Product review: Panda all-natural licorice


Yesterday was my fiancés 29th birthday (getting close to the big 30) so we made the day about him. I had made reservations for us at an upscale steakhouse but Edward quickly figured out that it was going to be pricey and since I am unemployed, he wanted to do something a bit more….inexpensive. So we decided to spend some time at the park then on the way home we stopped at…GNC? Since becoming manager at his GNC, he decided to stop at one of the local GNC’s and get to know the manager at that store. So while there, i perused their Burt’s bees selection and their snacks which is where I found this licorice. Edward’s store doesn’t carry Burt’s bees or the panda licorice so he picked up a few of each for me. This review is just going to focus on the licorice but I will make another post later about the hair care and skin care products we picked up.

So first of all, let’s start with the price. This licorice cost $4.00 for a 7 oz box. A serving size is about 15 pieces and it is estimated that you get about 5 servings per box.

This licorice is made with natural ingredients so taste wise this licorice is a bit different from your typical sugar, corn syrup, and chemical loaded licorice varieties. The ingredients list is actually impressive considering what this product is. This licorice has:
– no fat
– no preservatives
– no artificial colors
– no artificial flavors

What this licorice does contain is:
– molasses
– wheat flour
– fruit purée (cherry purée in the cherry flavor and raspberry purée in the raspberry flavor)
citric acid (acidity regulator)
– black carrot juice concentrate
– licorice extract
– 130 calories per serving (15 pieces in one serving)

Licorice extract comes from the licorice plant (Glycyrrhiza glabra) which grows wild in the Middle East and southeastern Europe. There is a long list of potential health benefits associated with the consumption of licorice extract such as boosting the immune system, aiding in the function of antioxidants, lowering cholesterol, and even thinning the blood. It is also believed to help control symptoms of menstruation and menopause. However, it is also important to mention that too much licorice extract can result in hypertension, loss of potassium, retention of sodium, and muscle tissue damage. It is unlikely that most people will consume such large doses but it is recommended that excess use during pregnancy be avoided.

Bottom line:
I enjoyed this licorice. It’s a nice natural alternative to the other licorice products out there. I don’t feel (as) guilty about consuming this licorice because of the fact that the ingredients are more natural. if you’re looking for a licorice snack, then this is a great alternative.

8 thoughts on “Product review: Panda all-natural licorice

      1. Lol it happens :p Not all GNCs carry it but I know I’ve seen this at other stores. I don’t rememeber which ones though so just keep an eye out when you go shopping


  1. You can purchase panda black licorice without the flavours of anything but licorice at bulk barn, shopper’s Drug Mart, and at the Herb House. All of these stores are in Scarborough, Ontario


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