Honey-roasted nuts came to New York City by way of Buenos Aires , Argentina in 1984. Known in B.A. as Mani Garripanada, the sweet-smelling concoction can actually trace its roots to the 1920’s, when the French brought honey-roasted pralines to Argentina and first started experimenting with peanuts (“mani”). The carts’ signature copper bowl enables the even and rapid distribution of heat required to get the sugar to envelop the nut with a crunchy, sweet exterior.
The Nuts4Nuts brand was started in New York in 1993 by Alejandro Rad. Mr. Rad, born in Mendoza, Argentina and now an American citizen, started out as a honey-roasted nuts vendor in 1989. He began with one pushcart and grew steadily. Today, the company he owns in partnership with Bronx native Cliff Stanton – United Snacks, Inc. – supplies nearly 100 pushcarts throughout the city.