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Differences Between Black and Red Licorice

Black vs Red Licorice

Who doesn’t love candies and sweets? When we were kids, we were often given candies as treats. Even if we flashed an incomplete set of teeth when we were young, we couldn’t resist eating candies. For kids, candies are heavenly treats. Kids can’t live without them. Do you remember chewing that black or red, long, thin, gummy tube of candy? Perhaps you won’t remember their names since kids are more concerned about the taste rather than troubling themselves with a candy’s name. They are called licorice, the black licorice and the red licorice.

The differences between these two yummy candies are obviously their colors. But actually, they can be made from different flavoring ingredients; thus giving them their unique black and red colors. A licorice is a delicious confectionery from the root extracts of the licorice plant. The black licorice is more popular in places such as North America. Usually, the licorice candy comes out in the form of gummy, chewy tubes or ropes.

For the black licorice, its main ingredients are the root extracts from the licorice plant, sugar, and a binder which can either be flour, gelatin, etc. To achieve that shiny, black licorice appeal, you need to add other ingredients like beeswax. To exude that traditional, black color, you have to add some molasses. With the right black licorice recipe, you can have your own epic black licorice at home. Another ingredient to make your black licorice extra tasty, or rather extra salty, some recipes use ammonium chloride. Even if you mix in ammonium chloride, the overall black licorice product won’t be that salty since there is a higher concentration of sugar.

As for the red licorice, they are popular in several other countries. The red licorice was made to create a new version of the original, black licorice. You can make red licorice from the extracts of red fruits instead of the traditional root extracts from the liquorice plant. You can use strawberries, raspberries, cherries, and cinnamon for your red licorice. The preparation of black licorice and red licorice is just the same. When making the red licorice, you also need these ingredients: beeswax and a binding agent.

The beeswax gives the red licorice its shiny appeal. With a thin coating of this transparent liquid, you can have a shiny, red licorice, the same as your black licorice. Shiny, chewy, tube candies are a big hit for kids since they are easily mesmerized by the way the candies look. As we have said earlier, we also need a binder for red licorice which includes starch, gelatin, or gum Arabic. If you mix in a large proportion of the binding agent, it can diminish the dark-red hue of your red licorice, so be sure to decide beforehand how much you will put in.


  1. A licorice is a delicious confectionery originally from the root extracts of a licorice plant. It is a long, chewy candy which can either be black or red.

  2. Licorice comes in the form of ropes or tubes. The most essential ingredients for making the licorice candy are the flavoring agents, a binder, and beeswax.

  3. To make black licorice, you need molasses. On the other hand, to make red licorice, you need strawberries, raspberries, cherries, or cinnamon..

  4. The binders that can be used for your black and red licorice candies are: starch, gelatin, or gum Arabic. The beeswax is coated on the outer covering of the candies to give it a shiny appearance.

  5. The black licorice is popular in North America while the red licorice is popular in several other countries across the globe.

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1 Comment

  1. Black Licorice is redundant
    Red is usually Strawberry Whips
    Purple is Grape Vines
    end of story………….

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