Food of the Seventies, Walnut Crush Candy Bars

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A rich chocolate candy bar with a white nougat inside, chocful of walnuts. Tasted great and kept you chewing!
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Rebecca from Minnesota - October 28, 2008 - Report this comment
This is really weird but a Walnut Crush tasted so great after it was stepped on . Get it.. Walnut "Crush"? I think it was best when wearing black patent leather shoes.
Robert Bjerk - February 26, 2009 - Report this comment
As I recall, the walnut crush bar was made by the Fenn's ice cream company in Sioux Falls SD
Vickytoria - March 26, 2009 - Report this comment
It's been thirty years since I've had a Walnut Crush....and I still dream about them! Nothing has ever come close to them. Life has not been the same. :(
Bill McKean - October 12, 2009 - Report this comment
My father, when a young lad, worked for Fenn's, in the candy department (they also made Ice Cream). Workers were encouraged to "Eat all the candy you want!" By the third day, he told me, they could barely stand to LOOK at the candy bars, let alone put one in their mouth.
Tom Barnard - October 16, 2009 - Report this comment
My grandfather always had a supply of Walnut Crush candy bars in his car. He would drive around visiting all of his grandchildren give us a Walnut Crush. I wish I could have one today. It was great candy and still is a fond memory.
Lesa K - October 20, 2009 - Report this comment
These were the absolute best candy bars around, nougat, dark chocolate, and a small pieces of walnuts. Yum!! I thought Pearson's Candy Company out of Sioux City Iowa manufactured them.
Mike B - October 22, 2009 - Report this comment
I recall walking home from a Saturday spent downtown back in 1959 or 1960. A man came out of the Fenn's building with several boxes of candy bars, and gave myself and my 2 friends each a full box apiece. I think there were 12 bars per box at that time. Mine were Walnut Crush. I have never forgotten that, what a treat for a young kid, and I didn't even have to share them with my friends!
DRY - November 19, 2009 - Report this comment
50 years ago this was my Mom's favorite candy bar. I've talked about this candy bar and no one ever heard of it. It makes sense that it was made in South Dakota; I grew up 50 miles from Sioux Falls.
Nancy L - December 01, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved this candy bar when I was quite young. Milky Way Midnight is pretty close to my memory, but without the walnuts. I don't remember any visible walnut pieces, I thought that they were in the chocolate coating.
tgc - January 12, 2010 - Report this comment
north west iowan here, very much miss the walnut crush. also the jacobs marshmellow cup. the recipe for the wc can be found on the net. at recipelink i think. my next fav. is still a frozen zero.
Carol - June 18, 2010 - Report this comment
My favorite was the Walnut Hill, probably very similar to Walnut Crush. Walnut Hill was made with black walnuts. I don't remember where I found this recipe, but see if it gives any nostalgic satisfaction. WALNUT CRUSH CANDY BAR Makes about 36-48 (3-inch) bars Coat candy bar mold with melted DARK chocolate flavored coating.* Chill 1-2 minutes in freezer. WHITE NOUGAT: 1 cup marshmallow creme (recipe follows) 1 cup melted white coating (about 3/4 lb of Candy Kote Wafers - white) 1/4 cup chopped walnuts Stir white nougat ingredients together well. Press white nougat into chilled chocolate shell allowing about 1/8-inch at the top to cover with melted dark chocolate coating. It doesn't hurt to melt more coating than needed as when it cools, it can easily be "chipped" and put back in the bag for the next use. *Just remember, when working with chocolate, Heat, Water and Odor can ruin a batch so: use dry utensils/bowls, melt the coating in a plastic (not glass) container in the micorwave in 15-20 second cycles, stirring between each cycle .. and NO LICKING YOUR FINGERS during the molding/capping process.
S.PROZINSKI - August 27, 2010 - Report this comment
Why did they quit making such a delicious candy bar?
Linda - October 11, 2010 - Report this comment
Walnut crush was my favorite candy bar has a kid. Wish they could bring it back. very delicious cnndy bar.
