To call salty licorice an acquired taste is an understatement. Even in Northern Europe, where salty licorice reigns supreme over the red Twizzlers variety, it's still a polarizing treat. Upon returning from Scandinavia (and developing a taste for the salty delicacy), the crew at Tillamook, Oregon's Jacobsen Salt Co. set out to create an American take on salty licorice in partnership with Portland candy-maker QUIN. With salt harvested from the Oregon coast using traditional methods, Jacobsen's take on salty licorice is a somewhat more approachable option than its European counterpart. With a short list of natural ingredients, the Oregon-made candy has robust notes of molasses and anise brought out further by a well-balanced portion of salt. Chewier and more viscous than the traditional variety with a more varied flavor palate, Jacobsen's licorice might just make a few converts to this acquired taste.
Visit Jacobsen's online store for a box of Oregon's finest salty licorice starting at $15, as well as inventive salt flavors like Stumptown coffee and Pinot Noir made from salt harvested on the Oregon Coast.
Photos by Hans Aschim