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Licorice is not a recent discovery. The ancient Egyptians used it as a pharmaceutical, and copious supplies were found in King Tut's tomb. Egyptian hieroglyphics record the use of licorice as a popular beverage among the men of the time.

Manuscripts from 360 A.D. talk of licorice helping eye ailments, skin diseases, coughs, and loss of hair. Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar are on record as endorsing the benefits of eating licorice. Since the 14th century, it has been said to soothe coughs, colds, and bronchitis.

Modern licorice candy dates from 17th century Holland. At the time, Holland was one of the world's most powerful countries. Her intrepid sailors spread this wonderful delicacy to other European nations. Today, licorice candy is manufactured throughout Europe, America, and Australia.

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You're welcome whatnauts, I'm glad you saw the link. I like knowing licorice is a plant... but does it count as a vegetable??? When I broke a tooth it was on a piece of bacon!! I'm still careful when I eat bacon, so I understand your reticence with licorice!!


Actually, no, it was a fresh twizzler which did the nasty. The dentist said it was because licorice is sticky. I'm probably being unfair to licorice, as the tooth would have broken regardless...

Thanks for the link. I never think about licorice coming from plant!!


I can understand your reluctance since breaking a tooth whatnauts... it must have been one of those really long tough bootlaces. I just researched pontefract cakes... and found some info on an English county council website (not at all where I expected to see it)!! Thanks for visiting :~))


I only like red licorice, but the last time I had some, I broke a tooth and so I have shied away from it. Thanks for the licorice info - I had not heard of pontefract cakes before.


Oh Ardy, I am sorry you're not able to enjoy licorice!! I'm glad you were able to enjoy the puzzle though, thanks :~))

Yes Barb, you can still buy them... but my favourites are the licorice ones that have coconut in pink and yellow around the licorice centre!!

You're welcome to the candy corn Octomom! Thanks for visiting.

You're welcome Jan - I'm glad you've enjoyed today's puzzle :~)

I think it's a bit like Marmite Hanne, people either love it or hate it!! How interesting that you have it made near where you live, thanks for that info!

I let my fingers do the walking John, and search the web! If you want more info on licorice check out the website...
I love it!! Thanks - LOL

Thanks Magda, I'm glad you had fun and enjoyed the info :~)

I don't think I've ever had salted licorice Edie... I hope you enjoyed your katjes today!!

You're welcome PJ - I like to try and keep you surprised by my choice of celebration day!! I have to confess I have no idea that any of the days exist (with few exceptions) until I do the research!!


Thank you Mandy - for supplying yet another surprise, fun images and interesting info. I had no idea sucha Day existed :-)))


Having been born just across the border from Holland we grew up loving black licorice. Katjes were a favourite as were the salted and double salted. Pontefract cakes are still available Barb. My daughter just brought me some really good ones from Montreal but you can get them here as well. Some Bulk Barns use to sell them. Thanks Mandy. Now I'm going to enjoy a katjes in honour of this special day.


Good to know, that licorice has so many medicinal uses. So I should eat more of it. Love it. Thank you Mandy for the fun and the info.


Love licorice but where do you get all the info. thanks jb :-)))


Ohh, I don't like it but on our island is made some very famous licorice that is exported to other countries. Thanks so very much Mandy!!


Call me a licorice lover, too! Yummy! Black and red are my favorites. What a great puzzle, Mandy!
Thanks for it and for the research!


I had to solve this puzzle now, Mandy, before you posted it, since I'm never first, much less make the board. Really nice puzzle. I'm not a licorice person, so I'll take the candy corn on the left instead.


Ooh, I'm with Ardy on this one. Absolutely love licorice and I love the images you've used, Mandy! And I haven't seen pontefract cakes since I was very young .... are they still in existence? A real treat for me these days is a package of Bassett's licorice allsorts. Yum yum!!!! :-))


My favorite (next to chocolate) both of which are on the "No,No" list any more. But black jelly beans were to eagerly devour at Easter and at Halloween. When I was small my grandfather had cough drops called "Helps" which were tiny licorice squares. For me they were a treat. Thanks, Mandy. A delicious day coming up.