I like two flavors that are not terribly popular in the US, but are liked abroad: black currant and licorice. I load up whenever I travel, and I have import sources for each (think of Ribena and Icelandic salt licorice). I've got imports covered. Are there US (
I get some black currant jam and black currant tea at the Whole Foods every once in a while, and licorices are not really hard to find, but are generally not really fantastic.
But just today, the galley at work had some "Stash" brand licorice herbal tea that was pretty nice--and licorice tea wasn't something I had ever thought about. On a recent trip to DC, I had a cocktail at Zatinya
(PDF of drinks menu) with an actual licorice stick that was really great--due in no small part to the delightful experience of gnawing on the licorice stick. It really was just a twig in my drink, yum! And of course, there's a Kir Royale with creme de cassis, and pastis/ouzo, etc. Altoids had a licorice candy for a while, but I haven't seen another US candy with real licorice zing to it.
Can you recommend other US products* (food or drink) that will give me my currant and licorice fix?
Again, I'm aware that these are flavors much more common abroad--I don't need you to recommend salmiak/ki or Lakerol cassis pastilles (some of which are sitting on my desk). I'm looking for US products that might be more convenient or less expensive than buying abroad or in the import aisle.
*Though to be clear, I'd count something like pastis or ouzo that are commonly available in the US at competitive prices as a "US product" for this purpose--I'm just trying to avoid paying five dollars plus shipping for a little box of candy.