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Natural Vines: Naturally Delicious

Bags of All Natural Licorice from Natural Vines

I’ve always been a red licorice fan, so when American Licorice Company, one of Americas oldest family-owned confectioners, told me they’d come up with an all-natural licorice candy, I was intrigued and agreed to take a taste. I was in for a surprise.

Natural Vines is a licorice made with all natural ingredients. It comes in Strawberry Soft Licorice (red) and Black Licorice. There are no artificial flavors or colors, no preservatives, no trans fat, and no high-fructose corn syrup. The ingredients listed for the strawberry licorice include wheat flour, cane syrup, sugar, brown rice syrup, palm oil, malic acid, natural strawberry flavor, beet juice, glycerin, and licorice extract. The black licorice has the same ingredients with natural anise flavor substituting for strawberry. In contrast, other licorice products contain corn syrup, artificial flavor, and red dye #40, a colorant that some studies link to behavioral problems in children.

Pieces of Black and Red Licorice

Only natural ingredients go into Natural Vines and they’re soft and chewy.

Natural Vines, which come in chunky, bite-sized pieces, have a soft, chewy texture that’s really satisfying. The real surprise is the flavor. The strawberry licorice has a deep fruity flavor with notes of citrus. The black licorice (and Ive never been a black licorice fan) has an intense anise flavor thats almost smoky tasting and, you know, I actually liked it.

While any candy should be an occasional treat rather than a dietary staple, this candy is low in fat, low in sodium, and contains no cholesterol. Each piece contains only about 15 calories so its easy to enjoy a few without sacrificing your diet.

But here’s the problem: Since I opened the Natural Vines packages (and they’re resealable), I keep going back for just one more; maybe one more; okay just one more. How many calories are there in two dozen pieces?

Real bottom line: American Licorice Company has come out with a softy, chewy licorice that is seriously delicious and even good for you. Its a low fat, low sodium, all-natural candy you can feel good about giving to your kids and even indulging yourself with.

— Review BH

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Bobbie Hasselbring

RFT founder and the website's former editor-in-chief, Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. She's been an award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook.

4 thoughts on “Natural Vines: Naturally Delicious

  1. Pat Lavato

    I live near Prince Frederick, MD and around Christimas time a friend brought me a package of you Natural Vines Black Licorice but she can’t remember where she bought itnad I sure would love to be able to get some more! Do you have an outlet for your products anywhere in the vicinity. If so, I would appreciate an email telling me where.
    Thank you,

    1. Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT EditorBobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor Post author

      Hi Pat,
      I don’t blame you for wanting to find where to buy Natural Vines Licorice. It’s incredible. Accordintg to their website, you can buy Natural Vines Licorice in Maryland at Safeway stores. If that doesn’t work for you, their candy is also available at and Good luck. Bobbie, Editor RFT

  2. Adri


    I’m a student from Belgium and I’m doing my final thesis about confectionery in the U.S. I have a question since you seem to know the topic. Is there any other brands/products selling upscale products like those Natural Vines in California? I’ve been searching the internet since forever and I can’t find ant “competitor” of Natural Vines..

    Thank you for your answer!

    Adri G

    1. Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT EditorBobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor Post author

      Hi Adri,
      That’s a good question and I’m afraid one I can’t answer. I’m sure there are more upscale confectioners in CA. I suggest you research the Confectioners Association in CA and see if they can help. Good luck to you. — Bobbie, RFT Editor

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