I do love liquorice and eat it regularly, although it can become a bit of a laxative if you eat too much! However, it tastes really special and has a unique place in the sweet world. As a very young child here in the UK I could buy liquorice sticks which were I think actual twigs.small branches from the actual plant. They were about pencil length and the idea was to chew the end and extract the sweetness. I don't see them around anymore.