have been holding off reviewing this product. Not because I knew I wouldn't enjoy it. I love liquorice flavoured sweets. But because I generally have high blood pressure and with a recent doctors appointment I was trying to convince my doctor that I have been good and can wean myself off my pills. Now with that all over with I can sufficiently devour this bag. Although probably sensible for that reason not to eat the entire packet in one sitting! And also for the other known side effects of too much licorice...
RJ's Black Knight liquorice has a smooth, mild-medium flavour that isn't too overpowering if you're not that keen on aniseed. It has a good soft chewy consistency however the small pieces can stick to each other so it's hard to just grab one piece at a time, rather a clump stuck together.
It is fun to pull apart the different shapes and makes for an enjoyable experience. This bag would also be good to use in cake decorating as the pieces have a good variety to brighten up any of the kids birthday cakes specially chosen from the Australian Womans Weekly cake book. Would definitely buy again to savour as a treat
I grew up with this type of liquorice being used to decorate cakes and occasionally being offered it in different homes. Not sure it was my thing then so I was keen to try it as an adult. I have tried liquorice allsorts and like them with the lovely colours and found this "all a bit black" to start with.
As we are coming into summer I probably didn't store the packet well and there was some sticking - which was fine when you were sharing with family but I would watch out for this in future. The packet wasn't the easiest to open but this did make it feel quite robust. Not sure it is entirely good for the environment but that's ok when it's an odd treat, not a regular purchase.
This appears to be the "black bits" in the liquorice allsorts I have tried over the years and usually I would eat off the candy and suck on the black bits so I was wondering how it would work solo. They were ok - probably not to my personal taste which is ok as hubby loved them and the taste was much more his thing.
I found it a bit bland and not too sweet - not enough of a treat taste for me. I found the shapes were the highlight. They created lovely different sensations in the mouth and I liked to suck on some and chew on others. The shapes were a really good range and a great way to decide how much you feel like. The value is probably mostly in that you didn't want too many so the packet lasted several nights which was good instead of the usual chocolate block for after dinner treats.
I have had the red offering by RJs where they wrap something yummy and also the dark liquorice version of this. I think they would be preferred by me as a less intense taste. I still like my liquorice in small doses and I would buy this around Christmas to use to decorate icing and offer guests mostly. The quality felt fine but nothing amazing to me.
Licorice was a staple treat growing up at dads house, with RJ‚ ™s being his go to brand. I, myself, have bought very little of this brand since I discovered Dutch licorice, but I‚ ™m always keen to try something again, especially if it has strong, fond, memories attached to it. My eldest doesn‚ ™t like black licorice and was happy to give this a miss, my other two didn‚ ™t mind though as this potentially meant more for them. Opening up the packet, the pieces looked and smelled pretty much how I remember them and had a nice variety of shapes in nice, bite sized pieces.
For me, the taste was good enough but no where near on par with the Dutch licorice that I‚ ™ve become accustomed to, but I did enjoy the different textures that the differing shapes provided. My 12 year old enjoyed their pieces but didn‚ ™t love it enough to be asking for more and more. My youngest, however, thought that these were really delicious and wanted more and more, I think for them it also helped how soft these pieces are as they struggle with very chewy foods, so this was a win for them. These ended up a bit of a hit and miss in my house, with only one out of the four of us, in the end, wanting more and more of these. My youngest has asked for a bag for Christmas and I will be happy to oblige but other than that won‚ ™t be buying these.
Growing up I have always had a love affair with Licorice. My nana always has a jar in her kitchen full of licorice and whenever anyone goes there its where we head to first. I have always had access to licorice whether it was growing up as a kid at home, nanas or my aunties. Whenever mum went to the dairy it was not unusual for her to walk out with licorice straps in the paper bag. I have carried the tradition on and I have a bag usually sitting open in the fridge and unfortunately both of my girls adore licorice.
I think of all the licorice I have tried this would be the one I was most excited about. Looking thru the clear window and seeing small strap pieces as well as black twisty ones just took me back to the corner dairy. I eagerly opened the bag and dove it - one hand led to two hands led to the whole bag was practically gone within an hour - I just could not help myself. I kept promising that this would be the last handful and then I would grab another couple. This licorice did not let me down at all it tasted fantastic.
To me this is what real licorice tastes like and it is one that I will be buying regularly. I know I will get in trouble when the girls get home from school today as they have both been keeping their eye on this and checking to see if I had opened yet. But honestly it was worth it because I absolutely adore this licorice.
As plain licorice goes, this product is pretty good - small chunks mean you don't tend to overindulge. Smaller helpings ensure that there is no problem with the inevitable black dribbles that occur when you cram too much in your mouth at once. The adults in our family immediately started reminiscing about buying loose licorice straps at the local dairy (no fancy packaging to protect you from germs!) and comparing how black their tongues would go!
Miss Nine took charge of the review process. She began to scour the cupboard for jelly crystals so she could make her version of sherbet. Another blast from the past as the adults returned to their childhood yet again to enthuse about the virtues of sherbet dabs with licorice "straws". (Well, as one of them pointed out, the straws were edible and the sherbet came in its own designer paper bag, so it was recyclable as well.) Miss Nine assured them that her version was far more hygienic; think of those old-fashioned licorice straws sticking out of the packet!
Whatever the preference, everyone was fascinated as she mixed raspberry jelly crystals, citric acid, baking soda, and icing sugar. Like all experienced cooks, she did not measure her ingredients - just kept mixing and tasting till she had the right combination. Once she was ready, she gave each person a share of the sherbet in a small container and her brother followed with the bag of licorice so everyone could take a couple of pieces. What a success! Even my aunt, who had said we could never match the sherbet dabs of her youth, was impressed and admitted she had been wrong. In fact, she was the first to finish hers and ask for more licorice just to check it was still to her liking.
We liked the way the licorice pieces were in various shapes - flat, round, hollow, you name it, it was there! Before long the packet was empty, and we were already planning to get a new one as soon as we could get back to the shops. Once we had tried it on its own and with the sherbet, people kept coming up with other ideas for serving it. Miss Nine said she would like to make a Hallowe'en cake with lemon and licorice icing - the thin pieces would be ideal for a spiderweb pattern on top of the lemon icing, and she could cut a couple of spiders out of the wider pieces. I have some licorice and rosehip teabags and thought I might try slicing a couple of licorice pieces and including them in the next brew - they would hopefully become even softer and add a burst of flavour. And Mr 11, intrigued by his father's stories of comparing tongues after eating licorice straps, was keen to experiment on his own tongue to see if it would turn black too!
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