The M in M&M and the Tootsie in Tootsie Roll

trick or treat, m&ms, tootsie roll

Are you getting ready for the candy stash that Halloween brings? Whether you’re hoping for chocolate or hard candies, we’re sure you have your favorites. But have you ever thought about what the names on the wrappers mean? Here’s the history behind the names of a few popular confections:

• Believe it or not, one of the most beloved candy bars is named after a horse. The Mars family named the candy bar Snickers in memoriam of their favorite race horse, and introduced the candy bar in 1930. Of course, to snicker means “to laugh in a half-suppressed, indecorous or disrespectful manner.” It relates to a Dutch word and is probably intended to mimic the sound of that distinctive laugh.

• During the Spanish Civil War, Forrest Mars, Sr. saw soldiers eating hard-shelled chocolates, inspiring the mass production of M&Ms about a decade later in a Newark factory. The candy was named after the surnames of the company’s founders: Forrest Mars and William Murrie.

• Another Mars product, the Milky Way bar was inspired by the malted milk drink, not the Earth’s galaxy.  The company’s intention was to put chocolate malted milk, which was very popular in the 1920s, into a candy bar.

Tootsie Rolls were the creation of Leo Hirshfield, an Austrian immigrant who had a small store in New York City in the late 1800s. He named the candy after his daughter Clara who was nicknamed “Tootsie.” Now 64 million Tootsie Rolls are produced each day. A tootsie has come to possess both the wholesome sense of “sweetheart,” as well as the less savory connotation of “prostitute.”

Are there names of other sweet treats that you’d like us to explore? Let us know about them below.

On a related sugary note, find out what’s soft about a soft drink, here.


  1. HeyPeoples -  October 26, 2016 - 7:49 am

    MILKY WAY!!!! It is my favorite. o_O ^_^ :-O

    • weston -  October 27, 2016 - 7:31 pm

      Oif you were a pie what flavor would you be

  2. connie thompson -  October 26, 2016 - 7:08 am

    I like Boston Baked Beans/candy coated peanuts

  3. susan -  October 25, 2016 - 7:40 am

    My favorite candy bar for all time is SNICKERS!!!!

  4. Candy girl -  October 20, 2016 - 8:33 am

    Candy is the best thing ever invented! I could not live without it, and I am not fat!

  5. Z^.^ -  October 23, 2014 - 10:47 am

    i love all candy cause i am a fat person.. duhhhh so bye

    • Steve -  January 2, 2016 - 3:56 am

      What about pockys

      • Caris -  October 26, 2016 - 6:29 am

        Pocky’s are great! especially the strawberry ones!

      • gurgle -  October 26, 2016 - 8:35 pm

        pocky is japanese

    • Z^.^ - -  October 29, 2016 - 6:07 am

      so fat i could just die of obesity!
      not even joking

  6. Jadon Janes -  October 29, 2013 - 10:47 am

    I think most people like candy, but its a matter of opinion.

  7. Best Catcher in Missouri#4 -  October 29, 2013 - 7:14 am

    Candy makes ppl so fat. And it sucks

  8. Best Catcher in Missouri#4 -  October 29, 2013 - 7:11 am

    Candy isn’t that good ppl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its soo nasty it makes ppl so fat

    • Isbella -  October 18, 2016 - 2:57 pm

      Eat a little not to much so you won’t get to fat.

      • ChivesMice&Rice -  October 25, 2016 - 8:52 pm

        I eat candy almost daily and I am extremely skinny, so if you think you are fat just from eating candy you’re wrong; you are most likely lazy too, or overload yourself with greasy meals throughout the day.

    • 1 -  October 25, 2016 - 10:55 pm

      Keep your opinions to yourself and also if you eat little it doesn’t make people “so fat”.

  9. ~Army Strong~ -  October 29, 2013 - 7:11 am

    All candy is good lets leave it at that. People…..

  10. brianna lancaster -  October 29, 2013 - 6:37 am

    what about snickers,almond joys,frotties

  11. brianna lancaster -  October 29, 2013 - 6:35 am

    what about almond joys

  12. Jill Marie Loremia -  October 29, 2013 - 5:54 am

    i like snickers!!! wew love it!!

  13. steph -  October 29, 2013 - 2:05 am

    How about Baby Ruth bars? They aren’t named after the baseball player, I’m pretty sure.

