The story of Kouvola liquorice initially began in Vyborg in 1906, but after two world wars, the company was set up in Kouvola. “In 1945, after the war, Finland was struggling with food shortages and rationing, but the government granted the Kouvola liquorice factory owners a small batch of ingredients to allow them to make liquorice, which was a luxury at a time when even basic goods were being rationed – and the rest is history,” says Timo Nisula, the factory owner. Since then, Kouvola liquorice has been produced by hand, using traditional methods and a traditional recipe, although the recipe was slightly altered in 1960 by an English liquorice specialist, H. Knoch.