Peanut Chews

Long familiar to residents of the Philadelphia area and neighboring Mid-Atlantic states, Peanut Chews are a family of US candy products manufactured by Just Born. They consist of peanuts and molasses covered in chocolate, and are available in original dark chocolate flavor and milk chocolatey. The bars are small, and are similar in size to a "fun size" or Halloween size bar.

Peanut Chews were developed and, during most of their history, manufactured by the Goldenberg Candy Company which was founded by a Romanian immigrant, David Goldenberg in 1890. Peanut Chews were first introduced in 1917. The candies were originally developed for use by the U.S. military as ration bar during World War I. The high energy, high protein recipe and unique taste made it popular with the troops. In 1921 Harry Goldenberg introduced the first wrapped Peanut Chews candy for retail sales. In the 1930s the candy was converted from a full size bar to small individual pieces. In 1949 Harry and Sylvia Goldenberg (2nd generation) purchased the Peanut Chews Division of D. Goldenberg, Inc. to focus solely on the production of Peanut Chews candies. In 2003 Just Born, Inc., a Bethlehem, Pennsylvania based candy company, purchased the Peanut Chews brand and the Northeast Philadelphia manufacturing facility.

Some vegans are fond of the original flavor, which contain no milk or egg products, as would be typical of most dark chocolate and/or some caramel candies. Just Born made changes in both the formulation and packaging of the candy and attempted to expand the region it was marketed in beyond the mid-Atlantic.