At long last Tom's Bildak black salty licorice from Denmark are back in stock. We were trying to figure out how to describe the taste today and we remain stumped about what descriptive phrases to us, so I'll just free form it. They start off hard and become a bit softer and more rounded fairly quickly. As you are eating them they get stuck to the roof of your mouth. For me at least, it was impossible to remove, but I didn't mind that in fact I prefer that to trying to pry it out of my teeth ! There is a flavor component that I could only identify as being the characteristic that makes me love the flavors of black current and juniper. A sweet bitterness? It must be in the secret 'flavorings' mix. The gum arabic makes them very smooth and slick, no roughness or uneven flavors. We like them very much! You can BUY Tom's Bildak black salty licorice from Denmark here!
The following exceeding good article about licorice is from an organic licorice company that I am going to start working with.
The Unique Properties of (Real) Licorice
Licorice enjoys a rare position in the long catalog of plants used by mankind. We use it as a candy, a sweetener and flavoring agent, and in both modern and traditional medicine as a natural herbal remedy to treat heartburn, coughs, various kinds of gastritis, acid reflux, even stomach ulcers. An extract of licorice is commonly used in the UK and other parts of Europe in the treatment of such ulcers, and the root has long been the home remedy for heartburn and acid reflux.
Real licorice has a strong and distinctive sweet flavor that has been prized for its own sake and its soothing qualities for centuries. Napoleon sucked on licorice sticks because he liked them. The Egyptian pharaoh, Tutankhamen, was buried with a substantial quantity of licorice for use in the afterlife (whether this was for its value as a candy or as medicine, or both, we don’t know).
In short, real licorice not only tastes good, it’s also good for you.
Not All Licorice Is Licorice
When you buy licorice candy in your local supermarket or candy store, what exactly are you buying? If you live in the United States, the chances are it isn’t licorice. So-called “licorice” candy is flavored with anise (the same herb that gives Pernod its distinctive flavor) or synthetic substitutes. Sugar then becomes a major ingredient, since anise lacks the sweetness of real licorice. Oddly enough, although actual licorice extract is produced in the United States, 90% or more is used to flavor other things, such as cough medicines and (believe it or not) tobacco. Even if you do manage to find the real thing, it will almost certainly have been chemically altered in various ways. (See “Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice (DGL)” for more information.) Only licorice extract in its pure, original form can be certified organic