Oh yes... licorice. Something I know many of you have been missing.
Who didn't love the widely available gluten-filled Twizzlers prior to being gluten-free?
I had tried some gluten-free vine shaped licorice a long time ago but it just didn't satisty the licorice craving. Nothing about it tasted like licorice... it just vaguely resembled licorice's appearance and not very closely.
Then there was the sugar free black cat licorice I picked up at Shoppers Drug Mart in the "No Sugar Added" section... I cautiously ate only one piece to see what it was like. (Sugar alcohols are not my friend. They shouldn't be anyone's friend. They aren't properly digested/absorbed by anyone and can cause gastro symptoms.) Enough ranting... the black cat licorice didn't go over too well. I never liked black licorice anyway.
And then I found Black Ace Licorice!
Despite the name, Black Ace Licorice comes in both black and red varieties. I've bought these a couple times and to be honest, I meant to take a picture both times but the candy disappeared too quickly to snap a shot...
They are shaped like little hockey pucks so you can't bite off the ends and use the licorice as a straw for your juice (wait, was that just me as a kid??). While not exactly like Nibs, it is the best way for me to describe Black Ace Licorice. If you happen to see them in a store, grab them!
(If you're in Toronto, I picked up the Black Ace Licorice at Blue Banana Market in Kensington. I highly recommend checking them out... lots of cool knick knacks and gift ideas!)
And I would like to thank the members of my Facebook Group Ontario Celiacs for inspiring today's post ;) Best group on Facebook!