Last Updated on May 23, 2021 by Jim Edwards
What are Raisinets?
Raisinets are raisins covered in dark or milk chocolate; they are sold in bright yellow boxes and bags. They have been in the market for close to 100 years and have always been quite popular among kids and adults, especially at movie theater concession stands!
Apart from the delicious taste, Raisinets are such a hit because they are considered a healthier and less harmful alternative to other chocolate and candy since they contain fruit. Health-conscious people & fitness enthusiasts love to snack on Raisinets when they are craving dessert or sweet.
History Of Raisinets
Raisinets were first produced in 1926 by a Philadelphia-based Blumenthal Brothers chocolate company, which was later acquired by Nestle in 1984. Nestle introduced California raisins in the Raisinets and marketed it as a healthier alternative to other chocolate & candies available in the market, claiming that it contains 30% less fat and is rich in antioxidants.
Nestle also launched new variations, introducing cranberry Raisinets which is dried Cranberry dipped and covered Nestle’s very own milk chocolate. They also introduced a spinoff product Cherry Raisinets, which is dried cherries covered in dark chocolate.
Nestle sold its confectionery business to Ferrero on 16th January 2018 for $2.8 billion; Ferrero has since successfully maintained the hype and popularity of Raisinets.
What are the Taste and Flavors of Raisinets?
Raisinets come in 3 flavors: Milk chocolate, Cranberry, and Dark chocolate.
- Cranberry Raisinets, as the name suggests, taste like Cranberry and are sweeter than the other two.
- Dark Chocolate Raisinets have a strong and slightly bitter taste like most dark chocolate.
- Milk chocolate Raisinets have a milder and chocolaty taste which gives you a melt-in-the-mouth feeling.
What are the Ingredients in the Raisinets?
Ingredients of Raisinets are Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Nonfat Milk, Milkfat, Lactose, Soy Lecithin, Vanillin – An Artificial Flavor, Natural Flavor), Raisins, Sugar, Tapioca Dextrin, Cocoa Processed With Alkali, Confectioner’s Glaze (Lac-resin).
Nutritional Facts of Raisinets?
The nutritional facts mentioned below are for a serving size of 1.59 oz or 45.08 grams of Raisinets
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat (8 g)||12%|
|Saturated Fat (5 g)||25%|
|Total Carbohydrate (32.1 g)||10%|
|Glucose (28 g)|
|Dietary Fiber (2 g)||9%|
|Sugar (16 g)||–|
|Sodium (5 mg)||3%|
|Calcium (20 mg)||–|
|Iron (0.2 mg)||3%|
|Potassium (10 mg)||–|
|Protein (1 g)||–|
|Cholesterol (5 mg)||1%|
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Raisinets Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How many calories are there in Raisinets?
Serving size of 1.59 oz or 45.08 grams of Raisinets contains 200.3 calories.
Are Raisinets Gluten-Free?
Both the flavors of Raisinets (Dark Chocolate & Cranberry) are gluten-free and kosher. However, Nestle urges its consumers to review the packaging and ingredient list thoroughly before consuming. If you are allergic to gluten or any sort of nuts, make sure you remain extra conscious.
Are Raisinets vegan?
Although, most dark chocolates are vegan. We can’t confidently say if Raisinets is vegan as we couldn’t find a reliable source. We would recommend going through the ingredients list thoroughly and doing your due diligence before consuming it.
How are Raisinets Made?
If you want to see a great video about how Raisinets are made and manufactured, this video takes you through the process.
You will get to see how the raisins proceed through the assembly line and are coated with delicious chocolate.
Raisinets Taste Test
This is a nice unwrapping and taste test. Ruzzel does a nice job walking through the packaging and ingredients, unwrapping the packet and finally a delicious taste test.
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