Beer Nuts

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

Beer Nuts is an American brand of snack food building on the original product, peanuts with a sweet-and-salty glazing. According to the manufacturer,[1] the ingredients include peanuts, vegetable oil, corn syrup and salt.[2]

Although Beer Nuts do not contain any beer,[3] the name suggests that they are intended as a side dish to beer consumption.


BEER NUTS Production Plant and Company Store in Bloomington, Illinois

The company began in 1937 when Edward Shirk and his son Arlo took over the Caramel Crisp confectionery store in Bloomington, Illinois, which 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 liquor stores.

By 1953, local food distributor Eldredge C. Brewster helped expand the product to a national brand, and the Beer Nuts trademark was registered.

The company's product line has since expanded to other nuts, such as cashews and almonds, and various snack mixes, gift baskets and holiday packaged items.

The company remains family owned with production still based in Bloomington.

Other countries[edit]

In Australia, beer nuts refers to salted roasted peanuts with the testa (red skin) intact. They are sold unglazed.

See also[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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