Licorice/liquorice/black licorice - black, chewy candy flavored with liquorice root extract, and/or anise oil, usually in the form of long, thin chewy ropes, short or long tubes, twisted 'straws', or 'twists', ribbons rolled into wheels, drops, and various molded shapes.

Red licorice - like black licorice in texture and shape, but red colored, and usually strawberry or cherry flavored, or sometimes raspberry or cinnamon flavored instead.

Licorice allsorts - a mixture of licorice candies - multi-colored tubes or layered squares, made of liquorice, sugar, coconut and aniseed jelly.

Licorice candy also comes as small, colored, candy-coated licorice pellets, balls or 'lentils' (in such colors as: pink and white, black and white, pastels, or bright colors), licorice 'drops', 'buttons', 'peas', 'diamond bits' or 'dollars', licorice caramels, licorice bars, licorice taffy, licorice pastilles, licorice jelly beans, licorice 'pipes', and licorice molded into all kinds of other shapes, like teddy bears, paws, fish, and scottie dogs.

Licorice may be flavored with: honey, strawberry or other fruit, menthol or mint, salt or salmiak (ammonium chloride), caramel, taffy, or herbs. They can be sugar-coated, chocolate-coated, candy-covered or 'sours'.

Licorice Brands

Hershey Twizzlers - Twists, Nibs, Bites, Pull-n-Peel, Sourz, Strawz and Twerpz
Hershey Good & Plenty

Candy-covered Licorice Sticks

A great party idea and kids can help!

6 oz. vanilla-flavored white chocolate or candy coating, chopped (you can also use regular or milk chocolate coating)
24 red licorice twists (or other favorite flavor)
candy sprinkles, nonpareils or colored sugar

Heat candy coating in a microwave-safe glass measuring cup in the microwave until melted, stirring every 15 seconds. It should take about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.

Dip licorice twists into candy coating and sprinkle with nonpareils, candy sprinkles or colored sugar.

Carefully place on waxed paper and allow coating to become firm, which will take about an hour or so.

Now they are ready to hand out to the kids! Have a fun party!

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