I don’t know if you heard the news this week but a private equity firm in Connecticut, “said Monday that it has acquired St. Paul-based Pearson Candy Co., the 101-year-old manufacturer of Pearson’s Salted Nut Roll, Mint Patties, Bun bars and Nut Goodie bars.”

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The new owner plans to keep the St. Paul plant operating in the spot it’s occupied for 102 years, and has hired a Dairy Queen executive to run the company. Pearson’s current owner and CEO Larry Hassler started looking for a buyer last year. On Tuesday, Hassler spoke with Minnesota Public Radio.

If you’re worried about getting your hands on a famous salted nut roll–though it doesn’t seem that anything is going to change–you can always make your own. I just got this recipe from a co-worker last week:

2 ½ tablespoons butter
1 package Reeses peanut butter chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups mini marshmallows
1 jar dry roasted peanuts – salted

Butter 9×13 pan. Layer ½ jar of peanuts in bottom of pan. Melt butter in the microwave – 30 sec. or until melted. Add chips and melt – 1 ½ min. Stir in sweetened condensed milk and marshmallows. Spread mixture over peanuts in pan. Cover with remaining peanuts and press down. Chill then cut.

(I’ve brought a batch in to the office today to share too. I’ll save you one if you let me know in the comments.)

One Response

  1. Shanna Davis

    2 thoughts.
    1. Your homemade nut roll was AMAZING!
    2. Pearson’s Salted Nut Rolls are currently on sale for $.69 at Cub Foods. I purchased 6 of them yestereday as a lightweight, highly caloric snack for a Boundary Waters trip next week.
    Happy to hear we’re keeping the St. Paul plant and interested in where the DQ executive will take the company.
    Thanks Clark.