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Remember Licorice Snaps?

January 16, 2014 by

Snap From The Past

retro-candy-covered-licorice-snapsBlack licorice. Some people love it. Some people hate it. But no matter where you stand on the licorice spectrum, wouldn’t licorice be better if it was coated in something sweet?  Like candy? We think so, and apparently we’re not alone. You see, the good people at the American Licorice Company are one step ahead of you, and have been for quite a few decades.

An Instant Classic

The American Licorice Company started in 1914 in Chicago, Illinois. Back then, their very first candy was licorice twists. Next came licorice cigarettes and cigars, during the Great Depression. As it turns out, when times were tough, people seemed to need a candy fix even more than when the living was easy. It wasn’t until the 1930s that The Original Snaps Classic Chewy Candy appeared on the main stage.

Snaps, with their licorice center and pastel candy coating, became an instant classic. Originally, they were sold in distinctive red boxes for only 2 cents each. That’s a bargain you won’t see anymore! Even the packaging boasted of the Snaps success, deeming them the “Classic Chewy Candy.” There’s no doubt that these were a fantastic hit.

Original Licorice Snaps PictureLong Live the Snappy Memories

Over the years, Snaps have had a somewhat turbulent history culminating in their recently being discontinued. But they’ve had a long run, developing a cult-like following in the process.

Until very recently, Snaps enjoyed a beloved treat by baby boomers and many more. For those who enjoy the bite of black licorice mixed with a sweet sheen of candy, this has been the treat of choice since its debut in the 30s. It will go down as one of the most iconic late candies of our era. But when you need a candy-coated-licorice fix, former Snaps lovers will have to resort to Licorice Pastilles and Good ‘N Plenty like everyone else.

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Keepin’ it Sweet and Sophisticated With Natural Vines Strawberry Licorice

January 25, 2011 by
Natural Vines Strawberry Licorice

Natural Vines Strawberry Licorice is a natural twist on a licorice candy classic


Sharability: 10

Denture Danger: 7

Convenience: 8

Novelty: 7

Overall: 8

This candy claims to be made with all natural ingredients including wheat flour, cane syrup, sugar, brown rice syrup, palm oil, malic acid, natural strawberry flavor, beet juice (a natural color), glycerin and licorice extract. They contain no artificial flavors or preservatives.

The American Licorice Company has “been dedicating ourselves to the pursuit of the preeminent licorice for five generations, since 1914.” The company now satisfies the taste buds of the most sophisticated candy connoisseurs.

At first bite I was not impressed by the taste of this strawberry flavored licorice, it tasted like any low quality red licorice that could be found wrapped in any generic package. A few bite size twists later the candy had won me over and I was double fisting the chewy red globs.

The texture is pleasantly soft and the sweet flavor coats the taste buds with touch of tang.

The idea that this candy is “natural” (whatever that means now-a-days) makes it seem like it is almost healthy to munch down on these bite size pieces and eat as many as your hands can stuff in your mouth before the bag is empty.

With that said, this is a great candy to share, to bring to the movies and reseal for tomorrow night’s sunset with all of your friends who love you because you supply them with candy.