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From milk chocolate bars to dark chocolate, peanut butter, and more, there have been dozens of popular candy bars to hit the markets over the last century.
This guide highlights some of the most popularized candy bar names, from Almond Joy to PayDay, 3 Musketeers, and more.
Keep reading as we explore a bit of the history behind these customer-favorite treats. Some have been around for decades, while others are new inventions that have easily grown in popularity as well.
54 Most Popular Candy Bar Names
One of the very few candy bars on this list that is not a chocolate treat, Airheads is a taffy-style candy made in lots of flavors.
It started out in the 1980s and now comes in many variations such as Xtreme sour, pink lemonade, strawberry, cherry, blue raspberry, green apple, watermelon, grape, strawberry-lime, and many others.
2. Almond Joy
This popular Hershey’s candy bar combines the sweetness of coconut and milk chocolate with the nutty flavor of whole almonds.
It’s been around for almost 80 years now, with little chance of it leaving the market anytime soon.
3. Andes Mints
Thes smaller chocolate candy bars are commonly handed out as after-dinner mints at Italian restaurants such as The Olive Garden.
The minty chocolate treat is owned by Tootsie Roll Industries and combines a green mint filling sandwiched between two chocolate layers.
4. Baby Ruth
Also fondly referred to as the Babe Ruth, this candy bar actually wasn’t named after the famous baseball star.
It was named after Ruth Cleveland – the daughter of United States President Grover Cleveland.
This Chicago-based candy bar actually dates back to the 1920s, when it was released with its signature honeybee logo.
It’s a chewy candy bar made of honey-flavored taffy that contains bits of almonds inside.
Bun Candies aren’t so much a bar as they are a little patty. These candy treats made by Pearson’s each have a milk chocolate coating, but the inside fillings (alongside peanuts) can range from maple to vanilla or even caramel.
This Ferrero candy bar is an American classic, and it actually just reached the 100th anniversary of its release in 1923. It has a crispy peanut butter center with a chocolate coating on the outside.
8. Cadbury Dairy Milk
Although Cadbury is really a British company, its range of milk chocolate products have become well-loved in the United States and even sold by Hershey.
The Dairy Milk bar goes back to a 1905 release, and it still remains one of the best creamy milk chocolate bars around.
9. Caramello Bar
As its name might suggest, the Caramello candy bar relies on caramel flavors and ingredients. Made by the British Cadbury company, the recipe is a simple creamy caramel filling coated in milk chocolate.
10. Charleston Chew
The Charleston Chew has a history of different flavors, ranging from strawberry to vanilla and the classic marshmallow.
It was first released in 1925, with marshmallow-flavored nougat covered in milk chocolate.
This candy bar got its start in the 1950s via the Atkinson Candy Company, and shockingly, it still hasn’t been bought out by a larger candy corporation.
It’s a somewhat unique American candy bar that uses corn syrup, cane sugar, peanut butter, toasted coconut, vanilla, and salt (no preservatives) to make a chewy treat.
The Nestle Chunky bar is a chocolate-covered concoction of roasted peanuts and raisins. Most people know this candy bar for its shape, which can be broken into four bite-sized squares of chocolate.
13. Clark Bar
This Pittsburgh-based, 100+ years old candy bar first became super popular during the World Wars.
It’s somewhat complex, consisting of spun taffy and peanut butter crisp in the center with a coating of milk chocolate on the outside.
14. Crunch Bar
This classic chocolate bar is actually a rice treat, filled with crisped rice pieces on the inside.
Although most people know the classic Crunch bar, there have been other variations like the Minis, Buncha Crunch, and seasonal Crunch Hearts.
15. Crunch White Bar
This Crunch Bar variation is basically the same recipe as the classic Crunch Bar, except this one uses white chocolate as its chocolate coating. It still has the fan-favorite crispy rice, though.
16. Dove Bar
Although Dove is a company mainly known for its bath care products like soaps, body washes, and shampoos, there is another “Dove” company with a well-loved chocolate line.
The Dove Chocolate Bar is known mainly for its “silky-smooth” texture that other chocolates don’t compare to.
17. Galaxy Bar
The Galaxy Bar is a product of the famous Mars Inc. company, and this chocolate bar got its start in the United Kingdom.
When packaged for sale in the United States, the company took on the “Dove” chocolate name.
18. Goo Goo Cluster
The Goo Goo Cluster candy product is not actually in the traditional bar shape, but it hits all the other marks of a classic candy bar.
These treats got their start in Nashville, TN, and they are a milk chocolate-covered concoction of peanuts, marshmallow nougat, and caramel.
19. Heath Bar
While Heath Bars are popular in America, they are actually a British-style toffee treat that has been produced in various shapes and sizes over the past century.
These candy bars consist of a crunch English toffee center, which is surrounded by a milk chocolate coating.
20. Hershey Bar
From the Cookies ‘n’ Creme bar to the Dark Chocolate bar, classic Milk Chocolate bar, and Almond bar, Hershey’s has tons of options.
Hershey’s is the recognized name in the United States when it comes to the chocolate candy bar.
Fun fact: while some are under the impression that the Cookies ‘n’ Creme chocolate bar has white chocolate, it’s actually made with white creme and other ingredients.
21. Kinder Bueno
Kinder candy bars are produced by an Italian company known as Ferrero, and the Bueno bars are somewhat new since they weren’t released until 1990.
