I do love a bit of liquorice now and again and with Holland and Barrett having a buy one get one half price sales on at the moment this was a nice little cheap treat. This Panda bar is a liquorice softie bar with a juicy strawberry centre running through its core. Its ingredients list is pretty short and it’s made with natural colours and flavours and is a sweet treat suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Opening it up you can’t fail to notice the strong aniseedy aroma. The bar is nice and squidgy but with enough firmness as well. I was surprised to see just how core the strawberry centre was – it’s literally protruding out of both ends as a little ball of juice and runs right throughout the bar.
The bar made a perfect little sweet pick me up this afternoon. Big enough to feel I had something but at 84 calories per bar. The texture was chewy but also easy to eat with no sticking to the teeth and the strawberry centre was really gooey and oozy with a nice fruity flavour that was slightly refreshing and paired really quite well against the dark, tangy taste of the liquorice with all its molasses flavour. The strawberry centre was a little too sweet but not overly so and the dark liquorice helped temper it down. I worked out the sugars to be about 13g per bar which is still lower than most sweets so it’s a pretty guilt free snack.
Price: £0.69 for a 26g bar
Bought at: Holland and Barrett
Nutrition per 100g: 324 calories, 0.3g fat, 51g sugars, 0.49g salt