Licorice Day

Some people love licorice and others not so much, but no one can deny this is a classic sweet treat that shaped the world of candy as we know it. April 12 is Licorice Day, and here’s all you wanted to know about it!

Licorice is a plant-based sweet treat extracted from a plant’s roots, Glycyrrhiza glabra, interestingly closely related to beans.

The sweet, aromatic root can be processed to extract an anise-scented compound to flavor everything from candies to tobacco.

It comes without saying, licorice has been used for centuries in traditional medicine as far back as the Ancient Egyptians, and the modern scientific community is still evaluating its health benefits.

Licorice literally means ‘sweet root,’ and you’ll find it spelled licorice in the US and Canada, but as licorice in the UK and Commonwealth countries.

Licorice comes in all colors, shapes, and sizes. Despite not being the most popular sweet treat in modern days, it has deep roots in the western culture, and its thanks to Dutch merchants who traveled to Asia and brought all sorts of goodies to Europe. From there, licorice gained popularity around the world.

Some people love it and others not so much, but everyone identifies licorice’s aromas and flavor instantly; it has no equal and is the father of many confectioneries we enjoy today.

Celebrating licorice is celebrating a classic. It is a treat that takes us back to our fondest childhood memories and reminds us that the best things in life are not always complicated. Sometimes you just need a bite of anise-scented licorice to remember that everything is going to be okay.

Here’s all you need to know about Licorice Day and its origins. Despite being a pretty old sweet treat, this is a relatively recent holiday!

History of Licorice Day

Licorice International was founded in 1996, and it’s the largest supplier and retailer dedicated to Licorice in America. The company is behind most marketing efforts to support the licorice industry. The company offers a licorice-of-the-month club, has an online store and a few retail locations.

It was Licorice International in 2004, together with the National Confectioners Association, who founded the National Licorice Day to be celebrated every April 12, mainly to promote the authentic black licorice, its historical importance, attractiveness and health benefits.

Some of the leading licorice producers participate in the celebrations with events, giveaways, promotional campaigns and advertisements. This includes important companies such as Haribo, Leaf Candy Company, Outfield Confectionery, Katjes Kinder, Kookaburra, Gimbal’s and K & H.

Licorice might not have the popularity it used to have, but it’s now a classic treat evocative of a better past with aims towards a brighter future. Licorice fans will surely have a blast on Licorice Day!

How to Celebrate Licorice Day

Sharing is caring, and the best way of celebrating Licorice Day is getting your favorite licorice brand and sharing it with your loved ones. Keep an eye on special events going on in your local confectionery stores!

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