There are a ton of different holidays that are dedicated to chocolate and chocolate desserts, so it should be no surprise to anyone that there is also a day dedicated to chocolate-covered raisins. This holiday is called National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day and it falls on March 24th every year. It’s a great day to purchase a box of Raisinets at the concession stand of your local movie theater, or simply enjoy some chocolate-covered raisins while you’re sitting on the couch watching TV.
The History Of Chocolate-Covered Raisins
Although we thoroughly researched National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day, we just couldn’t find out when it was invented or who invented it. That’s why we’ve decided to instead talk about the covered dried fruit at the center of this holiday, the chocolate-covered raisin, instead. Let’s go over a brief history of this product.
Culinary historians have traced the origins of chocolate-covered raisins back to a company called Blumenthal Brothers Chocolate Company in Philadelphia. Although their invention wasn’t a roaring success, the brand enjoyed good sales and was eventually sold to Ward-Johnston. In 1984, Nestle acquired not only Raisinets, but a variety of other candies including Sno-Caps, Bit-O-Honey, Goobers, and Oh Henry!
Facts About Chocolate-Covered Raisins
Okay, now that we know there’s a holiday dedicated to chocolate-covered raisins and have talked a little bit about their storied history, it’s time to turn our attention to some chocolate-covered raisin trivia. Below are some fun facts that you can chew on while you’re chewing on your Raisinets.
- Every hour, a million Raisinets are manufactured.
- Raisinets are made with California raisins.
- In 2010, more than 20-million pounds of Raisinets were made.
- Raisinets are made in Burlington, Wisconsin.
Uses For Chocolate-Covered Raisins
Have you ever looked at a package of chocolate-covered raisins and wondered what you could do with them? If you have, then you might want to read this section of this holiday. We’re going to briefly discuss some of the recipes in which chocolate-covered raisins are used instead of ordinary raisins.
- Oatmeal Raisinet Cookies
- Oatmeal & Chocolate-Covered Raisins
- Homemade Fudge With Nuts & Raisinets
- Pumpkin Raisinet Cookies
- Cinnamon Raisinet Pancakes
Observing National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day
Observing this holiday shouldn’t be difficult for most people. All they need is a box or two of chocolate-covered raisins and some movies they can watch. People can also experiment with this candy in their kitchen to make a variety of different desserts. And if you want to let everyone know how you’re spending your day, just use the hashtag #NationalChocolateCoveredRaisinsDay on your social media accounts.
When is National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day?
|This year (2021)||March 24 (Wednesday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Next year (2022)||March 24 (Thursday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Last year (2020)||March 24 (Tuesday)||Multiple dates - more|