Ed - October 13, 2010 - Report this comment
Dreams of youth... This small town Iowa boy would vacation in Minnesota every summer. At the lake camp store I would have a Walnut Crush bar every day. God I miss both the lake and those great candy bars. Don't know why it popped into my mind, and why I went looking on the net... guess us humans really are odd!!
Home Carlson - October 21, 2010 - Report this comment
my sister Faye an I worked at Fenn Bros and brought home a lot of rejects and ice cream cleaned off the beaters ah! the days!
Marsha - December 07, 2010 - Report this comment
AWESOME,candy bar, I wish they would bring it back as they have other candy bars. My grandpa would always give us one of these out of his candy bar draw. Loved them. So remember the orange wrapper.
Joe - January 25, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember the Walnut Crush, too, and miss them. Does anyone have a photograph of one? As I recall the wrapper was a kind of burnished copper color. Candy is really the road back to our respective youths, isn't it?
Thea - February 01, 2011 - Report this comment
I'm writing an article about Fenn Brothers Ice Cream and Candy - I'd love to talk to anyone who has a memory of the company and their products. Please contact me at Lepwings (at) Thanks!
COLLEEN - March 09, 2011 - Report this comment
RG Adams - May 02, 2011 - Report this comment
I was told that Fenn's Bros. sold their recipes and equipment to the folks that make SKOR candy bars. It was said that they have not elected to produce that bar.
irene leonard white - September 05, 2011 - Report this comment
I was born in Sioux Falls 70 years ago (Valentine's Day 1941) - I grew up loving Walnut Crush candy bars. When I was 7 my folks moved us west to Rapid City, SD every time I had a nickel I would buy a Walnut Crush - I can still taste them. I was crushed when they stopped making them. I live in Yorktown, VA now & no one around here has never heard of them. My daughter has a cake recipe called a Candy Bar Cake & it tastes very similar - she usually makes it with pecans or sliced almonds _ I told her to make me one with chopped walnuts & I would be very happy. Love to all of you in the Midwest. irene
Deb - September 18, 2011 - Report this comment
I loved the Walnut Crush Candy Bar. I would get one everyday in high school out of the vending machine back in 1974. They always seem to do away with the best of the best :( I remember the wrapper being orange with black or brown text. I wish someone would bring this candy bar back!
Mark - October 17, 2011 - Report this comment
They were the very best candy bar ever. My grandpa bought me alot of them, miss them both.
Ada - May 10, 2012 - Report this comment
This was my very favorite candy bar. Whenever I had to run to the store for my mom, as a kid, I got one and I miss them so much!
Mark - June 27, 2012 - Report this comment
The L.S. Heath Company in Robinson, Illinois bought out the Fenn Brothers company in the early 1970's. This company produced the Heath Toffee Bar. They had built a new factory by the time of this purchase, so Heath moved the Fenn equipment from South Dakota to their old factory building in Robinson and produced the Fenn Walnut Crush and Cool Nougat, etc. there. The Fenn operation did not last long and ceased production ca. early 1980's. I am from Robinson, and can remember taking a tour of the Fenn plant when it opened and getting free Walnut Crush bars. They also gave out promotional desk thermometers with the Fenn logo after the tour. I still have mine!
Darryl in MN - July 23, 2012 - Report this comment
I loved the walnut crust bar: however, more than than that I also liked looking at the dark orange wrapper. Only wrapper that I would like to have for nostalgic reasons.
Eric - July 30, 2012 - Report this comment
My dad always bought us candy bars on friday nights after work where he cashed his check at a bar. Mom & me always ate the Walnut Crushes & sometimes my 2 sisters & brother did too. Somehow or somewhere my Mom learned how to fold the Walnut Crush Wrappers together to make a belt out of them we sure must of ate a lot of Walnut Crush Candy bars cause my Mom made several belts for us Kids. Eric from MPLS. MN.
Arlene - August 09, 2012 - Report this comment
I remember Walnut Crush candy bars...So yummy..they should still make them or bring them back...
Libby - October 09, 2012 - Report this comment
When I was just a little girl we would visit my great grandfather who was an invalid frequently. He always gave us Walnut Crush candy bars. I loved them!
