Posts Tagged ‘chocolate’

The Zero Bar is far from a Zero!

Thursday, July 15th, 2010 by Jon
Vintage Zero Bar Wrapper

The Zero Bar is a candy with a long history as it was first introduced in the 1930's by Hollywood Candy Company but it now owned by Hershey Foods. This wrapper , circa early 1930's, is very rare as it shows a Polar Bear!

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

Milky Way Simply Caramel offers a totally Caramel experience

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 by Jon
Milky Way Simply Caramel Candy Bar offers a truly Caramel experience

In 1923, the first chocolate candy bar with a filled center was introduced and it was called Milky Way. In 2010, this iconic candy bar has a new relative called Milky Way Simply Caramel which is a great tasting candy bar aimed at lovers of Caramel Candies...

Did you know that the first chocolate bar with a filled center was the beloved Milky Way bar, made by Mars, which was created by Frank Mars in 1923. However consistent this candy bar has remained for over 87 years, it is important to note that note all Milky Way bars are created equal. 

The Milky Way bar that is offered in the United States is a delicious amalgamation  of chocolate malt nougat topped with caramel and covered with rich milk chocolate BUT the Milky Way Bar offered on “distant shores” is not topped with caramel and is therefore similar to the American 3 Musketeers.

Confused? The Milky Ways sold in the United States is similar in taste to the Mars Bar sold in Europe.

Just when you think that you understand the subtle differences, Mars throws us a challenge with their new and delicious Milky Way Simply Caramel.

Unlike its siblings, this is identical throughout the world and, according to Masterfoods USA, it is “for consumers seeking a totally caramel experience” and is “tempting with rich, creamy caramel surrounded by real milk chocolate.”

It is a delicious new candy bar and there are few companies that can take a tried and tested classic and make it better as Masterfoods USA has done with Milky Way Simply Caramel

Dark Chocolate Clark Bars – A history of a classic candy bar revisted!

Friday, July 9th, 2010 by Jon
A vintage Clark Bar Advertisement made long before there was a Dark Chocolate version

Clark Bars have a unique place in Pittsburgh history and were invented in McKeesport where our candy warehouse has been located since 1927! The new Dark Chocolate Clark Bar is a truly delicious twist on an old classic!

The former pride of Pittsburgh and McKeesport , the beloved Clark Bar, has just released a  All Natural Dark Chocolate version which is truly a unique twist on one of the best tasting candy bars available

In case you are not familiar with Clark Bars, they are a candy bar consisting of a honeycomb peanut butter crisp center with a rich milk chocolate covering.

The signature item of one of the country’s largest candy empires started in 1891 with a small operation run by young entrepreneur David L. Clark located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Within a few years, he made enough money to open a modest factory in McKeesport which is where CandyFavorites has been located since we opened our candy filled warehouse in 1927 ( actually it was in 1926 but we didn’t incorporate until a year later)

 By 1911, the candy had become so popular that the company was forced to relocate, and Mr. Clark purchased a large building from a cracker manufacturer. 

 In the 1920′s, when the company was making approximately one hundred and fifty (150) different types of candy and gum, Mr. Clark decided to create a separate company for the gum-making business, thinking that the candy and gum operations would be more successful if run separately.

 He opened the Clark Brothers Chewing Gum Co. across the street from his candy factory and his family continued to run the business until 1955.  The company remained a Pittsburgh mainstay for several decades but ran into financial difficulties in the 90s and the brand was rescued by the New England Confectionary Company known to candy lovers as NECCO.

In 2010, the formula was changed for Clark Bars and now includes All Natural Ingredients.  The Dark Chocolate version of the Clark Bar is one of the few examples of a formula being improved and we think that this variation is so delicious that, someday, it too will become a classic!

Take A Moment to Enjoy Silky Smooth Dove Dark Chocolate

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010 by Jon
Take A Moment to Enjoy Dove Silky Smooth Dark Chocolate

Take A Moment to Enjoy Dove Silky Smooth Dark Chocolate

Sharability: 6

Denture Danger: 4

Convenience: 5

Novelty: 6

Overall: 10

 If you think of yourself as someone who just doesn’t do dark chocolate, one of those people who thinks dark chocolate is just too bitter or too sophisticated or not sweet enough or not smooth enough, think again. If you think that you fit at least slightly under that description then I would argue that you have not tried Dove’s smooth dark chocolate.

