Napoleon Bonaparte’s Licorice Obsession
Napoleon Bonaparte was undoubtedly “bitten by the licorice bug”. According to notes found from Louis Constant Wairy, Napoleon’s personal concierge of 14 years, every morning, Napoleon had licorice flavored with aniseed. In his pocket, he always carried licorice-powder and brown sugar as a remedy for indigestion and colds.
Napoleon’s preferred way to eat licorice root was in liquid form as a beverage. Even on his deathbed, he requested licorice root in a bottle mixed with water. His servant noted that one of Napoleon’s dying wishes was that this concoction was all he wanted to drink during his final days.