I wasn't prepared for the backlash against my current favorite candy.
And then I made a small error by inferring that Twizzlers were licorice.
They are not because they do not include licorice extract so my humblest of apologies for that mistake.
Jenny_o gave me one licorice recommendation.
Does anybody else have one?
I have had Australian licorice and it was OK.
How about some more gibberish about licorice?
Here's almost everything you wanted to know about licorice and more:
- The word licorice is derived from the Greek, meaning “sweet root.”
- The spelling 'licorice' is used in Canada and the US, while the spelling 'liquorice' is used in the United Kingdom.
- Licorice is actually a type of flowering plant that is native to southern Europe and Asia.
- If you were to find the licorice plant in the wild, it would stand about 5 ft tall and have small purple and blue flowers.
- Glycyrrhizin is what gives licorice its sweet flavor…. And glycyrrhizin is 50 times sweeter than sugar! That’s a whole lot of sweet!
- Some of the most popular licorice-flavored candies on the market today are actually flavored with anise, a similar tasting flavor, but not true licorice!
- You can celebrate your love of licorice every year during National Licorice Day on April 12th.
- Salmiak or salmiakki is a type of licorice confectionery common in Germany, Finland, Sweden, and other Nordic countries. It’s flavored with ammonium chloride, which gives it a salty flavor. It’s commonly referred to as “salty liquorice.
- Licorice was known and favored among Ancient Egyptians. It was used as a medicine and in beverages and was even found in the famous pharaoh King Tutankhamun’s tomb!
- In England, there’s mention of licorice dating back to as early as the 16th century. It’s thought that Dominican monks brought licorice to Britain and became established around Pontefract in Yorkshire.
- Many popular figures in history have enjoyed licorice including famous French military leader Napoleon Bonaparte who loved licorice and ate so much of it that his teeth turned black! Now that’s a lot of licorice. And here’s another bit of trivia: Alexander the Great had his armies take licorice with them to chew on if they were thirsty and water was scarce!
- Licorice has been used for medicinal purposes worldwide by the ancient Greeks, Romans, Chinese, and Hindus. It can be used to treat sore throats and ulcers and even helps to promote adrenal gland function.
- In the Middle Ages, Italian knights would use this romantic phrase to dedicate to the ladies they were sweet on: "L’amore e’ un sogno, dolce come il latte e la liquirizia." What does it mean? “Love is a dream, sweet as milk and licorice.” How sweet!
Thanks for being sweet on me and maybe I will talk to you tomorrow. Bye!
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