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Which Will Win? Red Vines or Twizzlers?

In addition to being grilled cheese day, this Sunday is also National Red Licorice Day. To help us celebrate, the folks at Red Vines recently sent us a care package of various flavors. The Sugar HQ is actually full of die-hard Twizzler fans, so I decided to see what they thought of my fave Red Vines. I took the three Red Vine flavors — pink strawberry, red cherry and original — and strawberry Twizzlers and put them into unmarked bowls.

I then asked folks to come taste them, and rank them from fave to least fave. With 21 taste testers, the results were more or less split down the middle. However there were a few surprises with the Red Vines strawberry option. To see what happened in our oh-so-scientific taste-test,

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To begin, the votes were broken down as follows:

9 for original Red Vines
7 for strawberry Twizzlers
4 for red cherry Red Vines
2 for pink strawberry Red Vines

While this wasn't that interesting — nearly split down the middle like I expected — the surprising part was in the comments. Overall, we decided that Twizzlers have a plastic texture, while Red Vines have a rubbery texture. We also learned that if you were a Red Vines fan, then you ranked Twizzlers last, and vice versa. It was the difference in texture that seemed to be what people used as a ranker. Those who grew up with Twizzlers thought it tasted "more authentic" while Red Vines people thought their choice was the real deal.

The intriguing part came from the two die-hard Twizzler fans who ranked strawberry Red Vines as favorite. They thought the flavor was great — I thought the two were really close in flavor — and wondered how they could swap their loyalty so easily.

To follow up on this, I did a blind-taste test with a few other folks. They agreed that the flavor of the two were quite similar. Yet I was surprised that it received such few votes. Turns out it was the bright pink Barbie color that really threw everyone off. Folks told me they thought it should taste like Starburst, or something "tropical" and a few folks even swore it had to be pink lemonade.

In the end, it really comes down to texture, flavor and what you grew up with. What do you think? Have you ever forced yourself to do a licorice taste test? Do you think your results would change?


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dahbeedo dahbeedo 9 years
Red vines make better straws :D I used to like twizzlers okay when when I was growing up, but now they are both just too fake tasting for me :P
darkbeauty darkbeauty 9 years
I grew up on twizzlers, but after trying red vines in college I had a new favorite licorice. They are sooooo much better than plastic-y twizzlers.
mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 9 years
your job sucks. ;)
So-Fab So-Fab 9 years
Red Vines are gross! I have a bag of Twizzlers in my purse and another bag hidden in my underlovelies drawer right now!
sonnabobble sonnabobble 9 years
both are tasty, but i really like the pull and peel cherry twizzlers. they're my puppies favorite too!00
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I've never actually had Red Vines, but my favorites are Strawberry Twizzlers. Much better than the Cherry ones!
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I don't think I've ever had red vines. I'm not much of a licorice fan but I'd be willing to eat any of them.
emperatriche emperatriche 9 years
twizzler girl here!
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 9 years
Oh hells yeah, Twizzlers. Red vines can go to hell.
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
I've always hated Twizzlers - they taste like plastic
fireyelectra fireyelectra 9 years
For my money, Aussie licorice is the best. But second to that, Red Vines.
marinewifey marinewifey 9 years
Twizzlers are my fave! Red Vines just have the strangest taste to me.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
Red Vines! Red Vines texture comes from the fat that they are made with wheat flour and basically rapidly dried. There not standard rope candy. Twizzlers have a weird cough medicine after taste. perhaps that's why my sister loves them, she loves cough syrup.
Tami715 Tami715 9 years
I love Twizzlers! Red Vines have a strange texture and after taste to me...
jedimasterarmi jedimasterarmi 9 years
i love redvines! they are so yummy!
wren1 wren1 9 years
I absolutely prefer Twizzlers.
zombielove zombielove 9 years
red vines are better in my opinion, with twizzlers im scared out yanking out some teeth with the amount of pullin i have to do when biting haha
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 9 years
red vines all the way. i hate the way twizzlers are kind of waxy.
Lindira Lindira 9 years
I love Red Vines! They're great fresh, but I actually like them better when they're a little "stale." You can pull at them and they give a delightful little snap. I didn't know they had other flavors - I'll have to give them a try! I don't like Twizzlers. The squeaky plastic texture is really unappealing to me, and there's something off and plastic-y about the taste too. I do, however, really like the Twizzlers Pull-and-Peel. Fun to eat, and tastes a lot better than the regular kind, IMO.
marcella marcella 9 years
I love red vines with a passion! I could seriously eat an entire bag by myself!
KathleenxCouture KathleenxCouture 9 years
Red vines are SOOOO much better!
piraterie piraterie 9 years
Red Vines forever! I didn't know they weren't available everywhere until I went to college in a place where you couldn't find them and people had never even heard of them. Horror! I used to get a giant tub at Costco anytime I was home to take back with me which was always much enjoyed by me and my other West Coast friends. I can't stand Twizzlers. The texture is part of it, but I really find the taste horrible too. They kind of make my tongue tingle which can't be good.
carlabunnie carlabunnie 9 years
Ok, so I love Twizzlers. I moved to from the east coast to the west cost and kept on trying to give Red Vines a chance. I must say, Red Vines are only good when they are super fresh. Otherwise its like your chewing on a piece of plastic. But as far as licorice goes - Kenny's Juicy Twists are the best I have ever had!
DCStar DCStar 9 years
This is like, the cutest taste-test ever.
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