American Licorice Company

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American Licorice Company is an American candy manufacturer founded in Chicago, Illinois around 1914 and is Headquartered in Bend, Oregon.[1]

In 1925, the company began West operations in San Francisco, California.[2] That same year, it produced a set of licorice shoes for Charlie Chaplin's character to eat in the film The Gold Rush.[1]

In 1971 the San Francisco facility relocated to Union City, California.[1][2]

In 2008, The Food Network program Unwrapped featured a four-minute segment on the making of Sour Punch straws. As of 2008, American Licorice Company also manufactures the Sour Extinguishers brand of candy.

In 2011, workers at the American Licorice Company went on strike to maintain their healthcare benefits.[3]

On 22 August 2012 the company recalled one pound bags of Red Vines® Black Licorice Twists due to traces of lead.[4]



  1. ^ a b c "Candy"; Modern Marvels; History Channel; 2006; Viewed July 15, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Company history page at American Licorice Company's official site
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  4. ^ "Red Vines Black Licorice Recall Notice". American Licorice Company. 22 August 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2012. 

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