Candy Bars

Appears in

Chocolates and Confections

By Peter Greweling

Published 2007

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The composite candy bar is very much an American invention, and more than one company has built an empire on the production and sale of these products.
Mass-produced candy bars are deeply ingrained in American culture; both the bars and their names are well known to anyone who grew up in the U.S. Many of the most familiar layered bars came into existence in the early years of the twentieth century, when candy making was being transformed from a local artisan pursuit to a regional and national manufacturing concern. While today’s layered candy bar is best known as a grocery- or convenience-store commodity, it is yet another area in which artisan confectioners can capitalize on the advantages they hold over manufacturers. Artisans can create truly singular pieces that are not only fresh and made with the highest-quality ingredients but are also unique items that manufacturers could never consider making; a mass-production candy maker could not accept the increased production costs, abbreviated shelf life, and narrower market that are facts of the artisan confectioner’s life.