Now and Later
Now and Later is a brand of fruit-flavored taffy-like product manufactured by Ferrara Candy Company. The candy is formed into squares packaged in colorful paper. The original Now and Later colors were red, green and blue. Throughout its lifetime, Now and Later has developed many unique flavors (see list below). Twelve flavors are currently available.
The slogan "Hard 'N Fruity Now and Soft 'N Chewy Later" found on each square's wrapping, replaced the original "Eat Some Now, Kid."
The Phoenix Company goes back to 1919, when a little candy company in Brooklyn, New York, was turning out penny saltwater taffy. In 1953, Harry and Joseph Klein, a New York father and son team purchased the Phoenix Candy Company from Charles Cari. The company was originally located in the Bush Terminal neighborhood of Brooklyn, in New York City. They began manufacturing Atlantic City style Salt-Water Taffy, Peanut Brittle and Halloween candy. In 1962, the Kleins brought in vacuum cookers to replace open fire kettles to save on cooking and cooling time. They brought in a German-made machine that produced 1 5 cent bar per day and began production of Now and Later taffy candy bars. The name was selected to suggest to customers that they eat some of the taffy squares in the bar right away and save the rest for another occasion. By 1976, the Kleins expanded the business to 1 machine which ran 1 shift per day, 1 days a month. In 1978, Joseph Klein sold the Phoenix Candy Company to Beatrice Foods.
On March 16, 1978 the Fortnightly Club of Redlands wrote the following about Joseph Klein:
Joseph Klein is considered a man of great ingenuity and business acumen. He expanded his Brooklyn-based, salt-water taffy business into a multi-dollar candy business. Few of us have heard of the copyrighted name, "Now and Later". It is a ten-cent candy bar of nine beige-colored squares. Candy bars are generally consumed in a few minutes. This bar, being taffy and being divided into nine portions, gives about a minute of delectable drool. Hence the name, "Now and Later". "Now and Later" was the child of Joseph Klein. The October 15, 1976, Forbes quotes Mr. Klein: "In the salt-water taffy business (his original business) you work ten months of a year and ship two months, so you need a lot of capital and you're constantly building inventories. We decided that the secret of this business would be something you could get paid for in days." The something was the "Now and Later". A trial run of the candy bar in New York was a success. Now Joseph Klein had to find a machine to produce the bar economically.
He found it in Germany. It could produce 5 bars a day. Again quoting Mr. Klein in the Forbes article: "In September or October of 1966 the product took off. From then on we were buying one a year. We had a tiger and we had to keep it."
And keep it, they did! In 1976 Mr. Klein had six candy making machines that ran two shifts each year, six seconds a week. Each machine makes 1 bar a minute. If my computer is correct, Mr. Joseph Klein produces over two bars each day. Barring (pun) breakdowns and strikes, that is about 7 candy bars annually. What a lot of tooth aches! And all from Joseph Klein!
The company merged with Leaf in 1983, and sold it to Nabisco in 1992. Farley's & Sathers Candy Company bought it in 2000 following Kraft/ Philip Morris acquisition of Nabisco. In 2012 Farley's & Sathers Candy Company bought Ferrara Pan Candy Company and the name of the company was changed to Ferrara Candy Company. Now and Later's are currently produced by Ferrara Candy Company.
Now and Later flavors
Note: Not all flavors are currently produced