Monday, August 20, 2012

Squirrel Nut Zippers

Squirrel Nut ZippersSquirrel Nut Zippers were introduced by the Squirrel Brand Company in 1926 as a vanilla caramel with peanuts, part of a line of caramel candies. The name, which sounds more like a collection of nouns than an enticing candy, came from a local alcohol drink called Nut Zipper (this was prohibition).

The Squirrel Brand Company or Massachusetts was sold off to Southern Style Nuts in 1999 and moved to Texas. A mere 5 years later, Necco bought the rights to Squirrel Nut Zippers, and the lesser known Squirrel Caramel Chews, and moved production back to the Boston area. In case you’re wondering, the Squirrel Nut Zippers swing band named themselves after the candy (with permission from Squirrel Brand Company).

The candies are a simple format, a little bite sized chew wrapped in wax paper. They’re sold in bulk bins or pre-packaged bags. I found mine at Rocket Fizz, a small chain of candy & soda pop shops that started in Southern California.

Squirrel Nut Zippers

Like Mary Janes (also made by Necco now), a good Squirrel Nut Zipper will be slight soft. Don’t be dismayed if you pick some up and they’re hard. The trick is to put it in your pocket or hold them in your palm for a few minutes or someplace slightly warm just before eating. That way the oils rise slightly to the surface to help the wrapper release from the candy and it’s soft enough to chew easily.

A SNZ is an easy to like candy, it’s quite simple. It’s a vanilla caramel with bits of peanuts in it. The flavor of the caramel is mild and sweet, not as earthy as a Mary Jane, which has molasses in it, and not as toffee like as a Sugar Daddy.

I’m sure I’ve had them before when I was a kid, but they didn’t make much of an impression on me. As an adult, well, there are other candies I’d prefer to have, such as a Mary Jane or some Sugar Babies.

I have no clue about possible allergens, but the ingredients show dairy, soy and peanuts.

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Name: Squirrel Nut Zippers
Brand: Necco
Place Purchased: Rocket Fizz (Glendale)
Price: 1.00 (approximately)
Size: 1.41 ounces
Calories per ounce: 106
Categories: Candy, Necco, Caramel, Kosher, Peanuts, 6-Tempting, United States

POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:49 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewNeccoCaramelKosherPeanuts6-TemptingUnited States

  1. I recently purchased several pieces of Squirrel Nut Zipper ... and it was TOTALLY differrent that any I have ever had before .... it was like it was a dilute caramel syrup and it had NO nuts of any kind ...

    Has the recipe been changed?

    The candy was a BIG disappointment ... as I recall as a child it was the BEST ...


    Comment by james Scott on 2/18/14 at 9:27 pm #
  2. Why can I find no mention of the COCONUT Squirrel Nut Zippers anywhere online?  I remember them from my childhood (70’s baby) but no one I talk to seems to remember them either.

    Comment by Cece on 6/27/14 at 12:36 pm #
  3. I had me some Necco Squirrel Nut Zippers (and yes, that’s where the swing band’s name’s from
    as Cybele herself notes, with permission of course) tonight.

    Very chewable and tasty. James Scott, I forget if the recipe’s the same.. Cece..I’m not sure if I ever had coconut Squirrell Nut Zippers (though my childhood’s the same era, 70s, and 60s too in my case).Happy neweyear..

    Comment by SteveCarras on 1/03/15 at 8:54 pm #
  4. does ANYONE remember COCONUT nut zippers (or better still, where i can purchase some)?  instead of caramel with peanuts, they were caramel with cocunut.  they look exactly like the original except the rapper was clear with GREEN instead of clear with yellow—same size, same shape; the only difference was cocunut in the caramel instead of peanuts

    Comment by Cece on 1/05/15 at 12:08 pm #
  5. I had a couple tonight….breathing on the candy bars will make ‘em soft EVERY time.

    Comment by SteveCarras on 2/18/15 at 8:06 pm #
  6. Just looking at Cece’s answer, in case she replies, no, not coconut, just plain peanut butter/vanilla.

    Comment by SteveCarras on 2/18/15 at 8:08 pm #
  7. What a great site!!!  I should be Spring cleaning, oh well.  Squirrel Nut Zippers used to have real nuts in them.  The last time I purchased them they reminded me of those wax lips that had no flavor after two or three chews. Downer!

    Comment by Milesheightsdiva on 5/20/16 at 11:12 am #
  8. I remember the coconut squirrel nuts. They were my favorite. I grew up in New Jersey where we use to buy them from the corner stores by the bag full.

    Comment by Sharon on 7/04/16 at 6:39 am #
  9. There was a really awesome band named after this stuff from back in the 90’s, they’re pretty cool. Never knew this was a real candy though!

    Comment by Zach on 10/05/16 at 10:56 pm #
  10. just bought a tub of this candy; couldn’t wait to relive my childhood.  this candy had no nuts in it whatsoever!!! so disappointed; why did they change the recipe and still call it squirrel nut zipper.  was just a caramel in the squirrel nut wrapper.  boo hoo Bought them in an Amish store in Deleware.

    Comment by Kay Barlow on 5/30/17 at 7:40 am #
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