The story of the creation of licorice candy
Liquorice or licorice is a medicinal plant. About its medicinal properties known since the days of Tutankhamun. Alexander the great and his warriors 300 years BC drank in the campaigns of the roots of licorice. Ancient Greek and Roman physicians used licorice root as a remedy for cough, colds and catarrh.
In 1760, the English chemist George Dunhill added to the licorice root extract sugar and other ingredients. Since then, the sweet medicine of licorice began to do in many countries of Europe and America. In addition, licorice is a lot in nature, it has grown on designated land under it.
In the UK licorice prefer sweet, in the Nordic countries and the Netherlands make them salty, black color, in the form of a cat or a fish. In Finland, Denmark these chocolates are very common, they are considered a national delicacy. The largest manufacturer of licorice from Spain, although the plant grows wild in the steppe zone from the Mediterranean to the Altai.
Production and medicinal properties of licorice candy
The healing properties of licorice are due to the fact that they are made on the basis of licorice root. Large woody roots of licorice contain glycyrrhizin, a sweet component, which is 150 times sweeter than sugar. Before making candy, licorice roots are soaked, remove them from the peel, boil and make extract, which is then processed and poured into molds, adding different components, salt or sugar.
Candy made in the shape of snails, cats and fish, it can be lollipops, toffees, marmalade. They are considered to be useful not only cough, but also to raise the immunity and help in the treatment of diseases of the internal organs.
Licorice should not eat in large quantities. There are contraindications, so it is advisable to consult a doctor.
Data candy in Russia is not widespread as in Europe, especially in Scandinavia (sachets of 50 g can be found in any store).
Besides candy, on sale there is also licorice powder or liquorice sticks.
Licorice candy can do at home.
- 1 Cup of sugar;
- 1/2 Cup of berry juice;
- 1/2 Cup corn syrup;
- 1/3 Cup of water;
- 1/4 Cup anise extract and powder of liquorice.
Sugar, corn syrup and water cook on medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. When the mixture starts to turn into caramel, add the anise and licorice, mix well and make candy of any shape.
Sweet-bitter liquorice is used in tobacco and hard candy, absinthe, gin, brandy, soothing cough syrup, as well as in the manufacture of high quality Shoe Polish.
To give licorice candy black used charcoal.
At home you can also make a cocktail with licorice.
- freshly squeezed tangerine juice;
a stick of licorice;
In a tall glass put ice. Then add the freshly squeezed tangerine juice. Using a teaspoon gently pour the black vodka. The result is a two-tone cocktail: orange juice layer and a black layer of vodka. Stick of licorice will serve as the tube.