The first chocolate bar for widespread consumption was molded by Fry's Chocolate Factory in Bristol, England in 1847. They didn't know what they were starting, but I certainly am grateful.
Things got even more wonderful in 1900, when the Hershey Company created the first wrapped chocolate bar---a product they still produce to this day.
Then, during the period 1900---1950, there were thousands of different candy bars being made. The price for these delightful indulgences remained stable at 10 cents from 1900 until the late 1960s, except for the Depression years, when the price dropped to 5 cents.
Here are my favorites:
--- Hershey's .....Simple, creamy milk chocolate
--- Snickers .....Peanut butter flavored nougat with caramel
--- 3 Musketeers .....Light fluffy nougat and chocolate
--- Baby Ruth .....Chewy fudge nougat, chocolate and peanuts
--- Almond Joy .....Coconut filling, almonds and milk chocolate
--- Mounds .....(sister product of Almond Joy) coconut and dark chocolate
--- Butterfinger .....Peanut butter and chocolate
--- Kit Kat .....Crunchy cream-filled wafer and chocolate
--- Milky Way .....Chewy caramel with nougat and milk chocolate
--- Reese's Peanut Butter Cup .....Rich peanut butter with rich milk chocolate (AUTHOR'S NOTE: Goes great with cold milk!)
--- M and Ms .....Multi-colored candy shells filled with a variety of fillings---milk chocolate, dark chocolate, crisped rice, mint chocolate, peanuts, almonds, orange chocolate, coconut, pretzel, wild cherry and peanut butter
What are your favorites? Why?