California Snack Foods reopens to public after seven months of being closed

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A staple in sweets in Southern California for 65 years, California Snack Foods opens its doors to excited public

California Snack Foods has always been a community-focused business. From its inception in 1961 by Murl Nelson Senior who sold caramel apples out of his family home in El Monte, to 2020 where the third-generation family business still operates in the same location and employees mostly residents of South El Monte, the last six months have proved an unusual time.

Like many businesses affected by COVID-19, California Snack Foods made the tough decision at the beginning of March to not only close its doors to the public but to close operations entirely for six weeks.

“As a family-run business that proudly employees many people who are also related, our priority was first the safety of our employees and families,” shares Chad Nelson, Vice President.

During those six weeks, California Snack Foods continued to pay its employees out of pocket with the hopes that their loyal employees and their families would remain healthy, and that life would soon return back to normal.

“We had no idea, just like everyone, how long this would last and how much life would change in these short months. We have prioritized the safety of our community by keeping our retail desk closed to the public but as restrictions lift and the needs of our individual and retail customers continue to come in, we have decided, with caution, to reopen it,” says Nelson.

This Thursday, the retail desk will reopen and online ordering will be made available for the first time ever for the distributor of popcorn, cotton candy, popsicles and its beloved “Karm’l dapples.”

“Awesome! I used to love [when] the bread man would come to my Grandma’s house in South El Monte and the apples would be on the truck. As a child, I just knew these were the REAL caramel apples,” one Instagram follower replied to the news of the reopening.

As California Snack Foods heads into its busiest time of the year, the Halloween season, the hope is to continue spreading fresh family fun to the community, while protecting the health of its employees.

“Things will look a little different. Masks will be required. Employees will be wearing gloves and masks at the desk. We are prepared to have guests stand six feet apart while waiting for their orders. We are committed to keeping everyone healthy but we cannot wait to get back to business and to share our family’s products with a community who also shares our love for them,” says Nelson.

About California Snack Foods
Since 1961, California Snack Foods has been manufacturing quality snack foods in the heart of Southern California. We produce quality snack foods for retail & wholesale by creating lasting relationships with our customers, employees & suppliers, while enriching our community. As a third generation family business, we pride ourselves on being happy people making happy snacks. Contact us at for more information or media opportunities, please email amanda@californiasnackfoods.

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