Poor man's viagra! As described by Keith Tordoff on the TV programme Robbie Coltrane's B Road Britain!
These sweets have a distinctive herbal taste. The flavour comes from the herb Smilax regelii and the word 'zarsa' means shrub in spanish. Modern users claim it is effective for eczema, psoriasis, arthritis, herpes, and leprosy, along with a variety of other complaints
There are claims implying it contains testosterone - *ahem* sarsaparilla has been used as a male sexual rejuvenator and an anabolic steroid replacement in natural body-building formulas!
Some people may remember drinking Sarsaparilla along with other root beers such as ginger and Dandelion & Burdock in Temperance Bars!