Getting to the Root of National Licorice Day | KCET
Getting to the Root of National Licorice Day
Today, according to the ever-mysterious-and-surely-cloaked food-holiday-naming board, is National Licorice Day. While it seems like a relatively straight-forward food -- "it's that candy stuff your grandmother puts in a glass dish when she knows you're heading over" -- licorice itself is a complex root, used nearly every way you can. It's been extracted, brewed, mixed with tobacco, just plain chewed, and most likely thrust into the complex throwback cocktail you downed the other night. And while those variations are all well and good, they don't photograph nearly as well as the candy version, which is why that's mostly what our gallery consists of. Happy National Licorice Day!