Loving Liquorice ice cream

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18 Responses

  1. Jakki says:

    Can you tell me where you found or purchased the Bilione licorice stick you suggested.

    • Anders says:

      Dear Jakki,

      I actually found them in a local shop but you should be able to find equivalent sticks on Amazon or via other on-line providers (search for ‘pure licorice sticks’; they are sometimes also called “pure licorice juice sticks”). Good luck!

  2. Sonya says:


    I followed your recipe but I got licorice powder and salty licorice syrup from Lakrids by Johan Bulow.
    It works perfectly and his other licorice products are amazing!!

    • Sofia says:

      I also used liquorice powder but found that you needed more of it to create the right intensity of liquorice for the ice cream. However, my mother was Danish so I grew up loving liquorice very strong and that might be the reason! The recipe is delicious and I found the whole tub completed when I woke up! I couldn’t find any liquorice stick in any shops but using liquorice powder works nicely as a substitute!

  3. Charles says:

    2 stars
    I laughed at your comment early in the recipe, ‘as noted, I am no particular fan of liquorice myself…’ But, later in the recipe, you recommend, ‘In my experience, adding the whole stick might make the experience a bit intense even for dedicated fans of liquorice…’. What does your wife like? As she is the liquorice fan, I’m interested in her opinion. 1/2 stick? 3/4? A full stick (egads!)? I made the ice cream this evening and will be going with TWO sticks the next time I make it. The sticks I purchased are direct from Italy and (very) authentic and intense. It actually surprised me how ‘different’ the taste is from the licorice ice creams I’ve search for in retail ice cream outlets. But, the recipe below is still too weak for my ‘ideal’ tastes. I’ll update my rating for this recipe once I’ve increased the ‘sticks’.

    • Anders says:

      Yes, the difference to most retail liquorice ice creams is quite baffling.

      As to the issue of strength, I relayed your question to my wife who told me that she personally would not go beyond one stick per batch, but each to their own, I guess 🙂
      I am confident that you will find your own personal favourite liquorice strength: luckily, the possibility to shamelessly pander to one’s own preferences when it comes to things like flavour strength remains one of the best reasons I know of for making one’s own ice cream!

  4. Peggy says:

    Another liquorice ice cream recipe to try, yay! While I only like liquorice candy, I love liquorice ice cream. Dairy seems to be a good companion for liquorice and when I’ve convinced dyed-in-the-wool liquorice haters to please just taste the ice cream they have all been surprised. The worst comment the ice cream received was, “It’s OK, I don’t hate it” 🙂

    I have never seen the juice sticks before. My first try was using the only average quality liquorice straps from the supermarket; they turned the ice cream a very nasty olive drab colour, sort of like old split pea soup! Next I found Dutch liquorice ‘coins’, which made a pretty good ice cream but took forever to dissolve.

    Since eBay came along I have been able to get Deglycyrrhizinated licorice powder, from India. It still tastes like real liquorice, but will not raise the blood pressure, meaning I can add as much as I like, and eat immoderate amounts of the ice cream if I feel like it.

    Larkins has some nice looking recipes on their site. The combination of a liquorice ice cream with chocolate cake sounds wonderful. Their products look very good, but the shipping to Australia is very expensive so I will stick with my reliable Indian supplier. Can’t wait to try your recipe!

  5. Lynn says:

    I made this ice cream with 1 1/2 sticks of licorice juice sticks and I also added 1/4 teaspoon of pure anise extract. I added black food coloring also. It was delicious. I will definitely be making again. Thank you.

    • Anders says:

      Hi Lynn!
      Great to hear that your liqorice ice cream turned out deliciously – with the black food coloring, I imagine that it must have looked good too 🙂

  6. Susan says:

    Can I use ouzo to vanilla base. Would it freeze? I love licorice and sometime just pour a little ouzo over vanilla ice cream but would love to just add it to the freezer.

    • Anders says:

      Hi Susan,
      Yes – you can certainly add alcohol to (all) ice cream bases. As long as you don’t go overboard and add too much, you should be fine. Since Ouzo is a hard liquor, and since – in my experience – even small amounts of alcohol go a long way in ice creams when it comes to flavouring. I would start out (also according to taste, of course) with, say, 2-3 tablespoons of Ouzo. Best of luck!

  7. NOLA says:

    5 stars
    I found the licorice Juice sticks, made in italy at a home brew beer making supply store. In Columbia SC, they are available online at beer making suppliers.. they use it for stouts and dark beers… who knew? I have used CLAEYS licorice hard candy ground fine in softened vanilla ice cream.. Yummy added a bit of Lorrann Licorice flavoring to intensify…. re:CLAEYS,i called the company and they state they use ANISE as flavor for Licorice Candy ?. As far as coloring, use Wilton cake coloring paste, black it will make it DARK if you so choose. So happy to have found this site..add a shake of sea salt to your Licorice ice cream before eating it.. intensifying the licorice flavor.

  8. beverly best says:

    I brought licorice powder back from Denmark. The best I had in Scandinavia had a ribbon of raspberry running through it. The combination was fantastic. Will try tonight! Thanks

  9. Mandy says:

    5 stars
    Truly delicious! Finally a licorice ice cream that tastes like “real” licorice should 🙂

  10. Andy says:

    5 stars
    Nice recipe – thanks, easy to follow and the results are consistent. I thought I’d leave a review as I have been using it a lot over the last few months! I’ve been having good fun with theis recipe and have been playing with it a bit as well by trying different types of liquorice. The Honey flavoured liquorice from http://www.liquoriceheaven.com works really well. They also sell the Lakrids sweet liquorice sauce for an extra hit 😀

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