Beer Nuts

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Original BEER NUTS in a pull-top "beer" can

Beer Nuts is a brand of snack food building on the original product, peanuts with a "unique" sweet-and-salty glazing made to a "secret recipe". According to the manufacturer's website,[1] the ingredients comprise "Peanuts, Vegetable Oil (Peanut and/or Coconut), Corn Syrup and Salt".[2]

Beer Nuts do not contain any beer;[3] the name is intended to suggest to customers that they go well with beer.

History[edit]

BEER NUTS Production Plant and Company Store in Bloomington, Illinois

The official company history starts in 1937 when Edward Shirk and his son Arlo took over the Caramel Crisp confectionery store in Bloomington, Illinois, USA, which amongst others sold a product called Redskins, glazed peanuts with their red skins intact. Beginning in 1950, this product was sold packaged as Shirk's Glazed Peanuts in local National Liquor Stores.

Due to the business acumen of a local food distributor named Eldredge C. Brewster, in 1953 the product was gradually expanded to a national brand, and the Beer Nuts trademark was registered.

Their product line has since expanded to feature other nuts such as cashews and almonds, and various snack mixes, gift baskets and holiday-packaged items.

The company is still family owned; their only production site is still based in Bloomington.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official website
  2. ^ Scott Miller (June 22, 2006). "Beer Nuts in tune with times Products aim at younger market". The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois). 
  3. ^ Beer Nuts: Two words that say it all

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