When it comes to licorice, there’s no middle ground. There are believers, like me, who salivate at the mere thought of the strong, dark confection.
And then there are haters who can’t understand why anyone would eat something that looks like tar and makes their eyes water.
Iceland is full of believers. Years of restrictions on imported goods, a harsh climate more suitable to growing things below ground than above, and a need to keep warm are all potential reasons for the bristly licorice root’s popularity.