Long familiar to residents of the Philadelphia area and neighboring Mid-Atlantic states, Peanut Chews consists of peanuts and molasses covered in chocolatey coating. Peanut Chews were developed and, during most of their history, manufactured by the Goldenberg Candy Company, which was founded by a Romanian immigrant, David Goldenberg in 1890.
Peanut Chews were first introduced in 1917. The candies were originally developed for use by the U.S. military as a ration bar during World War I. The high-energy, high-protein recipe and unique taste made it popular with the troops.
In 1921 Harry Goldenberg introduced the first wrapped Peanut Chews candy for retail sales.