Do you have bad associations with liquorice? Does it invoke allsorts of traumatic childhood memories of bitter bits left at the bottom of a sweet packet?
Then might I suggest that you get off the therapist’s couch and try some Lakrids by Bülow goodies? Trust me — your hang-ups about the aniseed-y food (we’d call it a sweet but, well, sometimes it just isn’t) will evaporate. I gave them a bash and am a convert.
The really fancy liquorice delights are the brainchild of Danish businessman Johan Bülow (you might not know that Scandinavians love the stuff) and range from the sort of salty or sweet inky, chewy candies we know to the most astounding chocolate-covered liquorice bonbons. The latter include salted caramel versions and coffee ones too — but my real standout flavour has to be the passionfruit one. Liquorice plus white chocolate and passionfruit might sound a strange combo but you must give it a go.
These little beauties make a great gift and are available from stores at the V&A Waterfront, Hyde Park Corner, and online at beautifulage.co.za
• From the February edition of Wanted, 2021.