Upon reading the Harry Potter series and watching the movies, one of the first treats you hear about are licorice wands. Licorice wands have appeared in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
What is a licorice wand?
“A Liquorice Wand is a wizarding sweet that is presumably shaped like a wand. They are sold on the on the Hogwarts Express food trolley and at Honeydukes in Hogsmeade.”
- “1991 – Harry Potter bought every sweet available from the food trolley on the Hogwarts Express, including some Liquorice Wands, as he had never had wizarding sweets before and wanted to try everything he could.
- 1994 – On the Hogwarts Express, Ron thinks about buying one before realising that it was too expensive.
- 1995 – “Liquorice wand” was one of several password guesses Harry Potter made when he wanted to gain entrance to the Headmaster’s office, so that he could tell Albus Dumbledore about a vision he had involving Lord Voldemort.
- 1996 – Horace Slughorn invited several students to his compartment on the Hogwarts Express, in order to find new members for the Slug Club. He told his guests that he had brought his own lunch, as he recalled the trolley being “heavy on Liquorice Wands,” and felt that such things would not sit well with “a poor old man’s digestive system.””*
*Information adapted from the Harry Potter Wiki.
How to make your own Licorice wands!
Licorice wands are very easy to make! It is mainly up to your creativity, You can dip licorice in milk or dark chocolate if you prefer, with or without sprinkles, or just plain licorice with a paper handle, the sky is the limit!
This is my take on licorice wands.
- Licorice – Red or Black
- Sprinkles and/or coloured sugars
- 1 bag of white chocolate chips or Candy Melts
- Melt white chocolate chips/candy melts in a double boiler until smooth and fully melted.
- Dip and twist 1/4 of the licorice in melted chocolate and tap off excess.
- Roll in sprinkles or sugar until fully covered.
- Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes.
- Take the licorice wands out of the refrigerator and let them get to room temperature.
- Share and enjoy!
Licorice wands should be enjoyed freshly made but will last about three days at room temperature or a week in the fridge, in an air tight container.
Now, repeat after me… Accio Licorice Wand,