A Man’s Candy Bar

In addition to graduations and strange U.S. national holidays: National Bubba Day (June 2nd), National Moonshine Day (June 5th), and National Paul Bunyon Day (June 28th), the month of June hosts Father’s Day(always the third Sunday in June).

So, I decided to get Dallas Cowboy Fan and Scout some sweet snacks, but it has to be manly candy. The stuff they can stick in a golf bag/ backpack/toolbelt/ fishing vest/ coveralls/ spacesuit and eat when it darn well pleases them.

I scanned candy sales and man-blogs. Here’s what men are chomping after their beer and BBQ.

wasabi kit cat

A wasabi-flavored Kit Kat

5: Kit Kat
A worker at Rowntree’s York factory suggested the company produce a “snack a man could take to work in his pack.” The bar was born in 1935 “as the best companion to a cup of tea.” It went through name changes and packaging changes, but after WWII settled on the present-day red wrapper and branding. If you live in Japan, you’ll be familiar with over 200 flavors of KitKats: ginger ale, soy sauce, and banana, etc. They are often bought as good luck gifts because “Kit Kat” sounds close to the Japanese phrase “Kitto Katsu” (a knock off of “sure to win”)

Source: KitKat.com, TheHersheyCompany.com, SymphonyIRI Group


Number 4: Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar

Thank Milton Hershey for wanting everyone (not just the rich) to enjoy chocolate. In 1894 he set up his factory in Pennsylvania and charged a nickel for a bar. It helped that he had a contract with the U.S. Army, sending 30 pound blocks to the troops overseas. Soldiers continued buying the nickel bars after they returned home.  (SideNote: Hershey’s also makes Kisses, allegedly so-named because that’s the sound the machine made when smooching out chocolate blobs during manufacturing).

Resource: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hershey_Company

Number 3. Snickers

Introduced in 1930, it was named after a favorite horse in the Mars family. High in protein with dairy and at least 16 peanuts, it’s gained notoriety lately by being a deep-fried treat in Scottish fish and chip shops and U.S. state fairs. Celebrity chef, Antony Thompson, created a Snicker’s pie, containing 5 of the candy bars and each slice providing over 1,250 calories.


Number 2. Reese’s Peanutbutter Cups

Harry Reese was actually a shipping foreman for Mr. Hershey, but here’s another reason it’s a Man-Candy. Ol’ Harry said, “Well, heck, I can make candy and millions, too. He followed his dream, working out of his basement in 1923. In 1963, after he’d gone to the great chocolate factory in the sky, his six boys took stock shares in leiu of cash and merged into a subsidiary of Hershey’s. In 2013 after 50 years of stock splits, the original shares are valued in excess of a billion, kicking out $31 million annually in cash dividends. (Way to celebrate Father’s day, huh?)

Resource: Wiki-Reese. Photo-Hersheys.com

Number 1.    M&Ms

Most folks know the story. The candy was copied from British-made Smarties (chocolate pellets surrounded by “hard panning” to prevent the chocolate from melting in soldiers’ pockets during the Spanish Civil War. The son of Mars Co. (Frank Mars) and the son of the prsident of Hershey Choc. Co.,  William Murrie, combined forces hence the M and M.  The agreement used Hershey chocolate which was advantageous because Hershey had control of the rationed chocolate during 1930. Brand Marketing is quite aggressive with the “spokescandies” turning up everywhere, so it’s fun to note one very important missed opportunity.

In 1982 the company rejected the opportunity to be in a new Steven Spielberg movie, E.T., so Hershey’s took a chance with their Reese’s pieces. It’s estimated that Reeses’sales increased 300% due to blockbuster exposure.

Resource: wiki M&Ms

You know I write about change

… and obviously June holidays have changed, but whether you’re celebrating, National Onion Ring Day, (June 22nd) or National Sunglasses day (June 27th) get the guy nearest you a candy bar and tell them one of these stories.

