I love candy! And as Halloween approaches, it’s always a great time to review my favorites. And because at the end of the day, all candy is good candy, here are five in no particular order.
The 3 Musketeers Bar was the third brand produced and manufactured by M&M/Mars, introduced in 1932. Originally, it had three pieces in one package, flavored chocolate, strawberry and vanilla; hence the name, which was derived from the 1844 novel The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. Rising costs and wartime restrictions, at the time, on sugar saw the phasing out of the vanilla and strawberry pieces to leave only the more popular chocolate
Charms Blow Pops
More recently, I’ve been enjoying Charms Blow Pops. I mean, who doesn’t like a piece of hard candy with gum on the inside? Walter W. Reid Jr. founded the Charms Candy Company in 1912. The company was originally called Tropical Charms, a reference to the individually wrapped square-shaped hard candies, which were one of the first to be individually wrapped in cellophane. In 1969, the company developed and patented the Charms Blow Pop, the first bubble gum-filled lollipop in the world. It made its debut four years later, in 1973. Blow Pops come in watermelon, strawberry, cherry, grape, and sour apple flavors (sour apple was introduced later and was originally round like an apple).
Peanuts with chocolate? I’M IN! During the Great Depression, sales of Hershey’s products dropped 50%. Milton Hershey, determined not to let it affect his employees and the town he created for them, refused advice to lay off workers and instead directed the company to find an alternate means of bolstering revenue. The company began a marketing campaign promoting Mr. Goodbar as a protein-rich meal due to the peanuts it contained. Coupled with a new price of two bars for a nickel, reduced work hours and cancelled bonuses, The Hershey Company came out of the Depression in a strong position, and by 1936, profits had reached a level ten times that of the company payroll.
Krackel is a chocolate bar with crisped rice pieces made by The Hershey Company and first introduced in 1938. It was originally sold as an individual chocolate bar product until 1997. For 17 years it was available only as one of the four varieties of Hershey’s Miniatures until it was reintroduced as an individual candy bar in 2014.
“Gimme a break, gimme a break….break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar!” Who doesn’t know that jingle? Well, if you don’t, here it is:
Kit Kat was created by Rowntree’s of York, United Kingdom, and now produced globally by Nestlé (which acquired Rowntree’s in 1988). except in the United States, where it is made under license by the H. B. Reese Candy Company, a division of the Hershey Company.
The original four-finger version of the bar was developed after a worker at Rowntree’s York factory put a suggestion in the recommendation box for “a chocolate bar that a man could take to work in his pack up.” It was launched in September 1935 in the UK as Rowntree’s Chocolate Crisp, and the later two-finger version was launched in 1936. It was renamed Kit Kat Chocolate Crisp in 1937, and just Kit Kat after World War II.
No matter what your favorite candy is, have a piece today and enjoy Halloween!
An avid record collector, lover of all desserts and sometimes seen wearing multiple Swatch watches, Dave has been lending his voice for over 20 years heard on such prominent brands as Intel, RCA, Eddie Bauer, Kellogg‘s, Pizza Hut, Lexus, and infomercial giants Guthy-Renker and Beachbody. His narration projects include Japan’s preeminent automobile series Best Motoring International and Hot Version, along with GTChannel, QVC, Universal Music Enterprises, and ViSalus Sciences.