These Dark and Mint Chocolate Coated Liquorice balls are a special 2016 edition of Lakrids by Johan Bülow.
You might think it’s odd that we’re in the middle of 2017 and I’m taking a look at something from last year… But I bought these recently from Kochhaus and they’re still well within date. Plus at just shy of €10 a jar, I feel like I should get my money’s worth.
I’ve reviewed Lakrids before, taking a look at their 2016 Cherry Choc Coated Liquorice and the Love Edition Blackcurrant Choc Coated Liquorice. The blackcurrant one is by far and away my favourite. If you see a lonely jar in a shop? Definitely grab it whilst you can! Lakrids have a rotating list of limited edition varieties throughout the year, so the blackcurrant one is no longer available.
This Dark & Mint edition includes 65% Belgian dark chocolate, 2.2% raw liquorice and 1.5% mint oil. These Malteser sized balls also happen to be gluten free.
Lifting the lid releases a lovely minty chocolate aroma with undertones of liquorice. A promising start! Just like the Cherry Choc ones, these little balls leave copious amounts of glittery coating in their wake. Watch out for what you touch afterwards!
The product has a little description that’s not quite as odd as I’d hoped for (based on previous experiences):
Intense and rich as well as sweet and aromatic, Silver combines the roundness of dark luxury chocolate from Belgium with the subtly cooling sensation of peppermint. The soft liquorice centre has the ability to unite the flavours and give a bite of pure perfection.
The chocolate coating is quite brittle, shelling away from the liquorice heart as it’s chewed. It contains a pleasing amount of mint flavouring, which does indeed impart a lovely cooling sensation. Like the others I’ve reviewed, the liquorice taste is relatively mild, smooth and hits later.
I’m not entirely sure I’m enjoying the combination as much as I’d hoped. Perhaps I expected too much of them, but I’m surprised to find they’r’e not knocking my socks off with their awesomeness. Ahhh, blackcurrant edition, you set the bar so high!
The dark chocolate does leave a lingering bitter cocoa note in the back of my mouth that works with the liquorice but I can’t say I’m disappointed these won’t be returning to shelves. They’re fine but I wouldn’t make a repeat purchase.