A favorite for some and an acquired taste for others, black licorice is a candy with both sweet and bitter notes. It is made by extracting juice from licorice root, which in addition to making candy, also has a variety of health benefits. Licorice candy is a specialty of Southern Italy, where the root has been grown and pressed for hundreds of years. Amarelli is one of the most trusted producers of black licorice in Calabria and beyond.
The Sweet History of Amarelli Italian Licorice
The Amarelli family has been crafting quality Italian candy for centuries. Documentation going as far back as 1500 shows the Amarelli family building the stone pits needed to brew “sweet roo,t” or as we better know it today, licorice candy. In 1731, Amarelli built industrialized vats called “concio” to extract the liquid from the licorice root, and the company still uses the concio to craft their candy today. The company has expanded to sell other varieties of licorice, such as breath mints and teas, but licorice candy remains their most iconic product.
What Kinds of Licorice Does Amarelli Sell?
Amarelli is a paradise for licorice fans! They sell their candy in beautifully illustrated tin boxes. For classic licorice fans, Black Licorice Candy or Red Licorice Candy would be ideal, or for a twist on the traditional, try Honey and Licorice Candy.
Licorice’s health benefits are said to include better respiratory and digestive health. For a sore throat or a queasy stomach, Amarelli Licorice Herbal Tea combines shaved licorice root with aromatic tea leaves. Take a spoonful of Amarelli Licorice Powder to ease symptoms when you feel a cold coming on, or mix it into baked goods such as cakes and brownies.