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Thursday, December 6, 2012

History Of The "SNICKERS" Candy Bar

Made with a nougat base, topped with peanuts and caramel, and surrounded by milk chocolate, the Snickers candy bar has become the most popular chocolate bar in the world. In order to look at the history of Snickers candy bar, it's a good idea to also take a quick look at the history behind the man and company that invented it. The Mars family has always taken a very private stance on their family, so pictures are not easily found of Frank Mars or other family members. What we do know about this confectionary giant is that Franklin Clarence Mars was born in Minnesota on September 24, 1883. At an early age, he helped his mother make candy in their home kitchen. After high school, Frank began selling candy and later started various businesses. In 1911, Frank and his wife were producing candy out of their Tacoma, Washington kitchen. Later, in 1920, Frank and his wife Ethel moved to Minnesota and started the Mar-O-Bar company. 

By the end of the 1920's, the Mars family was very successful, and they were on their way to becoming a world leader in chocolate snack bars. Can you imagine being the world leader in chocolate snack bars?! I can't.  Snickers was invented in 1930 and was a big hit. Over 80 years later, it continues to be a big hit! In 1934, a few short years after he invented the Snickers bar, Frank Mars died at the age of only 50. His legacy continues to live on in the MILLIONS of Mars candy bars sold every day! The Snickers was formerly called "Marathon" in the UK, but the name was changed to "Snickers" worldwide in 1990. Let me know if you like snickers as much as I do!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Gummy Candy

The first gummi candy that was ever produced was the gummi bear in Germany. Although it is usually spelled  "gummy" the correct spelling is "gummi." This comes from the German name "gummibär" which in English is translated into "rubber bear." The credit for the creation of gummi candy goes to Hans Riegel, a German man. He worked at Kleutgen & Meier a candy industry in Germany. At the young age of 27 he decided to start his own company in 1920. His company would now be called Haribo and he soon began making hard candies. One of Riegels competitors was racking up money from the success of selling a type of gelatin fruit candy. Soon after this Riegel and his wife began trying to find a niche in the gelatin fruit candy industry. Haribo's hard candy had been successful while targeting children as their main consumer. Therefore, he decided that targeting adolescents to buy his gummi candy would be a good idea. In 1922, they used a "dancing bear" mold for the fruit flavored gelatin, and the first gymmi bear, soon to be known as the Haribo Goldbear, was born.

The Gummy Bear Song - Full English Version by gummimaci