Somewhat Disappointed with Twizzlers

I am somewhat disappointed with Twizzlers. And maybe someone else knows more about this than me. But sometime over the past couple years, they seem to have changed their formula. Twizzlers used to be more like actual licorice. It was thicker and m

ore substantial than the more popular kinds of licorice-like substances which always, to my taste, seemed very chemically. Usually, Twizzlers could be distinguished visually from these other chemical concoctions by its darker color, a red instead of pink. Anyway, I opened up a bag of Twizzelrs today to discover that they now taste all chemically and gooey like its inferior competitors. Can someone explain this to me? Is this just a fluke? A bad batch? I am very concerned!