National Licorice Day
Foods & Beverages
Red, Black or Blue... you choose... Licorice!

When: April 12th

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

Today we honor the great, sweet and unusual candy snack called Licorice. The best way to celebrate is go to a diverse candy store and pick out several flavors of licorice to try. The easiest way to experiment and find out which type and flavor of licorice is your favorite, is buying an assortment bag and trying out all the flavors.  Also you could try some licorice flavored ice cream.


Licorice grows in the form of shrub and has a woody, hairy, upright stem that can reach 3 - 4 feet in height.


Many people think that Liqorice, all manufactured artificially but in fact it is actually a shrub that grows best in well-drained soils in deep valleys filled with sun, and is harvested in the autumn 2 or 3 years after planting. Currently, there are several countries producing liqorice and include: India, Iran, Italy, Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Turkey. The world's leading manufacturer of liqorice however  is M&F Worldwide, which manufactures more than 70% of the worldwide liqorice flavours.  n America the "Good & Plenty" is a popular licorice snack sold at most grocery and convenient stores. 

Interesting Facts

  1. Liqorice is used as a flavouring agent for tobacco.
  2. The United States Food and Drug Administration believes that foods containing liquorice and its derivatives are safe if not consumed excessively.
  3. Root of licorice is used in the food industry for the production of candies, chewing gums and various liqueurs. Licorice is also popular and often consumed in the form of tea.
  4. Napoleon Bonaparte loved licorice so much and chewed it so much his teeth became black.
  5. Licorice is perennial plant which means that it can survive more than 2 years in the wild.


  • April 12th
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