This candy bar of Dove chocolate is! It melts smoothly in your mouth leaving you craving more, but be careful because it does follow the trend of most candies in that less is more. As long as the candy bar comes perforated to break into separate chunks you might as well make someone’s day silky smooth with the generous offer.

Dove from the Mars company makes sure that its chocolate is not too sweet or too bitter, but is as delectable as it is by making sure the perfect ratio of chocolate liquor and cocoa butter is put in the chocolate.

 I can just imagine one of those society driven people bustling through a stressful day of business plans and kids’ arrangements, or a teenager after a long day at school, or backpackers after a long hike, or a young child after a day, or a grandparent after a sports event being interrupted by a friend or a stranger and asked if they want a piece of Dove’s silky smooth dark chocolate. 

 I can imagine they take it as they would take most pieces of chocolate, with mild excitement and mild thanks, thinking it’s going to be equally as good as the bag of M&Ms they gobbled down an hour ago but upon putting this piece of chocolate in their mouth all of the worries and problems, all thoughts of past and future drift away into nothingness (which is really what they were to begin with) and all that is left is a moment of chocolate bliss where the entire body is focusing on the magical taste of silky smooth dark chocolate nowness, every muscle in the body is trying to conserve the taste as it melts away, until, there it was, a moment of presence brought to you by Dove’s silky smooth dark chocolate.


Cadbury Creme Eggs are Baaaack!

Saturday, February 24th, 2007 by benjamin

Cadbury Creme Eggs

Guess who’s back?
Back again.
Cadbury Crème Eggs Are Back.
Tell your friends!

What’s better than milk chocolate bars? Fun shaped milk chocolates! Not only are they egg-shaped, the crème filling is also colored in white and yellow to imitate the likeness of the egg yolk. An even more interesting thing about Cadbury Crème Eggs is that according to the manufacturer, Cadbury Schweppes, they’re made all year round but only sold from New Year’s Day to Easter. For those of you who don’t know, last Wednesday (Ash Wednesday) officially signaled the countdown to the Easter Holiday. Now that Lent has officially begun, it’s less than 40 days until Easter Sunday.

Cadbury Crème Eggs were as much a part of my childhood Easter preparations as egg dying. As I dipped an egg into the red or green egg dye, and stuck stickers for decoration, a Cadbury Crème Egg and a Marshmallow Peep would be within arm’s reach. I only associate good times with the fun eggs.

Since the next time you’ll be able to buy these yummy treats after April 8, 2007 is January 1, 2008, I suggest you stock up. If you’re as big of a fan of these tasty chocolate eggs as I am, I suggest you prepare a healthy stash and enjoy them year round with your family, friends, or just yourself.

Want to be 100 Grand Richer?

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007 by benjamin

Nestle 100 Grand Candy Bar

Those of you who know of Nestle’s popular 100 Grand chocolate bars may be wary of the title of this very post. And I guess I don’t blame you. In the Summer of 2005, a radio DJ in Lexington, Kentucky hosted a contest for the tenth caller to win “100 Grand.” This WLTO-FM (Hot 92) DJ told the winner to wait at Central Bank the next day where she would receive her “100 Grand.” What did he really give her, you ask? The yummy 100 Grand chocolate bars! Though he was careful not to mention dollars in any of his phrasing, he was still promptly sued for his intention to “cheat, defraud, and play a malicious job upon the plaintiff.”

Now, I don’t know about you, but when I first heard about this lawsuit I couldn’t believe it. Yes, it was a malicious joke, but I can’t help but think that this lawsuit stemmed from disappointment above anything else. To get a chocolate bar instead of $100,000 can be disappointing to some people, but I just want to point out that I’m sure the DJ listeners got a kick out of listening to the joke afterwards and his job is to entertain them. Above all else, the winner didn’t lose anything and she did walk out of the bank with something more than she walked in with. I believe the lawsuit will not stick, but I haven’t found any followup articles to tell me so or otherwise.

100 Grand is simply delicious, and though others may take advantage of the name itself, I say we should all enjoy it for its rich combination of chocolate, caramel, and crisped rice taste. And instead of being greedy like our plaintiff, share the delicious wealth with someone else. You get two yummy bars for the price of one. Go on! Enjoy your 100 Grand and be that much richer in satisfaction.

