Posts Tagged ‘Hersheys’

Cruisin’ Down Crunchy 5th Avenue

Friday, February 5th, 2010 by Becca Droz
Did you know that the Hershey 5th Bar was invented by William Luden who invented Ludens Cough Drops

Did you know that the Hershey 5th Bar was invented by William Luden who invented Ludens Cough Drops

Sharability: 3

Denture Danger: 6

Convenience: 5

Novelty: 8

Overall: 9

NECCO created the Clark Bar, Nestlé created the Butterfinger, and Hershey’s didn’t want to be left out. Don’t fear because Hershey has its own chocolate covered crunchy peanut butter candy bar, the 5th Avenue bar.

I can’t say it is better or worse than the Clark Bar or Butterfinger, because it is basically the same. It’s delicious, it’s flakey, it will get stuck in your teeth, and it will leave chocolate on your fingers, but it won’t disappoint.

William H. Luden started his candy business in 1879. He manufactured hard candies and soft candies, marshmallow products, and chocolates. He created the well-known Luden’s cough drops as well.

In 1936 Luden introduced the 5th Avenue candy bar. During WWII the cough drops and 5th Avenue bar had greater production rates because they were used by the military. Until Hershey’s acquired Luden’s in 1987, the 5th Avenue bar had two chocolate-coated almond halves on top.

The 5th Avenue bar is great for creating one of those stories where you use the candy bar (or just the wrapper) as a word in the story. I know Pittsburgh has a 5th Avenue, and I’m sure most cities have one, too. Write a story with it, share it, or gobble it up, but whatever you do with it, make sure you enjoy it!

Fun Fact: The 5th Avenue bar appeared in the Seinfeld episode The Dealership and in the 1994 movie, Stargate.



Nuts for Nuts: Payday Bar

Monday, November 30th, 2009 by Becca Droz
Sweet Caramel + Tons of Peanuts = Payday!

Sweet Caramel + Tons of Peanuts = Payday!

Sharability: 5

Denture Danger: 8

Convenience: 5

Novelty: 7

Overall: 8

It’s Payday! This peanut and caramel candy should be accompanied by every Friday’s payday check; it only seems appropriate. This candy bar doesn’t go beyond how it is described on the wrapper: Peanut Caramel Bar.

Not to say that simplicity is bland. At first bite, the peanuts bring on an immediate salty flavor that fades away into sweetness as you bite into the chewy caramel. The consistency of the soft caramel mixed with that of the crunchy peanuts works really well with the sweet and salty flavor.

Frank Martoccio founded the F.A. Martoccio Macaroni company, was the head of Hollywood Brands, Inc. and manufactured the Zero candy bar. He also introduced the first Payday bar in 1932. Hershey’s now manufactures the Payday.

Just because this isn’t Hershey’s most popular candy doesn’t mean that you should disregard its purchase, if you are nuts for nuts (and caramel) this one will be sure to satisfy.



Craving the Creamy Caramel of the Cadbury Caramello Bar

Friday, October 30th, 2009 by Becca Droz
Who doesn't love the taste of a creamy Cadbury Caramello Bar?

Who doesn't love the taste of a creamy Cadbury Caramello Bar?

Sharability: 2

Denture Danger: 3

Convenience: 4

Novelty: 6

Overall: 10

If you are one of those people that get a boosted ego from kids thinking you gave out the best candy on Halloween, then go out and buy a couple boxes of Caramellos. I don’t believe I’ve ever gotten a Caramello in my Halloween bag, but if I did I’m sure I was ecstatic.

This candy seems to have sort of flown under the radar and hasn’t quite made it to the popularity level of the Snickers, Reese’s, Kit Kat, Milky Way and those kinds of candies. But in quality, this Cadbury candy is at the same if not a higher level than those.

The Cadbury Caramello comes in four milk chocolate squares filled with a stringy almost liquid caramel. When you break one square off from the others, that string of caramel connects the two, and when you bite into one you usually can’t prevent a little caramel from sticking to your lips and chin.

I remember this as being my older brother, David’s, favorite candy and so naturally I wanted it to be my favorite candy too. That wasn’t too difficult to make happen. One bite into this milk chocolatey, creamy caramely piece of candy and I immediately fell in love.

And for those of you that pronounce caramel as carmel, here is proof that you are pronouncing it incorrectly. You don’t pronounce this candy as carmello, it is pronounced how it is spelled, carAmello.