    • Johnny -  April 5, 2015 - 8:03 pm

      Baby Ruth candy bars are named after the baby daughter of one of the presidents.

  14. somebody -  October 28, 2013 - 8:52 pm

    1. Licorice
    2. LifeSavers
    3. milk duds
    4. Nerds

    • Gini -  October 26, 2016 - 8:18 am

      Oh, I know the answer to the Lifesaver question. (bouncing in my seat, hand waving), The candy was not only named for its similarity in shape to a life buoy ring but also because the hole helps prevent choking in small children. In most cases, if the candy gets stuck in a child’s throat the hole will still permit the child (or adult) to breathe.

      • Someone -  October 26, 2016 - 4:38 pm

        That is correct it is made in Form for certain reason exactly so the little kids or adults do not joke because there is a little hole You can still breathe.

  15. somebody -  October 28, 2013 - 8:41 pm

    What about Butter Finger & Kit Kats?

  16. anmoninous -  October 28, 2013 - 6:10 pm

    msveegee there is acually proof that the egg came first. There are genetic mutations so basically the chicken egg came from a proto-chicken (yeah im that smart).

  17. Mr.Hitler -  October 28, 2013 - 5:54 pm


  18. --A -  October 28, 2013 - 5:22 pm

    What about twizzlers, skittles, and kit kats?

  19. --A -  October 28, 2013 - 5:22 pm

    What about skittles and kit kats? Also try to find twizzlers

  20. Abigail D'Amore -  October 28, 2013 - 5:10 pm

    What about 5th Avenue.

  21. Chari -  October 28, 2013 - 4:58 pm

    Back when I went trick-or-treating, I ate the candy according to situations going on in my life.

    Smarties: I ate them when I got home from school with a really good grade. Cause I was smarty!

    Snickers: I ate snickers bars when I was watching the most hiiiiiilarious shows ever!

    Milk Duds: I only eat them at movies. If you don’t bite them or anything and just keep them in your mouth,they can last you a whole movie!

    Sour Patch Kids: When I felt masochistic because they don’t taste good and they aren’t good for you so what’s the point of eating them?!?

    Licorice: Never, I hated licorice

    Reese’s PB Cups: Whenever a Reese’s cereal or candy commercial came on

    Tootsie Roll: I limit myself to one every two days. I never have many and I LOOOVE them. My last tooth came out when I was eating a tootsie roll

  22. Julian C -  October 28, 2013 - 4:13 pm

    What about Skittles????? And 3 mousketeers too!

  23. julian c -  October 28, 2013 - 4:08 pm

    i agree with john boy!!!!!!!!!!

  24. sydaust022 -  October 28, 2013 - 3:39 pm

    i <3 candy!
    halloween is so my fav holiday, and every year i look into the names of candy. if i had a candy it'd chocolate and i would name it "Just Plain Chocolate" because that's the best way. dark chocolate is the best except for Reeses. i <3 whoever came up with that. but has anyone tried one of the most popular candies in the 80s: "Toxic Waste". It's so sour it has a warning label that says "Warning: Toxic. Extremely sour. Keep away from small children"! Can you believe that?!?!?!

  25. james -  October 28, 2013 - 3:00 pm

    thanks a lot people now I want candyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. NICK -  October 28, 2013 - 2:17 pm

    you should do TWIX and CANDY CORN and SMARTIES!!!!!

  27. Pbjlover810 -  October 28, 2013 - 1:47 pm

    mr.goodbar, baby ruth, crunch, lollipop, and skittles.

  28. mary antonellis -  October 28, 2013 - 1:34 pm

    I think Milka is probably also named a malten milk drink; it sounds like Milky Way, right?
    Pinky bars might be made to be funny(like caling chocolates candies “droppings”), or they could be named for some random thing of the maker of the candy.

  29. The Doctor -  October 28, 2013 - 1:19 pm

    Here are some I wonder about….
    1. PayDay
    2. Whoppers
    3. Twix
    4. Twizzlers
    5. Gum
    6. Hersheys
    7. Skittles
    8. Life Savers

  30. Laurel Black -  October 28, 2013 - 1:17 pm

    How about Kit-Kat bars? Are they actually named after cats?

