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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, the ingredients comprise "Peanuts, Vegetable Oil (Peanut and/or Coconut), Corn Syrup and Salt".
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.
The company is still family owned; their only production site is still based in Bloomington.
In Australia, Beer Nuts simply refers to salted roasted peanuts with the testa (red skin) intact. These are sold unglazed.