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HARIBO liquorice - grated, boiled and poured into moulds

The raw material for all liquorice products is made from the root of the liquorice plant (Glycyrrhiza glabra). The roots are dug out, washed, peeled, dried then grated and boiled in water. The result is a thick, black mass that is poured into blocks before cooling. These typical, rock-hard 5 kg blocks of raw liquorices are then delivered to HARIBO production facilities and processed further.

In the HARIBO "kitchen"

In the HARIBO "kitchen" the liquorice blocks are first cut into small pieces and then these pieces are dissolved in hot water. To ensure the typical flavour of the various liquorice varieties, at least three percent of the liquorice root extract must be present. Depending on the product being produced, ingredients such as sugar, glucose syrup, wheat flour, modified starches or gelatine, salt and other flavourings may be added. The addition of starches or gelling agents determine the consistency and malleability of the liquorice products.

Poured and extruded liquorices

Lakritz Press

Generally speaking there is a difference between poured and extruded liquorices (also referred to as soft liquorice). When making poured liquorice, the product is boiled to create a thick syrup and then, like when making fruit gums, with the help of moulding system poured into boxes containing negative forms made using corn starch. Once the mass has dried, the liquorice sweets are polished to a shine with beeswax and carnauba wax.
Extruded liquorice, on the other hand is boiled and extruded, for example, pressed under high temperatures and pressures through a nozzle to create the shape.

Liquorice confectionary

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To create liquorice confectionary, extruded liquorice is combined with sugar pastes in various different flavours. This creates dice with a number of layers, as in the liquorice/coconut combination one of the absolute classics of HARIBO.

Sugar-coated liquorice dragées

Lakritz dragiert

A liquorice core is coated with a layer of sugar. STAFETTEN, SALI-KRITZ and VIOLA are particularly popular.

Liquorice combinations

Lakritz Vampire

The combination products are part of the group of poured liquorice varieties. Fruit gums and liquorice are poured together into a mould. This is how the popular HARIBO VAMPIRES are created, among others.

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