  31. darshelle -  October 28, 2013 - 12:47 pm

    what Is the hisssssssstorrrrry behind my fav candy skittles

  32. Kitty -  October 28, 2013 - 11:29 am

    I didn’t see an explanation of the “kisses” but my science teacher said they used to be called “Drops” until someone commented that the things squirting the chocolate were “kissing the conveyor”, so they called the “Kisses”. And now the “drops” name has gone to another Hershey’s candy.

  33. Ariel Mer -  October 28, 2013 - 11:03 am

    What about dum dums lolipops?

  34. DarkWingedAngel -  October 28, 2013 - 9:21 am

    Good question, Liam!

    Whose cat in Kit Kat?

    Yummm, Kit Kat!

  35. dmeica -  October 28, 2013 - 9:18 am

    omg that is lol

  36. DarkWingedAngel -  October 28, 2013 - 9:18 am

    Cool name, Eyewitness!

  37. DarkWingedAngel -  October 28, 2013 - 9:16 am

    Really? I never knew that some of the popular candies were named after horses or children, and blah, blah, blah! Cool!
    What about Hershey’s chocolate bar? Who was name that, that gave Hershey’s its name, Huh?
    I Love this website, it gives me info on stuff I never knew about!

    • crazy kid -  October 28, 2016 - 4:54 am

      I know why Hershey’s is called that it’s because the man who maid the chocolate bar’s last name was Hershey

  38. Some Dood -  October 28, 2013 - 8:32 am

    How about Smarties?

    Much better than M&Ms :)

  39. franky -  October 28, 2013 - 7:28 am

    skittles,twix,whopper,twissler,smarties,sweetarts,kit-kat,rolos,starburst,lifesavers,butterfinger,babyruth,mounds,sixlets,100 grand,?

  40. steve in minecraft -  October 28, 2013 - 7:23 am

    i like pie and i like chocolate pocicles to suck on


  41. C.Kid -  October 28, 2013 - 2:25 am

    What about Hersheys?

  42. Kittylord_MEAOW! -  October 28, 2013 - 1:23 am

    PLEASE ANSWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  43. Kittylord_MEAOW! -  October 28, 2013 - 1:22 am

    Where do skittles get their name? Like the name ‘skittles’ is a bit weird and im just wondering where they get their name!!!

  44. John Skinner -  October 28, 2013 - 12:48 am

    You say ‘snicker’ which I never understood before is a type of laugh. We always said ‘snigger’ for that!
    Like your dictionary.

  45. john Boy -  October 27, 2013 - 2:34 pm

    wrong the earths galaxisy was named after the milky way baar because it was so good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. rilli -  October 27, 2013 - 12:29 pm


  47. ginger -  October 26, 2013 - 11:01 pm

    twinkies dingdongs and hohos ar products of Hostess, and arent even candy. when was the last time you gat a twinkie for halloween candy?

  48. blinkywind -  October 26, 2013 - 10:05 pm

    What about pinky bars? Are they named after the finger?

  49. aaa -  October 26, 2013 - 4:49 pm

    what about aero

  50. TIMKTxNoMercy -  October 26, 2013 - 3:15 pm

    what about skittles

  51. Sabine -  October 26, 2013 - 12:27 pm

    Whoppers, anyone?

  52. wolf tamer and tree puncher -  October 26, 2013 - 6:04 am

    Milky Way and Snickers are my favorites. I have heard of a German chocolate bar called Duplo; anyone know where that name came from? Also, what is the origin of the name Godiva, the popular brand of chocolate? And what about Whoppers? (In case you don’t know, they are chocolate-coated malted milk balls. I don’t like them very much.)

  53. Kim W -  October 25, 2013 - 4:29 pm

    Life savers are so called, so that if you get one stuck in your throat, you can still breathe through the hole in them until it either dissolves, or you choke it up again.

    • X -  October 25, 2016 - 3:45 pm

      woah. That is odd.

  54. michi -  October 25, 2013 - 1:58 pm


  55. Harry Styles -  October 25, 2013 - 10:04 am

    I love Twix because they are so good and I always carry 3 Twix with me were ever I go.

