100 Grand Bar

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A bar broken in half

100 Grand Bar (formerly known as $100,000 Bar until the mid 1980s) is a candy bar produced by Nestlé in the United States. The candy bar was created in 1966, and named after a series of successful game shows[citation needed]. It weighs 1.5 ounces (42 grams) and includes chocolate, caramel and crisped rice. The bar contains 190 calories; it is low in cholesterol and sodium, but high in saturated fat and sugar.[1] Its slogan is "That's Rich!"

Notable prank[edit]

In the early 1990s, Gregg "Opie" Hughes and Anthony Cumia, DJs on Boston radio station WAAF-FM, promoted a giveaway of "100 Grand" over several weeks before finally revealing to the eventual winner that the prize was a 100 Grand bar rather than $100,000.[2]

In May 2005, a Kentucky woman sued another radio station, WLTO-FM in Lexington, Kentucky, for a similar prank in which radio DJ DJ Slick gave away one of the bars, leading (so the woman claims) listeners to believe the DJ was giving away $100,000.[3]

Cultural references[edit]

· In the Season 3 episode "Business School" of The Office, Michael Scott tries to use the bar as a motivational tool. He says: "And if you sell enough of them, you will make a 'one hundred grand'!", and displays a 100 Grand bar. When he throws the bar into the bewildered audience, they separate, and let the bar hit one of the students in the head.

· In the Seinfeld episode "The Dealership", while trying to determine what candy bar a mechanic took from George Costanza, the supervisor suggests it was a $100,000 Bar. Another person working there asks, "Did you know they changed the name from $100,000 Bar to 100 Grand?"

· On the Colbert Report, an image of a 100 Grand bar is part of the introduction to a recurring segment called Colbert Platinum, presented as tongue-in-cheek news and advice for the extremely rich. On the March 24, 2011 episode, Stephen Colbert interviewed the Senior Fellow for Global Health on the Council on Foreign Relations, Laurie Garrett, about escalating food prices and joked "candy bars have gone up, I saw one that cost 100 Grand!"

·In the Starkid internet musical Holy Musical B@man!, this candy bar is used as one of Sweet Tooth's candy-themed puns.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Calories in 100 Grand - Candy Bar | Nutrition and Health Facts". Caloriecount.about.com. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  2. ^ Deitz, Corey. "Radio Bloopers, Screwups, Outtakes and Embarrassments – Series 2". Your Guide to Radio (About.com). Retrieved 2007-04-14. 
  3. ^ "Radio Candy Stunt Not So Sweet". The Smoking Gun. Retrieved 2010-10-28.