I have developed the strange ability to convince myself that I like the taste of something if I force myself to eat it over and over. This talent has been most recently–and most appallingly–demonstrated by the recent admission that I am now a fan of black licorice.
I used to hate even holding a bag of black licorice while I waited in line to buy it for Luke’s mom at Christmastime. Sambuca? Yuck. Black jellybeans? Ugh! But then I found Liquorice Altoids and their magical motion-sickness relieving properties, and after a year of car trips and several tins later, I have to admit that I really do love them. The funny thing now is that I’ve been trying to find other licorice candies that I might like, and none of them have enough licorice flavor for me.
Black licorice Twizzlers? Snore…they taste like chewy, black wax. Allsorts? Sort of blah. There’s a box of Panda Soft Licorice here in front of me at my desk and I keep trying but I’m just not crazy about it. It lacks that licorice punch that the Altoids have. When we were in St. Martin we tried absinthe-flavored hard candies. Now THOSE were good. That’s the flavor I’m after. You know what I’d love to get a hold of is this Absinthe flavored gum (anyone live near an Urban Outfitters)? And then I saw this picture on Flickr the other day that convinced me I need to try to make salted licorice ice cream. What the heck? Who am I? I don’t even know anymore.
So, anyone else like black licorice? Have any favorites to recommend?