  56. Amber king -  October 25, 2013 - 10:00 am

    my favorite candy is those mint flavored cookies that as mind in the middle and chocolate covered over it because I love the fresh taste of mint and that chocolate that melts in my mouth I just love having them I don’t know the name of them but I get them every year for Halloween because it is my favorite I also get other candy to because I know not all kid love what I like but wouldn’t you wish you could always have something so delicious like they are I do because I love them.

  57. ll -  October 25, 2013 - 4:57 am

    you all suck

  58. ecliphxian -  January 23, 2013 - 11:13 am

    what about Lindt?

  59. kim o -  July 13, 2012 - 3:00 pm

    Why is a Whatchamacallit called a whatchamacllit?? I have wonder this maybe you can help

  60. chancey hier -  May 7, 2012 - 7:48 am

    Thomas I LOVEE turtles too!! ur AWESOME!! kisses are AMZINGGGG, they are tastey, jummy, and just great to taste the flavors. 8)

  61. Chancey hier -  May 7, 2012 - 7:43 am

    I love the name Ryan, This guy that just commented his last name starts with a B.. I love him!! <3

  62. chancey hier -  May 7, 2012 - 7:38 am

    I LOVE JOLLY RANCHERS!!!! They are really hard candy, u have to suck on them till they get smaller.

  63. Fliflaha -  February 15, 2012 - 3:18 pm

    yeah, wats behind the name kisses????

  64. I -  January 24, 2012 - 3:43 pm

    omg that is sooooo cool! i wanna know bout twix and kitkat.
    my bro wont share his candy with me :(

  65. idk -  September 20, 2011 - 6:10 pm

    what about kisses

  66. hershey -  April 6, 2011 - 7:18 pm

    yeah, but it does melt in my hands not in my mouth..

  67. AMY-LOU -  January 10, 2011 - 9:24 am

    ezebra on December 29, 2010 at 2:29 pm
    What about German “Milka” chocolate and “Twix”. Maybe you can even find out about its former German name “Raider”?

    My best friend is named malika!

  68. (b) asdf (b/) -  January 6, 2011 - 11:33 pm


  69. frankie -  January 6, 2011 - 4:12 pm

    In the UK, Snickers wasn’t Snickers until 1990. Before then, it was Marathon!

  70. Pete -  January 5, 2011 - 2:55 am

    Nothing can beat a rockie. But I prefer Crunchie. Just my opinion. You know what i mean Jack haha. Know what i mean jack,

  71. candyman -  January 4, 2011 - 9:22 am

    oh how i do love my candy
    i eat it all the time
    i cant get out of my chair anymore sadly
    but i love candy so much

  72. Thomas -  January 3, 2011 - 6:51 am


    I like turtles

  73. Curly -  January 2, 2011 - 11:14 am

    “The Milky Way Bar was not named after the Earth’s galaxy.”

    Why do you say that? Is it not possible that they added the “way” to the “milky” because “Milky Way” was already a known term – the name of out galaxy – and would therefore be a snazzy candy bar name? This, in fact, seems to me to be the most likely explanation for the name, in which case the above statement you made would be false.

  74. David -  December 31, 2010 - 9:43 am

    prj inquired about NECCO’s derrivation. A friend of mine ate NECCO wafers every day and informed me that it is derived from the New England Confectionary & Candy Co. The plant is located in the eastern past of Massachusetts.

  75. David -  December 31, 2010 - 9:37 am

    I first began eating ZERO candy bars, now manufactured by Hershey’s, in tha 1960′s. There was a time that I was unable to find them. However, I just moved and the local convenience store sells them. I have been buying 1 a day since October and am gaining much more than ZERO pounds. Does anyone know the origin of the name ZERO. A strange name at best. Someone has to respond to this qustion. Cat(see above) seems to be the maven of candy history and must have some ideas.

  76. angel_of_knowledge -  December 30, 2010 - 9:29 pm

    I always wondered what was behind the name of Snickers.

  77. Nithya -  December 30, 2010 - 7:12 pm

    I Looooooooovvvvvve Kit kat, find out its history.I love Snickers too…

  78. Katalina -  December 30, 2010 - 1:14 pm

    I like candy bars especially Govia Chocolate, Swiss Chocolate, Hersey Bars and dark chocolate. Christmas, Valentine’ Day and Halloween are all days for chocolate-lots of chocolate.

