Thanks to inventors Daniel Peter and Henry Nestle, modern day milk chocolate is enjoyed as a favorite treat all over the world. Originating in Switzerland, the two neighbors created it in 1875 as a specialty product. Since then, it has been incorporated into countless snacks including cakes, brownies and candy bars. What's the most popular candy in the world? Top sellers vary by country, but there are some items that consistently make it into the global top ten.
Grab a Snickers
This candy bar includes milk chocolate, caramel, nougat and roasted peanuts. It entered the market in 1930 and is named after a favorite Mars family horse. It frequently tops many favorite candy bar lists. Hungry? Grab a Snickers!
Reese's Combines Two Great Tastes
Harry Burnett Reese first began putting chocolate over peanut butter cups in 1923. He was a Hershey employee and worked on the project on the side, so not to have it stolen from him. When Reese's entered the world, it was sold in vending machines. In the 1940s and 1950s, the orange-packaged candy bar found its way to fame and established its place as a popular chocolate candy worldwide.
Kit Kats are for Sharing
Originating in English in 1935, Kit Kat was first known by another name, Rowntree's Chocolate Crisp. However in 1937, it was changed to Kit Kat, The chocolate-cover wafer candy bar gets its name from the famous 18th century literary club, the London Kit Kat Club.
Better Not Drop Your Butterfinger
This combination of peanut butter, chocolate and butter has existed in the candy market since the 1920s. Created by Curtiss Candy Corporation and Otto Schnering, one of Butterfingers' first marketing scheme was dropping the candy bars from airplanes in nearly 40 U.S. cities. Their fame as a popular chocolate candy soared as a result of this campaign.
Mars Bars and Milky Way
Made from milk chocolate, malt-flavored nougat and caramel, Milky Way, or Mars in places other than the U.S., debuted into the candy market in 1923. Created by Frank & Forrest Mars, their goal was to create a chocolate malt flavored candy bar. Milky Way lovers can now enjoy three types: Original, Lite and Midnight.
3 Musketeers Originated as Multi-flavored
First introduced in 1932, the 3 Musketeers candy bar include three main ingredients: strawberry, vanilla and chocolate. Over time, the bar evolved into the milk chocolate and all-chocolate nougat enjoyed today.
Who was Baby Ruth?
Baby Ruth made its debut in 1921 and is filled with peanuts, caramel, and milk chocolate-flavored nougat. The company claims its namesake is in tribute to President Grover Cleveland's daughter named Ruth. Others believe it was an attempt to make money off of popular baseball player at the time, George Herman "Babe" Ruth.
M&Ms Melt in Your Mouth
While not a candy bar, M&M's fit in the candy market so well, they are counted by several candy experts. Forrest Mars lived during a trip to Spain in the late 1930s that many soldiers during the Spanish Civil War were consuming small chocolates covered in a sugar shell. Ultimately this shell kept them from melting. In 1941, M&M's were debuted. Hence, the motto for M&M's was "melts in your mouth, not in your hand."
Oh Henry! Stop it
The Oh Henry! bar combines chocolate, caramel, fudge and peanuts. Created by Williamson Candy Company in 1921, the namesake came from a young boy who would go into the company and flirt with the women. Their response to him was "Oh Henry" and the name stuck.
Hershey Bars Came Before Kisses
Milton S. Hershey began manufacturing chocolate as early as 1894. As a treat to the soldiers, he would send 30 pound chocolate blocks overseas. After the war was over, soldiers bought the chocolate for 5 cents. Hershey's bite-size Hershey Kisses came to life in 1907 and are still on America's most popular chocolate candy list.
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