Happy National Licorice Day!

Today is  National Licorice Day! I bet you didn’t know that! Unless you’re a really hard core Red Vine fan, that is! Licorice always makes me think back to childhood road trips. My mom would always bring along a package and we’d snack on it on the way to where ever we were off to-usually camping, fishing, or a wrestling tournament!

Now I love passing on the joy to my own kiddos–and the red vines have been a big hit with them. Even “Princess Belle” really enjoyed the new Natural Vines® I have to admit that I snuck a few and I like them even better than the original! They’re very soft and sweetly chewy–yum!!

Here are some fun Licorice Day facts for you!

1)      More than 30,000 tons of Red Vines® are made each year—or more than 400,000 miles of licoriceenough to wrap around the Earth more than 16 times!
2)      In 2011, U.S. licorice sales topped $359 million, a 6.56 percent increase from the year before. It is part of the non-chocolate candy market, which had total sales of $6.87 billion.

3)      Black licorice is 50 times sweeter than sugar, and derives its botanical name from the Greek words meaning “sweet root.”

4)      Celebrities love Red Vines! Ryan Gosling, Snoop Dogg, Joshua Jackson, Jennette McCurdy and Magic Johnson are all fans of the classic licorice brand. Betty White even credits them with keeping her 91 years young.

5)      American Licorice Company has been producing in the San Francisco Bay Area for 33 years, and its Union City, Calif., factory values process before automation: The old press that delivers the dough to the first floor is still there, the second floor cook room has large kettles that fill the dough into the old large spiral ovens before being checked for quality and packaged. It also has production facilities in La Porte, Ind.

Happy Munching!! Remember you can pick up a package of Red Vines®, Snaps®, Sour Punch®, Super Ropes® and Natural Vines® candy pretty much anywhere candy is sold!!

Do You Love Licorice? Tell me your favorite Licorice memory! 

Legalese Disclosure Nonsense: I was sent the packages pictured so I could celebrate National Licorice Day to it’s full potential–yes, lucky me–I get candy in the mail, it always makes me happy!! But all sweet princesses, candy induced memories and close up tasty shots are my own!

Nicole Elliott

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