National Licorice Day is observed throughout the United States on April 12 of every year. National Licorice Day was created to celebrate the history and health benefits of black licorice. Black licorice comes in twists, candies, ropes, jelly beans, jewels, and much more. Licorice is the root of Glycyrrhiza glabra, a sweet flavor extracted from it is used to flavor candies or sweeteners. These extracts are also used in herbalism and traditional medicine. Licorice is said to have few side effects like increased blood pressure, low potassium level, brain damage, and muscle weakness if consumed excessively. In most parts of America, there are two varieties of licorice, i.e., black licorice, red licorice, flavored with strawberry, cherry, or raspberry. Licorice is also used in tea, desserts, alcohol, and even cosmetics. This day is celebrated with many types and flavors of licorice.
“Licorice is the liver of candy.” – Michael O’Donoghue
History of National Licorice Day
Licorice International established National Licorice Day in 2004. Licorice International created this holiday to observe all things that are made from licorice. This day is also found to be listed in Chase’s Calendar of Events, celebrating specifically the black licorice with its history and health benefits. Licorice International offers free samples of licorice candy with discounts and gifts for licorice lovers on April 12. Grab this day to try and enjoy your favorite licorice candy.
Other Celebrations on April 12
April 12 is also celebrated as
- National Walk On Your Wild Side Day
- National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
- International Be Kind To Lawyers Day
How to Celebrate the Day
It can be marked by simply hogging your delicious candies. On this day take some time to know about other licorice products with their benefits and uses. Enjoy and appreciate the flavor and rich history of the chewy licorice. Take this day as an excuse to eat all types and characteristics of licorice. You can take a tour of Licorice International and taste the variety of licorice flavors they hold. Try out other products of licorice-like tea, coffee, or alcohol. You can observe this day by gifting your sweet tooth friend a box of licorice. Post pictures and share your National Licorice Day celebrations on social media by using #NationalLicoriceDay.
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