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Goldenbergs Peanut Chews – an iconic classic since 1917

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 by Jon
Goldenbergs Peanut Chews have been an iconic candy favorite since 1917

Goldenbergs Peanut Chews have been an iconic candy favorite since 1917

Sharability: 8

Denture Danger: 7

Convenience: 6

Novelty: 9

Overall: 8

Though the name of the candy is Peanut Chews, I couldn’t help but think it was lying based o the picture on the wrapper. To me, it looked like solid chocolate filled with peanuts and I couldn’t fathom how that was going to be chewy.

The wrapper doesn’t say there is caramel in the inside; it just says “Bite-size chewy pieces loaded with peanuts!” So when I bit into the caramel-like substance that was filled with peanuts and covered in chocolate I wondered why they didn’t mention that on the wrapper.

Maybe it isn’t caramel. Maybe it is some chemical substance that is a cheap substitute for the “creamy” caramel that, oh so many candies love to rave about. But don’t let me put ideas in your head.

The truth is that the caramel-like substance is molasses, which is a syrupy sugar. The Peanut Chews are manufactured by Just Born, which also makes America’s favorite Easter candy, Peeps. I only had the honor of tasting the ‘milk chocolatey’ flavor, though I do know that this candy comes in original dark chocolate as well. The bar is not so much a bar, but many bars, six to be exact. Six little fun size candies, making sharing easy.

Romanian immigrant, David Goldenberg, founded the Goldenberg Candy Company in 1890. This company first introduced the Peanut Chews in 1917. This high protein and high energy bar was originally developed as a ration bar for the U.S. military in World War I. The company went through the hands of many Goldenbergs who all did their part in making the candy what it is today.

In the 1930s Harry Goldenberg initiated the conversion from the bite size bars to a full bar with bite size pieces. Just Born accumulated the Peanut Chews in 2003. This one is a fun vintage candy, and it’s vegan too!


Goldenberg Peanut Chews get a cosmetic facelift!

Tuesday, May 10th, 2005 by Jon

Goldenberg Peanut Chews, also know as chew-ets, just got a cosmetic makeover in keeping with their 60 plus year history.

Originally made by the Goldenberg Candy Company in Philadelphia, the company was acquired by Just Born in 2004.

The formula remains the same and according to their website, “Weekly truckloads of fresh Georgia whole peanuts are fresh roasted on site and blended with a unique combination of syrups to produce the Peanut Chews’® center. Each piece is then cut and covered in a rich, delicious chocolatey coating, after which the Peanut Chews® are cooled and packaged. ”

Although the candy is primarily popular along the Eastern Seaboard, it does have a cult following amongst retro candy lovers around the globe.

Whether the new label is an improvement is open for discussion ( hey, isn’t that what a blog is all about?) but the taste remains the same…

In 2005, they switched from their original retro looking label to a new one which can be viewed below:

To view the Dark Chocolate Peanut Chews, please click here