Raisinets (History, Pictures & Commercials)

Raisinets are chocolate-covered raisins that are irregular in shape and come in a box, they were first invented in the year 1926. They are sold in boxes and bags that are yellow in color. Raisinets have been sold in vending machines and stores, and are sometimes included in snack mixes. They are made with milk chocolate and there are other versions of this treat, such as cranberry and dark chocolate.

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Raisinets History And General Information

Raisinets are chocolate-covered raisins and were first introduced in 1926 by the Blumenthal Brothers Chocolate company. The brand was eventually sold to the Nestle company in 1984. Under the Nestle production Raisinets are California raisins dipped in creamy Nestle milk chocolate.

The production of these chocolates takes place in Burlington, Wisconsin. Originally it took about a whole 2 ½ hour process to make the Raisinet. Nestle is the manufacturer, distributor, marketer, and seller of the Raisinet brand since 1984. Nestle purchased the brand from Ward-Johnston, maker of Raisinets. The Raisinets are sold in grocery stores, convenience stores, and varying retail stores such as Walmart, Target, Amazon.com, and CVS.

The Nestle marketed version is desired to be recollected as a healthier alternative to other chocolate products on the market. The package is noted to include that it has 30% less fat than the leading chocolate brands and is a natural source of fruit antioxidants. Raisinets were discovered by a company called the Blumenthal Brothers, which was founded in 1900. With German heritage, these brothers began production of cocoa powder in 1909, and by 1911 the very first factory was established in Bridesburg, Philadelphia.

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Nestle created some variations to the Raisinet brand type. Some popular spin-offs include the Cherry Raisinets, which are Nestle dark chocolate covering dried cherries. Another popular option is the Cranberry Raisinets, which are dried cranberries covered in Nestle milk chocolate. A television commercial in 1971 can be seen featuring Raisinets and Goobers. The tagline for the ad was, “the chocolate covered candies that pour”. At this time a box of Raisinets was only sold for 15 cents!

Perhaps an interesting occurrence on the packaging can be related to the time when a young woman named, Sandy Hafer, allegedly filed a lawsuit against the Nestle company in 2017 for unreasonably leading consumers to believe that a package of Nestle Raisinets contained a full box. She claimed that a package of Raisinets only had about 60% of raisins while leaving the box about 40% empty!

On January 16th, 2018, Nestle announced the sale of its confectionery business to Ferrero for 2.8 billion dollars. Many confectioneries such as Nestle are taking a turn with their business due to the direction of the consumer preferences towards healthy foods and so Ferrero is taking over the reins of the Raisinet enterprise. Heading into 2019, the future was is in the hands of the Ferrero company who already has plans to relaunch the Butterfinger with a new recipe. Keep an eye out for the new logo to appear on boxes as the Nestle company only has logo rights for one year from January 2018.

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Raisinets Ingredients

Here are the ingredients for Raisinets.

  • Milk chocolate (Sugar, Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Nonfat Milk, Milkfat, Lactose, Soy Lecithin, Natural Flavor)
  • Raisins
  • Sugar
  • Tapioca Dextrin
  • Confectioner’s Glaze (Lac- Resin)
  • Cocoa Processed with Alkali
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Raisinets Nutrition

Serving Size: 0.3 cup (45g) % Daily Value
Amount Per Serving
Calories 190
Protein 2g 4%
Total Fat 8g 10%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Sugars 27g 0%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sodium 15mg 1%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Trans Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Calcium 3%
Iron 3%
Vitamin C 1%

The Company That Makes Raisinets

The company that makes Raisinets is Ferrara, a subsidiary of Ferrero SpA, which acquired the product from Nestle. The Ferrara Candy Company is an American candy manufacturer, based in Chicago, Illinois, and owned by the Ferrero Group. Ferrara also owns candies such as Chuckles Candy, LemonHead and Red Hots. They also produce candy such as Runts candy and Nerds candy.

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3 thoughts on “Raisinets (History, Pictures & Commercials)”

  1. I feel the old factory should be a historical and she be taken in consideration I feel the building needs to be put to good use please please Tell me do u think I’m wrong for feeling like 2201 James st building should be used a historical part of Philadelphia I hate that it’s being destroyed and that people should know good history not the bad.

  2. When I was 9-10 years old ( 1947-48 a quarter would allow me on Saturday to see a double feature plus a cartoon and newsreel plus a box of raisinetes, a bag of popcorn, and a coke with 3 cents change!
    I sometimes sat through two entire showings. It was one of the few air conditioned buildings in town and advertised “ 20 degrees cooler inside!”


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