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History of American Nut & Chocolate

Harvard Brand Salted Cashew NutsThe first batch of nuts ever roasted by American Nut & Chocolate was roasted on Tremont Street in Boston in 1927. The business primarily catered to the retail street vendors as well as the wholesale vending trade where a small coin deposited into a glass-globed vending machine yielded a handful of fresh delicious nuts. These machines were found in many drug stores, supermarkets, restaurants, and barber shops throughout New England.

The company also sold nuts using the name "Harvard Brand - the Educated Nut". The example to the right, from our archives, shows the glassine bags used to sell salted cashews.

Double Play candy from American Nut & Chocolate, BostonIn 1946 American Nut & Chocolate began selling boxes of candy called "Double Play". Each box came with a 4 inch baseball mini pennant and a metal pin for 5 cents. Completing the set became a goal for many candy-lovers. Two sets were offered - a Ballplayer Set of 22 and a Team Set of 16. These pennants have became prized collectibles and are still sold on EBay today.

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Pennants from 1950

Player Set included: Ewell Blackwell, Harry Brecheen, Phil Cavarretta, Bobby Doerr, Bob Elliott, Bob Ferris, Joe Gordon, Tommy Holmes, Charlie Keller, Ken Keltner, Whitey Kurowski, Ralph Kiner, Johnny Pesky, Pee Wee Reese, Phil Rizzuto, Johnny Sain, Enos Slaughter, Warren Spahn, Vern Stephens, Earl Torgeson, Dizzy Trout, and Ted Williams

The business grew and in the 1960's the company moved to South Boston. There they began packing candy cigarettes, Christmas stockings full of gift items and collectible Beatles' pins.

As the industry changed, the company moved into the wholesale food service arena while keeping its retail presence. In 2007, after suffering major flood damage, the business relocated to a new modern facility at the Newmarket Square Wholesale Food Terminal in Boston. American Nut & Chocolate Co. continues to service the wholesale food trade as well as retail customers throughout the country.

In an ever changing world, one thing that hasn't changed in over 70 years is American Nut & Chocolate's commitment to continue to roast the old fashioned way, in small batches, done by hand, using only the highest quality nuts and seeds. We believe some things are better left unchanged.

Taste them. We are sure you will agree!

Few today realize that Boston was once the center of candy production and distribution in America. Most of the other old-time companies are gone today, leaving only American Nut & Chocolate and a handful of others.

"The first half of the twentieth century was Boston's [candy-lover's] zenith. The city was home to 140 candy companies by 1950, with sales of $200 million per year. The beginning of the end for Boston came with the rise of the national candy conglomerates: Hershey's and Mars." ~ From Candyfreak by Steve Almond. (You might also enjoy reading the same author's The Kings of Candy about famous Boston Candy Companies, including American Nut & Chocolate.

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