Licorice & Strawberry Wheels
The original licorice wheels we remember had a red hot in the center and looked like miniature records. This is as close as we can find. The red wheel is a strawberry flavor. The black wheels (2 inches) are a little larger than the red (1.5 inches).
Licorice Wheels History
Licorice wheels, also known as licorice wheels or licorice rolls, are a classic candy known for their round, disc-like shape and delicious licorice flavor. These chewy and flavorful treats have a rich history that spans several decades. Let's explore the origins and evolution of licorice wheels.
The exact origins of licorice wheels are not widely documented, but they emerged as a popular variation of licorice candy in the mid-20th century. The manufacturing process for licorice wheels involves combining licorice extract, sugar, and other ingredients to create a pliable and chewy licorice mixture. The mixture is then rolled and pressed into a round shape, resembling a wheel.
Licorice wheels gained popularity due to their distinctive shape and enjoyable texture. The round shape allowed for easy handling and eating, making them a convenient and satisfying snack. The chewy consistency of licorice wheels provided a delightful mouthfeel, allowing individuals to savor the licorice flavor as they slowly enjoyed each bite.
Traditionally, licorice wheels were primarily available in black licorice flavor, known for its bold and rich taste. However, as licorice candies evolved over time, manufacturers began introducing flavored variations, including strawberry, cherry, and other fruit flavors. These additions added diversity to the licorice wheel offerings and appealed to a wider range of taste preferences.
Licorice wheels are commonly sold individually wrapped or in packages that contain multiple wheels. This packaging format ensures their freshness and makes them easy to share or enjoy on the go. Licorice wheels can be found in candy stores, supermarkets, and online retailers, making them accessible to licorice enthusiasts worldwide.
In addition to being enjoyed as a standalone candy, licorice wheels have also been used as decorative elements in desserts and baked goods. They can be used to create whimsical designs or as toppings for cakes, cupcakes, and other sweet treats.
Licorice wheels continue to be a beloved and timeless candy, cherished for their iconic shape, chewy texture, and distinctive licorice flavor. Whether enjoyed individually or incorporated into creative culinary creations, licorice wheels bring a touch of nostalgia and a burst of licorice goodness to candy enthusiasts of all ages.
While the specific history of licorice wheels may not be extensively documented, their enduring popularity and wide availability speak to their status as a beloved licorice candy. Licorice wheels offer a delightful and flavorful experience, captivating licorice lovers and adding a touch of sweetness to the world of confectionery.
Licorice Wheels Memories
As a kid we had a little store near us we called the "Five and Dime" and it was just down the road and up the block as I remember. In it, it featured in their front glass case lots of penny candy and some nickel candy. One of my favorite penny candies was the red and black licorice wheels.
The elderly woman who owned the place would add these little tiny white jaw breakers in the middle of the licorice wheel wrap. I would buy fifteen cents worth of each flavor and eat the licorice by unrolling it and then eat the jaw breaker, usually at the Saturday morning movie. That licorice was the best. The taste of that licorice seemed so much more intense then that of the sticks, and was just more fun to handle. Sorry Mom, but I did play with my food. ~ Paul from Maryland