I’ve always been a red licorice fan, so when American Licorice Company, one of Americas oldest family-owned confectioners, told me they’d come up with an all-natural licorice candy, I was intrigued and agreed to take a taste. I was in for a surprise.
Natural Vines is a licorice made with all natural ingredients. It comes in Strawberry Soft Licorice (red) and Black Licorice. There are no artificial flavors or colors, no preservatives, no trans fat, and no high-fructose corn syrup. The ingredients listed for the strawberry licorice include wheat flour, cane syrup, sugar, brown rice syrup, palm oil, malic acid, natural strawberry flavor, beet juice, glycerin, and licorice extract. The black licorice has the same ingredients with natural anise flavor substituting for strawberry. In contrast, other licorice products contain corn syrup, artificial flavor, and red dye #40, a colorant that some studies link to behavioral problems in children.
Natural Vines, which come in chunky, bite-sized pieces, have a soft, chewy texture that’s really satisfying. The real surprise is the flavor. The strawberry licorice has a deep fruity flavor with notes of citrus. The black licorice (and Ive never been a black licorice fan) has an intense anise flavor thats almost smoky tasting and, you know, I actually liked it.
While any candy should be an occasional treat rather than a dietary staple, this candy is low in fat, low in sodium, and contains no cholesterol. Each piece contains only about 15 calories so its easy to enjoy a few without sacrificing your diet.
But here’s the problem: Since I opened the Natural Vines packages (and they’re resealable), I keep going back for just one more; maybe one more; okay just one more. How many calories are there in two dozen pieces?
Real bottom line: American Licorice Company has come out with a softy, chewy licorice that is seriously delicious and even good for you. Its a low fat, low sodium, all-natural candy you can feel good about giving to your kids and even indulging yourself with.
— Review BH