Frank - October 17, 2012 - Report this comment
I loved Walnut Crush candy bars. I remember Mom would stick one in our lunch sacks in the summer when we would go off on an adventure. I grew up in Spearfish SD. I am back here after all these years and the thought of that candy bar and going on a hike always brings back a smile. I am pretty sure there are Walnut Crushs in Heaven.
country1711 - December 26, 2012 - Report this comment
I don't remember walnut crush,but was looking for walnut hill made by mars.i think i had one a little over 20 years ago.i will still be looking !!!!!!!
Bonnie Bayer McKee - March 10, 2013 - Report this comment
I was born in SF, in 1945. Walnut Crush Candy Bars were always in the house as far back as I can remember. I miss them so much.....If my memorie is right. Fenn's was right to the North, after you came off the 8th St Bridge heading West. I would give just about anything to have one of those again!!!! Memories from my childhood!!!! The best of times!!!
Cathi Scott (Weisensee) - May 08, 2013 - Report this comment
My Uncle Ted worked for Fenn's in Sioux Falls, and he always had Walnut Crushes at the house...and also down in the freezer he had 7-Up popcycles that Fenns made too. Fantastic!!
david okoboji taffy guy - July 24, 2013 - Report this comment
I have made the walnut crush. I will introduce it at state fairs in 2014.
David Victor - December 12, 2013 - Report this comment
I remember Walnut Hill candy bars and I wish I could get them today instead of the overly sweet candy like Nerds.
Gary Sutcliffe - December 20, 2013 - Report this comment
Have never had any candy bar that compares to the taste of a Walnut Crush candy bar. All others suck!
Connie Boldt - December 30, 2013 - Report this comment
Vacationing in Minnesota every summer, this southern girl was exposed to many local delicacies. As a 6-8 year old in the early 60's I was hooked on Walnut Crush Bars! The Minnesota lake resorts and their little stores will remain dear in my heart's memories. I would love to taste one again.
Dan Feske - February 11, 2014 - Report this comment
I worked at Fenns Ice Cream in 1960-1961. Walnut Crush bars were always popular, and were a high production item. They also made Dreamsickles, Creamsickles, and Butter Brickle Ice Cream, and candy bars. I remember buying Walnut Crush nougat rejects, and taking it home in 5 gallon pails. Those were the "good ole days"!!
Daren Anderson - May 31, 2014 - Report this comment
I am doing a presentation on Fenns in June in Sioux Falls - my Dad worked there 30 years - would be interested in any story/pictures you may have. contact me at danderson at bigdtechnology dot com. Thanks
Dennis in DC - July 28, 2014 - Report this comment
I can vouch the Milky Way Midnight is a pale replacement for Walnut Crush ... better than nothing and God bless 'em for trying. The highlight of visiting Aunt Sadie and Uncle Charlie in Britt, IA 50 years ago was their ready supply of Walnut Crush bars. Aunt Sadie would hand me one and I would quietly escape the adults for the sanctuary of the front room ... :-)
Paul from DeSmet - August 21, 2014 - Report this comment
Boy , these were the best, I had found the recipe from Fenns, Still no candy bar is any better. It is still fun to see how many people remember that GREAT Taste,. I was born in 1954. Will have to made sometime.
Bessie Schnabel Johnson - September 07, 2014 - Report this comment
Worked across the street from Fenn's at the Rushmore Café on 10th St in 1968-70. Best candy ever. From Tripp but moved to the big city to work.
SDFLATLANDER - September 16, 2014 - Report this comment
I grew up in SE SD, my dad and I frequented a few bars when I was a grade schooler and middle schooler. Two things I remember, the first, my beverage was a 7UP and my snack was religiously a Walnut Crush. My second, while consuming my delicacies I scrutinized the Anheuser Busch Custer Last Stand painting. Never fully came to any conclusion regarding the later however the prior was a true childs delight, one of my frequent stories from my formative years.
Ronnie Boy - March 28, 2015 - Report this comment
My grade school girl friend's dad worked for Fenn Bros. in Sioux Falls. My best birthday present ever was a whole box of Walnut Crush bars. Yummmmmy! I will never forget her now will I?
