By Mira Temkin
LINCOLN, Neb. — Lovers of confectionery can get a taste of licorice from around the world at Licorice International, located in Lincoln’s Historic Haymarket District.
Licorice International features over 160 different types of licorice, plus European and gourmet candies from more than a dozen countries. Groups traveling on Interstate 80 will enjoy the 25- to 45-minute presentation by the “Licorice Ladies” — Elizabeth Erlandson and Ardith Stuertz, who co-founded the company in 2002.
Real licorice, which is in black licorice candy, comes from the roots of the licorice plant. At Licorice International, visitors will find black licorice caramels, bridge mix, red licorice laces, and strawberry and cream, as well as fine chocolates and gourmet foods. There is even licorice lip balm and licorice soap.
“When guests come to the shop, they’re offered free unlimited samples of our products,” Erlandson said.
“They’ll find sugar-free, gluten-free and dairy-free products too,” Stuertz said.
“During the ‘Taste and Tour,’ we explain the history of licorice and tell in an entertaining way how the company started and why it’s located in the heartland,” Erlandson said.
The tour, which includes a behind-the-scenes look at packaging and shipping operations for customers throughout the United States and around the world, can accommodate up to 50 people.
“Our shop is like a trip down memory lane,” Stuertz said. “People tell us the only thing they could have as kids were licorice cough drops, so licorice became their favorite flavor.”
“It’s really a candy store for adults,” Erlandson said.
Motorcoaches can drop off passengers at the door; motorcoach parking is available within the Haymarket District. The Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau can assist with parking arrangements.
Licorice International is located next to the James Arthur Vineyards Tasting Room for additional touring opportunities.
For more information, call 800-542-6742 or visit licoriceinternational.com.