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Riesen (German: giants) is a chocolate and chocolate caramel confectionery produced and distributed by August Storck KG, a German confectioner that also produces Werther's Original. In the US, the candy is individually wrapped and sold in medium, large, and club-sized bags. In the UK, they come loose in packs of 5. It consists of bite-sized pieces of chewy, chocolate caramel covered in chocolate.


  • 1930s 1
  • 1940s 2
  • 1980s 3
  • 1990s 4
  • 2000 and beyond 5
  • External links 6


While small corner shops in Germany still sell loose candy out of big jars, Storck introduces the first wrapped and branded caramel - the Storck 1 Pfennig Riesen (IPA [rizṇ]). It quickly becomes a popular candy due to its delicious caramel taste and exceptional chewiness.


The 1 Pfennig Riesen evolves into the 2 Pfennig RIESEN and later into Storck RIESEN. It is available in several different flavors, including chocolate-caramel.


The chocolate-caramel candy is covered in dark chocolate and becomes the "Chocolate Riesen." The Storck Chocolate Riesen becomes available in bags of individually wrapped pieces.


The Riesen brand is successfully expanded internationally, introduced to the United States in 1991. Today, Riesen is well established in many important European and North American markets, such as Germany, Scandinavia, the UK, the USA and Canada.

2000 and beyond

"Peanut Riesen" was introduced in 2001 and contained chopped peanuts in caramel covered in chocolate. It was discontinued in 2002 due to lack of popularity.

"Riesen for the Post-Season Hot Chocolate" was first brewed in Boston, Massachusetts during the winter of 2007 as a way to stay warm and celebrate the AFC champion New England Patriots. The drink is prepared by melting the candies over medium heat in a small saucepan, adding one cup of milk per candy. Sprinkle cinnamon or nutmeg to taste.

External links

  • Brand home page

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