Food Story: Smarties

BY: Selina and Faaiza 7A


Smarties come from cocoa beans(Theobroma cacao) Cocoa trees need warm weather to grow so they are grown mainly in West Africa,South Asia, and south America. Cocoa beans grow inside a pod. When a cocoa tree is fully grown the farmer cracks open the pod and drys the bean. Cocoa trees take around 3-5 years to be able to produce. Cocoa pods need 2-3 months. after the cocoa beans are dry the farmers send them to a factory to grind.


Smarties and their entire line of products are free from most of the common ingredients people are allergic to. All products are free of milk, egg, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soy. Smarties are gluten-free and vegan! You can find more information on their gluten-free and vegan pages. They also sell their products to various people. Some people buy products from many different companies and put them in their own packaging, these people are known as re-baggers. Only these re-baggers can verify whether their manufacturing plants are free of nuts, soy, or other known allergens.


Smarties are no longer manufactured in York, now they have moved to Germany, where a third of them were already made. Outside Europe, Nestlé's largest production factory for Smarties is in Canada, where Nestlé has been manufacturing products since 1918.


Smarties are eaten by people all over the world! Adults, seniors, and mostly kids! Like, who wouldn't want a box full of colorful chocolate? Smarties are usually eaten as snacks by kids. There are different packages that are either large or small. The Halloween version of smarties is Spookies, there are different themes for the smarties packaging. Smarties can be given on holidays such as Valentine's Day.


Any box board boxes (cereal, crackers, cake mixes, granola bars, tissue, pasta, potato, oatmeal, toothpaste, chocolate & candy boxes (Smarties, outer gum packages, Nerds, Pot of Gold Chocolate boxes, etc.) are all recycled.