Candy

Commercial licorice candy as known today started in England in the second half of the 18th century and in the United States in the 19th century. Y&S Candies (the current market leader in sales of licorice candies) was founded

Figure 1. This curious old map shows the ancient lands in which licorice flourished thousands of years ago. This area, the Cradle of Civilization, is the principal source of licorice today.

Figure 1. This curious old map shows the ancient lands in which licorice flourished thousands of years ago. This area, the Cradle of Civilization, is the principal source of licorice today.

in Brooklyn in 1845 by J. S. Young and C. A. Smylie. In 1902 they changed the name of the company to National Licorice and in 1968 changed the name back to Y&S Candies. Other well-known companies, such as Switzer and American Licorice, were founded early in the 20th century.

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