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Taste Test: Young & Smylie Licorice

Taste Test: Young & Smylie Licorice

Being a big Red Vines and Twizzlers fan, I was excited to find out that Hershey's brand Y&S Candies was debuting a new line of "grownup," bite-sized soft candy, Young & Smylie licorice ($2.99). The licorice is sold in a resealable plastic bag, which locks in the candy's moisture and keeps it soft. Another thing I enjoyed about the packaging was the "licorice lore" on the back: Did you know that the licorice plant Glycyrrhiza, belongs to the pea or bean family?

Enough about the packaging, to see how Young & Smylie licorice tastes,


Peach Mango: This fragrant flavor tasted natural, subtle, and not too sweet with floral and fruity notes of equal parts peach and mango. By far the softest flavor, I would recommend these fruit chews to people who normally eschew licorice for its rubbery texture.

Strawberry: The strawberry flavor wasn't as soft as the peach mango, and it didn't taste quite as natural. However, it didn't have the generic "red" flavor that is sometimes found in punch or mass-market licorice brands. People who love cherry and strawberry Twizzlers or Red Vines will gravitate to this choice.

Black Licorice: The licorice flavor wasn't overpoweringly sweet or spicy. As someone who doesn't care for traditional licorice, I found this to be surprisingly decent. It still wouldn't be my first choice, but if I had to eat black licorice, I would eat this one.

Overall, I had few complaints about these candies. I like the more refined flavors and they might have knocked my favorite licorice Twizzlers Nibs out of first place! To anyone who has tried the new Y&S licorice: what do you think of it?

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karin-Artinian karin-Artinian 7 years
Seriously, I have looked in every supermarket for "Young and Smylie." I live on Long Island and it is nowhere to be found!!!
karin-Artinian karin-Artinian 7 years
verily verily 9 years
I'll have to go find a bag of these. I love licorice in all sorts of flavors. I think the kookaburra kind with the super black licorice-y taste is by far the best.
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 9 years
Traditional black licorice is my favorite...the more robust the molasses flavor, the better! Strawberry is a far second, no mango anything for me. The too-sweet, floral undertones don't appeal. Definitely the black licorice!:drool:
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 9 years
I really don't like black licorice.
allinavhcnerf allinavhcnerf 9 years
i saw it at safeway and it was new. i forgot to take it out of the cart when at the check out line. the mango one tastes really good!
Tabloid Tabloid 9 years
:drool: I have to try these..
Bksuga Bksuga 9 years
I wanna try where can I find theses? any specific stores that carry it?
sandyday16 sandyday16 9 years
Not a big licorice fan but these actually look like they may be good
0danielle0 0danielle0 9 years
Yum, I want some now! :P
outofhere outofhere 9 years
I'm a black licorice fan all the way - all the other flavors just don't appeal to me.
nancita nancita 9 years
Peach mango licorice sounds a bit strange, but these look so beautiful, I want to eat them up right now. Thanks for the review, Yum!
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