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Random Mon Jan 07 2008

Like Licorice, But Even More Disgusting

salted licorice fish During last week's Project Runway challenge (clothing made entirely in items gathered from the Hershey's store in Times Square), my friends and I suddenly started craving candy thanks to the strategic, but far from covert, product placement. Enter the sugared and salted licorice Swedish Fish.

Licorice already occupies a space low on my totem pole of things I like to eat as does most candy, Swedish Fish included. But I was intrigued, and my friend's nondescript warning ("They're interesting.") wasn't going to satisfy me. So I dove in.

The words I'd like to use to describe these wretched morsels of mouth pain aren't appropriate for the generally congenial tone this blog maintains. While they did begin as interesting, the more I chewed the more I wanted the whole night to go away, never to haunt my memories again. All I can say is that if you don't already love, and I mean love the sweet peppery candy on its own, there is little chance that you will enjoy it coated in a layer of sugar and salt.

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Andrew / January 7, 2008 11:40 AM

I love licorice, but I can't stand salted licorice. It might not be too bad if most of those candies didn't taste more of salt than of licorice -- it's like getting a mouth full of seawater.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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