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.