Ken - July 22, 2015 - Report this comment
Grew up on a farm sw of SF so didn't get to town too often. (Went to country school). What a treat to get to Viborg and buy myself a Walnut Crush. Dream about them yet. Lol.
Betty - August 17, 2015 - Report this comment
Grew up in little East Central Iowa town & little grocery store in town sold my very favorite Walnut Crush candy bars. Got a dime allowance once a wk & always went 2 store & bought 2 bars. They were nickel each. That was back in the 1950's. Orange wrapper, dark brown lettering & inside dark chocolate bar with marshmallow nougat filling with pieces of black walnut. I can still remember how good they were & would love to have one right now.
Charleen Hofer - September 02, 2015 - Report this comment
I've thought of the Walnut Crush candy bars so often through the years. I'd really love to have one!
Lee Ann Robinson - September 07, 2015 - Report this comment
My grandmother used to always have Walnut Crush bars on hand. She grew up in Sioux Falls so I remember her talking about Fenns many times. She relocated to Sioux City where my mom & I were raised. Always loved staying with my grandma every Friday night as she always had Walnut Crush bars stored in a bottom cabinet where I could reach them easily! Miss them & wish they would be produced again! So good to see the wrapper on another site--brought back many old childhood memories!!!
Karen from WA - September 30, 2015 - Report this comment
Paul from DeSmet would you share the recipe???????? Would love to try to make them. Miss them much.
Jane - December 12, 2015 - Report this comment
Cut a milky way dark in half lengthways, insert small pieces of black walnuts, put them together again, wrap with saran wrap and let sit for a day or so. This comes close to the Walnut Crush.
bobbie larsen - January 13, 2016 - Report this comment
Just a couple months ago I went to an estate sale in Sioux Falls.One of the remaining Fenn women has put up the Fenn home for sale. Just looking at the roof and the rest of the house was phenomemal!
Roger Grotewold - December 22, 2016 - Report this comment
I just remembered the name of the Fenns Chocolate Covered Ice Cream Bar, Cheerio was its name. When I googled it, I also found the Walnut Crush Candy Bar, one of my very favorites when I was a boy. I lived in Larchwood, IA, 18 miles from Sioux Falls. We used to always drive by the Fenns plant whenever we went up to Sioux Falls back in the '40s and '50s. My email address is in case you have any questions about my posting.
Carmen - December 26, 2016 - Report this comment
Did the original have English walnuts or black walnuts? I would like to make these but they were described to me as having black walnuts not English. Any insight????
Donna - March 10, 2017 - Report this comment
Walnut Crush was dark chocolate covered white center with black walnuts . They are wonderful. Does anyone know where you can get them ?They had a shiny orange colored wrapper
Linda​ - April 30, 2017 - Report this comment
Some candy bar company needs to bring that candy bar back, as a young child that was my favorite candy bar! It was so delicious.
stan - December 09, 2017 - Report this comment
As a young kid in Nebraska during the 60's it was a great treat to get a Walnut Crush bar on a trip to town.
Chris Grable - February 28, 2018 - Report this comment
I attended a Catholic boarding school in Rapid City, SD in the 1970's. This candy bar from the vending machine was so delicious. I was devastated when they stopped making them.
Amy - April 25, 2018 - Report this comment
Favorite candy from little on up. Grew up inIowa and was devastated when they were no longer available. Dark chocolate and walnuts. Big enough pieces to see and feel. Want them now
Ron - May 30, 2018 - Report this comment
These are more a candy bar of the 50s and 60s as by the 70s they had become increasingly hard to find. Could be that Fenn stopped making them by that time. Great candy bar!
Tom - July 17, 2019 - Report this comment
Walnut Crush was made with black walnuts. That is what gave them the distinct flavor. Grew up with them offered at the drug store next to our grocery store in Montana.
Pam - October 19, 2021 - Report this comment
We did not get a lot of candy bars growing up. We lived in Iowa. My dad worked road construction and his company had a job in South Dakota. I was 5 or 6, but I still remember him opening his suitcase after he got back and seeing 4 shiny burnt orange colored Walnut Crush bars, one for each kid. That was the best candy bar ever! I still remember the dark chocolate and black walnut flavored nougat.

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