That IS happiness to see me

As I sat down to compose some general thoughts about the joys of red licorice, I also started to think about how happy eating red licorice (or liquorice) makes me (and no, I don’t just think that’s the sugar talking).

I was then reminded of a line from ‘A Perfect Murder’, that rather pedestrian movie from a few years back starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Michael Douglas and Viggo Mortensen (*sigh*) … Anyway, one of the lines of that film which I always remember is, ‘that’s not happiness to see me, is it?’ … I figure the opposite of that sentiment would be when something IS happiness to see me … and I’m pretty happy when I see AND eat red licorice.

I’m not fussy about brands when it comes to red licorice, but I am funny about its texture. I really don’t like the soft eating variety, I prefer my licorice to have a bit of ‘body’ and a bit of resistance when bitten.

Traditional black licorice definitely has a place in my world, but for me it’s really more about the goodness of red … Do you find happiness in candy too?


  1. Ricardo

    And may I add that I’ve read that black licorice is actually good for the stomach.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Ricardo – Licorice is just the most awesome treat … especially considering the added benefit of it being good for the stomach! πŸ™‚

  2. Gabrielle Bryden

    The red licorice is one of my favourite things – I’m not a big sweet tooth but I do like those types of lollies and the texture is a big part of it (almost like aldente – bit of resistance, yes).

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – Thank goodness I’m not alone in my love of the red licorice, it’s truly wonderful stuff!
      I wish I could borrow your ‘non’ sweet tooth for a while, as my sweet tooth is a big part of my life! πŸ˜‰

      ‘Al dente’ licorice is PRECISELY the right way to describe the texture I love! πŸ™‚

  3. Lisa

    Coincidently I’m currently reading The History of Sweets by Tim Richardson. It’s β€˜crΓ¨me’ filled with all sorts of vintage temptations, although I’m a little hesitant about approaching Chapter 11, which is all about the frightfully sounding Himalayan Gobstopper!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lisa (before I forget, thanks so much for leaving such wonderful comments, xx) – ‘The History of Sweets’ sounds like a lovely and fascinating read … though I do agree with you that the ‘Himalayan Gobstopper’ sounds like a troublesome chapter. With that in mind I just have to reference a really bad ‘candy-related’ joke along the lines of, ‘don’t chew on that chapter for too long’ … see? I told you it was a really bad joke … πŸ˜‰

      I have such a sweet tooth, I fear that book would be very dangerous for me indeed! I’d probably be inspired to eat more candy and chocolates! πŸ™‚

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