Well, you either love it or hate it, there seems to be no in between. But today is National Licorice Day and we need to celebrate! So in honor of that very unique candy, I found some unique uses for licorice! You don’t even have to eat it if you don’t want to!
Licorice is made from the root of the licorice plant, which believe it or not is actually a legume or bean plant! The word licorice means “sweet root”. Of course some may disagree. In our house, we are firmly divided between those that love licorice and those that totally won’t even look at it. Ha!
Mother’s Day Cupcakes from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures
But one thing that licorice is great for is decorating up desserts.
Did you know? You can substitute anise, star anise or fennel for the flavor of licorice. While none of them are botanically related to licorice, they can give the same effect.
Edible Jewelry from Food.com
Fun Fact: The distinctive licorice taste comes from an acid in the licorice roots. This acid is 50 times sweeter than sugar!