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National Licorice Day

Celebrate National Licorice Day with your favorite flavor - get creative and try new recipes, or indulge in a classic treat!
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April 12
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Get ready to celebrate National Licorice Day on April 12! This tasty treat has been around since ancient Egypt, when people would make licorice from the root of a flowering plant. Today, licorice is enjoyed all over the world in many different forms - from hard candy to soft chews and even liquid concentrate. No matter how you enjoy it, National Licorice Day is the perfect excuse to indulge your sweet tooth with some delicious black or red licorice!

History of National Licorice Day

National Licorice Day Dates

National Licorice Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1550 BC</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Early Licorice Use</div><div class='timeline-text'>Ancient Egyptians used licorice root for its medicinal properties, with records found in tombs including King Tut's.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1300s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Early European Consumption</div><div class='timeline-text'>Licorice begins to be consumed in Europe; it is believed that the plant was brought to England by Dominican monks.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Commercial Licorice Production Starts</div><div class='timeline-text'>Commercial licorice candy manufacturing starts in the UK, making licorice more widely accessible.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1920</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>American Licorice Company</div><div class='timeline-text'>The American Licorice Company, makers of the popular Red Vines brand, was founded, significantly impacting the US confectionery market.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1990</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Food Uses Expand</div><div class='timeline-text'>With consumer interest in natural ingredients growing, licorice root gained popularity in teas, beverages, and liquor concoctions.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2004</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Licorice Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Licorice Day was founded by the Licorice International, aiming to celebrate the history and various uses of licorice.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Licorice Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create your own licorice recipes</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather up some licorice and other ingredients, like chocolate chips, marshmallows, nuts, and coconut flakes. Then mix and match to make your own licorice creations.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go on a licorice hunt</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Visit the local candy store or grocery store and explore all the different types of licorice they have in stock. See how many different flavors you can find!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a licorice tasting party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite friends over for a licorice tasting party. Have everyone bring their favorite type of licorice and vote on who has the tastiest treat.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make licorice art</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Grab some licorice and create a fun masterpiece! Use pieces of licorice to put together an abstract piece of art or replicate a famous painting.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Play licorice games</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Compete with your friends in some fun, licorice related games such as Licorice Lick Race, Licorice Jenga, or Licorice Toss. Get creative and have fun!</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Licorice Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Licorice is a classic treat</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Who doesn't love licorice? It's a classic candy that has been around for centuries, and its distinctive sweet flavor still brings a smile to people's faces. From chewy fruit-flavored sticks to bite-sized twists, licorice will always have a special place in our hearts!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Variety of flavors</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>There are so many different types of licorice that there really is something for everyone. Whether you like fruity or traditional black licorice, there's sure to be something that tickles your taste buds. The abundant variety also makes it great for parties or family gatherings!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Easy to find</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>If you're craving some delicious licorice, grabbing some is easy. With the abundance of drug stores, convenience stores and supermarkets across the country, you can pick up some licorice and satisfy your sweet tooth in no time!</p></div></div>

Discover 5 Unwrapped Facts about Licorice

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h5 class='facts-title'>Licorice is more than just a sweet treat</h5><p class='facts-content'>In addition to being a crowd-pleasing candy, licorice root has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries, particularly for its beneficial effects on the digestive system.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h5 class='facts-title'>Licorice is an important ingredient in some liquor production</h5><p class='facts-content'>Like anise, licorice has a distinct flavor that's utilized in some types of liquor, such as absinthe, as well as some beers and aperitifs.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h5 class='facts-title'>An important flavoring in the food industry</h5><p class='facts-content'>From soft drinks to pharmaceuticals, licorice extract's potent flavor helps mask the taste of certain chemicals and medicines.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h5 class='facts-title'>Origin of the name "licorice"</h5><p class='facts-content'>The term "licorice" comes from the Greek word 'glykyrrhiza', which translates to "sweet root."</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h5 class='facts-title'>Significant export of Licorice from China</h5><p class='facts-content'>China is known to be the largest exporter of licorice in the world with approximately 70% share of the global exports.</p></div></div>

National Licorice Day FAQs

When is National Licorice Day?

National Licorice Day is celebrated on April 12 every year. In 2024, National Licorice Day will occur on a Friday.

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