It's the news candy lovers nationwide have been waiting for. The Clark Bar is back! Introduced in 1917 with a crispy peanut butter and spun taffy core and covered in milk chocolate, the Clark Bar has been a household name for over a century. In 1990 the candy bar was transferred to New England Confectionery Co. (NECCO), however, in 2018 the candy bar was sold to Spangler Candy Company where the Clark Bar got the chop. Popular holiday treats such as Sweethearts conversation hearts and Necco Wafers were transferred to join other Spangler candies like Dum Dums and Circus Peanuts.
Clack Bars are Making a Comeback
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A fun....and sweet... post for St. Patrick’s Day weekend! Do you remember Clark Bars? The toffee and peanut butter candy bar covered in milk chocolate? It was the first combination candy bar sold nationwide, but if, like me, you grew up near Pittsburgh, Clark Bars were everywhere! In 1872 Irish immigrant D.L. Clark, age 8, and his large family left County Londonderry, Ireland, settling in Pittsburgh. At age 19 he created his own candy company in a one room factory, inventing, among other things, the famous Clark Bar, Zagnut and Teaberry chewing gum. The Clark Bar became the best selling candy bar in the country. Production left Pittsburgh in the 1950’s after the business was sold, but in 2018 returned to Western PA, in Altoona, 100 miles away. One of the endless number of reasons to lift a pint this weekend in Irish appreciation. Chocolate! . . . . #candyhistory #pittsburgh #theburgh #chocolate #DLClark #clarkbar #chocolateandpeanutbutter #candy #pittsurghhistory #countylondonderry #irish #ireland #luckoftheirish #immigrant #stpatricksday #stpaddysday #thecenterofattraction #pennsylvania #🍀 #sweets #history #funfacts #candybar #vintageads #vintage #blackandwhite
Thanks to Altoona, Pennsylvania-based company, Boyer Candy, the Clark Bar is making a comeback. According to CBS Boston, the candy company purchased the rights, recipes, and equipment to make the bars in September of last year. Boyer Candy Company, which is known for producing Mallo Cups, has started production; the candy was back on store shelves for Valentine's Day this year in the Pittsburgh area.
Setting up the factory and recreating the bars has been no easy feat. Anthony Forgione, CEO of Boyer shared with the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, "We did a ton of interviews with people who worked at the factory in Pittsburgh to get it exactly how the Clark Bar was made in Pittsburgh" to recreate the bar as close to the original. While setting up the machines, Forgione recalls the bars were flying off the belt looking like hot dogs. "We literally were catching them as they shot 5 feet off the line," Mr. Forgione said. "We were having a blast."
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I don't usually post product reviews on here but figured I'd make the exception for candy that was originally made in Pittsburgh... the #ClarkBar! Boyer Candy (Mallo Cup) has created a new #ClarkCups, think peanut butter cup with Clark bar pieces mixed in, yea it's that good! Until the Clark Bar returns this is definitely a great new candy to get that nostalgic feel. #BornInTheBurgh
And what happened to all the hot dog looking rejects? The mistake turned into the inspiration for new Clark Cups, a crunchy peanut butter cup that will be hitting the national market in the spring of 2020. For now, you can buy it on Amazon or through the Boyer Candy online store.
While you won't be able to get Clark Bars in your trick-or-treat basket this year, you can be sure that the real peanut butter bar is on its way to a store near you.
This article was originally published on April 10, 2020.