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Soldiers liked and wanted the popular candy, so that year David Clark came out with his fist five-cent candy bar.
It was originally called simply Clark, but it was the same bar we know today as the Clark bar. The ingredients, honeycombed ground roasted peanuts, covered with milk chocolate, became a favorite as soon as Clark hit the marketplace.
When I was a child, we lived in the country. A big treat was getting to go to town with one or both of my parents. One time, while 'helping' my dad build a picnic table, I became fascinated and enamored of the smell of the wood being cut, and the appearance of the sawdust.
When I got the chance to go with my mother to town to the laundromat, I was promised that if I was good, I could have a bottle of pop (a rare treat) and maybe a candy bar. When I fulfilled my end of the bargain by behaving, I was rewarded with a trip to the vending machines at the laundry.
I chose Tom and Joyce Grape pop and I tried to describe to my mom that I wanted the candy bar that had 'wood' inside it. After puzzling for a few minutes, she realized I was talking about the inside of a Clark bar, which to a four-year-old, resembled sawdust, that savory-smelling substance that my Dad had made. I enjoyed my heavenly treat and my mom enjoyed telling my dad about my description of it. ~ Michelle from Indiana
I grew up in small Ohio town in the 1950's. During the summer we always rode bicyles everywhere, played sand lot baseball in the neighborhood, went to the Saturday matinee at the local theatre (cost two dimes). Never had any money, but we did have a plan. Naturally we wanted to go to the theatre, buy a soda, and maybe a candy bar. The plan was simple... Collect empty glass soda bottles and return them to the local neighborhood corner mom/pop store for 2 cents each. Ten bottles collected got us into the then playing best cowboy movie of the day. Another 2 bottles collected allowed us the purchasing power to decide between a soda or candy bar. For me that candy bar had to be a Clark Bar.
With the 60's came high school, college, and a move to a large metropolitan city. The 70's, now with wife and family, found me retuning to my roots and attempting reinvent those things enjoyed in the past one of which was a good candy bar, i.e. a Clark Bar.
Unfortunately, by the 80’s the Clark Bar was difficult to find in the local chain grocery stores. But again, with a plan, I found a friendly local wholesaler that specialized in sundries and supplying small stores and gas station. My new friend was willing to order and sell me Clark Bars.
By the late 90's even by friendly wholesaler could not provide be with Clarks Bars. By this time money was not an object. I could afford thousands of Clark Bars if only they were available. Unfortunately the early part of the new century (2000-2005) was, for me, the end of my favorite candy bar. Then came the internet and a new plan... the ability to find the long lost Clark Bar. That's when Old Time Candy came be can my savior. The plan had work again... for now. Thanks Old Time Candy ~ Larry from Ohio