Photo by Liane Metzler

Photo by Liane Metzler

About Barb

I escaped from a hardscrabble farm in Oklahoma. I'm not sure why people think I have an accent. I miss the sunshine, but not the fried foods.
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28 Responses to A Man’s Candy Bar

  1. JSD says:

    So much REALLY important information…Thanks for sharing with us. Now I’ve got to go find me some chocolate. 🙂


  2. colonialist says:

    I am wholly in favour of encouragement to give men candy bars – might even keep them out of the other kind!


  3. Margie says:

    Reese’s peanut butter cups – I think they are a bit too sweet on their own, but mixed into a Dairy Queen blizzard – delicious!


    • Barb says:

      Okay, Margie…now are we talking about what you’re getting a MAN on Father’s Day, or to heck with males….it’s everyone to Dairy Queen for themself? (Me and ET like our Reese’s pieces at room-temp.)


      • Margie says:

        How about I go to the store and buy the Men on my list their favorite chocolate bars, and stop at the Dairy Queen on the way home and treat myself!? Win Win for everyone!


  4. Great stuff, Barb! And the part about the slice of Snicker’s Pie having 1,250 calories – OH MY!


  5. Roxie says:

    M&Ms, Skittles, Sweet-tarts, anything but chocolate which will melt all over the inside of a fishing vest or golf bag. Love the stories about the candies!


  6. Ginger ale flavored Kit Kats? Now THAT sounds interesting…

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    • Barb says:

      Well, since you asked…Kit Kat ALSO has the following flavors (mostly in Japan)
      Strawberry, or Pumpkin, or Apple, or Pineapple, or Blood Orange
      Candied Sweet potato, or Plain Potato
      Apple Vinegar
      Sweet Corn
      Watermelon & Salt or Cantalope
      Muscat of Alexandria Grapes
      Toasted Soy-flour
      Green Tea
      Red Beak Soup (I have NO idea what this is)
      Black Sugar
      Royal Milk Tea
      Mango, or Banana (Canada),
      Blueberry Cheesecake
      Honeycomb (Australia)
      Tiramisu (U.K.)


  7. Some we know and get here. Some are alien to me. Like so much of life.
    The chocoholic man in my life would happily scoff the lot though.


    • Barb says:

      OOOOOH! I love finding out about the candy bars in other countries. A young man in Australia told me they BARELY had any chocolate bars. He bought about 15 at the airport. Since then, I’ve discovered Oz has plenty of fine candy. I guess the chocolate is always richer and chocolate-ier on the other side of the fence.


  8. Al says:

    If I take all these in my bag, where will I put my golf clubs?


    • Barb says:

      HaaHaaa Haa. You carry golf clubs? Well, that’s your own fault. I guess you’ll have to look for the beverage-cart that drives around the course hawking treats and beer, so you don’t have to wait to get to the 9th hole and stock up again.
      PS. Consider a bigger bag or just carrying 3 clubs (4 if you insist on using a wedge).


  9. I could barely concentrate on your good stories for the urge to eat at least one of each. Not so sure I should thank you for this post.


    • Barb says:

      Myra, I’ll meet you over in the celery aisle. It’s about 20 feet from the candy. That should be enough exercise to earn us a few M&Ms.


  10. Moma Escriva says:

    It was fun taking a trip down candy lane. Informational as well as a fun read. I really think guys do like chocolate!


  11. Alice Lynn says:

    Barb, how about a list of “womanly” candy next time? hahahaha


    • ALL candy is “womanly” candy. (We aren’t terribly picky.)


      • Barb says:

        Susan, Alice. Once, hiking, I met a couple of guys who were decimating a bag of Dove bite-size candies. They were complaining loudly that it was the most sissy candy in the world with ridiculous feel-good-crap sayings in the tinfoil liner. “Friends are forever.” etc.

        Like Susan, I’m not picky about candy. I joined them, feeling it was my duty to help them eat all of the chocolate and save the world from sugar-coated advice.

        If you have any Dove chocolates you’d like me to destroy, just send them to me.


  12. Elyse says:

    Hmmm, they’re all gonna be melted in the golf bag! But it is manly to suck the wrapper!


    • Barb says:

      Really? Wrapper-suckers? The men I know gobble them in the parking lot before they even START playing golf, then fill the empty space in the bag with a beer.


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