Peter Paul Candy Manufacturing Company
The Peter Paul Candy Manufacturing Company is a candy-making division within the Hershey Company. Peter Paul was originally founded in 1919 by Peter Paul Halajian, a candy retailer in the New Haven, Connecticut, area.
Halajian formed Peter Paul with some other Armenian investors, such as Chouldjian, and the company's first product was the "Konabar", a blend of coconut, fruits, nuts and chocolate. In 1920, they purchased the rights to Knights Knifty Knibbles owned by Anita Grace Knight in Plainfield, New Jersey, and renamed the product, the Mounds candy bar, which featured sweetened coconut and dark chocolate. Other candies followed, but sugar and coconut shortages in World War II caused Peter Paul to drop most brands and concentrate on the Mounds bar. The Almond Joy bar was introduced in 1946.
In 1972 the Peter Paul company released a bar to the market named for what it didn’t include rather than what it did. The No Jelly bar. In 1977 they changed the name to just Peanut Butter Bar. The Peanut Butter Bar was discontinued in 1979.
Peter Paul acquired the York Cone Company in July 1972, gaining the successful York Peppermint Pattie, which debuted in 1940. In 1978, Peter Paul merged with Cadbury Schweppes, becoming the European confectionery's United States operation. Hershey's purchased Peter Paul from Cadbury Schweppes in 1988.
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