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Why do people have such a problem with black licorice?

Asked by Jude (32134points) March 27th, 2012

My partner bought me a bag of black licorice and these little Scotties are absolutely divine.

Most people that I know don’t care for black licorice.

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Blackberry's avatar

It’s disgusting, duh. :P

rojo's avatar

I have wondered the same thing. I love it.

tom_g's avatar

You can overdose on it?

Keep_on_running's avatar

It has a strong, distinct taste I suppose. I’ve just grown to like it and actually really enjoy it.

syz's avatar


ragingloli's avatar

It tastes like santorum.

john65pennington's avatar

The color black, in candy, is not appealing.

The taste of licorice is not appealing.

Bad combination for candy.

Jude's avatar

I grew up with some Dutch friends. I often snacked on salty (Dutch) black licorice at their house.

I’m a freak.

gailcalled's avatar

They have too much time on their hands?

rojo's avatar

I liked this quote from @filmfann on a prior post – “The only item on the list that would be a deal breaker for me is black licorice, which tastes like anise (pronounced “A-NUS”).”

Luiveton's avatar

@Blackberry I had the exact same answer on my mind. Bless you.

deni's avatar

It’s a pungent taste. Very strong, very specific. It’s hard to feel so-so about it. And it’s kind of an offensive taste unless you REALLY love it so, I think that’s why.

DominicX's avatar

It’s just not a very good taste; it’s not that sweet, the taste is very strong and specific and I think it’s one of those “love it or hate it” type things. My grandmother loved it and a big bag of black licorice was an ideal gift for her for Christmas. Stuff like this I can find tolerable (my grandmother always had some out at her house) but for the most part I don’t like it >.<

King_Pariah's avatar

Eh, it’s okay, I like chewing it if I’m in the rain for a long time in the morning.

Coloma's avatar

It’s just a matter of individual taste like a lot of things. I don’t care for it myself. I do like red licorice.
I also LOVE cabbage and many people do not. Just preference and everyones unique taste buds at work. :-)

gondwanalon's avatar

I like it OK but I have to be in the right mood for it. One time I ran around most of the perimeter of San Francisco (31 miles) and ate some black licorice and I was suddenly in heaven. Man that was good! Sadly I could never repeat the experience at least to that level. Maybe it was a special blend of black licorice?

Jude's avatar

I have eaten 5 pieces and don’t feel so hot. A few pieces a day.

marinelife's avatar

Licorice is bad for certain health conditions.

jca's avatar

I love black licorice.

Ponderer983's avatar

Because like any food, some people like it and some don’t. I personally hate black licorice. The flavor is really strong, and a really strong and bad taste makes the not liking it even worse.

jca's avatar

The flavor reminds me of roots. Love it!

rojo's avatar

I wonder if there is a licorice gene?

jca's avatar

@rojo: and I think there may also be a pudding gene, as people are either pro-pudding or anti-pudding (I posted this question once about 3 years ago).

Kardamom's avatar

To me it sort of smells like tar and tastes like chemicals, not like something that should be considered edible.

Bent's avatar

It tastes like tar.

Jude's avatar

@Bent Have you tasted tar?

Bent's avatar

@Jude I don’t need to, I’ve tasted liquorice.

Sunny2's avatar

I don’t see it as a problem at all. You like it? You eat it. You don’t? You don’t. It’s flavor, a texture, and a rare food color, any of which can make you like it or dislike it. C’est la vie.

Berserker's avatar

Cuz it’s gross lol. I don’t like red licorice, either. I did have root beer flavored licorice once. That was decent, but along with the taste, I don’t like the texture. It feels like chewing on wires.

Jeruba's avatar

I love it. You can’t get the licorice whips I used to enjoy as a kid any more, but if you leave a bag of black Twizzlers open for three or four weeks until it gets nice and tough instead of soft and mooshy, it’s pretty decent.

I never have more than one or two at a time, and not every day. I never knew there were health effects, but I’ll be a bit more cautious now.

anartist's avatar

Is red licorice still licorice? Doesn’t taste like black licorice at all.

Keep_on_running's avatar


Red licorice is usually just candy.

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