  79. Dallas Bradford -  December 30, 2010 - 1:07 pm

    Someone told me that Mars released Milky Way and Three Musketeers at the same time, but that a mistake was made and the wrappers were switched. But, because both candy bars were so fabulously successful, the company decided to leave the wrappers the way they were. Is there any truth to this or is it an urban legend?

  80. dotman -  December 30, 2010 - 12:52 pm


    You suffering a sugar rush or something?

  81. Mick_Vicious81501 -  December 30, 2010 - 12:04 pm

    who cares if some po-dunk farmer came up with a candy? How about you pipe down and just eat it? think of that?

  82. Joycej -  December 30, 2010 - 11:53 am

    How about Rolos?

  83. Joycej -  December 30, 2010 - 11:51 am

    I wonder how “A whatcha m’ call it” got its name lol

  84. #1 Skillet Fan -  December 30, 2010 - 11:41 am

    I second twix and kit kat

  85. jazzieb -  December 30, 2010 - 11:13 am

    where did sour patch kids come from star-burst everyone doesn’t really care about chocolate you know and what about skittles

  86. Ms.M -  December 30, 2010 - 10:00 am

    Cool! i know some girls that act like tootsies. I love M&M’s though, specially the penut butter ones.

  87. prj -  December 30, 2010 - 9:50 am

    Where does the Necco wafer name come from?

  88. Bobbie -  December 30, 2010 - 8:43 am

    man got 2 leave ya hangin- g2g

  89. Bobbie -  December 30, 2010 - 8:42 am

    jeremy- there is alot of cute little children out there that would KILL for a piece of candy!

  90. Bobbie -  December 30, 2010 - 8:39 am

    candy canes?

  91. Bobbie -  December 30, 2010 - 8:38 am

    i dont really give a s**t if i eat year old candy…

  92. Bobbie -  December 30, 2010 - 8:37 am

    I still have halloween candy left over and so does my little brother…
    1.candy corn?
    2.twizzlers i agree with queen elizabeth III…
    4.sweedish fish?
    5.gummy bears & gummy worms & gummy snakes?
    6.boston baked beans?
    7.hot tamales the arn’t that spicey…
    8.french burnt peanuts-how do they texture them?
    9.peanut butter logs?
    10.how do they make anything sour?
    11.is good & plenty licorice?
    12.taffy & how do they make it?
    13.malted milk balls & how do they make them?
    14.how do they make stuff sugar free?

  93. Ol Chris -  December 30, 2010 - 8:30 am

    Does anyone remember when a nickel would buy a 1/4 pound candy bar? If you remember that, you aare too old to be eating all that candy.LOL

    • Jean -  November 4, 2015 - 7:42 pm

      I absolutely remember buying 1/4 # candy bars for 5 cents. I always picked the heaviest candy bar for the price and I think Payday and Baby Ruth were two that were that heavy for the money!

  94. banananana -  December 30, 2010 - 8:08 am

    what about nerds? or licorice? or good&plenty? or smarties?

  95. abunkerfan -  December 30, 2010 - 7:57 am

    I love it! My least favorite sister in law named her irritating dog, Tootsie, after the candy. Imagine the fun I will have all year calling that beast, Clara. Thank you!

  96. Tommie -  December 30, 2010 - 7:53 am

    Did dictionary.com misspell sugary? Sidenote between paragraph 3 and 4. I’m just saying, it caught me by surprise. I love these articles though. Thanks for them and the crosswords!

  97. msveegee -  December 30, 2010 - 7:01 am

    I realize candy is one of the greatest causes of obesity & tooth decay and I try not to eat it as much as I use to but my Mother does not care what candy and other sweets causes because she continues to bring big, big bags into our home.

    Is that because she doesn’t care or that it doesn’t matter to her?

    It’s like “which came first, the chicken or the egg?”

    Some people will say, “don’t eat” but temptation is very strong……

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  99. Liam -  December 30, 2010 - 6:50 am

    whoe’s the cat in kit kat

  100. Matthew Scott -  December 30, 2010 - 5:03 am

    Just to note that in relation to the horse called Snickers, snickering is actually a sound that a horse makes as well as the definition you’ve written down there. Interesting article.

  101. what about!? -  December 30, 2010 - 1:40 am

    And Twinkie’s ?

