Did y’all know that today is National Licorice Day? I know! I was surprised to discover that, too! I have loved licorice FOREVER! One of my earliest memories is of eating red licorice every time I went to the movie theater when I was younger. Even now, they’re my candy of choice when I go to the movies. To celebrate National Licorice Day, my friends at American Licorice Company sent me some Red Vines, and shared some facts about the sweet little ropes:
-More than 30,000 tons of Red Vines® are made each year—or more than 400,000 miles of licorice—enough to wrap around the Earth more than 16 times!
-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.
-Black licorice is 50 times sweeter than sugar, and derives its botanical name from the Greek words meaning “sweet root.”
-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.
-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.
Although we don’t always let Ayva eat candy, we made a special exception since it’s National Licorice Day and all! Like me, she loves red licorice a lot more than the black licorice. I can assure you, though, with 3 sets of sweet teeth in our home…none of the candy will go to waste! I’m out of town today, but tomorrow we are going to rent a movie, pop some popcorn, and eat some Red Vines to celebrate National Licorice Day!