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|Product type||Ice cream bar|
|Country||Mansfield, Ohio, U.S.|
|Markets||U.S. and Canada|
|Previous owners||Isaly Dairy Company (1922)|
|Tagline||"What Would You Do For A Klondike Bar?"|
The Klondike bar was created by the Isaly Dairy Company of Mansfield, Ohio in the early 1920s and named after the Klondike River of Yukon, Canada. Rights to the name were eventually sold to Good Humor-Breyers, part of Unilever. It is known for its jingle slogan, "What would you do for a Klondike Bar?".
The first recorded advertisement for the Klondike was on February 5, 1922, in the Youngstown Vindicator. The bars are generally wrapped with a silver-colored wrapper depicting a polar bear mascot for the brand. Unlike a traditional frozen ice pop, or traditional ice cream bar, the Klondike bar does not have a stick due to its size, a point often touted in advertising.
In 1976, Henry Clarke, owner of the Clabir company, purchased the rights to the Klondike bar, which had been manufactured and sold by the Isaly's restaurant chain since the 1930s. Clarke introduced Klondike bars to consumers throughout the United States during the 1980s. Under Clarke, sales of the Klondike bar increased from $800,000 annually at the time of the 1976 acquisition by Clabir to more than $60 million.
In 1986, the US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals prohibited Kraft Foods from using a wrapper resembling the distinctive Klondike bar wrapper (its "trade dress") for Kraft's "Polar B'ar" brand ice cream bars. The following year, the US Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of the lower court ruling. In 1988, Kraft settled a trademark dispute with Ambrit Inc., as the former Isaly Company, Inc. was then known, for $8.5 million.
Many types of Klondike bar have been sold:
- Five original flavors in 1922 with chocolate coating:
- Dark Chocolate (Dark Chocolate Shell with Vanilla Ice Cream)
- Krunch bars (with crisped rice in coating)
- Heath bar bars (with Heath toffee in coating)
- York peppermint patty bars (with peppermint ice cream)
- Neapolitan bars (with neapolitan ice cream)
- Planters caramel and peanut bars (with nougat-flavored ice cream)
- Triple chocolate bars (Chocolate shell with chocolate ice cream plus chocolate syrup between the shell and the ice cream)
- Butter bars (with vanilla ice cream)
- Caramel pretzel bars (with caramel coating)
- Cappuccino bars (with coffee-flavored ice cream)
- Chocolate bars (with chocolate ice cream)
- Hershey with almond bars (with Hershey chocolate and almonds)
- Whitehouse cherry (vanilla ice cream with cherries)
- Strawberry cheesecake bars (with swirls of strawberry syrup and pie crust)
- Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (with peanut butter cup pieces)
- Oreo (with "cookies and cream" ice cream) (United States only, though this same product exists in Canada, it is not under the Klondike brand)
- Rocky Road (with peanut pieces)
- Mint Chocolate Chip
- Caramel Crunch
- Double Chocolate
- Fudge Brownie
- Cookie Dough Swirl
Additionally, the following products have borne the Klondike name:
- Minis Snack Size Vanilla Ice Cream Bars
- Slim-a-Bear Premium Fudge Bar
- CarbSmart Ice Cream Bars
- CarbSmart Fudge Bars
- Klondike Nuggets – similar to Bon Bons and sold during the late 80s
- Choco Taco
- Kandy Bars
- The Candy
- Candy Bites
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