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Black Licorice Laces

Licorice… as a Toothbrush!?

Licorice root first arrived in North America in the 1600s. It was enjoyed as a spice, tea, used medicinally… and even used for dental hygiene as an early toothbrush! Licorice flavors took off in the late 1800s and early 1900s – allsorts, Black Jack gumbridge mix, and the first American candy brand, Good N’ Plenty!

Charlie Chaplin’s Licorice Boot

Around 1925, Charlie Chaplin called the American Licorice Company and said he needed an edible boot for his movie “The Gold Rush.” The company complied and made him a licorice boot with string licorice laces which he ate like spaghetti. Sweet, silly, and fun! 6 oz heat-sealed bag with the history on the label.

Watch Susan Benjamin talk about the History of Licorice Root

Red Licorice Laces

Licorice… as a Toothbrush!?

Licorice root first arrived in North America in the 1600s. It was enjoyed as a spice, tea, used medicinally… and even used for dental hygiene as an early toothbrush! Licorice flavors took off in the late 1800s and early 1900s – allsorts, Black Jack gumbridge mix, and the first American candy brand, Good N’ Plenty!

Charlie Chaplin’s Licorice Boot

Around 1925, Charlie Chaplin called the American Licorice Company and said he needed an edible boot for his movie “The Gold Rush.” The company complied and made him a licorice boot with string licorice laces which he ate like spaghetti. Sweet, silly, and fun! 6 oz heat-sealed bag with the history on the label.

Black Licorice Wheels

Licorice… as a Toothbrush!?

Licorice root first arrived in North America in the 1600s. It was enjoyed as a spice, tea, used medicinally… and even used for dental hygiene as an early toothbrush! Enter the 1800s and up and a fascinating line of licorice sweets emerged.

Licorice Wheels – A Retro American Classic!

Licorice flavors in candy really took off in the late 1800s and early 1900s – Black Jack gumbridge mix, and the first American candy brand, Good N’ Plenty! The 1900s brought more fun varieties of black licorice – like Charlie Chaplin’s black laces and of course the black licorice wheel! Still delicious. Comes in a 6 oz. bag with the history on the label.

Watch Susan Benjamin talk about the History of Licorice Root

Licorice Lovers Box:A Licorice Lovers Dream Come True! 12 samples with the story of each

Perfect for licorice lovers!

12 samples, 50-plus pieces!

Early licorice root, 1800s Allsorts, 1900s laces, drops, & more. Historic image and story on a card.

Licorice… as a Toothbrush!?

Licorice root first arrived in North America in the 1600s. It was enjoyed as a spice, tea, used medicinally… and even used for dental hygiene as an early toothbrush! Enter the 1800s and up and a fascinating line of licorice sweets emerged. Licorice flavors took off in the late 1800s and early 1900s – Black Jack gumbridge mix, and the first American candy brand, Good N’ Plenty!

What’s In Our Licorice Lover’s Box…

This box contains a variety of licorice to sample and enjoy such as licorice Allsorts (1880s), Good n’ Plenty (1893), Licorice Laces (1920s), and chalk licorice, licorice wheels, licorice pastels and pipes from the 1940s up. Also contains a licorice root and a two-sided tag that tells the story of each. Selection may vary depending on availability.

Watch Susan Benjamin talk about the History of Licorice Root

Licorice Lovers Box… brought to you by the nation’s ONLY researched-based historic candy company. Our founder, Susan Benjamin, is author of numerous articles, even a book on the subject (her tenth) on Smithsonian’s Best Books About Food. Everything you get from True Treats is the best possible, most delicious version of her scholarly research – and Licorice Lovers Box is no exception. True Treats products are sold in museum gift stores across the county. Enjoyed in homes everywhere!

Licorice Root Tea, traditional, use as curative, tea, blend, flavoring, Comes w/Exclusive Tea Guide

Love Licorice?

If you love the taste of licorice, this tea is for you. It has a milder taste than licorice candy and is perfect with a little cream or as a blend with other botanical and black-based teas. It’s 50-times sweeter than sugar, but not with the subtle, overly sweet taste of many sweeteners today.

Not a big licorice fan?

Don’t give up! Licorice root is an excellent background flavor, not only in teas, but other recipes such as stews, compotes and so much more!  You may be eating licorice and not even know it was there. In fact, licorice root was long used as to enhance other flavors in foods. Not now though. It’s time we got back!!

 

Good N’ Plenty Licorice – The Nation’s oldest candy brand, first made in 1893. Perfect confection for the licorice lover

The classic Good & Plenty is the nation’s oldest brand, first made in 1893. Licorice root first arrived in North America in the 1600s. It was enjoyed as a spice, tea, used medicinally, and used for dental hygiene as an early toothbrush. Licorice flavors took off in the late 1800s and early 1900s – allsorts, laces, Black Jack gum, bridge mix, and more! No wonder the Good N’ Plenty has stood the test of time: it’s the perfect confection for any licorice lover. Comes in a 4 oz heat-sealed bag with the history on the label.

