Flashback Friday: Linette Candies

Linette Candies is a local chocolate candy company especially known for their “Betcha Life” candy bars. They used to be located at the building shown below at 105 Washington Street in Reading. At some point they moved to a larger location in Womelsdorf. According to yellowpages.com;

Linette Quality Chocolates was founded in 1927 as a family-owned seasonal chocolate novelties producer. It is one of the leading manufactures of pure chocolate confections in the United States. The company produces a range of industrial confectionery ingredients that are used as inclusions in various bakery and ice cream products. It packages its products in a variety of innovative styles and pouch bags, foil wrapping, tubs, display shippers and pallet merchandisers. Linette Quality Chocolates packing and manufacturing facilities are spread over a total area of more than 125,000 square feet. Some of its product specialties include seasonal chocolates, chocolate-covered raisins, and dark chocolate mint and peanut butter cups. The company is a part of Ralcorp Holdings since 2000.

 

Linette Candies
in the 1970s – notice the train tracks used to run up Washington Street

Linette Candies

Betcha Life Bar

6 Replies to “Flashback Friday: Linette Candies”

  1. My mom worked there for a couple years from when I was in 4th grade to 6th grade. She would drive home to the 1200 block of Church St. where we lived to have lunch with me (I went to 5th and Spring). She could only stay a few minutes and then would leave. At that young age I knew it was a sacrifice she was making to be sure I was ok. Sometimes when she would come home from work she’d have a chocolate in her pocket. Not too often but once in a while she would put a candy in that had something wrong with it. What a treat.

  2. I think it was the son, James Linette, who I used to see at Lincoln’s Restaurant/Bar frequently, circa early 1980s. He would stop in after leaving work. He was a very friendly fellow albeit somewhat quiet and reserved. I only just found out that he died in 2001. I believe that he had health problems; he was three years young than me.

    1. I think it was the son, James Linette, who I used to see at Lincoln’s Restaurant/Bar frequently, circa early 1980s. He would stop in after leaving work. He was a very friendly fellow albeit somewhat quiet and reserved. I only just found out that he died in 2001. I believe that he had health problems; he was three years younger than me.

  3. I was named after the candy company which was my mom’s favorite. And growing up in central PA I enjoyed their chocolates as far back as I can remember. I always hoped the company would continue to thrive. Linette Robinson

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