I’m going to start off this review with the weirdest and possibly most misleading thing on the package. The package claims that these are “traditional” Easter eggs. While I can’t argue that the chocolate Easter egg is one of the most traditional treats you can get at Easter, I’m going to call Darrell Lea out with the licorice. Don’t get me wrong, licorice and chocolate have been put together in the past, but I don’t think I can call this combination traditional at any time, let alone Easter. I think parts of this treat are traditional, however I think parts of this treat are at the very least unconventional to most people. Having said that, I haven’t lived everywhere in the world, and maybe this combination of flavours in egg form is a traditional Easter treat in some parts of the world.
The thing about this flavour combination is that it grows on me ever time I eat it. I keep thinking to myself that I’m going to hate milk chocolate mixed with licorice, but every time I eat a treat made with these ingredients, I’m blown away at how much I like it. I can safely say that milk chocolate and licorice is my favourite way to enjoy black licorice, and that’s saying a lot. I generally am not a huge fan of black licorice, and while I’m starting to gain a bit of a tolerance for it, I would hardly say it’s a treat I regularly enjoy. The thing is, when mixed with milk chocolate, there’s something really nice about the astringent flavour of black licorice. I would compare it to having milk and sugar in coffee, it takes away the bite and makes the harsh flavour a little more palatable.
The thing that made these particular Easter eggs unique was how the licorice was delivered as well. I was expecting this to be milk chocolate Easter eggs with bits of chewy black licorice throughout. There are bits of black licorice throughout these milk chocolate Easter eggs, however the licorice is actually crunchy. It’s more like small bits of hard licorice candy throughout the milk chocolate. For some reason this crunchy texture really worked well with the milk chocolate. I think it had something to do with the contrast in both flavour and texture. The astringent hard licorice and the creamy soft milk chocolate.
I don’t think I could say that this is an Easter treat I’d seek out every year, however I am really happy to have tried it this time. In most cases I don’t finish eating any licorice treat that I review on this site, but in this case, I think I’ll not only finish this bag of Traditional licorice Milk Chocolate Easter Eggs, I’ll enjoy them too.