Liquorice is derived from the root of the Glycyrrhiza glabra plant, native to parts of Asia and Europe. The root contains glycyrrhizin, a natural compound responsible for its distinct sweet taste. Liquorice root has been used for medicinal purposes, often in traditional herbal remedies, due to its soothing properties. 

What does liquorice taste like?

Liquorice is a beloved and distinctive flavour, whether in the simple form of a chewy liquorice stick, or made into liquorice sweets. 

It’s not just shoelaces and allsorts either: these days liquorice is a sophisticated treat as well. Across Europe, particularly in Scandinavia, it’s paired with other flavours or eaten on its own, often at Christmas.

Liquorice sweets have a unique ability to both satisfy sweet cravings and offer a complex, anise-like taste that distinguishes them from other confectionery.