I feel progressively proud for not indulging in chocolate for a while now. I did have a huge bowl of chocolate ice-cream last night, but it was a freezing night and the chilled air always makes me feel in the mood for smooth crystallized scoops of dairy. Trying to fill the chocolate void, I found myself turning to other treats. I frequent two shops where I normally pop in for milk and dried fruit, and it so happens that both of these shops stock glorious liquorice.
The one has the liquorice tubes filled with soft candy, the brown one is my absolute favorite! I can have the pink or orange, but they tend to be a bit sweeter. The other shop has those flat strips made of smaller strips, and also the normal long round strip. Yummeee.
I just realized whilst buying a few things,that even the people at the shop have taken note of my small addition that I normally get, when the guy told me they just got a new batch of liquorise in. It is truly yummy and definitely leaves me satisfied for much longer than most treats with a taste that lingers long after you are done munching away.
Liquorice comes from the liquorice root. Who would have thought a root could give so much satisfaction! There is an active ingredient in liquorice herb called glycyrrhizin, a sweetener more than 50 times as sweet as sucrose. Licorice root has a bunch of health benefits including helping with asthma, athlete’s foot, body odour, chronic fatigue, depression, colds and flu, coughs, dandruff, and tooth decay, ulcers, liver problems, menopause, soar throat, and arthritis.
The list seems endless with many more benefits that I have not even mentioned. So reflecting on that, I feel much less guilty for indulging in this wonderful treat that is surely black gold.