Candy bar

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A Planters peanut candy bar

A candy bar is a type of sugar confectionery that is in the shape of a bar.

By far the most common type of candy bar is the chocolate bar, including both bars made of solid chocolate and bars combining chocolate with other ingredients, such as nuts, caramel, nougat, and wafers.

Many varieties of candy bars exist,[1][2] and many are mass-produced.[3][4] Between World War I and the middle of the 20th century, approximately 40,000 brands of candy bars were introduced.[5][6]

Chocolate bars[edit]

A Cadbury Dairy Milk Caramel bar in its foil wrapper

A chocolate bar (British English) or candy bar (American English) is a confection in bar form containing chocolate, which may also contain layerings or mixtures of other ingredients. A wide variety of chocolate bar brands are sold. A popular example is a Snickers bar, which consists of nougat mixed with caramel and peanuts.

The first solid chocolate bar was produced by Fry's of Bristol, England in 1847. Fry's Chocolate Cream became the first mass-produced chocolate bar in 1866.[7] The Goo Goo Cluster was the first mass-produced combination bar, including marshmallow, nougat, caramel, and roasted peanuts.[8] In some varieties of English and food labeling standards, the term chocolate bar is reserved for bars of solid chocolate, with candy bar used for products with additional ingredients.

Non-chocolate bars[edit]

Candy bars containing no chocolate include:

Further reading[edit]

  • Mazze, Edward M. and Michman, Ronald D., The Food Industry Wars: Marketing Triumphs and Blunders (Praeger, 1998)
  • Cadbury, Deborah, Chocolate Wars: The 150-Year Rivalry Between the World's Greatest Chocolate Makers (PublicAffairs, 2011)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hand-Crafted Candy Bars - Susie Norris, Susan Heeger. p. 13.
  2. ^ Nutrition - Paul Insel, Don Ross, Kimberley McMahon, Melissa Bernstein
  3. ^ Kiplinger's Personal Finance. p. 20.
  4. ^ Business Builders In Sweets and Treats - Nathan Aaseng. p. 28.
  5. ^ Hand-Crafted Candy Bars - Susie Norris, Susan Heeger. p. 13.
  6. ^ Insel, Paul; Ross, Don; McMahon, Kimberley; Bernstein, Melissa (2010-04-07). Nutrition. Jones & Bartlett Publishers. ISBN 9780763793760.
  7. ^ Mintz, Sidney (2015). The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets. Oxford University Press. p. 157.
  8. ^ Kawash, Samira (2013). Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure. Faber and Faber. pp. 152–153, 156–157, 163. ISBN 9780374711108.

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