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The Zero Bar is not your average candy bar as it is a candy with a history spanning over 70 years!
It was first introduced in the 1920′s by the now defunct Hollywood Brands Candy Company and is now owned by Hershey Foods although this transition took place over many years and included many owners in between.
The candy bar is unique in that it consists of a delicious amalgamation of almonds, peanuts and caramel nougat covered, or shall we say , drenched, with delicious white fudge. This was even more controversial upon its release as most candy bars then, as now, are coated in milk chocolate.
As per the name, this has been the subject of candy lore as it was not touted as a reduced calorie candy bar – hence the name Zero – but rather because the white coating was supposed to give the impression of snow and, metaphorically speaking, “cool as zero degrees”
The original wrapper had a Polar Bear on it and upon it’s initial release, was called Double Zero. It wasn’t until 1934 that it formally became known as the Zero Bar
The original Zero Bars were distributed in the summer as fudge has a much higher melting point than milk chocolate and, as there wasn’t air conditioning readily available when the bar was first released; retailers stored this in their refrigerators.
Yes, this candy bar like others will melt if exposed to high temperatures but there is something intriguing about this bar that makes it endure as a classic if only because it is delicious and holds true to it’s original formula and because it is over 70 years old!
PS: The vintage Zero Bar wrapper pictured above is VERY rare as it shows the Polar Bear! This is circa early 1930′s
Have you ever heard of Jujubes? They were first invented in the late 1800′s and are small, chewy candies, that come in a box that consists of flavors including cherry, lemon, lime, orange and grape.
They are small candies that lack flavor so you need to eat many at a time. These candies are not a favorite, but you may enjoy them more than we did. Try some, and let us know what you think.
“It’s a very, very mad world” – Mad World, Gary Jules
Peace and Love,
The Cool Kidz
Denture Danger: 10
I’m in love with Mary Jane.
She’s my main thing.
She makes me feel alright.
She makes my heart sing.
This Mary Jane I am referring to could be Spiderman’s woman or a certain plant, but instead it is NECCO’s classic peanut buttery, molasses flavored, chewy rectangle.
It all began with Charles H. Miller and his three sons. The Millers started a small candy manufacturing business in Boston in 1884. The building in which this business blossomed from was Paul Revere’s house until 1800. (For those who haven’t been to history class any time in the last decade: In 1775 Paul Revere made the famous ride from Boston to Lexington to warn the people in the countryside that the British were coming.)
In 1914 after Charles had died and the Miller boys had taken full responsibility of the family business, the Mary Janes hit the market. The candy was named after their favorite aunt, Susan. Just kidding, her name was Mary Jane.
The Miller Company tried its best to create variations of the Mary Jane, but all paled in comparison to the original. The Miller Company tried its best to manufacture other popular candies, but again, they all paled in comparison to the Mary Jane. Eventually, after failed attempts at variety, Mary Jane was the only candy that the Miller Company produced.
NECCO was lucky to take control of the Mary Jane in 1990, as Mary Jane is a poster child of the New England Confectionary Company. Nostalgia blooms when we talk about our love for Mary Jane.
Denture Danger: 8
Squirrel Brands Salted Nut Company began in 1899. It changed hands and it changed locations, but the squirreliness never diminished. The company supplied chewy candies and salted and roasted peanuts to not only the general public of candy lovers, but also to the armed forces. In 2004 the Squirrel Nut Company took it’s last ownership change as it fell into the hands of NECCO.
The Squirrel Nut Caramel Candy is an individually wrapped rectangle of soft caramel with small pieces of peanuts mixed in for a slight crunch. The caramel is not as sticky as most caramels and thus does not annoyingly get stuck into the crevasses of your teeth.
Chocolate Squirrel caramel was the original flavor for the Squirrel Brands caramels. The caramels are a classic and are unique, and with that said, the candy need not be the tastiest candy in the land to be worthy of purchase.
Denture Danger: 10
Once upon a time in the land of Turkey lived a man named Albert J. Bonomo. Al emigrated to Coney Island, New York and founded the Bonomo candy company in 1897.
This candy company made hard candies, but specialized in its saltwater taffy. As delicious as Al’s saltwater taffies must have been, it was not Al, but the son of Al who introduced the masterpiece of the Turkish Taffy that we have all known and loved since we learned to say the word “taffy.”
An interesting thing about this candy that Tico, son of Victor, pointed out is that it is not technically taffy, it would be better described as nougat because of its corn syrup and egg white ingredients. Also the taffy is not any kind of Turkish secret family recipe. It was named Turkish Taffy purely for marketing reasons.
When the candy was first distributed into Woolworth stores it came in school desk size sheets that were broken into pieces with ball-peen hammers. In the late 1940s the hammers were dropped and the bars of taffy took the field. The bars have a unique way of being eaten.
Before opening the wrapper you can smack the candy against the table so that it breaks into bite size pieces. When the taffy is too soft to break, a few minutes in the freezer does the trick to help the candy shatter. Bonomos’ flavors include vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and even banana.
Bonomo was one of the first candies to be advertised on television and it surely wasn’t poorly marketed. The Magic Clown was a character on NBC Television who did your usual clown tricks and gags, but it all depended on the magic word: Bonomo. The commercials had a catchy hook, “B-O-N-O-M-O, O-O-O BONOMO!” that helped to make the candy so successful; they were so successful that in the 50’s and 60’s, 80 to 100 million bars were sold per year.
