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Current Bit-o-Honey wrapper
An unwrapped Bit-O-Honey
An old Bit-o-Honey wrapper, circa 1969
Bite-sized assortments of Bit-o-Honey

Bit-O-Honey is an American candy product; it first appeared in 1924 and was made by the Schutter-Johnson Company of Chicago, Illinois.[1] Bit-O-Honey was a new kind of candy bar consisting of six pieces wrapped in waxed paper and then packaged in a cover wrapper. The candy consists of almond bits embedded in a honey-flavored taffy, which makes for a long-chewing candy. Both a large bar and a small, bite-sized version are available for sale, the latter in bags of multiple units.[2]

In 1969, Schutter-Johnson was merged into the Ward Candy Company of New York City, makers of other candies, including Chunky, Oh Henry!, and Raisinets. Between the mid- and late-1970s, a chocolate-flavored version called Bit-O-Chocolate was made, but this product was later dropped. Other spin-offs included Bit o' Licorice and Bit-O-Peanut Butter. In 2017, Bit-O-Honey Chocolate was reintroduced.[3]

Bit-O-Honey and Ward's other brands were acquired by Chicago based Terson Company in 1981,[4]The eventual sale of Bit-O-Honey brand happened in 1984, when the Terson Company sold Ward Candy Segment brands to Nestle Nestlé Company on January 9th of 1984.[5] In May 2013, Nestlé sold the Bit-O-Honey brand to the Pearson's Candy Company of Saint Paul, Minnesota.[6]

Bit-O-Honey is similar in style and packaging (single pieces) to Mary Jane made by Necco. Its ingredients as of 2013 are corn syrup, sugar, nonfat milk, hydrogenated coconut oil, almonds, honey, salt, egg whites, canola and/or safflower and/or palm oil, modified soy protein, natural flavor, TBHQ, and citric acid.

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  1. ^ "BIT-O-HONEY - Trademark Details". BIT-O-HONEY - Trademark Details. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Bit-O-Honey". Old Time Candy. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Bit O Honey History". Groovy Candies. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  4. ^ . UPI Archives the so-called reverse merger procedure, Ward Foods will... the so-called reverse merger procedure, Ward Foods will... Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 23 January 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Bit-O-Honey – A Nostalgic Taffy History". Candy Favorites. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Pearson Candy Co. buys Bit-O-Honey". Minneapolis/St Paul Business Journal. Retrieved 23 January 2019.

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