National Licorice Day is Friday, April 12

National Licorice Day is the day that candy enthusiasts everywhere have full permission to enjoy their favorite licorice. Red Vines Licorice has been around for nearly a century and is the number one non-chocolate confection in the West. It's always fat-free, with no preservatives, and very low sodium. Plus it's kosher and vegan! Which flavor is your favorite...Red, Black, Grape, Strawberry or Cherry? I love Black Licorice the best!
Natural Vines is available in a convenient grab-and-go 3 ounce bag. It's the perfect size to hide in your purse! This premium gourmet bite-sized licorice is all-natural, kosher, cholesterol-free, low-fat, low-sodium, vegan and made in a nut-free facility. Choose from black licorice and strawberry flavors.
In honor of National Licorice Day, here are some fun facts about licorice:

  1. More than 30,000 tons of Red Vines are made each year (more than 400,000 miles of licorice) enough to wrap around the Earth more than 16 times!
  2. In 2011, US 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.
  3. Black licorice is 50 times sweeter than sugar, and derives its botanical name from the Greek words meaning "sweet root."
  4. 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.
  5. American Licorice Company has been producing in the San Francisco Bay Area for 33 years, and its Union City, CA, 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.
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