In 1980 Tootsie Roll industries bought the candy and only nine years later they discontinued it. In 2003, the people who could only feel the melting taffy in their mouth through nostalgic memories began a movement to bring Bonomo back. The Bonomo website lacks information in that particular area, but I had the privilege to chew up some tasty Bonomo, so they must be in production somewhere. The Warrel Corporation claims that the Bonomos that you all love and miss so much will be back in stores and available for purchase this summer in July of 2010.
That, my friends, is the story of the elusive Bonomo.
Patience will prevail as you await the return of this wholesome nougaty Turkish Taffy. The day will come again when we will all hold our Bonomos above our heads and slam them against the table in unison.
Have you ever had Nerds? As quoted on the Wonka website, they are “tiny, tangy, crunchy, candy you can eat in your own way”. Candy can’t get much better than that.
Nerds were first created in 1983, and became the “candy of the year” in 1985. They can range from sweet to sour, and come in many flavors such as cherry, orange, strawberry, grape, lemonade, watermelon, fruit punch, and many more.
You can get nerds in different forms such as, nerds ropes, rainbow nerds, and nerds gum. Although they can get addictive at times, you can easily save them for later, they are easy to find, and they are delicious.
Give them a try and tell us what you think.
“Got a stream of loving you see” – Forever Jah, Bob Marley
Peace & Love,
The Cool Kidz
This week we tried Pez, and we are so excited to share our thoughts on it, and here yours as well!
Edward Haas III invented Pez in 1927, which is confectionary candy, and as many already know, can be put into mechanical character shaped dispensers, which makes eating the candy much more enjoyable. A fact that many may not know is that Pez was first invented as a breath mint, although this was altered over the years.
The candy is shaped in blocks, and as they melt in your mouth you only want more. The first original fruit flavors of Pez included cherry, lemon, orange, and strawberry. However, some of the most common American flavors today are orange, lemon, grape, and strawberry, although they have many others such as chocolate, peppermint, sour green apple, sour blue raspberry, and many more.
The wide variety allows for a range of customers to allow most people to enjoy them, so if you’re one of them give us your opinion!
“What I feel in my heart for you, I don’t know what I’d do, baby if I lost you” – Los Lonely Boys; More Than Love
Peace & Love,
The Cool Kidz
Gobstoppers, produced by the Wonka Factory, were made famous in the original production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, with emphasis being placed on the new creative candy “ever lasting gobstoppers.”
They were first created by Breaker Conventions in 1976. Gobstoppers are interesting candies, which are a fun version of the traditional jaw breaker.
They may not be our all time favorite, but they are a classic. Let us know what you think!
“Together share this smile” – Lover Lay Down; Dave Matthews Band
Peace & Love,
The Cool Kidz.
Denture Danger: 6
The Quaker City Confectionary Company first produced the Good & Plenty candy in 1893 and believe it or not it is the oldest branded candy in the United States.
Over the years the company has changed hands from Quaker City, to Warner-Lambert, to Leaf Candy Company, to Beatrice Foods, to the current manufacturer, Hershey.
There was much controversy over the naming of this candy, but eventually the Quaker City Confectionary Company settled with Good & Plenty as the name instead of the less catchy Bad & Scarce.
The name is sometimes misleading because though it might imply that there are plenty to go around, once you give them away you realize that there aren’t enough for you.
Over 50 years after the candy was first produced, the company came up with a catchy cartoon character for marketing the candy. Choo Choo Charlie quickly became popular to kids all over America (including my mom) with his theme song:
Once upon a time there was an engineer
Choo Choo Charlie was his name, we hear.
He had an engine and he sure had fun
He used Good & Plenty candy to make his train run.
Charlie says “Love my Good & Plenty!”
Charlie says “Really rings my bell!”
Charlie says “Love my Good & Plenty!”
Don’t know any other candy that I love so well!
The only kind of person that doesn’t like the Good & Plenty candy is the kind of person who doesn’t like the black licorice flavor to begin with. If you like black licorice then this candy is great. The chewy licorice cylinder is covered in a hard candy shell, and the best part is that the ratio of candy to licorice is just right.
The question lies in the color. Does the white one have a different flavor than the pink one? I have personally done field research to answer this question, as I’m sure most of you have done as well. I have found that the results concur with my hypothesis, and friends, I’m pleased to inform you that the answer is, (SPOILER ALERT) no. So you can all stop fighting over the last pink one.
Denture Danger: 5
This wax vial filled with a sugary liquid has an oddly popular appeal to little kids (at least they did to me when I was little). After all these years, when I attempted to transfer the liquid from the vile to my mouth, I had a small deal of trouble. I bit off the top and tried to drink it out like it was a straw, that didn’t work.
I tried to pour it into my mouth, that didn’t work. This liquid was just reluctant to let me taste it. Then I figured it out. After you pull or bite off the end here is the best way to taste the neon sugar water. Starting at the opposite end, squeeze the wax together forcing the liquid to be pushed into your mouth.
For all the effort it takes to access the liquid you only get a tiny taste of colored sugar water that is only mildly satisfying.
What my brothers and I found more fun as kids than the liquid itself was chewing on the wax. Chewing on the wax is satisfying for the first few chews, but then the wax starts to get stuck in your teeth and on your teeth and wax acts as a coating and the more you try to get it off the more stuck it seems to get.
The wax soda pop bottle is the same exact idea but the marketing is a little more advanced than this simple vile. This candy is more popular for the idea than the taste, so if that’s the kind of fun you like to have, by all means coat your teeth with wax and enjoy the mild gratification you get out of wax sticks.