Pearson's celebrates a century of candy making


Happy 100th to Pearson's Candy, makers of the iconic nut goodie, mint patties, the salted nut roll (my fave), and more. Kathie Jenkins has a nice article in the Pi Press this week about Pearson's history--it's now the 28th largest candy company in America. Though Pearson's is dwarfed by companies like Mars, Hershey's, and Nestle, which produce 90% of the candy in the US, it will always hold a special place in Minnesotans' hearts.

To me, the most interesting part of the piece discussed now-defunct candies, including the utterly intriguing--at least to me--Chicken Dinner Bar...

Soon, Hassler phased out the Seven-Up Bar because it was a nightmare to produce. The chocolate bar had seven connected pieces, each a different flavor (Brazil nut, coconut cream, caramel, maple walnut, chocolate pudding, fruit jelly and vanilla cream) and had to be assembled in a particular order.

"Usually, we had to destroy everything produced the first two hours," says Hassler. "We'd have been better off just giving everyone a quarter."

That's not the only Pearson's candy bar that didn't survive. The Twix-like Denver Sandwich and the Chicken Dinner Bar (a nut roll) melted into history. But in 1998, Pearson's bought the rights to the Bun Bar from Clark Bar America. It's still made today and comes in three flavors -- vanilla, caramel and maple, which looks and tastes suspiciously like a Nut Goodie.