No... they are not named after the famous baseball player. While there is some disagreement, the commonly accepted story is that they are named in honor of a daughter of President Grover Cleveland. [continued below]
Baby Ruth History
Ruth Cleveland was a favorite with the country when she was an infant. She was born in 1891 and the now famous candy bar was introduced in 1920 by the Curtiss Candy Company of Chicago.
Detractors claim that the company conveniently used the name to capitalize on the popularity of the other "Babe" who was at his baseball prime at the time.
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
What's in a Baby Ruth?
Baby Ruth is a candy bar bursting with peanuts, rich caramel and chewy nougat. It contains: sugar, roasted peanuts, corn syrup, partially hydrogenated palm kernel and coconut oil, nonfat milk, cocoa, high-fructose corn syrup and less than 1% of glycerin, whey (from milk), dextrose, salt, Egg, monoglyceride, soy lecithin, soybean oil, natural and artificial flavors, carrageenan, TBHQ, citric acid and caramel color.
Sugar, Corn Syrup,Roasted peanuts, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel and Coconut Oil, Nonfat Milk, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Cocoa Glycerin and Less Than 1% of: dextrose, whey, salt, artificial and natural flavors, soy lecithin, soybean oil, carrageenan, TBHQ and citric acid (to preserve freshness), lactic acid.
|Serving Size: 1 serving 2.1 oz bar (60 g)|
|Amount Per Serving||%DV*|
|Total Fat 13g||20%|
|Saturated Fat 7g||35%|
|Trans Fat 0g||0%|
|Sodium 138 mg||5%|
|Total Carbohydrate 39 g||13%|
|Dietary Fiber 1.2g||4%|
|*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:|
|Total Fat||Less than||65g||80g|
|Sat Fat||Less than||20g||25g|