Outstanding Red Licorice by Donald Burger, Houston, TX
Outstanding Red Licorice
by Donald Ray Burger
Attorney at Law

OK, I know licorice is supposed to be black, with an distinctive anise flavor. That's not what I am talking about. I'm talking about the licorice I ate as a kid in Colorado. Red Licorice. Sticks.

The sticks were a little longer than a pencil, and hollow inside. They had a distinctive twist to the ribbed outside. And what was called a cherry flavor. And they cost a penny each. I can't honestly say what brand I grew up on, but Brach's Twisters Cherry Candy is exactly what I remember. I used to be able to buy them in full length packages at the store. Now you can sometimes find them in the Brach stand alone displays where different kinds of individual candies are sold for relatively high prices. And the Twisters are sold in small packages of three (shortened) sticks. I have to say that although I miss the full length sticks, the small packages are very handy, and the three mini's are just right for a single serving. And the flavor takes me right back to the penny candy in that small grocery store in Colorado.

Sadly, I guess this posting was not enough to keep these magical sticks going. Brach has taken them off the market. I am down to a precious few packages. If you know of a source, let me know.

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