A Planters Peanut Bar.  Some candy bars do not contain any chocolate.
A Planters Peanut Bar. Some candy bars do not contain any chocolate.

A candy bar is a type of candy that is in the shape of a bar. The most common type of candy bar is the chocolate bar,[citation needed] including both bars made of solid chocolate and combination candy bars, which are candy bars that combine chocolate with other ingredients, such as nuts, caramel, nougat, or 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

A Cadbury Dairy Milk Caramel bar in its foil wrapper
A Cadbury Dairy Milk Caramel bar in its foil wrapper

Main article: Chocolate bar

A chocolate bar is a bar-shaped piece of 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. Technically, however, chocolate is not candy.

Goo Goo Clusters, the first combination chocolate candy bar
Goo Goo Clusters, the first combination chocolate candy bar

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

A caramel-flavored Caramac candy bar
A caramel-flavored Caramac candy bar

Candy bars containing no chocolate include:

Further reading

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References

  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.