Lakritsfestivalen {Licorice Food Festival} – From Panne Cotta to Massage Oil

24 Apr
2012

I never expected I could be a licorice lover. Growing up, I loved one and one type of licorice candy: Jelly Belly licorice.

My mom love licorice, like real licorice candy in the US. The Swedish variety was too salty for her tastes but she still enjoyed them. And she’s the only person I know in the US that actually ate real licorice candy, not the “red licorice” or alternative fake licorices.

The Licorice Balloon Lady

On Sunday when I went to the Lakritsfestivalen {Licorice Food Festival}, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was on a mission to figure out why Swedes love licorice, but I did not expect to fall in love with licorice too.

Boy oh boy! Licorice is delicious.

Soft, chewy.

Sweet, salty (not too salty though!)…

And flavored with citrus or berries, yum!

I had so many interesting flavors and types of licorice at the festival.

Powdered licorice
It’s the new culinary ‘in’ thing. Martin Jörgensen, founder of Lakritsfabriken, says to “Use it as a spice and add a dash of it to your sweet and savory dishes.”

What licorice powder looks like

He made this delicious panne cotta with licorice
Licorice Panne cotta with a dollop of raspberries

And he also made raspberry smoothie. That was amazing! Raspberries and licorice are like best friends.

Others used the powdered licorice to season salads (no tasting available) and in cotton candy. That was nuts.

Candies, fudges, jams and everything else in between
At the show, there were the traditional candy powerhouses Malaco and Panda but the most exciting was meeting all the small boutique companies.

My stash of licorice infused goodies

The orange confiture with licorice from Liquorice Reglisse, an Italien company, will be exciting to try! I had no idea Italy is one of the largest produces of licorice from the southern region called Kalabria.

A favorite was the Australian soft and slightly sweet candy from Kookaburra

Cupcakes
Licorice flavored cupcakes
Lots of interesting and somewhat odd flavors:
Michelle Obama – chocolate, almond, raspberry, licorice
Black Violet – licorice, violet, salt licorice
Old school – licorice, anise, fennel, pistachio nut
Finnish citrus – licorice, lemon, salt licorice
H&D – chocolate, star anise, salt licorice
Pingvinen {Penguin} – licorice, mint, salt licorice sauce

Super über salty licorice from Iceland
Icelandic Lakkrisdjöflar

Mini cupcakes from Damen med Bakelsen
Mini mini Truffles

Chocolate
Dark Milk Chocolate + Licorice

Frejyu Lakkris Draumur – Supposedly the first licorice+chocolate created
Frejyu Lakkris Draumur

Macaroons
Licorice Macaroon

Bath & Body infused licorice
Can you imagine candy-infested smelling store Bath and Body Works selling a licorice soap, shampoo, and massage oil?

Queen of Licorice did just that. They make organic soaps, massage oils, lip balms, shampoo and conditioners. Licorice is a medicinal plant and it’s ability to cure dry coughs, excema, dandruff, makes it magical plant used in ayruvedic medicine for thousands of years.

The Queen of Licorice products are meant to help people with dry and flakey as well as improve their mood (licorice releases adrenline in the body). I picked up a massage oil in the hopes of curing my excema on my arm. Let the experimenting begin!

Licorice Books
The books are not made of licorice; they’re books about licorice. I know, disappointed.

Annica Triberg and Annika Wallin wrote the definite guide to licorice called Lakrits. It’s a historical, cultural, and cookbook all rolled into one. So far it’s only in Swedish but available at the major bookstores. I already love the book and have learned so much about this little root.

Annica Triberg and Annika Wallin

Did you know that people used to brush their teeth by using a piece of licorice root and rubbing it on the teeth? True story.

Lakrits, Mynt, & Choklad is a cookbook by bestselling author Elisabeth Johansson. I flipped through the book and everything looks amazing. Still need to get my hands on one, I’m excited to try my own licorice panne cotta.

Elisabeth Johansson

All in all, it was a great time and I’m hoping to try out some licorice based recipes now!

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4 Responses to Lakritsfestivalen {Licorice Food Festival} – From Panne Cotta to Massage Oil

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Dennis Christen

September 20th, 2012 at 10:25

Years ago I had the pleasure of tasting a Swedish candy called Lakrits. They look like an american M&M type candy that was small and round but flat that was black coated with natural licorice flavoring. It had chocolate inside and the combination was wonderful to taste. I have been looking all over the internet to see if any place in Sweden still makes this wonderful candy. Thank you for your time and hope you have a wonderful day. Dennis, goodbye

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Sapphire

September 25th, 2012 at 15:41

@Dennis – Do you remember if there was another name it was called? Lakrits translates to licorice so I’m a bit hesitant if the candy brand was the same.

But perhaps our licorice eaters here can help Dennis out and know the candy name??

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Dennis Christen

October 7th, 2012 at 08:25

Sapphire

Thanks for answering back and sorry that I haven’t been able to get right back with you as I have been having family problems with my elderly mother. The name I was give was Lakrits and I did know it translates to licorice–it didn’t make sense to me either when the friend told me that is what they were looking for. I do have a website at http://www.munchiessweetsandtreats.com/Licorice-Lakrits-Dark-Chocolate-Lentils-Candy-5LB-Bag_p_2091.html and maybe you could go to and get an idea of what I am talking about. Thanks again for your time. Sincerely….Dennis

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Inga

July 18th, 2013 at 23:10

I, too, have been looking for this same licorice coated chocolate lentil candy. They used to be sold at the local Scandinavian import store, but now I can only find them online, apparently made in the US. I would like to find the Swedish made candy!

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