Candy Men: The Story of Switzer’s Licorice



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Title: Candy Men: The Story of Switzer’s Licorice
Author: Patrick Murphy
Size: 6 x 9
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781681062761
Price: $22.50

The sweet smell of licorice and the giant candy bar painted on the factory wall at the Eads Bridge remain locked into the collective memory of generations of St. Louisans. Candy Men: The Story of Switzer’s Licorice tells the story of how two Irish-American families began a candy company in the kitchen of a tenement in St. Louis’s Irish slum and showed the world how the American Dream can be built upon a foundation of candy.

In a story that passes through three generations, two World Wars, economic depressions, and labor unrest, the Murphys and the Switzers dedicated their lives to keeping the dream alive until it was put to an end by forces beyond their control. And yet, in an unlikely turn of events, the story continues today with a fresh twist and a renewed life of its own.


Webster Groves resident Patrick Murphy recently garnered a Mid-America Emmy in the “Documentary — Historical” category for Candy Men: The Story of Switzer’s Licorice. Sharing the honor is editor Brian Holder.

Kickoff Father's Day weekend on Friday, June 18th, 5-9 p.m. at Robin's Nest on the Katy Trail with a special event celebrating sweet treats made in St. Louis.

Former NINE PBS Producer and Announcer Patrick Murphy joins us with Switzer Licorice Vice President Dan Warner.

Additional information

Weight 0.8 lbs
Dimensions 5.5 × 8.5 in


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