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.

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Mark is joined by KMOX Golf Correspondent Dan Reardon (no relation) to talk the winner of the PGA Championship Phil Mickelson and how he made history. Former Nine PBS producer and announcer Patrick Murphy joins to talk his new documentary,

In “Candy Men: The History of Switzer’s Licorice,” Patrick Murphy, former Nine PBS producer and announcer, tells the story of how the Murphy and Switzer families made candies in St. Louis. Based on Murphy’s book of the same name, the

For someone who says as a young man he had no real qualifications, Patrick Murphy’s journey through life has been an interesting one. His new book, Candy Men, chronicling the life of his Great Grandparent’s candy empire during their quest

Joseph Murphy’s name was on a list. After his participation in the failed Fenian Rising of 1867 — in which the Irish protested against British rule — Murphy was forced to flee his home in Dublin, Ireland, to avoid a

Everyone knew Switzer’s. The brick building was a landmark on Laclede's Landing, where a pleasant aroma filled the air for decades. Even after the company moved, the brand's large, flowing yellow script loomed large on the building above the Eads Bridge.

While it can’t possibly offer a reasonable explanation as to why anyone would eat black licorice, a book about the Switzer Candy Co. will be released next month.

Oh the wonderful smell of licorice and the giant Switzer's sign along the St. Louis riverfront! Gone but not forgotten! Patrick Murphy describes the journey and struggles of previous generations of his family as they went from producing candy in

The producer for the Nine Network KETC discusses his new book that's about two St. Louis families: Candy Men: The Story of Switzer’s Licorice.

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In 1888, Patrick Murphy’s great-grandfather started a candy company. Joseph Murphy went into business with his brother-in-law, and the company bore the other man’s name: the Switzer Licorice Co.

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Patrick, with a fun cameo from wife Annie, answers seven St. Louis questions. Interview drops 9.14.20. #otwitholiver​ wherever you get your podcasts.

The story of St. Louis’ most famous 20th-century candy company will be told beginning next month. A new book called Candy Men tells the story of Switzer Licorice.

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Weight 0.8 lbs
Dimensions 5.5 × 8.5 in


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