When it comes to licorice candy, opinions about the confection are often as strong as the taste of licorice root itself. Black licorice is a cultural staple in many Nordic countries, and modern licorice varieties have become movie theater mainstays. So what is licorice made of, exactly? In this blog, we discuss all of the basics about licorice candy: its ingredients, origins, and how you can enjoy it with classics from Wockenfuss.
What Is Licorice Candy Made Of?
As you might know, licorice is made of an extract from the licorice root. Glycyrrhiza glabra is a legume that is native to parts of Asia and Europe, and the root of this plant is where licorice candy gets its bold flavor. While other plants such as star anise and fennel are noted for their licorice-like flavor, they are not related to Glycyrrhiza glabra. Traditional licorice candy — called “black licorice” in the U.S. and “liquorice” in many other parts of the world — contains licorice extract, sugar, and a binder. Candymakers often use starch, gelatin, or flour as binders, and recipes for salty licorice in Nordic countries typically include ammonium chloride salts.
Where Licorice Gets Its Roots
The use of licorice root has a long history that dates back to various notable ancient civilizations and continues into many cultures today. While some groups of people considered it a medicinal plant, others simply used it as a sweetener and flavoring for baked goods and drinks. In Britain, the Netherlands, and Italy, licorice root was popular in its dried, natural form as a breath freshener and sweet treat. Licorice candy appeared in a few European countries in the 17th century, and its popularity had become well-established by the 1900s. Today, more colorful and flavorful kinds of “licorice” have become popular. These include varieties flavored with raspberry, cherry, cinnamon, and strawberry, with colors from every part of the rainbow, and don’t contain any licorice at all!.
Get A Taste Of Licorice With Wockenfuss
Whether you are in the mood for traditional black licorice or a colorful chewy treat, Wockenfuss has all kinds of licorice candy to enjoy. Our Australian style licorice features authentic licorice root extract, molasses, and a touch of salt. For those looking for a classic chewy tube of licorice candy, our chocolate, strawberry, and black licorice twists make a fun snack for any occasion. Shoestring licorice (available in both strawberry and multi-flavored rainbow varieties) can be as fun to play with as it is to eat, and our licorice allsorts and licorice all kinds feature unique blends of English and American candy classics. No matter what type of licorice candy you’ve got a craving for, Wockenfuss Candies can deliver!
A Wide Selection of Delicious Treats from Wockenfuss Candies
Head to WockenfussCandies.com and browse our wide selection of chocolates and candies; we promise you won’t be disappointed! Wockenfuss Candies is one of the oldest candy makers in Baltimore. We opened our doors in 1915 and have proudly served the people of Baltimore ever since. If you have any questions about our wide selection of chocolates, please contact Wockenfuss Candies by calling 1-800-296-4414 or email info@Wockenfusscandies.com. When you’re not savoring our sweets, stay satisfied by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!