How Caramel Lost Its Peanuts

salted caramel corn

For one hundred years people have been hearing vendors at ball games and on carnival midways shout, "Getcha peanuts, popcorn, and Cracker Jacks here!" Candy coated popcorn with peanuts is an iconic confectionery staple around the world. Its taste is a shared memory for many of us, and we are frequently reminded just how delicious it is.

Tune into a Chicago Cubs baseball game and at the seventh inning stretch you will hear fans singing Take Me Out To the Ballgame. This song was first sung in public, not in a ballpark, but on a vaudeville stage by Nora Bayes, the wife of the song's lyricist. Imagine a glittering soprano on a glamorous stage belting out the line "Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack!" Did she wear a baseball uniform?

The stage seems like an odd birthplace for a baseball song, and how on earth did caramel corn with peanuts make it into the lyrics in the first place? Well, by 1908 this popcorn delight was already a worldwide treat, thanks to the Rueckheim brothers.

Fortunately for those with a peanut allergy who love caramel corn, there is Dollface Desserts. The Dolls put a simple twist on a classic recipe by merely removing the peanuts. And that’s exactly how Dollface Desserts was born.

Their hand-crafted Salted Caramel Corn is a full-flavored peanut-free treat that sacrifices nothing.

Luscious caramel is drizzled over air-popped corn, then baked to perfection in a no-peanuts-allowed kitchen. This mouthwatering temptation starts out tasting sweet and just when you think it cannot possible get any better - a splash of salt surprises your tongue into submission.

How the heck did Candied Popcorn and Peanuts Begin?

Two German immigrants living in Chicago might not have invented coating popped corn with something sweet, but they made it famous.

Frederick William Rueckheim and his brother Louis registered the F.W. Rueckheim & Bro. candy making business in the early 1870s. Their idea to cover popcorn with molasses was introduced at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. They called it "Candied Popcorn and Peanuts."

Fair goers enjoyed the flavor of the gooey treat but apparently did not appreciate the stickiness on their fingers, so Louis started experimenting. He developed a dry, crisp, and sweet popcorn coating that became the secret of their success. In 1896 the brothers obtained the now familiar trademark for their finger-friendly caramel corn, Cracker Jack.

After developing moisture-proof packaging in 1899, Cracker Jack was mass produced and marketed around the globe, turning it into a national icon. When Jack Norworth penned his Take Me Out To The Ballgame lyrics in 1908, the Cracker Jack version of candied popcorn and peanuts was already part of American culture.

Don't Go Without: Dollface Desserts Will Deliver a Peanut-Free Alternative To Your Home, School, or Office

Salted Caramel Corn is only one of several snacks, cookies, and confections freshly baked at Dollface Desserts. Let yourself be tempted. The Dollface bakers, Em and Jewels, "take out the peanuts and add the love," and will deliver their sweet treats to your home, school, or office.

Take some Dollface Desserts out to the ballgame!

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