Planter's Peanut Bars
Please note: The original Planter's Peanut Bar is no longer being made. The Old Dominion brand tastes just like it!
Planter's Peanut Bars History
Planters Peanut Bars have a rich history that dates back to the early 20th century. The story begins with Amedeo Obici, an Italian immigrant who founded Planters Nut and Chocolate Company in 1906 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
Amedeo Obici started his business by roasting and selling peanuts from a street cart. He had a vision to create high-quality nut products that would delight consumers. The company's early success led Obici to expand his product line beyond roasted peanuts. He introduced various peanut-based snacks and confections, including peanut butter and chocolate-covered peanuts.
In the 1930s, Planters introduced Planters Peanut Bars. These bars were made with a combination of roasted peanuts, nougat, and caramel, providing a satisfying and flavorful treat. The bars became popular among consumers who enjoyed the combination of peanuts and chewy, sweet ingredients.
Over the years, Planters Peanut Bars gained a loyal following and became a beloved snack. They were known for their distinctive taste, combining the rich flavor of roasted peanuts with the sweetness of nougat and caramel.
The Planters brand continued to innovate and expand its product line, introducing new variations of Peanut Bars. Some versions featured additional ingredients such as chocolate coatings or extra crunchy peanuts.
In 1961, Planters was acquired by Standard Brands, a conglomerate that later merged with Nabisco. The brand changed ownership several times over the years, with Kraft Foods acquiring it in 2000. Eventually, in 2019, the Planters brand became part of the Kraft Heinz Company.
While the exact details of the availability and popularity of Planters Peanut Bars may have varied over time, they have remained a favorite snack for peanut lovers. The bars continue to be produced and enjoyed by consumers who appreciate the delicious combination of peanuts, nougat, and caramel that has made Planters Peanut Bars a classic treat.
Planter's Peanut Bars Memories
What a memory as I think now when I grew up in a small town of 1800. We had about seven or nine gas stations and each one had their candy for sale. And, I would go to them all, especially to Sparky's and I believe McVay's. Now that I think about it, we had many vending machines and a few stores and you could get a Planter's Peanut Bar just about everywhere. There was no problem. And, I'd pick up that peanut bar and I sure liked the coating.
Many of the gas stations were on the way home coming from school. Or when I'd walk home from hanging out with my friends downtown, I could always go into one of the stations and pick up a peanut bar on the way home. That if I hadn't already.
It was a big part of my life and still is. It is a good thing as well as the memories are and it's true what they say. You pick one up and that old memory comes back when times were better, it seemed, and simpler. And, there is nothing like an old fashion Planter' Peanut Bar. ~ Todd from Arizona