National Licorice Day

April 12

When is National Licorice Day?

National Licorice Day happens on Friday April 12, 2024.

A Sweet Celebration: National Licorice Day

On April 12th, we celebrate National Licorice Day! This is a day to appreciate the unique flavor and texture of licorice, and the many ways it can be enjoyed. But where did this sweet treat come from, and what is it used for? Let’s find out!

The First Licorice Candy

Licorice has been around for centuries, but its use as a candy only dates back to the 1800s. It was first produced in England in the late 1700s, when British confectioners mixed molasses with anise oil and boiled them together until a soft mass formed. The final product was then cut into strips or shapes to create licorice candy. Gradually, this treats popularity spread across Europe and eventually made its way to America.

The Uses of Licorice

Today there are countless varieties of licorice available in stores around the world. Aside from being a delicious snack, it also has medicinal benefits that can help relieve indigestion, sore throats, and coughs. In addition to this, it also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce swelling in joints or muscles. Finally, licorice has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries as a remedy for bronchitis and other respiratory conditions.

Licorice Around the World

Licorice is enjoyed all over the world in many different forms. In Italy and Greece, you will find salty licorice flavored with fennel oil or aniseed oil; whereas in Scandinavia they prefer a sour and salty licorice candy made with ammonium chloride (also known as salmiak). No matter how you like it – sweet or salty – licorice is sure to please your taste buds!
This April 12th let’s celebrate National Licorice Day by indulging our sweet tooth with some tasty treats! Whether you stick to traditional American varieties or try something new from another part of the world – like Italian aniseed licorices – you won’t regret it! And remember that while enjoying your favorite licorices might be delicious fun, they also have medicinal benefits that can help keep your body healthy too! So go ahead and treat yourself on April 12th – you deserve it! Happy National Licorice Day!

When does National Licorice Day happen next year?

National Licorice Day will happen on the following upcoming dates:

  • Saturday April 12, 2025
  • Sunday April 12, 2026
  • Monday April 12, 2027
  • Wednesday April 12, 2028
  • Thursday April 12, 2029


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