  102. what about!? -  December 30, 2010 - 1:32 am

    I’d like toknow about Hoho’s? Dingdong’s? Thanks.

  103. Cyberquill -  December 30, 2010 - 12:33 am

    Who exactly are Mozartkugeln named after?

  104. Cat -  December 29, 2010 - 11:13 pm

    In 1932, Forrest Mars, son of American candy maker Frank C. Mars, rented a factory in Slough and with a staff of twelve people began manufacturing a chocolate bar consisting of nougat and caramel covered in milk chocolate, modelled after his father’s Milky Way bar, which was already popular in the US.
    It’s Pay Day, not Pay Date. The Payday candy bar was invented in 1932 but the inventors didn’t know what to call their new creation. Finally one of them suggested Payday since it just happened to be payday at the company (Hollywood Candy Company of Minneapolis, MN). The name stuck.
    Twizzlers is the product of Y&S Candies, Inc., of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, now a subsidiary of The Hershey Company. There is not history on the name itself.
    Rolos are made by Nestlé, except in the United States where production has been under licence by The Hershey Company since 1969. Again, no history about the name itself.
    The Three Musketeers bar, introduced by M&M/Mars company in 1932, was originally designed as a candy with three separate pieces in three different flavors: vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. Today, the candy consists of a chocolate-flavored nougat covered in a milk chocolate shell.
    Dum Dum Pops were originated by Akron Candy Company in Bellevue, Ohio, in 1924. I.C. Bahr, the early sales manager of the company, named the ball-shaped candy on a stick and figured Dum Dum was a word any child could say. Spangler Candy purchased the Dum Dum Pop in 1953 from Akron Candy Company and moved the operation to Bryan, Ohio.
    Life Savers were invented in 1912 by Clarence Crane, a Cleveland-area chocolatier who was looking for a candy that wouldn’t melt in the summertime. The original Life Savers were peppermint flavored and marketed as breath mints. It was the shape that inspired the name.
    Bill and Dorothy Harmsen founded the Jolly Rancher Company, so named to project the friendly nature of the West, in Colorado in 1949.
    The name Kit Kat is the simplest — it was taken from the KitKat club, an 18th-century literary salon in Christopher Catling’s (hence the “Kit Cat”) pie-house in Shire Lane, England. However, since it was initially launched in London and the South East in September 1935 as ‘Rowntree’s Chocolate Crisp’, and re-named two years later as KitKat Chocolate Crisp, it may have actually been named for later variations of the KitKat club. Kit Kat bars don’t actually have a single shape/size. They are half-finger sized Kit Kat Petit in Japan, have only three fingers in Arabia, and are giant — twelve-finger family-size bars — in Australia and France. There are also dozens of variations on the flavor, so that can’t be answered either.
    No info regarding the name of “Smarties.”
    All this came from various websites. Just google.

  105. Chloe -  December 29, 2010 - 10:23 pm

    Skittles, please!

  106. Jackie Chan -  December 29, 2010 - 9:46 pm

    chocolate was invented by my ass

  107. Curious -  December 29, 2010 - 9:29 pm


  108. Tammy D -  December 29, 2010 - 8:02 pm

    Yes, I want to know about Jolly Rancher, as well.

  109. Lupita -  December 29, 2010 - 7:36 pm

    What about the Kit Kat bar?

  110. Laurenzo -  December 29, 2010 - 7:20 pm

    This is really interesting yet unnerving…

    Snickers was named after a deceased horse?? Now I will think twice
    before biting into one of them bars!! I’d think of this accursed posthumous
    eponym! yucks, the sticky caramel will be a reminder of putrid rotting horse flesh!!!!

    We don’t have tootsie bars over here but its nice to name a candy after your daughter…or is it? Her epithet commonly passed around as if she was a currency.Quite demeaning in my estimation…devoured by countless people with a sweet tooth complex.

    I think from amongst all the titular etymologies, the milky way is most pleasing to me.

    Perhaps I overthink haha..

    By the way, whoever wrote this blog, misspelt sugar in the brackets right above the fourth paragraph. Just thought i should note that out in the case that people take suagry as an actual word. This is dictionary.com afterall and such technicalities should be monitored by the blogger.

    No hard feelings!

