Candy bars are a favorite sweet treat for children and adults alike. The popularity of the candy bar spans all ages and races. Chocolate lovers rejoice over the portability of candy bars, and there are varieties available to suit every sweet tooth. Favorite candies have been created by combining the beloved chocolate bar with cherries, raisins, dates, nuts, marshmallows, caramel, nougat and toffee. While the candy combinations come and go, a few steady favorites remain bestsellers year after year.
The history of candy bars actually began back in 1847. The first chocolate bar was made in Britain by Joseph Fry and his son, who pressed a paste made of cocoa powder and sugar into a bar shape. The chocolate bar was further developed in 1849 when John Cadbury introduced his brand of the chocolate bar. Fry and Cadbury later joined forces to become great chocolate confectioners. The first milk chocolate bar was made by Henry Nestle and Daniel Peter and was created by adding milk to the traditional chocolate recipe. This results in a creamier taste and smoother texture.
During World War I, chocolate bars gained huge interest as the American government began buying up large quantities of chocolate in 20- to 40-pound hunks. These huge blocks of chocolate were used to provide candy bars for the soldiers fighting overseas. The candy remained in demand after the war, as the returning soldiers had grown accustomed to the sweet treat. More than 40,000 different candy bar varieties appeared after the end of the war to meet the demands of the chocolate-hungry public.
Candy bars have survived an onslaught of fad diets, healthy eating education and competition from other sweets. Hundreds of new varieties of sweet treats are produced every year, yet the chocolate bar remains one of the world’s favorite goodies. No matter which type you prefer, the decadent indulgence of smooth, rich chocolate probably coats the outermost layer of your favorite treat. The chocolate bar is here to stay.