My Addiction – Part III

by Jen on July 16, 2009

Over the past two weeks I shared with you my addictions: Lululemon and Purses.

Well…I have another addiction. This one isn’t nearly as expensive. Actually, it’s really cheap. The only problem, this addiction isn’t so good for me. No, it’s not chocolate, although I am addicted to that too. This addiction is stronger than chocolate.

My addiction is Nibs. If you like licorice than I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. It’s those little red pieces of licorice that come in a big bag. Mmmmmmm…just writing about them makes me drool!

I have always loved licorice, since I was little. My mom used to buy black Twizzlers which I also love but I can’t eat them in large doses or else I’m running to the bathroom every few minutes (TMI?). My mom also loves salted black licorice which is a Dutch treat. My mom is Dutch so I grew up with that stuff. You’re probably thinking GROSS, but it is VERY good. However, just like the black Twizzlers, don’t eat more than 5 or else….

My favorite licorice is red. I love Twizzlers but I especially love Nibs. They taste different than regular Twizzlers…they are cherry flavoured. Mark’s mom thinks they taste like cough syrup! That’s okay, then I don’t have to share them with her!

There is an art to buying Nibs. You MUST, let me repeat, MUST make sure they are fresh. To do this you need to squeeze the Nibs in the bag. If they are squishy then they are probably fresh. If they aren’t squishy then don’t buy them. Hard, chewy Nibs are not enjoyable! To find the fresh Nibs you’ll have to reach your hand to the very back of the shelf, that’s where the fresh ones are. Don’t buy the ones in the front, they have been on the shelf the longest!

I always buy my groceries at Superstore. I can never find fresh Nibs there so I have to go hunting for them. First I’ll try Safeway since they seem to regularly stock their candy isle. If I can’t find any there then I’ll go to Walmart. I can usually find fresh Nibs there. If there isn’t any there then London Drugs is my next best bet. However, I’ll even try Sobey’s or Co-op if I’m in desperate need of them. I won’t settle for stale Nibs! Believe me when I say that I will drive all over the city to find some fresh ones. I can never pass up fresh Nibs. If I’m in a store and I find some I will always buy them!

When we go to Tucson every year I have to bring Nibs with me in my suitcase because you can’t get them in the U.S. Licorice in the U.S. is not the same as here in Canada. It tastes like plastic, not that I eat plastic, but I imagine that is what it would taste like! BLAH. BORING. TASTELESS.

I try to limit my consumption of Nibs to once a month. It’s really hard to resist them but they are loaded with sugar and are just a “once-in-a-while” indulgence. If we go to a movie then that is my treat. Currently I don’t have any in my pantry, Superstore didn’t have any this week which is probably a good thing since I just went to a movie two weeks ago and ate a large bag of ’em!

I just thought of a great invention…chocolate covered Nibs! Oh my….

What is your favorite treat?

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cheryl July 17, 2009 at 12:13 am

ummmmm I love nibs too….. we are heading to a movie tonight, maybe I will stop at SS and pick up a fresh pack!
Other treats? Wine gums…
Ok enough!


2 LiaL July 17, 2009 at 12:59 am

Favorite treat? I have many. Chips!!!!! DQ Georgia Mud Fudge Blizzards!!!! McDonald's Fries!!! Black licorice!! I'll eat red licorice occasionally but always buy black (Twizzlers or Nibs). And I like it hard/chewy so I leave the bag open in the cupboard. There's some in the cupboard right now … so bye!!!


3 Anonymous July 17, 2009 at 8:22 pm

it's so funny that you blogged about licorice! i was just telling a friend the other day about my licorice obsession!!! i love licorice….particularly black. when we were in the states i stocked up on "good and plenty" (kind of like "goodies" but way more of a licorice taste). i love the chocolate covered licorice that wal-mart sells but it seems to give me heart burn….mmmmmm……licorice. rocky mountain soap factory used to make a licorice soap but it has since been discontinued. 🙁 i agree with you jen….nibs have to be fresh! k, i'm going to go open a box of "good and plenty".



4 Michelle July 17, 2009 at 10:50 pm

Have to say, NIBS are my favourite, too! And yes, too many of a good thing gives me bellyitis!


5 joeytipping July 18, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Jennifer, I just bought a package of black licorice at Walmart but haven't opened it yet. I'm trying to force myself to only have 4 pieces a day (or less) as I read on the package that there are 100 calories in 4 pieces of black licoroce. Damn!! I won't be enjoying them nearly as much now! Wine is also 25 calories per ounce so I'm weighing my options!! Love you. xoxox


6 Beth February 6, 2010 at 11:31 pm

Two words: Super Nibs. Soooo gooood.


7 RR Slayer March 11, 2011 at 3:52 am

In the US, I buy Nibs from SuperTarget. I haven't ever seen them at Wal-Mart or Safeway and Walgreens no longer carries them. I buy 10 of the big bags every two weeks. Even my pets like them.


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