Mars Bars: A Delicious Controversy

Monday, February 19th, 2007 by benjamin

original mars bars

Never have I associated so much pop trivia with a candy bar! Mars Bar is not only known for its scrumptious caramel, nougat, and almond all doused in milk chocolate, but it is also dipped in some delicious myths, legends, and controversy.

1960s: One popular myth that never died throughout the decades tells us that while raiding one particular Rolling Stones party the police found the legendary Mick Jagger eating a Mars Bars strategically between the legs of Marianne Faithfull. Of course, she denies it to this day. Even if it wasn’t true, that is certainly one way I’ve never considered eating a Mars Bar.

December 2003: Friends or foe, the Mars Bar appeals to all. Our United States military captured Saddam Hussein with a stash of Mars Bars within arms reach during Operation Red Dawn.

July 2005: The parent company of Mars Bars recalled their shipment in Australia due to an extortion attempt against Sydney’s Star City Casino. The extortionist claimed to have poisoned several Mars bars at random, so the company recalled the product in New South Wales. This just goes to show that such a sinfully delicious chocolate bar has its negative aspects too.

And the list goes on. It’s a shame that this delectable gem is no longer sold. However, the parent company does sell a line of Snickers that acts as the official replacement of the Mars Bar. So the next time you take a break from these dreary winter days and take a bite out of the Snickers Almond Mars Bar, just think – you’re a part of chocolate history.

Financial Crunch Chocolates

Saturday, July 22nd, 2006 by benjamin

Princeton, New Jersey and McKeesport, PA — Fall 2006 Financial Crunch chocolate today announced that it is available at continuing the tremendous retailer and consumer reception to its recent launch.

The brick and mortar headquarters for is McKeesport Candy Co., founded in 1927 and located in McKeesport, PA. One of the oldest candy wholesalers in the nation, offers over 2,800 varieties of candy.

Financial Crunch is a delicious gourmet chocolate packaged in an elegant green and gold octagonal tin filled with a “banker’s dozen” — 11 pieces of coin shaped, milk chocolate crunch. Adding to the fun, each .5 oz. piece has a tax bite out of it!

Jon H. Prince, President of, commented, “It is a pleasure to offer a product that is both creative, unique and great tasting to boot. It’s the next generation of retro candy favorites such as chocolate gold coins!”

Why does Financial Crunch contain 11 pieces? Just as 13 is a baker’s dozen, Financial Crunch has coined 11 a banker’s dozen. Financial Crunch is the perfect gift for anyone who has it all – or doesn’t.

Financial Crunch has an SRP of $20.00. It is also available by the case, which contains 12 units. In less than a year and by word of mouth only, Financial Crunch has secured distribution from coast to coast.

Americans are calling on Financial Crunch chocolate to sweeten with humor the endless waves of financial crunches such as college tuitions, school supply purchases and gasoline expenses for themselves and their friends.

To date, Financial Crunch has attracted gourmet and high-end retailers as well as industries such as commercial and investment banks, law practices, accounting firms, hotels, museums and educational institutions


The financial crunch concept was created twenty years ago when college student, Nalen was lacking credit at home, school, and the bank. Realizing that she was, in fact, in a real “Financial Crunch”, Sweet Assets was born. While meeting with great success, the three partners had other career aspirations — the company and concept began a 20-year hiatus.

Nalen began co-hosting the Discovery Channel’s top rated home improvement show “Easy Does It” as well as appearing in numerous TV commercials and Soap Operas.

In 2004, Nalen contacted and bought out her former partners. Sweet Assets was then incorporated in 2004 with the first Financial Crunch chocolate produced in 2005. Financial Crunch is manufactured in Philadelphia. For more information, please email or call 609.577.3502 or contact Jon H. Prince at, 1-888-525-7577.

Dark Chocolate M&M’s

Friday, July 7th, 2006 by Jon

Few products have captured the imagination and tastebuds of candy lovers as Dark Choclate M&M’s have…

Originally introduced as a Limited Edition, they soon grew to”cult” status and became harder and harder to find

At, we are always looking for the latest product and we are proud to announce that we these in stock in several different packaging options as well as  5 pound bulk cases!

We are not sure how long supplies will last but we are sure that these are one of the best tasting candies to hit the market….