Clark Bar History
The Clark Bar is a candy bar that was created in the United States in the early 20th century. It was invented by a man named David L. Clark, who started making candy in his kitchen in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1886. David Clark's candy business grew steadily, and by the early 1900s, he had established a factory to produce his various candy products.
The Clark Bar was first introduced in 1917, and it quickly became a popular candy in the United States. The candy bar consists of a crunchy peanut butter center that is covered in a layer of milk chocolate. The unique combination of peanut butter and chocolate proved to be a winning formula, and the Clark Bar became one of the most popular candy bars in America during the mid-20th century.
In the 1950s, the Clark Bar company was sold to the Beatrice Foods company, which continued to produce the candy bar for several decades. However, the brand changed hands several times over the years, and in the early 21st century, it was acquired by the New England Confectionery Company (NECCO).
Unfortunately, the NECCO company went bankrupt in 2018, and the future of the Clark Bar was uncertain. However, in 2019, the rights to the brand were acquired by Boyer Candy Company, a small candy manufacturer based in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Boyer Candy Company has since resumed production of the Clark Bar, and it remains a beloved classic candy for many people in the United States.
Clark Bar Memories
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