Milton S. Hershey, who was an American who made his fortune with caramel, he got his idea to manufacture ordinary bars of milk chocolate back in 1894. The U.S. Army bought huge 30 pound blocks of solid chocolate, that was sent to troops overseas. After the war he continued to sell his amazing chocolate to not only the soldiers, but to the public selling them at only 5¢ per bar. In 1907 Hershey came up with the bite size Hershey’s Kisses, which in return are still very popular today.
A Sweet To Eat
It was in 1921 that the Chicago based Williamson Candy Company first made these big chunks of fudge, crispy peanuts, velvety caramel, and smothered them in chocolate. The name came from a boy that would come into the factory just to flirt with the girls that worked there and they used to tease him and say “Oh, Henry…” every time that they wanted him to do something, but toward the end of the year this “joke” had become one of the most popular candy bars around.
Even though this is not really a candy bar, plain chocolate M&Ms which the meaning stands for Mars & Murrie, who were the founders of the amazing company. The history comes from soldiers in the Spanish Civil War back in the late 1930s, who were eating chocolate coated pellets with a sugary shell, which kept them from melting. What is neat is that they are still issued to soldiers today, from it is easy to carry.
M&Ms melt in your mouth, not in your hand.
This popular nougat and peanut candy bar was actually called Kandy Kake, but it was streamlined by the owner of Curtiss Candy Corporation, Otto Schnering back in 1921 and was given the name “Baby Ruth.” Experts believe that this is just a cover story to hide the fact that the company was trying to cash in on the baseball great George Herman who was named Babe Ruth without paying him any money for the name.
The real deal.
First introduced in 1932, this candy bar was properly named to reflect its image, at the time the product had three different pieces of candy, from the name. Chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. Later on it was converted to all chocolate nougat which was covered with milk chocolate which took place a decade later and now it takes pride in its famous name.
Big on chocolate, not on fat.
This malt flavored chocolate bar of nougat and caramel, is covered with milk chocolate, it launched the company. Its first name was “Mars bar” but the Milky Way traces back to 1923. Frank Mars and his son Forrest wanted a chocolate malt drink in the form of a candy bar, well they got it. It is now sold in three varieties, midnight, lite, and original.
If only all good things could last this long.
A crunchy blend of butter and peanut butter covered with chocolate, there is no way better than to describe a Butterfinger then by their motto, it was for awhile working with Bart Simpson who was the bars “spokesperson,” this bar has been around since the 1920s. Butterfingers were marketed by being dropped out of airplanes in about 40 states.
Nothin’ like a Butterfinger.
Known by its red and white wrapper, the chocolate covered wafer got their name from the famous London Kit Kat club, which is an 18th century literary club. The jingle you see with this candy bar, it makes it look like a new product although that is not true. It originated in England in 1935.
Have a break, have a Kit Kat.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Harry Burnett Reese started making peanut butter cups which were covered in chocolate back in 1923. He was a dairy employee of Milton S. Hershey, but he figured that if his boss could make plenty of money from selling candy bars, then he would as well. It was first sold in syndicated stores and vending machines, although you rarely see them in vending machines now, at least in Georgia.
There’s no wrong way to eat a Reese’s.
There is no way to go wrong with nougat, caramel, roasted peanuts, and milk chocolate, and I guess that is why it is the number one selling candy bar in the states. It was first launched in 1920 and named after the favorite horse of the Mars family.
Hungry? Grab a Snickers.