Clark Bar

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Clark Bar
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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, 5th Avenue or Crispy Crunch. It has been manufactured by the New England Confectionery Company (Necco) since 1999.

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]

In 2016, the Clark Bar was part of a How It's Made episode.[4]

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  1. ^ "City push is on to keep Clark Candy here", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), p. 5, September 10, 1990 
  2. ^ Ranii, David (September 11, 1990), "RIDC stuck with Clark plant loans", Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, PA), p. 5 
  3. ^ Pittsburgh’s Very Own, Vintage Clark Bar and Zagnut Bar at CandyFavorites.com candy blog
  4. ^ DiscoveryGo LED Tubes, Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars, and Robotic Medication Dispensers