Why do so many foods have that icky, sticky black licorice-y flavor?
It tastes bad. It smells worse. And licorice candy — which I have encountered sometimes in unexpected, upsetting ways — even looks distasteful.
Dull. Dark. Depressing. That’s the legacy of licorice.
And it doesn’t stop at the candy counter. That bitter bite can be found in everything from the Greek liquor ouzo to Rachael Ray’s favorite fennel to the cool looking star anise spice.
They all still taste like poo poo.