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Steap and Grind

The smell is the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Steap and Grind, located on Frankford Avenue. It’s the best scent I have ever come across at a coffee shop. Instead of being filled with the scent of a fresh brew, it was a scent of fresh baked goods, specifically blueberry treats. The baristas made the visit even more pleasant because of the neighborly vibe they gave off. I truly felt like I was at home at Steap and Grind. It was a rainy, dreary, Saturday morning, but when I left I felt more cheery than I would on a normal Spring day.

Chewin’ It Old School at the Archives: Goldenberg Peanut Chews

Today’s post was written by Grace DiAgostino, Student Trainee at the National Archives at Philadelphia.

Goldenberg Peanut Chews have been a Philadelphia confectionery classic for almost 100 years! Goldenberg Candy Company was started on Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia in 1890 by David Goldenberg, a Romanian immigrant. In 1917, the company began producing Peanut Chews, a bar made of peanuts covered in molasses and chocolate. The United States military included Peanut Chews, along with other individually wrapped candies, in soldier’s K-rations. Veterans continued to enjoy Peanut Chews even after they mustered out and their popularity spread across the region. Goldenberg eventually phased out all other confectionery products and focused on their most profitable candy, the Peanut Chew. Records from our holdings at the National Archives at Philadelphia include Food and Drug Administration forms and correspondence as well as candy wrappers and labels. Pictured here is a Goldenberg’s Milk Chocolate Walnut Chew with Peanuts wrapper.

The FDA investigated Goldenberg Candy Company in 1937 and ordered them to “cease and desist from certain sales methods involving a lottery or gift enterprise.” We believe that Goldenberg was including advertising prize slips in the individual candy bars which could be handed back to the clerk and redeemed for additional candy prizes. Sounds innocent enough, right? Wrong! Federal and state laws prohibit illegal lotteries, which are defined as containing a prize or award (slips inside the candy bar), the element of chance (some candy bars contained winning slips, some did not), and consideration (patron must have purchased the candy bar). Although our files on Goldenberg stop after this investigation, one can surmise that Goldenberg either complied with the FDA’s order to cease and desist from their lottery or they found a way to make their prize slips compliant with federal and state laws.

Citation: Correspondence and Reports of the Food and Drug Administration Philadelphia Station, 1906 – 1946, Goldenberg, D. Inc., Box 101, Record Group 88: Records of the Food and Drug Administration; National Archives at Philadelphia, PA. (Record Entry ID: PH-3632) (NA ID: 631047).