What’s the best peanut butter candy?
It’s a question that’s been asked by many candy lovers across the world. And while most of us have a grip on which candy we would choose as our favorite, it’s hard to pick the top 10.
That’s why we took it upon ourselves to come together as a team of candy crazies and rank the best peanut butter candy according to a retro candy company.
Sure this list might look different than yours, and that’s ok, the important thing is that we all understand peanut butter is one of the best candy flavors/ingredients of all time and there’s no debate about that.
Now, where were we?
Ahh yes, the list of the 10 best peanut butter candy.
The Top 10 Peanut Butter Candy
Since 1928, Reese’s has been slinging their elite peanut butter candy to PB lovers all over the world. While there are older peanut butter candies on this list, Reese’s has continued to hold its place as one of the most popular candies of all time. Not to mention the iconic peanut butter-to-chocolate ratio is unmatched by any other peanut-based candy, this treat can be eaten solo, served up in a dessert dish, or even broken down into a delicious topping, covering your favorite flavor of ice cream.
This list wouldn’t be complete without this peanut butter candy bar. The Butterfinger, first invented in 1923, was developed by Otto Schnering at the Curtiss Candy Company in Chicago, IL. The unique name actually came from the mind of a local Chicagoan who submitted the idea to the candy naming contest held by Curtiss Candy Company. After settling on a name, the team then decided it was a good idea to drop Butterfingers from the sky with hopes that people would love them—and love them they did! Today, you can find Butterfingers at every single grocery store, gas station, and candy shop, just be careful to not get it all caught up in your teeth.
3. Reese’s Eggs
We already talked about Reese’s once, but we cannot ignore the amazing Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs that sell out instantly during Easter. Unlike the classic Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, this peanut butter candy consists of double the peanut butter, with a thin layer of chocolate that coats the outside. This sweet treat made its premiere in Reese’s product line in 1967 and has been a coveted candy ever since. With Easter right around the corner, you might want to keep your eyes peeled for all places to purchase them as they go insanely quick!
6. Clark Bar
Clark Bars were one of the first peanut butter candies to hit the mainstream market in the United States. Developed in 1917 by Irish immigrant Daniel L. Clark, this peanut butter candy was the first of its kind to take chocolate, peanut butter, and caramel, and combine them into an 8-inch candy bar ready for consumption. Americans loved this candy so much that the U.S. Army contracted Clark to make them for the troops during WWI and WWII. While there was a period of time you couldn’t get your hands on Clark Bars, as they went bankrupt multiple times between 1990 and the mid-2000, they’ve made an amazing comeback and can be found on our shelves as well as some local candy stores.
Zagnut is a fellow Pennsylvania-native company that’s been crafting tasty peanut butter candy for almost 100 years. What makes them stand out amongst the rest of the peanut butter sweets on this list is that when everyone started covering their peanut butter with milk chocolate and caramel, Zagnut went in another direction and sided with coconut. This candy bar is loaded down with a thick layer of peanut butter, complimented by a layer of toasted coconut that brings an added crunch you cannot get in any other candy bar. If you like Almond Joys and love peanut butter, this is a confection you might want to get your hands on.
8. Abba Zaba
When it comes to retro peanut butter candy, Abba Zaba holds it down as one of the best in the candy game. Developed in 19922 in the hills of California, Abba Zaba was one of the first peanut butter candy bars to be produced on the west coast. What also makes Abba Zaba different from the rest of the treats on this list is that it’s an exclusive peanut butter candy, meaning the only primary ingredient is peanut butter itself with a light layer of taffy to keep it intact. Throw in the iconic taxi-cab style wrapper, and this peanut butter candy is one you can’t ignore once your eyes catch sight of it.
Buckeyes are a peanut butter candy consisting of peanut butter fudge dipped in a thin layer of milk chocolate. The origin recipe for this tasty treat is slightly fuzzy, but rumor has it that a woman named Gail Tabor was messing around with peanut butter balls and milk chocolate in the 1960s when she decided to dip them into the chocolate, creating the first-ever Buckeye. If you know a thing or two about Ohio,—home to our candy company we might add—you know that The Ohio State University’s mascot is a Buckeye, hence why the candy was given such an important name.
10. Mary Jane
Originally made by Robert O. Lord's candy company, Mary Jane first debuted in 1914 and was named as a tribute to Lord’s favorite aunt. This peanut butter candy combines peanut butter and molasses into a bite-sized confection bursting with flavor. Since its inception, this confection has been produced and packed by a slew of different candy companies including Charles N. Miller Company, Stark Candy Company, NECCO, Spangler Candy Company, and now Atkinson Candy Company. While this is a more rare peanut butter candy, you can get your hands on it in our digital aisles right here.
Pack on the peanut butter!
Now that you’ve read the entire list, would you agree with this ranking? If not, which ones would you have included on this list? Feel free to share your thoughts with us on Instagram, TikTok, or Facebook and we’ll consider switching it up next year when we come back for our annual re-rank.
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