One of Hershey's most popular candy bars since it was first introduced in 1925, Mr. Goodbar consists primarily of creamy milk chocolate and crunchy peanuts. In 1992, however, the company decided to make a change the longstanding Mr. Goodbar formula -- adding even more peanuts!
The Butterfinger candy bar was invented by the Curtiss Candy Company of Chicago in 1923. A Butterfinger bar consists of a flaky/crispy orange-colored peanut-buttery center covered with a chocolate coating. The Butterfinger of today may not, however, be quite the same as the original bar -- according to some reports, the original Butterfinger recipe was somehow lost when Nabisco acquired the Curtiss Candy Company. None of the old employees claimed to remember how to make the bars, so a new recipe had to be developed that customers would accept.
Heath bars were included in U.S. soldiers' rations during World War II because they had been found to have a very long shelf life. The Heath bar was originally marketed as a health food, claiming to use only the finest ingredients. One early ad read: "Heath for better health!" Another candy often included in soldiers' rations was M&M's because they didn't melt easily.
The Kit Kat bar was originally introduced in the UK as "Rowntree's Chocolate Crisp" in 1935. Two years later, it was renamed "KitKat." Consisting of several thin bars of chocolate-soaked wafer coated with chocolate, the Kit Kat bar would go on to become the number one selling candy bar in the UK. In 2002, Kit Kat Limited Edition White Chocolate and Dark Chocolate bars hit the market, and in 2003, the limited edition line was expanded to include mint and orange flavors.
When it was first introduced in 1932, the 3 Musketeers bar was packaged to include three separate pieces of candy flavored vanilla, chocolate and strawberry -- thus the name THREE Musketeers. Causing some confusion to tourists worldwide, the 3 Musketeers bar is called a Milky Way in European countries, and the U.S. version of the Milky Way is called a Mars Bar.
The Twix candy bar, first introduced in 1979, was known as a "Raider" bar in France, Germany and several other European countries until 1991 when Mars decided to standardize its name. The change was not well accepted in countries such as Germany where customers mocked the name change as a transparent attempt to sell more candy bars by simply updating the name. The Twix bar consists primarily of a cookie center topped with caramel and coated with milk chocolate.
The Curtiss Candy Company has traditionally claimed that the Baby Ruth candy bar was named after President Grover Cleveland's daughter, Ruth Cleveland. Skeptics, however, are quick to point out that not only did Ruth Cleveland die 16 years before the introduction of the Baby Ruth bar, but the company had originally negotiated a failed endorsement deal with legendary baseball player Babe Ruth. Some have suggested that secretly naming the candy bar after Ruth was a way to tie him to their product without paying any royalties. Always a shrewd advertiser, company founder Otto Schnering chartered a plane in 1923 to drop thousands of Baby Ruth bars over the city of Pittsburgh -- each with its own mini parachute. His marketing plan must have worked -- Baby Ruth has gone on to become a top confectionary brand. Today, the Baby Ruth bar is owned by Nestlé.
In 1998, Martin Keys, a former shift manager at an Oxfordshire warehouse, was sentenced to five years in prison for stealing eight lorry loads of Mars bars, worth approximately £70,000 each. Keys attempted to use his knowledge of the warehouse computer system to cover up the thefts. The stolen candy was said to have weighed more than 300 tons!
Originally introduced by the Peter Paul Manufacturing Company in 1946, the Almond Joy bar consists of a coconut center topped with an almond and coated with milk chocolate. The original Almond Joy candy bar sold for 10 cents. It is very similar to the Mounds bar, introduced in 1921, which does not include almonds and is coated with dark chocolate. In 1988, Hershey purchased the rights to the Almond Joy.