Charlie Chaplin and the licorice shoelace

1920 - 1920 The California Sun

In 1925, part of the operation traveled west where Martin’s son, Clarence, headed up manufacturing in California. Built on perseverance, the company made and shipped candy to customers daily throughout the Great Depression. The Kretchmers’ dedication paid off, and that year Charlie Chaplin asked the company to create a licorice shoe which he famously ate in the classic film “The Gold Rush”. That’s one tasty boot!