American Licorice 1914 Chicago Factory

1914 - 1914 How It Began

The story of the American Licorice® Company begins in 1914, when Martin Kretchmer, along with his son and son-in-law, rented a small space on West Jackson Boulevard in Chicago. Together, they made their first piece of candy: the Black Licorice Twist. Five generations later, American Licorice® remains a family-owned and operated company, and the proud manufacturers of Red Vines® candy.