  111. Lady ga ga -  December 29, 2010 - 6:30 pm

    hey i what too know about all these things !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ok so just ask around!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!@ your work or neighborhood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  112. Eyewitness -  December 29, 2010 - 6:15 pm

    It is my understanding that TWIX bars derived their name from dual, complementary sources.

    The primary association of the name invokes the layered construction of the bar beneath the chocolate coating: it is essentially a “sandwich” of alternating baked wafer and sugar based filler. The name TWIX then is a play on the term “betwixt and between.”

    Secondly, an early marketing campaign sought to promote the candy as easily shared between friends, because it is molded with a “breach line” down the center to aid in dividing the bar equally. The advertising message of “betwixt and between” was spun to include the favorable sociality of extending half the bar to a friend.

    On the subject of 100 Grand candy bars, I suspect there is a quaint lesson of sociology to be derived. The original intent I believe was to name a candy bar, in effect, “Non plus ultra” [incomparable], although a french idiom would not sell to the American mass market, and terms like “incomparable” admittedly lack a certain pazzazz, especially considering that most candy bar sales are impulse purchases, and their names are intended to elicit impulsive consumer behavior. If someone declaired a common candy bar to be ‘incomparable,’ (or ‘superlative’ or surpassing,’ etc.) do any of these descriptors sound anything more than nabob-isms? Alas, the 100 Grand name-catchy, brash, impulse producing-was chosen as the brandname of a candy bar from a time when 100 thousand dollars was actually considered a fabulous unattainable amount of money to the general public. Now, as an attention grabbing device, is seems as sweetly dated as the term, “penny candy.”

    Please, in the interest of decorous discussion, may I ask that noone make the wisecrack that 100 Grand is what the Pentagon pays for chocolate bars sent to service personnel overseeas, something of a companion piece to $4000 toilets. Thank you.

    Happy New Year everyone!

  113. Nate -  December 29, 2010 - 5:30 pm

    I already knew the M&M thing. And a Tootsie pop is now a Prostitute Pop

  114. ayecee -  December 29, 2010 - 5:21 pm

    Hiiiiii Jeremyyyyyyyy!!!!!! i wonder. oh how i wonder. what is so soft about a soft drink? is it really soft. like velvet? i dont know. but i like hourses. sniker hourses!!!!!! ha.is there a u in hourse??? yes! i dont know why would you ask me that! why are you heree! how many licks dooes it take to gettt to the center of a toootsie poop? i dont know! why dont you go ask your teacher? i dont know! i am done with this conversation! ahhhhhh! bye now

  115. Queen Elizabeth III -  December 29, 2010 - 4:50 pm

    Twizler? Rolo? 3 Musketeers? Smarties and DumDums? Life Saver? Jolly Rancher? Kit Kat?

  116. Ann -  December 29, 2010 - 4:43 pm

    How about the MARS bar, is that by Forest Mars also?

  117. Felicity Hunter -  December 29, 2010 - 4:31 pm

    If I hod goten any candy this year, I’m sure I’d still have SOME. But thats only because my family dosen’t eat candy that much. We’d throw it out New Years though.

    what about Pay Date?

  118. Seriously now? -  December 29, 2010 - 4:11 pm

    There is a reason why Wikipedia exists. All of this info and more on various candy bars can be found there.

  119. CAG -  December 29, 2010 - 3:15 pm

    The Twix bar is called the Raider bar in Europe until 1991. The Reese cup was produced by a dairy farmer, Harry Reese in 1928 using Hershey’s chocolate. In 1963 the Reeses company was sold to Hershey. Milka is manufactured by Kraft foods. The name is derived from combining Milch and Kakao, which are the German terms for milk and cocoa.

  120. Jeremy -  December 29, 2010 - 3:10 pm

    Dear god, I hope nobody still has halloween candy left…

    I agree, twix please. Also 100 grand?

  121. Lilliana -  December 29, 2010 - 3:09 pm

    Have you ever tried eating a cold m&m? It gets all soggy and taste like dirt. Yuck!!

  122. Jennifer -  December 29, 2010 - 2:30 pm

    Who is the Reese in Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups?

  123. rubi -  December 29, 2010 - 2:29 pm

    like it;

  124. ezebra -  December 29, 2010 - 2:29 pm

    What about German “Milka” chocolate and “Twix”. Maybe you can even find out about its former German name “Raider”?


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