I, as many of you readers may know, grew up in Portland, OR. Near my house was a pharmacy that sold candy and other miscellaneous items. One of the best items that they sold were Red Vines. They came in 5 oz. packages and cost 89¢. A few years later the bad news was that the pharmacy closed, but the good news was that I could purchase Red Vines elsewhere. And purchase them I did. All throughout middle school and high school I ate Red Vines on a regular basis.
During college I was located in North Carolina where Red Vines were somewhat more difficult to find. Then I moved to New York where not only is it hard to find Red Vines, but some people haven't even heard of Red Vines. Not a single deli or bodega or candy stand has them. Once in a while you'll see them at a big grocery store, but otherwise they are not to be found.
About a week ago my girlfriend bought me a 4 pound tub of Red Vines from Target. This is one of the best gifts I have ever gotten. I have eaten about half of them so far and I'm not tired of them at all. Everything about them is great. They're a little softer than the ones in the 5 oz. packages usually are and they have that same singular taste that Red Vines always have.
Availability of Red Vines in New York City: D-
4 lb. Tub of Red Vines: A