If you tend to keep your hands off licorice until Halloween rolls around, why not enjoy it on the regular? Today’s licorice offerings don’t come in an oversized tub, but resealable bags filled with more wholesome ingredients like fresh fruit purée, molasses, and more. Is it still candy? You bet, but it’s a better choice than what you grew up noshing on.
Top Licorice Brands
To stock your licorice stash, these two brands are the top picks.
This candy company was started by a family based in New Zealand who loved licorice so much, they decided to create the best version they could find. RJ’s has been in business for 20 years, and all their products are made with non-GMO and sustainably sourced ingredients.
YumEarth was started by two dads committed to making treats without high-fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors, and dyes. The brand uses sustainably grown ingredients and real fruit extracts to sweeten your day. Every product is gluten-free, peanut-free, and tree nut-free.
If licorice is the candy you crave, here are the best types of licorice to enjoy.
RJ’s Licorice Soft Eating Natural Black Licorice
This licorice is non-GMO verified and the perfect chewy texture. Made from natural licorice root, plus anise extract, molasses, and cane sugar, it’s an enjoyable nibble any day of the week.
RJs Licorice Soft Eating Natural Raspberry
For sweet flavor, try raspberry licorice made in small batches from natural licorice root grown in New Zealand. The 7-ounce pouch is just the right size to keep on hand without worrying about overindulging.
YumEarth Organics Strawberry Licorice
Here’s a USDA Certified Organic licorice made from real fruit juice, organic cane sugar, and organic brown rice syrup. You won’t find any high-fructose corn syrup, soy, or dairy inside, and the licorice sticks are gluten-free, too.
YumEarth Organics Pomegranate Licorice
Try a new spin on licorice with pomegranate and cherry juice concentrate. All the ingredients are USDA Certified Organic, so you can feel better about treating yourself. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free, the whole family will love this bag.
DIY Candy Recipes
It’s easy to DIY some of your favorite packaged goodies. Check out these recipes for candy tips!
Almond Butter Cups
Decadent, creamy, and paleo-friendly, everyone will love this fresh take on a candy classic. Sweetened with maple syrup and raw honey, it’s a great gluten-free and vegetarian option.
Walnut Date Candies
This 5-ingredient candy is inspired by Morocco. Dates, walnuts, and a splash of orange blossom water make this floral dessert extra special.
Chocolate-Covered Pumpkin Seed Brittle
Kick up basic brittle with pumpkin seeds, pine nuts, and cardamom. (Then dip the brittle in melted chocolate for good measure.) Holiday guests young and old won’t be able to resist a bite.