Licorice may not be as popular a candy choice as chocolate, unless one lives in Finland. Since 2014, Helsinki, Finland has hosted a Licorice & Salmiakki Festival, a two-day event in October or November that features a wide-variety of foods, quite literally from soup to nuts, as well as demonstrations and competitions.
In addition to abnormal heart rhythms, symptoms from consuming too much licorice can include high blood pressure, edema, swelling, lethargy and congestive heart failure, the FDA website also said.
Through the years, people have used licorice to treat heartburn, stomach ulcers, bronchitis, sore throat, cough, hepatitis and certain infections caused by viruses, even though data doesn't support the claims licorice has any benefit on those conditions, according to the
National Institutes of Health (NIH).
So go ahead and celebrate tomorrow, but keep the celebration – and the amount of licorice ingested – small.