Not All Licorice Is Real Licorice, Tom's Bildak black salty licorice candy from Denmark shaped like Car Tires
The following exceeding good article about licorice is from an organic licorice company that I am going to start working with.
The Unique Properties of (Real) Licorice
Licorice enjoys a rare position in the long catalog of plants used by mankind. We use it as a candy, a sweetener and flavoring agent, and in both modern and traditional medicine as a natural herbal remedy to treat heartburn, coughs, various kinds of gastritis, acid reflux, even stomach ulcers. An extract of licorice is commonly used in the UK and other parts of Europe in the treatment of such ulcers, and the root has long been the home remedy for heartburn and acid reflux.
Real licorice has a strong and distinctive sweet flavor that has been prized for its own sake and its soothing qualities for centuries. Napoleon sucked on licorice sticks because he liked them. The Egyptian pharaoh, Tutankhamen, was buried with a substantial quantity of licorice for use in the afterlife (whether this was for its value as a candy or as medicine, or both, we don’t know).
In short, real licorice not only tastes good, it’s also good for you.
Not All Licorice Is Licorice
When you buy licorice candy in your local supermarket or candy store, what exactly are you buying? If you live in the United States, the chances are it isn’t licorice. So-called “licorice” candy is flavored with anise (the same herb that gives Pernod its distinctive flavor) or synthetic substitutes. Sugar then becomes a major ingredient, since anise lacks the sweetness of real licorice. Oddly enough, although actual licorice extract is produced in the United States, 90% or more is used to flavor other things, such as cough medicines and (believe it or not) tobacco. Even if you do manage to find the real thing, it will almost certainly have been chemically altered in various ways. (See “Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice (DGL)” for more information.) Only licorice extract in its pure, original form can be certified organic