Tuesday, April 13, 2010

New Frontiers in Candy

I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but I've got a real bad jones for European black licorice, the really bitter stuff that doesn't seem to fly with palates over here. No clue why or where I picked it up, but I love the stuff. My Danish friend Susanne used to hook me up, but when she moved to London I was left lacking.

Until recently. The desire got pretty bad so I e-mailed her and asked her for some help; she promptly got in touch with a local importer and had them ship me a box.

And it was a box full of wonders. The licorice, of course, in a variety of forms. "Skole-Kridt," which is gummy chalk -- odd but good. And then the real eye-opener:

Labre Larver. One site says it translates directly to "Luscious Larvae," which I can't find any other sources to confirm. But "Larver" does certainly mean "larvae," at least according to Google translate, and one can't deny that the characters on the front are definitely larvae... and they're definitely flirtatious larvae. This really trumps gummy worms. I need to lie down just thinking about it.

The candy (all gone now, but yeah, it's more or less larvae-looking) is an odd sort of caramel licorice -- like nothing I've ever tasted, and really kind of pleasant though not something I'd seek out a lot. It seems to be accepted in polite society -- there are two Facebook fan groups. But I still really want to meet the person who came up with this idea.

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