Monday, January 31, 2011

New from Licorice International: Handmade Licorice Soap

Looking for a unique gift for a licorice lover? How about a way to pamper yourself? Try our new licorice soap.  This handmade soap is available exclusively through Licorice International. It's handcrafted in small batches at Windy Hill Farm in Malcolm, Nebraska. The soap provides the wonderful aroma of licorice and star anise in a highly moisturizing combination of olive oil and aloe glycerin, infused with licorice tea. All natural, vegan ingredients you can feel good about. At only $4 a bar, you can afford to give some as gifts and keep some for yourself.  Click here to order licorice soap.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Chocolate and Licorice: A Wonderful Combination for Valentine's Day. Valentine Gift Ideas from Licorice International

Chocolate makes a great Valentine's Day gift. But what if your loved one is a licorice lover? How about a gift of chocolate-covered licorice? The pairing of chocolate and licorice is amazing. During the winter months, Licorice International offers the following chocolate and licorice combinations (Click on the title to order):

Chocolate Licorice Lentils: Deep dark chocolate with a delicate licorice candy coating. A wonderful treat for both the licorice and chocolate lover. Made by Koppers.

Kookaburra Chocolate-Covered Black: Gourmet licorice from Australia drenched in rich milk chocolate. This has to be the best combination ever. Kookaburra is the best selling licorice at Licorice International.

Kookaburra Chocolate-Covered Strawberry: Strawberry licorice from Australia is drenched in rich milk chocolate to create an amazing taste sensation!

Know someone who isn't a licorice lover? Give them the Cordial Quartet. A tasty sampler of four gourmet flavors--Cappuccino, Sambuca, Creme Brulee, and Amaretto--will be sure to please any chocolate lover. Made by Koppers Chocolates.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Listen to the Podcast of the Licorice Ladies on Pursuit of Success

Elizabeth and Ardith, owners of Licorice International, headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska, were featured on a recent broadcast of "Pursuit of Success," a weekly radio program on KFOR-1240 AM in Lincoln. They talked about how they grew the business from a small mail-order operation to a successful on-line business and local retail store. Find out the secrets of their success. A must-listen for anyone who desires to be successful (as well as licorice lovers).  Listen or download the podcast of the program here:

Elizabeth & Ardith - Licorice International

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Licorice Ladies to be on Pursuit of Success Program

Ardith and Elizabeth, owners of Licorice International, will be interviewed on the "Pursuit of Success" program, which will air on January 19th, at 6:05 p.m. Central Time on KFOR 1240AM in the Lincoln area. No matter where you live, you can listen live on the KFOR website.

Ardith and Elizabeth, known locally as "the licorice ladies," grew Licorice International from a small mail order business to the largest specialty retailer of imported licorice in the United States. Their story will inspire other entrepreneurs, business owners, and anyone who has a dream.

Be watching this blog for information on how you can listen to a podcast of the program after it airs.

Monday, January 17, 2011

A Tribute to Black Licorice

Tim Spahr shared this poem, which he wrote about 10 years ago.

This shiny black confection,

To the senses a connection,
In my youth, tobacco pretended.
And now, I am sure, the taste is just splendid.
But not for all. The flavor unique,
Not for the picky, not for the meek.
The taste is robust,
Try it you must.
A symphony of flavor.
A memory to savor.
Oh mysteries of life,
Oh powers that be,
Why on earth is it so delightful to me?

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Licorice and Wine Pairings: Licorice and Wine Tasting Video by Gary Vaynerchuck

Ever wonder what kind of wine goes well with Licorice? Watch this video to find out. Gary Vaynerchuk of Wine Library TV, pairs Panda Licorice with three different wines: a white Roja, an Italian Primitivo, and a California Zinfadel. Gary is a true licorice lover. He understands that only black licorice is real licorice, and he uses Panda Licorice, the Finnish licorice made from natural ingredients. Panda is currently the best selling licorice in Finland and is quickly gaining popularity in the U.S. It's available on-line through Licorice International.

Enjoy the video:

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Sample Black Licorice Taffy - Similar to Black Jack Taffy

Remember Black Jack Taffy? The chewy combination of anise and licorice flavors in Black Licorice Taffy will remind you of that nostalgic taste treat. This pink, white and black colored taffy has a unique flavor and mouth-pleasing texture. Each delicious piece is individually wrapped.

Now you can sample this delightful piece of sweet nostalgia when you place an order of any size with Licorice International in January.

Sample will be automatically included with your package. If you send a gift, the recipient receives the sample package.

Offer applies to INTERNET AND PHONE ORDERS ONLY. Does not apply to shop purchases.

Click here to order from Licorice International.


Monday, January 3, 2011

Licorice May Help Brain Cells and Delay Diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's

Here's another great reason to eat more licorice: It helps your brain! New research is indicating that a special compound in licorice root (from which real licorice is made) can help slow down the death of cells associated with diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease and other forms of dementia.

The compound is called liquiritigenin (or LQ), and it is being studied by Dr. Rosemarie Booze, the Bicentennial Chair Professor in Behaviorial Neuroscience at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Booze binds to a specific kind of estrogen receptor cell located in the brain.

Click here for more info on this research.

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