As you may or may not know, I've made it a goal in life to try and appreciate licorice. I've made this a goal in my life because I've been around so many people that really love the stuff. Licorice fans are a loyal bunch, and I'd really like to be this passionate about a candy. Today might have been a turning point for me, today I ate a piece of black licorice, and for a second, I didn't hate it.
It wasn't because this licorice didn't taste like licorice either, there was certainly a licorice flavour, but it was different. It was smooth, and almost a little fruity. It reminded me of a black berry flavoured Wine Gum, my favorite of all Wine Gums. For a few chews I was starting to understand this flavour, but it didn't last too long.
A few more chews into these gummies and the licorice flavour just kept building up with intensity, soon the fruity flavour was gone and I was left with the harsh licorice burn. The licorice burn is the thing I hate most about licorice, and the thing I understand least about those who love it. My plan to try and learn to like licorice I imagine involves either understanding the burn, or learning to ignore it. I think it might be something like trying to learn to like hot foods, once your palette is burned out, you'll start to taste the flavour beneath.
If it turns out that burning out the strong flavour is the way to appreciate licorice, and that the flavour left behind is that fruity smooth flavour, there might be hope for me yet.