I love licorice. If my kids buy a bag of jelly beans or spice drops, I'm sure to hover over, begging for all the black ones. (Purple too, if it's clove flavor.) I don't keep a lot of candy around for myself, and am trying to develop a taste for the obligatory Daily Square of Dark Chocolate that is supposed to be my antioxidant-packed sweet-tooth indulgence; but every once in a while, black licorice calls out to me.
Lately I can't get the idea of eating an entire bag of black gumdrops out of my mind. So I got a little bag of Hershey's boutique licorice at Target and have been allowing myself ONE after dinner, leaving the dark chocolate to Mark. (Believe me, sticking to one is a good idea. I have a fighting chance of stopping after one. I count licorice as prehistoric people are said to have counted: "one, two, many.") I can report that it is very nice licorice, but I am still unsatisfied.
By the way, the two tea links go to TeaSource, a St. Paul tea merchant that I totally recommend. Check out the herbal teas -- especially Margaret's Soother (peppermint, clove, and licorice!) and Evening in Missoula, which are two of my favorites. If you need a random emergency gift to take home with you for Christmas, just in case you forgot somebody, it's hard to go wrong with a packet or two of boutique herb tea.