Top 15 Favourite American Chocolate Bars
Canadians Love American Chocolate Bars!
There are quiet some differences between us Canadians and our neighbours down south. Even though we cant compromise on the spelling of the word colour, one thing we share is a love for chocolate and candy bars. Some of the products listed we don’t even get in Canada, unless you come to us!
Some of the items used to be sold in Canada waaay back in the day, so if you see some you recognize, the nostalgia may kick. Even though still produced till this day a lot of these are nostalgic candies or retro chocolates because they were introduced so long ago!
Now before we get started we must explain we didn’t rank these in any specific order because we couldn’t decide which was best, and we love them all so much! So that being said here are our top 15 favourite American Candy Bars!! (In no particular order).
Did you know? Two separate radio stations in Boston and Kentucky held contests in which the winners would take home “a hundred grand”, not telling contesting the prize was actually just the American chocolate candy bar. They were both sued and the contest winners were awarded one hundred thousand dollars cash as well as the chocolate bar.
When it comes to American Chocolate Bars, 100 Grand Bars are a very popular choice! Produced by Nestle, they were actually known as $100,000 Bar spoken as "hundred thousand dollar bar" until the mid 1980s. The candy bar was created in 1966, and named after a series of successful game shows and of course the candy bar’s appropriate slogan is “That’s Rich”.
Did you know? 5th Avenue bars haven’t been advertised since 1993, but still remain available at smaller retailers and of course right here at CandyFunhouse.ca.
Although unconfirmed, the name of this American Chocolate Bar produced by Hershey’s is speculated to have been associated with the elegant and stylish 5th avenue in New York City. Introduced in 1936 this retro chocolate bar consists of a crunchy peanut butter center covered in layers of chocolate. Many people would agree that this chocolate bar is very similar to another American chocolate bar on this list, the Butterfinger, but more on that later.
Did you know? From 2003-2006 Hershey’s experimented with various limited edition flavours such as Pina Colada, white key lime, passion fruit, and toasted coconut.
Introduced in 1946 and manufactured present day by Hershey’s, this coconut fondant filled, almond topped, chocolate covered American Chocolate Bar is sought after by many retro candy lovers. They are similar to Mars’ Bounty bar, sold in Canada and the UK , but with the added taste and texture of almonds.
4. Mounds Bar
Did you know? After being introduced in 1920, these became a hit with the U.S. military during World War II, who by 1944 purchased 80% of their production for use in rations, which worked out to be nearly 5 million chocolate bars a month!
Mounds are Almond Joy’s little brother. The shredded coconut filling which is engulfed in dark chocolate and the absence of almonds are the two main differences between the two retro American chocolate bar brothers. If you thought Almond Joys were similar to Bounty bars, sold by Mars in the UK and Canada, then mounds are its seemingly identical twin. In 2006 Hershey’s produced a limited edition chocolate bar that saw the coconut filling flavoured and coloured orange.
Did you know? Characters from the popular TV series, The Simpsons, appeared in advertisements for Butterfinger from 1988 to 2001.
This Buttery American Chocolate Bar originated in Chicago Illinois in 1923 and is currently being produced by Nestle. This retro candy bar consists of a crispy peanut butter center that’s perfectly blended with a candy mixture all covered in a buttery smooth chocolate. In an early marketing campaign the original manufacturers dropped Butterfinger’s and Baby Ruth’s out of planes as a publicity stunt /marketing campaign.
Did you know?The name of this retro American Chocolate bar came from a very popular dance at the time, called the Charleston and was originally a vanilla taffy bar covered in chocolate.
The new and approved chocolate covered nougat bar, the one you probably know and love today is produced by Tootsie Rolls industries. The original started production way back in 1925, talk about retro! These American Chocolate Bars are available in three flavours present day, vanilla, strawberry, and of course chocolate.
7. Clark Bar
Did you now? It is speculated that the center of this American chocolate bar wasn’t as crunchy as it is today, rather having gooey-er honey comb origins.
This retro chocolate bar dates back to 1917 and originated in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, and is produced by NECCO today. They are also harder to find on the west coast of the United States because they are more popular on the east coast. This American Chocolate Bar consists of a crunchy peanut butter center covered in chocolate. Many people can verify the similarities between a Clark bar, Butterfinger, 5th avenue, or a Zagnut, but the best of the bunch? Well that’s up to you decide!
8. Heath Bar
Did you know? Early advertisements for this American Chocolate Bar claimed “Heath for better Health”. Also, due to its long shelf life the U.S. Army placed an order worth $175,000 to be included in soldiers rations during World War II.
