Sweet Licorice Treats

Happy National Licorice Day!!

 

Licorice is a flowering plant from which a sweet, aromatic flavoring can be extracted. It has been used for many things, including in herbalism, traditional medicine, tobacco, candies, food, and more.

 

 Jersey Black Butter

Originating on the island of Jersey in Britain’s Channel Islands, this delectable condiment is made by boiling apples in cider until they form a tangy spread, and then mixing in licorice and spices. Historically, making the butter was a community affair; today, communities will hold a yearly “black butter night,” and there is even a formal yearly festival.

 

Drop Shot

This liqueur capitalizes on the Dutch people’s love of licorice; indeed, they often consume it as if it were candy. The inky black liqueur comes in two varieties: the sweet, herbal original and full-flavored “double black.”

 

Salmiakki Koskenkorva

This Finnish highly-distilled grain alcohol is as black as ink and tastes of salty seawater; after it was invented, it quickly became a favorite of younger drinkers, acquiring the nickname “teenager’s vodka.” A notable feature of the liqueur that many attest to is its cough syrup-like flavor; this quirk can be eased by adding a dash to a cup of hot chocolate.

 

Tiger Tail Ice Cream

A double scoop of orange-flavored tiger tail ice cream striped with black licorice ribbons.

It’s almost impossible to find this orange and black licorice-flavored treat outside of Canada; for some reason, we’re the only ones that seem to like it. The name comes from the way the licorice runs like a ribbon through the ice cream. The flavor has never been a particular top seller; manufacturers keep it around because people seem to make a fuss whenever it’s at risk of being discontinued.

 

Salt Licorice Ice Cream

The combination of black licorice and ammonium chloride seems to be popular in Finland; in the summertime, it takes the form of this tasty treat. It comes in many forms- scoops, soft-serve, and ice cream bars. In this last form, the ice cream itself is a deep gray; the inky appearance comes from the outer coating.

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