January 24, 2020
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A Fun Candy Find Hidden Away for 50 Years

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LIC-RIS-ETS Licorice Bits boxYou never know what you’ll find when you decide to remodel.

A construction company was renovating a building in Tacoma, Washington and found an old box of LIC-RIS-ETS inside of a wall. The construction company staff reached out to us to share their story and ask about the product. American Licorice Company started producing LIC-RIS-ETS during WWII and stopped making that particular type of licorice in the mid 70’s, so the box had been preserved in that wall for a very long time. (No, there wasn’t any candy inside.)

The construction company sent us the box they discovered… and we sent them a year supply of Red Vines as a thank you.

American Licorice Company has a surprisingly long history, beginning in 1914 in Chicago. Through much of our early history, though, we only made black licorice. Our iconic red licorice twists didn’t come along until the 1950’s. Now our Red Vines candy dwarfs our black licorice offerings, of course.

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