Gourmet Black Licorice

The modern licorice stick is similar in many ways to prior incarnations of this sweet treat. The historical trends leading to gourmet black and red licorice sticks began with a simple root. It is important for customers to understand where gourmet candy sticks originate to fully appreciate these treats.

Asian and European farmers have been cultivating this wild root for several centuries. This plant grows wild throughout Asia and Europe to this day, although urban development has led to decreased supplies. This root has been used in herbal solutions by Asian consumers and treats by Europeans and Americans in recent years.

Tracking the History of the Licorice Stick

The pharmaceutical benefits of wild licorice were the initial impetus for its cultivation. Herbalists throughout the world have used the root for pain management, stomach problems and smoking abatement. The root is still used in certain areas of Europe and Asia in its rawest form as a natural breath freshener.

Black licorice sticks are the lone variety of this candy that contains this root. Doctors and herbalists encouraged the inclusion of this plant inside of sweetened sticks as effective delivery methods for medicinal benefits. Confection makers have moved away from large amounts of this wild plant by adding new elements like anethole, ammonium chloride and molasses to candy sticks.

Licorice Candy Twist continues the long history of licorice through its virtual shop. This Iowa-based vendor sells I.M. Good products that are kosher certified and produced using gourmet ingredients and processes.