Black licorice might have the spit-out status for some, but for me it'??s divine. Today, my favorite is the divine Natural Vines, the latest licorice from America'??s oldest and still family-owned confectionary manufacturers. Old school, new candy.
With two flavors on the market (black and strawberry, for those of you who shun the strong licorice taste), these soft bite-sized piece of licorice are little bits of happy indulgence. They'??re chewy'??not pull-your-teeth-out-as-you-chew. And the flavor is rich'??it'??s not a fleeting fancy that usually translates into eating shoe laces not licorice laces.
Natural Vines are made with all natural ingredients, like flavor from pure can syrup, molasses and natural licorice extract. They only have 17 calories for each twist, so of course somehow to me that translated to '??it'??s OK to eat the entire bag.'? Don'??t judge. But the resealable bags are good for those of you with actual portion control. You can come back to your treat later and it'??s still fresh. I, of course, will have to get another bag.
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There'??s always a bit of disappointment for us licorice connoisseurs. You bite into a piece of licorice, only to discover that 50% of it isn'??t there. It'??s a hollow tube. So sad. Sort of like when the Easter Bunny'??s delivery in your basket isn'??t a true solid chocolate bunny. Not the case with Natural Vines. They'??re solid bites of licorice, so you get a ton of natural flavor and aren'??t left wondering where half your candy went. Unless you hand the bag to me. Then you'll wonder where all of your candy went.
Even though my husband hates dislikes black licorice, he tried these black beauties under duress after some coercion and surprisingly enough said, '??If I were to like black licorice, these would be one of the best I'm sure.'? It sort of made sense. These might just be the black licorice nubs that make a believer out of you. If not, send them my way. I'll gladly dispose of them for you.
You can grab Natural Vines at local stores or online at candycabinet.com for $3.49 for an 8 oz bag.
Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines, as well as her own EasyPeasyBlog.com.Momtrends was not paid for this post. We did get samples.