Mr. Goodbar is a candy bar containing peanuts and chocolate, whose packaging is identifiable by its yellow background and red text. It is manufactured by The Hershey Company and was introduced in 1925. Although the Hershey Milk Chocolate Bar with Almonds had been produced since 1908, Milton Hershey initially did not want the Hershey brand name associated with a chocolate bar that contained peanuts, so it was introduced as being produced by the "Chocolate Sales Corporation" (a fictitious company name created by William Murrie). It is currently available both as an individual product and as one of the varieties of Hershey's Miniatures.
Ingredient changes to reduce production costs
The formula was modified in 1995 to add more peanuts. Since 2008, Hershey replaced cocoa butter with cheaper oil substitutes.
Hersheys changed the description of the product and altered the packaging slightly along with the ingredients. Though the new formula contains chocolate, according to United States Food and Drug Administration food labeling laws, these modified recipes that do not contain cocoa butter cannot be legally described as milk chocolate. The product is currently labelled as "Made WITH chocolate and peanuts" as opposed to its previous labeling of "Peanuts in Milk Chocolate."
As of August 1, 2014, the 49g size Mr. Goodbar product available in the United States includes Milk Chocolate as the first listed ingredient, followed by a list of other consituents enclosed in parenthesis, starting with Cocoa Butter.
Looking for Mr. Goodbar was also the title of a 1975 novel by Judith Rossner and an Oscar-nominated 1977 movie, and Lacey Fosburgh titled her book about the same case (the murder of Roseann Quinn by a one-night stand she picked up at a bar) Closing Time: The True Story of the "Goodbar" Murder. The titles ironically refer to the type of man the female subjects of the works are looking for.
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