January 5, 2012, post compared two candy bars and our next for for the Chocolate Lovers Collection is one of these. Instead of repeating our comments from a post just a little over a month back, let's look more at the chocolate contents and the history of the candy bar. The Heath bar is now made by Hershey but they didn't acquire it until 1996. Originally it was made by L.S. Heath in 1914 then by Leaf, Inc. in 1989. This changing of hands is fairly common in the candy industry I'm learning. Making a product is one thing, selling it and making a profit is another matter all together. While one product may sell well others in a company's portfolio many fail and drag the entire operation down over time. At other times companies may split up when the creator dies and leaves an inheritance to several children. Companies can also just decide to sell off specific brands to make capital for other products. Of course, as in the case of Leaf, Inc, a bigger company and simply swallow up another way through stock trades and other maneuvers. The result is that Hershey now has two very similar products. The Heath bar's first ingredient is milk chocolate and it does use cocoa butter though I also see palm oil though not under the chocolate listing.
For the heck of it, let's lay out the three Hershey's bars we've looked at today so you can see the difference in color below. mr. Goodbar on the left, the milk chocolate in the middle then on the right the dark bar. See the difference, Sisters and Brothers?
|mr Goodbar, Milk Chocolate, Special Dark|
Old Time Candy's Chocolate Lovers Collection. One of these is probably very familiar to many of you: The Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. These have an interesting history. H. B. Reese worked for Hershey but left that company to establish his own candy business with cup in 1928. These were his best sellers and eventually the Reese company made nothing else. After his death, the Hershey company acquired the Reese company in 1963. So Reese is actually part of the Hershey corporation but is maintained separately perhaps because of labor differences (non-union versus union) several sites I researched suggested. The very first ingredient on the label is milk chocolate made with both cocoa butter and chocolate. While there are preservatives there are no artificial flavors listed so when you take a bite you get the milk chocolate and peanut butter plus all their sugars, milk, soy lecithin, and salt. I loved these growing up and I still do today though I think my homemade version of these is a bit healthier and even taster since I make it with dark chocolate which brings out the chocolate strongly while this candy bar's chocolate fades in comparison to the peanut butter.
So there you have it, the first 10 treats inside this Chocolate Lovers Collection from Old Time Candy. Some we can find fairly readily today but others are difficult to track down unless you live in specific regions. Some were heavily chocolate while others were lacking in terms of our Sacred Substanced. What would you do for those that bring back a few sweet memories to you?