This thin slab of toffee covered in chocolate dates back to 1914 and begins its journey in Robinson Illinois. For many years Heath was a family owned and operated business until it fell into the hands of The Hershey Company in 1996. Hershey originally created the similar Skor Bar to compete with the Heath Bar.
9. Krackel Bar
Did you know? When originally introduced in 1938, these American Chocolate Bars contained almonds and then peanuts were added in 1939, but ultimately in 1941 both nuts were swapped out for crisped rice pieces.
This American Chocolate Bar produced by The Hershey Company to rival Nestle’s Crunch bar debuted in 1938 and was sold individually until 1997, where it took a 17 year hiatus before being sold individually again in 2014.
10. Milky Way Bar
Did you know? Milky Way, Mars, and 3 Musketeers are all very similar, but differ slightly depending on where they are sold and contrary to popular belief these chocolate bars are made here on earth!
You don’t have to be an astronaut to enjoy this galactic treat! Introduced in 1923 and manufactured in Minneapolis, Minnesota by Mars, this out-of-this-world chocolate bar consists of a chocolate-malt nougat center with a layer of caramel on top all wrapped in chocolate.
11. Mr. Goodbar
Did you know? Milton Hershey originally didn’t want his chocolate associated with peanuts so they introduced it as manufactured by a fictitious company called “Chocolate Sales Corporation”.
Introduced in 1925 and still manufactured by The Hershey Company today, Mr.Goodbar is an American Chocolate Bar containing peanuts. The recipe for the Mr.Goodbar changed in 2008 swapping out cocoa butter with inexpensive oil substitutes, but in 2014 milk chocolate returned as the main ingredient.
12. Chunky Bar
Did you know? The original recipe was made with cashews, chocolate, raisins and Brazil nuts. Nestle changed the formula to peanuts, raisins, and chocolate when it took over rights to the brand.
New York City’s Philip Silvershein introduced this trapezoid shaped American Chocolate Bar in the late 1930’s. It contains Nestle milk chocolate, California raisins, and roasted peanuts. The bar used to be manufactured as one chunk, but when Nestle bought the company in 1984, they started producing them segmented, to promote sharing.
13. Payday Bar
Did you know? A fire destroyed the production plant in 1980 and with the help of L.S. Heath and Sons Company (the makers of the Heath bar), the candy bar was still produced until a new facility could be made.
This retro American Candy Bar dates back to 1932 and is currently being produced by The Hershey Company. It consists of a nougat center covered in caramel, then rolled in peanuts that cover the candy bar. As a promotional tactic, in 1989, Payday’s contained an individually wrapped nickel.
Did you know? The Creator of Reese Peanut Butter Cups was a shipping foreman for Milton Hershey, the founder of The Hershey Company. Reese was inspired by Hershey and ventured out to make his own company.
This popular American Chocolate was introduced in 1928 and consists of a milk chocolate cup with a peanut butter center that is currently produced by Hershey’s. As of September 20th, 2012 Reese Peanut Butter Cups was the best-selling candy brand in the United States with sales of $2.603 billion, and was the fourth-best-selling candy brand globally at the time. There are many variations of the size and ingredients but the original still remains our favourite, with Reeses Pieces coming in at a close second.
Did you know? Canada has a nearly identical Candy Bar called the Special Crisp, also produced by Hershey’s, but is not nearly as popular as Whatchamacallit in the United States.
This American chocolate candy bar was introduced in 1978 and is still produced today by Hershey’s. Whatchamacallit consists of a peanut flavoured crisp with caramel layered on top and all covered in chocolate. Whatchamacallit’s have been popular for being used in recipes for cheesecakes, cupcakes, and pies thanks to its peanut flavoured crisps.
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16. Zagnut Bar
Did you know? Although they contain a small amount of cocoa, the Zagnut Bar contains no chocolate. It has become popular among U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan, thanks to there being no chocolate to melt.
Originally introduced in 1930, and now a product under The Hershey Company, the Zagnut candy bar is made up of peanut brittle with cocoa, and toasted coconut. The origins of the American candy bar’s name still remain a mystery. The “nut” half is speculated to have come from the coconut or peanut ingredients.
Now we could make this list probably 50 items long but we know we would cause too much drooling. And instead of going insane picking which of our favourites make the list we have put them here at the end under our honorable mentions.
Reeses Pieces - The Hershey’s Company - a great variation on an already great candy bar!
Hershey's Milk Chocolate - The Hershey Company- Classic, Standard. Some of the words that come to mind when we think about the staple in American Chocolate bars that is Hershey’s Milk Chocolate.
Baby Ruth– Nestle - nougat covered in a peanut and chocolate coating, need we say more?
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