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Licorice Festival gives visitors taste of sweet treat
Licorice Festival gives visitors taste of sweet treat

Visitors in Guthrie might not know of a small town festival that allows those with a sweet tooth to indulge in some tasty treats.

Aunt Gertrude's House will be hosting its annual "Licorice Festival" from Wednesday, April 13, 2011 through Sunday, April 17, 2011.

This 5-day festival started out as an obsession by a loved one who could never get enough licorice. Cherie Gordon's husband fell in love with licorice, and she fell in love with him.

She would make different types of licorice for him to try, and soon found out other people liked it too.

Now visitors who come to the shop's festival each year are greeted by a grand piano decorated with more than 35 flavors of licorice. Fans can sample the tasty treat and find exactly which kind they like, from the salty to the sweet or even the chocolate covered kind.

"Many people who like licorice actually don't know they like it," said Gordon. She says many times visitors have only tried to the tough candy in the packages, and haven't tried the homemade type.

Candy lovers will be able to sample the treats from Germany, Finland, Italy, New Zealand, Australia and the United States.

In addition to tasting candy from all over the world, visitors can also try homemade items like licorice ice cream, licorice coffee, licorice tea, licorice root beer and even licorice cookies.

Last year alone, more than 800 people passed through the shop in the throngs of candy heaven.

Some even found a type they liked so much, they bought some to take home with them.

The event is free and open to the public each day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Aunt Gertrude's House is located at 112 E. Oklahoma in Guthrie.

For more information, visit the store's website.

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