What better way to spend National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day than to do a fun switch to a popular city’s name! Raisin City, California became Raisinets City for a day on March 24, officially recognized as National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day.
In the sweltering heat surrounding Raisinets City, characters donned “raisin” costumes and pranced around town square, while onlookers and guests enjoyed complimentary handouts of Rasinets, watched a colorful parade and participated in relay races.
Why Raisin City? Well, California’s Central Valley is where 100 percent of the plump raisins used to make Raisinets are grown. Plus, 99.5 percent of the U.S. raisins are grown in Raisin City.
· Nestle’s Raisinets were first introduced in 1927 by the Blumenthal Chocolate Factory.
· These days, with advanced machinery, producing Raisinets takes 40 to 60 minutes—it used to take 2.5 hours in 1927!
· Guess how many Raisinets are produced each hour–if you guessed one million, your math skills are pretty sharp!
· In 2010, Nestle produced enough Raisinets to circle the globe three-and-a-half times!
You don’t have to be in Raisinets City, California to enjoy the festivities of National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day! Splurge on a packet of Raisinets for yourself or share with a friend anywhere on the globe. Either way, you won’t be disappointed!
Where can you get chocolate covered raisins in Chicagoland? There are quite a few spots, but any convenience store will carry chocolate covered raisins. Many Chicagoland novelty chocolate shops also offer them for sale. Here is a couple:
Blommer Chocolate Company
600 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60610
World’s Finest Chocolate
4801 S Lawndale Ave
Chicago, IL 60632