Clark Bar

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Clark Bar
Product type Confectionery
Owner Necco
Country United States of America
Introduced 1917
Related brands Zagnut
Markets North America
Previous owners
Website Official website

The Clark Bar is a milk chocolate peanut butter bar that is similar to a Butterfinger or to Crispy Crunch in Canada. It has been manufactured by the New England Confectionery Company (Necco) since 1999. The formula for the chocolate coating on a Clark bar has a distinct and slightly more bitter taste than its competitors.[citation needed] It comes in milk and dark chocolate varieties.[citation needed] For decades, the Clark Bar has been known for not being sold west of the Mississippi River;[citation needed] however, Clark Bites, a bagged bite-size version of the bar, has recently appeared in H.E.B. grocery stores in Texas.

Today, the Clark Bar uses its original formula pioneered by Irish immigrant David L. Clark in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1917. The website also cites the name of an employee's pet chinchilla, Clark Can't, as an early inspiration for the name. It was acquired by Beatrice Foods in 1955, then Leaf in 1983. In late 1990, the manufacturer considered consolidating operations in Chicago, but the Pittsburgh area managed to retain the brand with the firm moving all operations from a Chicago's O'Hare suburb to the north side of Pittsburgh in the fall of 1991.[1][2] In 1996 when Hershey acquired Leaf's North American operations, it became independent again with headquarters retained in Pittsburgh. It was bought by NECCO in 1999.[3]

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  1. ^ "City push is on to keep Clark Candy here", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), September 10, 1990: 5 
  2. ^ Ranii, David (September 11, 1990), "RIDC stuck with Clark plant loans", Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, PA): 5 
  3. ^ Pittsburgh’s Very Own, Vintage Clark Bar and Zagnut Bar at candy blog