Y&S Candies, the manufacturers of TWIZZLERS candy, is one of the oldest confectionery firms in the United States. The company was established in 1845 as Young and Smylie and adopted Y&S as its trademark in 1870. National Licorice Company was created in 1902 through the merger of three small firms: Young & Smylie, S.V. & F.P. Schudder and H.W. Petherbridge. The company changed its name to Y&S Candies Inc. in 1968 and was acquired by Hershey Foods in 1977.
Today TWIZZLERS candy is available in a variety of flavors and styles. Y&S produces strawberry, true black licorice, cherry, and chocolate flavored licorice-style candy.