When I was a kid I loved licorice because it was so much fun to eat. I loved the chewy texture, and you could stretch it and tie it in knots, or bite off the ends and blow through it. Now I can enjoy our own tasty organic version of my favorite childhood candy in four different flavors.
It's also a great treat for the movies, as it's much quieter to eat than popcorn, said Nell Newman, co-founder and president of Newman's Own Organics.Newman's Own Organics Website
I was doing some late night shopping the other day when the urge for something sweet, and my ‘go to’ snack in those situations is often licorice in one form/flavor or another. As I strolled through the candy aisle I noticed The Newman's Own Organics 'organic' licorice twists for the first time. 'The expanding empire' was my first thought, but my interest was piqued by the fact that "tangerine" was one of the flavors offered. I picked up the package to read the ingredients list. While I had no problem with the ingredients used the phrase "Made in Mexico" on the bottom of the package was truly disturbing. Really Nell, you had to go all the way to Mexico to get the organic licorice made!!! (It wasn't the only organic licorice on the shelf.) You couldn’t support a small candy maker in California or somewhere else in this country!!! I also checked their tinned mints, also "Made In Mexico." I just don’t seem to remember that the licorice I enjoyed at countless Saturday Matinees in the ‘60s came from South of the Border!!!