|Pearson's Salted Nut Rolls have a creamy nougat center that is surrounded in a layer of creamy caramel and then covered with fresh salted Virginia peanuts.
Pearson Candy Company was founded in 1909 by P. Edward Pearson with the assistance of his two brothers John Albert and Oscar F. Pearson. A few years later, two more brothers Waldemar and C. Fritz joined the Minneapolis-based company, which began as a candy distribution firm, doing a little bit of manufacturing on the side. [more below]
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The Nut Goodie Bar, one of the company's first manufactured products, made its debut in 1912 as a premium 5-cent candy bar, and was met with much success. Pearson's Salted Nut Roll was introduced in 1933 at the height of the depression and soon changed its name to the Choo Choo Bar in an effort to distinguish it from its competitors. Later the Choo Choo name was dropped and Pearson's name was prominently displayed on the wrapper so consumers could always find it in the store amidst other competing Salted Nut Rolls.
My family arrived to the small (cold and snowy) town of Council Bluffs, Iowa in late December, 1979 as refugees from Laos. Our sponsors rented a 4-story mansion for our family of six, just down the alley from a drug store. We didn't know what to expect from our life in America, but I recall very vividly, running to the drug store to get the sweet and salty, soft and crunchy taste of Salted Nut Rolls.
I remember saving up my coins from what I found laying in the streets, to buy a Nut Roll for myself and my three sisters. Sometimes the store clerks would give me some for free, just to see the excitement in our eyes. I couldn't remember the name of that candy bar, until I finally found this site today. Thanks for bringing back the memories! ~ Katy from California