Pure licorice root: chew to enjoy the sweet licorice flavor. Sold as a treat in 19th and 20th century candy stores. Originally brought to North America in the 1600s, the root can also be used as a spice and tea. Includes 10 roots in a heat-sealed bag with the history on the label: easy to store, easy to carry, easy to give as a gift.
A Bit of History
The licorice plant arrived in North America with the British in the 1600s. Native Americans quickly adopted the licorice plant as did the enslaved African Americans. Roots and barks have always been used as toothbrushes, remedies, tea, and spice, and the licorice root was one of them. In the mid-1800s, at the start of today’s candy industry, the licorice root became a penny candy, and the extract was used to flavor sweets. Licorice eventually played a leading role in one of the nation’s top soda flavors: root beer.