Baby Ruth History
Baby Ruth candy bars have a rich history that spans over a century. Here's an overview of their story:
Baby Ruth candy bars were first introduced in 1921 by the Curtiss Candy Company, founded by Otto Schnering. The candy bar was named after President Grover Cleveland's daughter, Ruth Cleveland.
Despite the candy bar's naming association with Ruth Cleveland, the Curtiss Candy Company claimed that it was named after the famous baseball player, Babe Ruth, who was at the height of his career during that time. This led to speculation and controversy regarding the true origin of the candy bar's name.
Baby Ruth candy bars are made with a nougat center, surrounded by peanuts and caramel, and coated with milk chocolate. The combination of these ingredients creates a satisfying and chewy texture with a sweet and nutty flavor.
The candy bar quickly gained popularity and became one of the best-selling confections in the United States. Its success was fueled by clever marketing campaigns and endorsements from famous athletes, further solidifying its place in American candy culture.
Over the years, Baby Ruth candy bars underwent a few changes in ownership and manufacturing. In 1964, the Curtiss Candy Company was acquired by the Standard Brands company, which later merged with Nabisco. Today, Baby Ruth is produced and distributed by the Ferrara Candy Company.
Baby Ruth candy bars have remained a beloved treat, enjoyed by people of all ages. They can be found in various retail outlets, convenience stores, and vending machines across the United States and other countries.
Despite the initial controversy surrounding its name, Baby Ruth has become an iconic candy bar and a staple in the confectionery industry. Its delicious combination of flavors and satisfying texture continue to delight candy enthusiasts, making it a classic choice for those seeking a sweet and nutty indulgence.
Baby Ruth Memories
Saving enough soda bottles @ two cents a bottle was not easy when every kid in the neighborhood was looking for those bottles. Not many people drank soda, so it was difficult to get 3 bottles to make up enough for a 5 cent candy bar. Baby Ruth was my favorite, so to look for dropped pennies or a soda bottle was like treasure hunting with a wonderful treasure to receive. In such small hands a candy bar seemed really large. What a treat is was and I still love them today. ~Evelyn from Connecticut