Walnetto's were first introduced to the United States in 1919, and were a big hit from the very beginning! With their rich, distinctive, walnut-caramel taste, they soon became a popular item often purchased at movie theaters.
The little caramel squares went on to become one of the top ten best selling candies in the USA during World War II. In the 1960’s, the Cadbury Candy Company purchased the Walnetto product. Unfortunately, Cadbury retired the line in order to focus solely on their chocolate business, and the nutty caramel treat vanished for several decades.
Good candies however, sometimes return to the wide world of sweets, and finally in 1984 Walnettos began rolling off the production lines again. This nostalgic favorite is still made with the original recipe, wears the same printed paper wrapper as it did in the early 1900’s, and still has the character mascot “Wally Walnetto”.
"Walnettos are an American chewy caramel-walnut candy, introduced by the J. N. Collins Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1919. Although originally not available in the summer, Walnettos were one of America's most popular candies in the 1920s and 1930s. The brand name Walnettos was later bought by Peter Paul and, as the candy declined in popularity, passed through several other hands before being bought and resurrected by candy entrepreneur Sandy Licht in the 1980s. Sandy Licht's daughter, Lisa Licht, is now running the company, currently made by Walnetto's Incorporated of Valencia, California."