Chocolate Covered Raisin Day
March 23, 2012
The craze about chocolate-covered raisins started in 1927 when Blumenthal Brothers Chocolate Company of Philadelphia first released these delectable treats. Nestle acquired then owner Ward-Johnston, the manufacturers of Raisinets, Bit-O-Honey, and Sno-Caps, just to name a few. Raisinets are made out of sun-ripened California raisins covered in Nestle milk and dark chocolate.
Raisinets have always been a hit to moviegoers. They pair it with popcorn, and they rave about the combination of sweet and salty taste. Some decades back, you could buy a box of Raisinets for a nickel. They used to sell Raisinets by weight from jars in candy stores. These days, you can get single serve pouches for on-the-go snacking, stand-up bags that are perfect for sharing, as well as theater concession boxes.
In the earlier times, Raisinets were manually made in small mixing and polishing pans. 350lbs of these goods take about 90 minutes to coat and another 60 minutes to polish. Nowadays, they are machine-made in about 2500-pound batches. That’s about a million Raisinets in one batch, or over 21 million daily!
Raisinets are derived from a unique type of grape, Thompson Seedless grapes. They are cultivated and harvested in California's Central Valley. More to these, they are gluten-free. Even those who have been diagnosed with gluten intolerance or Celiac disease can eat it to their hearts’ content.
National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day is happening tomorrow Saturday, March 24, 2012. Take part in the celebration by having a theater concession box or a stand-up bag of Nestle Raisinets, along with a good movie. Now you have an excuse to satisfy your chocolate craving.
Happy National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day!