Watch Candy Historian Susan Benjamin talk about The History of Good & Plenty Candy

Good N’ Plenty Licorice… brought to you by the nation’s ONLY researched-based historic candy company. Our founder, Susan Benjamin, is author of numerous articles, even a book on the subject (her tenth) on Smithsonian’s Best Books About Food. Everything you get from True Treats is the best possible, most delicious version of her scholarly research – and Good N’ Plenty Licorice is no exception. True Treats products are sold in museum gift stores across the county. Enjoyed in homes everywhere!

Fabulous Fandango Box – The 20th Century’s Finest! – Congrats

A collection of fun and fabulous retro candies! Pixy Stix (1940s) a drink mix turned candy; Sweet Tarts (1960s), made from the Pixy Stix only neater; explosive Pop Rocks (1957 ); Licorice Laces (1925), featured in Charlie Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush”; Rock Candy (1600s), later used as a candy & medicine;  Jolly Ranchers (1949); Dubble Bubble (1928), first bubble gum ever; Satellite Wafers (1950’s) & Zotz (1960’s), circa the UFO craze; Hot Tamales (1950s); Caramel Creams (1917), still family-owned; Bubblegum Cigarettes (1940s/50s), for kids playing grown-up; Candy Bars hit the market in 1912, by 1930 around 100,000 were on the market; Jaw Breakers (1901) of the sugar plum family. Retro, fabulous, FUN!

Fabulous Fandango Box… brought to you by the nation’s ONLY researched-based historic candy company. Our founder, Susan Benjamin, is author of numerous articles, even a book on the subject (her tenth) on Smithsonian’s Best Books About Food. Everything you get from True Treats is the best possible, most delicious version of her scholarly research – and Fabulous Fandango Box is no exception. True Treats products are sold in museum gift stores across the county. Enjoyed in homes everywhere!

 

Fabulous Fandango Box – The 20th Century’s Finest!

Fun, Fabulous Retro Candies!

Enjoy the 20th century’s finest with this gift box brimming with vintage candies! The early 1900s brought candy cigarettes, wax lips, and Jawbreakers – a descendent of the sugar plum candies of the 1600s! Classic caramels followed, like Goetze’s Caramel Creams (still family owned), the Sugar Daddy – whose original name was the Papa Sucker! Who knew?

 

The 1920s also saw an explosion of old time toffee candies like the classic Bit O’Honey.

Wait, Pixy Stix Started Out As… What?!

Believe it or not, this beloved retro candy started out as a drink mix! In the 1940s, the classic Pixy Stix hit the market. Parents wrote to the company so frequently saying the candy was too messy and their kids were covered in sugar that 20 years later, a compressed version of Pixy Stix, the SweeTart, appeared! Who knew?

explosive Pop Rocks, (Created in ‘57 ); Licorice Laces (1925) featured in Charlie Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush” ; Rock Candy (1600s), used as a candy & medicine, exploded with color in the 20th        century; Jolly Ranchers (Colorado, 1949); Dubble Bubble (1928), first bubble gum ever; Satellite Wafers (1950’s), circa the UFO craze; Hot Tamales (1950s);

 

Retro Movie Candy Box

The Mouthwatering Story of Retro Movie Candy

It all started in the late 1800s when vendors sold snacks such as peanuts outside moving picture establishments. During the Depression, theater owners got wise, opening concession stands to sell candy bars – which originated in 1912 and exploded after WWI, gum candies, and chocolate covered fruits and nuts.

Charlie Chaplin’s Licorice Boot

Around 1925, Charlie Chaplin called the American Licorice Company and said he needed an edible boot for his movie “The Gold Rush.” The company complied and made him a licorice boot with string licorice laces which he ate like spaghetti. Sweet, silly, and fun!

Postwar Retro Movie Candy Explosion

Sales dipped during WWII, but – never fear! – sales returned soon after! Old time retro candies such as Mike n’ Ikes and nonpareils AKA Snow Caps made their way to theater lobby concession stands. Flash forward and enter Sour Patch Kids (originally called Mars Men!), malted milk balls AKA Whoppers, and other “fab” treats.

What’s next? Stay tuned for more!

 

Fabulous Fandango- All Retro, All Fun!

Fabulous Fandango- All Retro, All Fun!

These are fizzy, fiery, and fun, including Pop Rocks, Nik L’Nips, licorice laces, gold coins, Fire Balls, and more, in a stand-up bag with a decorative ribbon. All high volume flavor, loaded with memories old and new.

Retro Birthday Box – 12 Samples w/story, historic image & your choice of birthday card

Dynamic Candy for a Dynamic Century

Known as “retro” candy, “old time candy” or “vintage” candy, the assortment of 20th century candy is as dynamic and surprising as the century itself. Think about it – the 20th century started with horse-drawn carriages and ended with rockets in space. The Industrial Revolution became just industry and air travel became an everyday event! Give the gift of the retro period with everything from Zotz to Boston Baked Beans. Comes with 12 samples, plus a keepsake tag with an authentic retro image on the front and the stories on the back. PLUS – the BIRTHDAY CARD of your choice. Selection may very depending on availability, but always retro and always right!