Product Type: Panda Sweets
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Panda Licorice Bars
Panda Lemon Filled Liquorice Bars
Member Name: alicet8
Panda Lemon Filled Liquorice Bars
Advantages: Healthy alternative to other snacks, great texture
Disadvantages: Slightly lacking in strong flavour
There is no doubt about it, I love to snack! I am constantly picking up new things when I go shopping to give them a try. However, it is important to me that at least some of the things that I buy are slightly more towards the healthy end of the scale and so when I saw this Panda Licorice Bar and all its claims of being all natural and low fat I thought that I would give it a try.
I picked this up in Sainsbury's and it cost me 45 pence for a single 32g bar. The licorice bar is long and thin and comes in a plastic wrapping. I have to admit that the packaging of the bar really appealed to me. It was mainly black with yellow accents and also featured a picture of a charming little cartoon panda.
Upon opening the packaging I was instantly hit with the distinctive smell of licorice and this gave me quite high hopes for the licorice. Immediately upon biting into the bar I noticed a difference in the texture that I had been used to when eating licorice previously. I had been used to licorice being incredibly tough and actually quite difficult to eat but this definitely wasn't the case with this Panda bar. It was very soft and very easy to bite through, not anything like the struggle I have had in the past! I really enjoyed this difference in texture. It is something I had never come across in all my licorice eating years and it definitely made a pleasant change!
Licorice is definitely one of those tastes that you will either love or hate and I really love it! Therefore I was a little disappointed with the flavour of the Panda bar. It was a lot more subtle than I had tasted in the past. It just didn't have the bite I was looking for. It definitely wasn't unpleasant but it just wasn't very strong tasting. However, I know a lot of people are put off by the strong taste of other licorice and so I would definitely recommend that they give this a try. I would also say that other licorice does tend to leave a slightly unpleasant aftertaste but the complete opposite is true of the Panda bar. It left a really lovely, almost creamy, aftertaste in my mouth that I really enjoyed.
So what about Panda's claims that its licorice is all natural? Well after looking up the list of ingredients I was very shocked to see that there were only four; molasses syrup, wheat flour, licorice extract, and natural flavouring (aniseed oil)! So that's no artificial colours or flavours and no preservatives! It is also a very low fat treat containing just 0.1g and 99 calories per bar. For the purposes of comparison a standard Mars bar contains 260 calories! For me this is definitely a good alternative to slightly less healthy snacks that satisfies my sweet tooth.
After having enjoyed this bar I did a little more research on the Panda licorice and found that they do several other flavours, including raspberry and blueberry, that I would be very eager to try. These don't seem to be as widely available to buy but the best places to go seem to be health food shops such as Holland and Barratt.
On the whole, I was really impressed by the Panda Licorice bars. They provide a fairly healthy, all natural snack for when I want something a little sweeter. Yes, they lack a little of the strong flavour that I am used to but the soft and easy to eat texture more than makes up for this. I will definitely be buying these again and I will hopefully be able to track down some of the other flavours as well!
Summary: Great licorice that provides a healthier snack option to satisfy sweet tooths!