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Panda Raspberry Licorice and Soft (Black) Licorice

Panda Raspberry Licorice Panda Soft Licorice (black)


In my opinion, Panda is the gold standard for easy to find, great tasting licorice. I follow Panda on Twitter and they had a contest a few weeks ago to name what country they were from. I waited hours to answer because it was such a softball question (and I didn't want to be greedy). They are from Finland, of course! Okay, maybe everyone doesn't know that. For answering correctly, they sent a box of their raspberry licorice and two bars of their soft licorice. I know it's a bit technical, but black licorice, as most people call it, is like saying "a tall giant." By default, licorice is black because of what it's made from. So please keep in mind that when I say "licorice" in this review, I'm referring to black licorice.

I was really excited to taste the raspberry licorice, since I've never had it before. I love the box, it makes this licorice look very high end. It fits in well among the other candy you would find in an all natural or organic section of your grocery store. This is a foil-lined box that has a plastic film on the top to keep the licorice extra fresh. When you fold the box up and tuck the tabs in, it reseals the plastic if you stick it back down. This is very convenient to keep these fresh--which is important for licorice. I was really impressed with the bright red licorice on the front. I kept wondering how Panda was able to do that when the ingredient list doesn't mention artificial (duh me, it's all natural!) or any other coloring. Well...as the picture shows below, they aren't exactly bright red. More of a rusty brown actually. The box did smell slightly of raspberry, but it was very faint. The taste is pretty darn good! You can really taste the raspberry puree (nice and tart) and this licorice has a very familiar wheaty chew to it. I love the shape, licorice tubes are fantastic and just the perfect size for snacking.

Panda Raspberry Licorice



I absolutely love to open a fresh licorice bar from Panda. That wonderful anise smell that fills your nose, the beautiful black color. Then you rip into one and it's soft, chewy, very flavorful and the molasses and anise taste hits your taste buds and you know you it's real licorice you just bit into. It's not sweet or sticky tasting, it's exactly what black I mean licorice should taste like. I'm not sure if you can tell, but I'm a huge fan of licorice. Panda makes such a good product. And it's easy to find and full of flavor. Thanks Panda for the prize pack. I sure would love to visit your factory in Finland. Could you have a contest for that next?

Panda Soft Licorice (black)



Panda Raspberry Licorice
Taste: 3/5 Liked It
Calorie Counter: 11 pieces = 1 serving= 130 calories, 0g fat
Price: Free from Panda - Buy them from Amazon.com
Panda Website


Panda Soft (black) Licorice
Taste: 5/5 Loved It
Calorie Counter: 1 (32g) bar = 1 serving= 100 calories, 0g fat
Price: Free from Panda - Buy them from Amazon.com
Panda Website


Other Panda Raspberry Licorice Reviews:
Candy Addict.com
Snak Snak
GiGi-Reviews
Candy Blog.net

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Helen

I just found this at my local Whole Foods and it was awesome! I love the black!

I also bought a bag of Lucky Country "aussie style" gourmet soft licorice strawberry flavor and I'm embarassed to say I ate the whole bag in about half a day. Next time I am totally getting the black flavor.

I wonder if the carry Kookaburra brand at whole foods?

Sugarpressure

Hi and thank you for the comment. I agree Panda licorice is fantastic, I'm glad you were able to find it. I"m not sure where Kookaburra is sold, I know Amazon and the Kookaburra website I linked in that review. We have a local candy store that carries them, so I'm sure you can find them somewhere if you hunt long enough.

Don't worry about eating an entire bag, I do that occasionally too!

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Hi and thank you for the comment. I just found this at my local Whole Foods and it was awesome! I love the black!

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