An iconic St. Paul factory is about to unveil a sweet behind-the-scenes peek for the first time in 40 years.
If you've bitten into a Nut Goodie or a Salted Nut Roll, you've tasted two salty-but-sweet confections from Minnesota's Pearson Candy Company.
Pearson was founded in 1909 by P. Edward Pearson with the help of his two brothers John Albert and Oscar F. Pearson. The first product, chocolate and Virginia peanut coated maple treat Nut Goodie went on sale for 5 cents in 1912. The Salted Nut Roll arrived in 1933 at the height of the Great Depression, and the company continued to expand and stay in the family until its 2011 acquisition by Brynwood Partners VI, L.P. located in Greenwich, CT.
On April 8, Pearson Candy company will open its doors for "Too Goodie to be True," an event offering tours of the historic St. Paul factory. Pearson's is returning to the roots of sweet treats as we know them, crafting a gingerbread house-inspired remodel and hosting St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, employees and "Do Goodie" non-profit partners.
Mayor Coleman announced in early April he will seek a third term as mayor of St. Paul
During the kick-off celebration, Mayor Coleman will receive a "Key to Pearson's," symbolizing the St. Paul-based candy factory's continued commitment to the community.