22 February 2019

Onico Lakrits (White Portion) - Review. 22 February 2019.

I've had a lot of people ask over the years for me to review more tobacco and nicotine free products. I reviewed one Onico product back in 2010, Onico+, but that's the only one I've reviewed from that line.  One thing I've always found neat about Onico is that, since it doesn't contain tobacco, they can advertise it in Sweden. I found this ad video recently, for example.  Onico originally launched in 2006 and was designed for people who want to cut down on their snus usage.  On January 23rd, 2019, Swedish Match announced changes to Onico:  "New improvements to have a darker taste than before.  In the new recipe, bamboo fibers were replaced with cocoa fibers for a more dark and fruity taste."  This is why I'm revisiting this product, due to the new flavor changes.

The flavor description for Onico Licorice (White Portion) says, "A mellow tobacco-like taste with distinct notes of salty licorice root, along with hints of dried figs".  It comes in a 24 gram can with 24 portions for 1 gram portions!

Onico is a tobacco and nicotine free product, containing water, plant fibers, moisture preservatives, salts, acidity regulating agents and herbal additives. All the additives in Onico are food approved. Once doesn’t have any added sugar, but does have low levels of sugar due to it being naturally found in plant fibers. Onico originally contained corn starch when it was launched, but it no longer does, so no issues with the teeth and gums! It has a low carbohydrate content, and a basic pH level. This particular Onico product also contains a small amount of fluoride.  You can see the portions look similar to regular Swedish Snus, but the material inside the pouch looks different in color due to it being made from plant fibers and not tobacco.  Note, this product contains sodium fluoride (equivalent to 0.20 mg of fluoride per portion).

When you open the can, the aroma that greets you is a present black licorice aroma.  It’s not overly sweet, either.  The portions come in the Swedish Match Star Formation, which means they’re wedged to get into that shape.  They’re soft and comfortable in the lip, but I do suggest fluffing them.  The flavor is a nice salty black licorice flavor.  It’s on the mild side, and isn’t overly sweet or candy-like.  The flavor, on average, lasts about 45 to 55 minutes.  I never had Onico Lakrits before this review, so I can't say how it compares to the old one.  I can say, however, that I did enjoy the flavor of this one!  For a product without tobacco or nicotine, it's pretty tasty stuff.

You may be asking, "Why would I use this?"  Well, there are a few cases.  I like to use it at night before bed.  Nicotine is a stimulant, so I don't like putting nicotine into my blood when I'm trying to fall asleep, but I do like the feeling of a portion in the lip, so I'll use this before bed.  Also, people who are trying to quit snus may find this a nice way to ease out of using snus.  I've also heard pregnant women who are snusers will use this instead of snus. If you're interested in trying this product, I've seen it for sale at SnusDirect.com!

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