Anise Squares History
Anise Squares candy has a history that can be traced back to traditional European confectionery. Here's an overview of their story:
Anise Squares are small, square-shaped candies known for their distinct anise flavor. Anise is a flowering plant native to the Mediterranean region and has a taste similar to licorice. The candies are made using anise extract or oil to infuse them with the characteristic flavor.
Anise-flavored candies have been enjoyed for centuries, with a strong presence in European confectionery traditions. Anise itself has a long history of culinary and medicinal use, dating back to ancient civilizations.
The production of Anise Squares candy involves combining sugar, corn syrup, and anise flavoring to create a syrup. This syrup is then poured into molds, forming small square-shaped candies. Once the candies cool and harden, they are ready to be enjoyed.
Anise Squares are often enjoyed as a sweet treat or as a palate cleanser after meals. They have a distinct flavor that appeals to individuals who enjoy the licorice-like taste of anise.
While Anise Squares are popular in various European countries, they have also gained some recognition in other parts of the world. The candies can be found in specialty candy shops, online retailers, and in regions with a strong European influence.
Over time, variations of Anise Squares candies may have emerged, incorporating different ingredients or flavors to offer a broader range of options to consumers. However, the classic Anise Squares candy remains true to its roots, offering a unique anise flavor experience.
Today, Anise Squares continue to be enjoyed by individuals who appreciate the distinctive taste of anise and seek out traditional European confections. They provide a nostalgic and flavorful candy option, evoking a sense of heritage and culinary tradition.
Anise Squares Memories
Anise squares were a special treat when we visited my grandparents' house in Buffalo, New York. We would spend the night at their house, almost every Saturday night. As a special treat, my Grandfather would give my sister and me a nickel.
We were allowed to walk 'around the block' by ourselves. On the other side of the block was a small corner store. Corner stores are not in evidence, and the ones that are still around do not exist as they were back then. (1950's, early 60's) I would almost shake with the excitement of being able to walk to the store on a sunny day and spend my nickel.
There was a counter full of penny candy to choose from. As young a child as I was, I always took the time to look over each of the candies available for purchase just in case a different one would catch my eye. But always, always, I would end up spending my nickel on anise squares. They were four for a penny so I would end up with a small bag with 20 of these treasures inside.
I would open one piece and such it slowly on my way back to my grandparents' house. Then I would hide my little bag of candy and make it last as long as possible because I never knew if I would have a nickel again the following weekend, or if that would not happen again for a number of weeks. They remain my favorite candy to this day - even more than chocolate! ~ Vicky from Mass.