MARCH 24th – Chocolate covered raisins day
National Chocolate covered raisins day. March 24th is National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day. In the form of Raisinets, the dried-fruit-in-a-candy-shell is a movie theater staple and the third-largest selling candy in U.S. history.
To make the candy, raisins are coated with oil and spun in a hot drum with milk or dark chocolate. They’re then polished to a shine.
Raisinets are the earliest brand on record, introduced by the Blumenthal Brothers Chocolate Company of Philadelphia in 1927 (the brand was acquired by Nestlé in 1984).
Chocolate covered raisins – HISTORY
Raisinets chocolate covered raisins were first introduced by a family-owned business in 1927, the Blumenthal Brothers Chocolate Company of Philadelphia. The brand was sold over the years and in 1984, Nestlé acquired then owner Ward–Johnston, makers of Raisinets, Goobers, Chunky, Sno-Caps, Bit-O-Honey and Oh Henry! Raisinets are sun-ripened, plump, juicy California raisins drenched in pure, creamy Nestlé Milk Chocolate and dark chocolate. They are a natural source of fruit antioxidants, and contain 30% less fat than the leading chocolate brands.
Chocolate covered raisins – RECIPES
Below is a link to a you tube recipe
Other interesting things about Chocolate covered raisins
Raisinets are best known as the perfect movie treat, right up there with popcorn. In fact, movie goers have been known to mix the two for the best of that sweet and salty taste!
Early in movie making history when a box of Raisinets was sold to theaters for 1.25 cents, fans could buy a box of Raisinets for a nickel.
Today, retailers sell Raisinets in single bags, stand-up bags and theater concession boxes, but they were originally sold by weight from jars in candy stores!
Raisinets are actually polished to make each one shine! In earlier years, Raisinets were made by hand in small mixing and polishing pans. A load of 350 pounds took approximately 90 minutes to coat and an additional 60 minutes to polish. Today, Raisinets are made by machine in nearly 2,500 pound batches! That equals almost one million Raisinets in a single batch or more than 21 million each day!
Raisinets are made with a special type of grape and proudly made in the USA!
Only one kind is chosen to become a Raisinet, Thompson Seedless grapes!
All are grown and harvested in California’s Central Valley.
If you lined-up the amount of Raisinets produced in one year end-to-end, the length would go around the earth 2.5 times!
Every man, woman and child in the United States would receive 17 Raisinets if the amount made in a year was shared with all. That’s a handful of delicious goodness!
Raisinets are gluten-free! Absolutely!
Raisinets are made in Burlington, WI. If we packed a year’s supply of Raisinets in theater concession boxes and lined them up end-to-end, they’d reach from Burlington, WI to Hollywood, CA two times over! They’d be the star of the show!