I'm not sure what the appeal of salted licorice is. I understand how salty and sweet work; it's a play with two different taste receptors. The problem with salty and licorice is that both flavours are fairly similar so they just intensify each other rather than compliment. These two flavours are also fairly intense, so it seems that intensifying them even more is silly. The only conclusion I can get from this is that licorice fanatics are insane, they're gluttons for punishment.
As you can imagine from reading the paragraph above, I'm not a big fan of these. It's not a big surprise as I'm not a big licorice fan. The thing that makes these even worse for the non-licorice person is the salt. As I try and work my way through the intense licorice flavour, instead of any break, I'm hit with salt. It was like eating a super strong licorice candy followed by shot of seawater.
This review should be taken
with a grain of salt (pun intended), since I'm not a big licorice
guy. I would imagine that if you loved licorice, or if you love hurting
your taste buds, than these would be perfect for you. I would also
recommend trying them even if you're not a huge licorice fan. It's
an experience that many people enjoy, and you would at least know
what side of the licorice fence you stand on.