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FOOD HOLIDAY: Chocolate-Covered Raisins Day

It’s National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day.

The best-known chocolate covered raisins in the world are Raisinets, made by Nestlé. Some fun Raisinet facts:

  • Raisinets are produced in Burlington, Wisconsin, with California raisins.
  • Nestlé didn’t invent Raisinets: They were created in 1927 by the Blumenthal Chocolate Company, which also made Goobers. The brand was acquired by Nestlé in 1984.
  • In 2010, nearly 20 million pounds of Raisinets were produced—that’s almost 30 million Raisinets per day and 8 billion per year. If you lined them up end-to-end, Raisinets would stretch around the earth about three and a half times.
  • It took almost seven million pounds of raisins and more than 10 million pounds of chocolate to produce all those Raisinets.
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    Celebrate the day with Raisinets. Photo
    by Jerry Deutsch | THE NIBBLE.

    To celebrate National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day, Nestlé has launched the Star Struck Sweepstakes: Upload a photo of you with Raisinets, and you could win your choice of a trip for two to Hollywood or New York City, plus $2,500. The contest continues through June 21, 2011.

    Final factoid: There’s a town in America called Raisin City, located in the heart of California’s San Joaquin Valley. Home to nearly 5,000 raisin growers, it’s where 99.5% of U.S. raisins are produced—including those that become Raisinets.

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