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Our hard boiled sweets with liquorice has developed a lot through the years, and today we divide them into 3 categories: Strong liquorice, sweet liquorice and acidic liquorice. In the strong liquorice, there are 2 further subcategories: Menthol-strong and ammonia-strong.

Liquorice

Liquorice is one the flavours that characterizes and identifies Scandinavians.

 

In contradiction to the fact that the liquorice root originates from and is made in the Mediterranean, Iran, Russia, Turkey and China, the taste which we connect with liquorice is one that in no way appeals to the local areas. In Scandinavia, the very sweet liquorice is mixed with ammonia to create the Nordic salt liquorice, whereas liquorice is enjoyed in its raw form in the countries of its origin. Here the fresh roots are chewed, boiled for tea or distilled with alcohol.

The best liquorice comes from Iran. The entire plant smells and tastes of liquorice due to a content of potassium and calcium salt and glycyrrhicin acid. These glucosides have a sweetening effect which is 50 times as powerful as cane sugar. Furthermore, the plant contains a wide range of other substances, including more casual aromatics like anethole and geraniol.

Liquorice is an acknowledged natural remedy which has been given to relief infections for thousands of years. It has a positive effect on the healing of wounds and infections. It is beneficial for the immune system as it strengthens the production of interferon. Liquorice also helps relieving a sore throat, cures the digestive tract, works as an expectorant, helps regulate the blood sugar, cleanses and detoxifies the blood, has a mildly laxative effect, reduces stress and helps with headaches and is found to lessen the desire to smoke.

It is however important to know that excessive intake of liquorice can, as so many other things, also have a less wanted to harmful effect.

 

Handmade in Copenhagen

We have retained the old manufacturing method, so the candies are still produced as for over 125 years ago. Watch our video to get an insight in the manufacturing method, or visit our factory in Copenhagen.

 

Our liquorice candies

 

Other liquorice and candy manufacturers use liquorice aroma or liquorice granulate. Liquorice granulate is a chemical extract from the liquorice roots which is sprayed dry to recreate the fine powder form. Liquorice aromas are often liquorice granulate mixed with water and propylenglycole and other aromas “identical to nature”.

At Sømods Bolcher we only use raw liquorice powder, which is powdered dried liquorice roots that have not undergone any further processing or extraction. It is the clean product, and thus all of the beneficial active ingredients and not least the quality of the taste is still there. It is easy to taste the difference between powdered liquorice root and processed liquorice granulate.

Our hard boiled sweets with liquorice have developed a lot through the years, and today we divide them into 3 categories: Strong liquorice, sweet liquorice and acidic liquorice. In the strong liquorice, there are 2 further subcategories: Menthol-strong and ammonia-strong.

The classic liquorice that we know in Denmark is the traditional ammonia liquorice including cough candies, Dameskrå with liquorice and Dad candies.

If you want a bit more of the fresh liquorice we have added crystals of menthol, which has a beneficial effect on the respiratory tract. As some of our more modern initiatives we have also mixed liquorice with different fruit flavours or with raw cacao powder to give either sweetness or acid to the candies. The selection has grown a lot over the past 15 years. Primarily in line with the annual culture night in Copenhagen on Friday in week 41. On this night, we announce a new type of candy of every year, which in the majority has been a liquorice candy.

We love to experiment with new flavours and interesting combinations and we do not hesitate to go from thought to production. If you have an interesting idea you are more than welcome to share it with us. Perhaps your idea could become the new culture night candy.

 
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