You know someone that likes liquorice and you want to treat them to something special. The challenge is, you don’t quite know enough about exactly what sort of liquorice they like to guarantee that your choice of gift will delight them.
This is a common problem in the UK nowadays and you are far from alone. We have hand selected 150 varieties out of literally thousands of options on offer – the range of liquorice available today is bewildering.
However, fear not. We’ve written this to try and take the guesswork away and help you pick the perfect gift that shows both how thoughtful you are and make them go ‘wow!’
A note on our gifting range
Whilst our gift collection has hand-picked a subset of our full range that we think are particularly suited as gifts, every single product we offer can be gifted. This is because we offer a free gift note with every order and we never include a paper invoice in the packaging.
PS If you still aren’t sure what to buy after reading this, please feel free to get in touch and we will be happy to help.
Sweet or Salty?
This is THE big question to answer if you want to give them the perfect liquorice gift!
If you are lucky, they will have mentioned salty liquorice and whether they like it. Quite possibly not though!
The European Classic
As a general rule of thumb, if your intended recipient lives / used to live / has frequently travelled to Northern Europe (The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Norway etc.) or talks about liquorice from these countries then it is a safe bet that they’ll like and prefer the salty stuff.
That doesn't sound like them?
That doesn't sound like them?
In this case sweet liquorice is the safe bet (Although the chances are they’ll like something mildly salty!)
Why is this? Liquorice on the continent is typically salty rather than sweet like is traditional n the UK. On top of that, the further north in Europe you go, the saltier they like it. In the same way that salty liquorice is only recently gaining mainstream popularity in the UK, sweet liquorice is only gaining acceptance in Northern Europe!
PS If you didn’t already know, this isn’t table salt we are talking about – it is ammonium chloride. It is what provides the distinctive saltiness in salt liquorice.
If they aren’t particularly interested in chocolate or you know that they prefer liquorice without it then “black” liquorice is the way to go. If they are also chocoholics, you might be better to skip this and onto the liquorice and chocolate guide further down below.
Was salty liquorice the conclusion reached above? In that case, the chances that they’ll prefer hard liquorice (Especially if Dutch!), it is definitely the safe bet unless of course you know otherwise.
Not sure? Then these options are worth considering:
Liquorice for Chocoholics
Chocolate works really well with liquorice and a massive variety of flavour combinations are available. White, milk or dark chocolate combined with a sweet or salty liquorice and a massive array of flavour options are available (Everything from common things you’d expect like caramel or strawberry to the more unusual like saffron, mango or lime)
We’ve got a number of different artisan liquorice brands that focus on the combination of liquorice and chocolate.
The famous luxury brand
Lakrids by Bülow
Founded by John Bülow in Denmark these are by far the most well-known luxury liquorice brand, featuring in top end food halls and premium shopping malls all over the world.
They are a safe bet as they offer consistently high quality across the entire range, sweet and salty products as well as selection boxes & gift boxes.
Perfect for anyone that is into designer labels or brands as well as foodies!
Fairtrade and gluten free
Sv. Michelsen Chokolade
Sv. Michelsen. This Danish Chocolatier has been around since 1933 and its range is popular with the Danish royal family.
The liquorice range is all based on a tasty sweet liquorice and the quality of the chocolate & flavourings is top-notch.
Whilst they are very well known in Denmark, it is not the case yet in the UK.
The means a gift from the Sv. Michelsen range would make a perfect gift for a sweet liquorice fan that also has a love for chocolate and where you want to gift something unusual / hard to find.
Handcrafted Swedish Liquorice
Heavenly by Schöttinger
This Swedish brand is perfect for the chocolate lover that also likes a bit of salty liquorice.
The quality of the liquorice is excellent and has been combined with top quality Belgian chocolate in a range of interesting flavours.
Luxury Icelandic Liquorice
Founded nearly 60 years ago, this is one of Iceland’s favourite liquorice brands and the creator of Iceland’s favourite liquorice and chocolate treat (Pristur). In the last few years they developed the premium range that we now offer.
The liquorice itself is either sweet or salty but the priority is on the chocolate and flavourings – all but the most salt focused variety would go down well with a sweet liquorice lover. A perfect gift for a chocolate lover that is also partial to a little bit of liquorice.
The metal tins scream quality and are sure to raise a smile when received as a gift. At £6.50 per tin they are also the most budget friendly luxury chocolate & liquorice option.
For the adventurous foodie
This is where Haupt Lakrits steps in. We could have put them in the chocolate and liquorice section (For some of the products at least) but they are known for more than that!
Based near Copenhagen, Sweden they focus on small and single batch artisan liquorice. Single batch means that they literally only make one lot and when it is gone, that is it. It brings a whole new meaning to ‘Limited edition’ and means that you can guarantee that you will be gifting something unique.
Small batch Swedish Liquorice
Expect unusual and punchy flavours from Haupt Lakrits. For example they are well known for creating Svenskjävlar (Literal translation: “Swedish Bastards”), the world’s saltiest liquorice. Whilst most of the range is salty they also offer unique sweet liquorice flavours.
The Haupt range is perfect for anyone that likes hunting for fun and exciting new taste experiences. If they also happen to have an interest in modern design then as an extra bonus you’ll be gifting something with very Scandinavian packaging.
For the keen cooks & Bakers
If they love spending time creating masterpieces in the kitchen it could also be worth considering liquorice cooking ingredients.
all the essential liquorice
We offer the essential liquorice cooking & baking ingredients. We offer products from the famous Italian manufacturer Amarelli due to the high quality of the roots they use from Calabria.
The Spezzata and Spezzatina pure liquorice pellets are loved by chefs including the liquorice queen Nigella Lawson (Used her liquorice recipes such as her famous Basque Burnt Cheesecake).
We’ve also got a guide to cooking with liquorice if you want to be extra knowledgeable about your gifts!