The Kinder Bueno bar recipe is unique, including wafer, hazelnut cream, milk chocolate, and a dark chocolate drizzle.
22. Kit Kat
Famous for its catchy theme song, Kit Kat has been pleasing adults and children alike for 87 years now.
The UK company Nestle started Kit Kat, which Hershey eventually got licensed to sell in the United States.
The signature chocolate-covered wafers have been made and remade many times to include international flavors like strawberry cheesecake, green tea, wasabi, tiramisu, and even birthday cake.
23. Laffy Taffy
Laffy Taffy is another rare non-chocolate candy bar on this list, owing to its array of mainly fruity flavors like grape, strawberry, green apple, banana, and cherry.
Laffy Taffy candy bars are also well-known for the jokes printed on their wrappers.
24. Mars Bar
The Mars Chocolate Bar is another British candy bar on this list that has made its way around the world over time.
Invented in 1932, the caramel-nougat treat that is coated in milk chocolate has also been sold as “Fun Size”, “Snack Time”, and “Mars Duo” variations.
25. Milky Way
Milky Way candy bars are surely some of the most popular chocolate bars that you’ll find in Halloween trick-or-treating bags.
They’re known for their delicious chocolate flavor paired with a creamy, caramel inside and nougat base.
There are two versions of the Milky Way bar – the US version and the UK Mars version.
26. Milky Way Midnight Dark
If you’re more of a fan of the slightly bitter taste of dark chocolate, then you might prefer the Midnight Dark variation of the Milky Way Bar.
This chocolate bar follows the same basic chocolate-caramel recipe but opts for a dark chocolate coating instead.
Mounds and Almond Joy candy bars are commonly thought of together since they are both made by the same parent company.
Mounds bars are similar to Almond Joy since they contain shredded coconut with a dark chocolate coating, but they lack the almonds found in their counterpart.
28. Mr. Goodbar
This well-known chocolate candy bar contains peanuts and chocolate, making for a crunchy, protein-rich treat.
Mr. Goodbar is produced by Hershey and has been around for nearly 100 years now, making it a classic in American candy.
29. Nutty Buddy
Nutty Buddy bars were once sold as Nutty Bars, but the basic recipe remains almost the same today.
These crispy and sweet Little Debbie treats contain layers of wafer and peanut butter, all coated in a layer of cocoa/chocolate.
30. Oh Henry!
The main ingredients in Oh Henry! candy bars are fudge, peanuts, chocolate, and caramel.
It’s a classic among American candy bars – one that has survived the test of time since its invention and release way back in 1920.
The PayDay candy bar is yet another Hersheyland product, complete with peanuts and caramel.
What’s unique about these candy bars is that they don’t have a chocolate coating (except for the chocolate-covered PayDay), and the peanuts are actually the outside layer with the caramel on the inside.
Somewhat newer than many other American candy bars on this list, Rally Bars were first introduced to markets in the 1970s.
The Hershey treat is nougat coated in caramel, then rolled in peanuts, and finally covered in chocolate.
33. Reese’s Fast Break
Reese’s has created many variations of their basic peanut butter and chocolate recipe over the years, and Fast Break is one of the most-liked by consumers.
It’s a variation of the peanut butter cups that comes in a stick form and also has a nougat layer beneath the peanut butter filling.
34. Reese’s Sticks
Reese’s Sticks are very similar to the Fast Break bars, but they are made by filling peanut butter inside of wafers then coating the treat in milk chocolate.
They’re also quite similar to Little Debbie Nutty Bars and Kit Kats based on the ingredients list.
Riesen chocolate candy bars come in notably small sizes, which are individually wrapped.
These German candies have a chocolate-flavored caramel center coated in more chocolate, making a very rich and tasteful treat.
36. Rocky Road Candy Bar
Manufactured by the Annabelle Candy Company – a California-based company – the Rocky Road Candy Bar grew in popularity very quickly.
The main flavors and ingredients include marshmallows, nuts, and chocolate – similar to the ice cream flavor.
Rolo candy bars are actually wrapped tubes containing individually wrapped chocolate and caramel candies.
They got their start in the UK in the 1930s before making their way to the United States to be manufactured by the Hershey Company.
38. Skor Candy Bar
People may not be quite as familiar with this Hershey’s chocolate bar as they are with the traditional milk chocolate bars.
Skor candy bars are made of a thin layer of butter toffee that is then coated in milk chocolate.
39. Sky Bar
Necco’s Sky Bar was first introduced to American markets in 1938, and sadly, it was discontinued in 2018.
It’s known for its four different sections of fudge, vanilla, peanut, and caramel flavors, which are each coated in milk chocolate.
40. Slo Poke
Slo Poke candy bar/suckers date back to 1926 when the caramel bar on a stick was first released.
Nowadays, it has morphed into a caramel candy bar, minus the original stick that was included.
Snickers are incredibly popular in the United States, eventually inspiring the frozen Snickers ice cream bars.
The Mars, Inc. chocolate bar has a nougat, caramel, and peanut center that is covered in milk chocolate.
Snickers account for hundreds of millions of bars sold each year.
42. Snickers Peanut Butter Squared
The Snickers Peanut Butter Squared candy bar takes the delicious flavor of the Snickers candy bar and makes it less chunky and more creamy. It contains peanut butter, peanuts, caramel, nougat, and chocolate.
43. Take 5
Take 5, also known as Reese’s Take 5, is a popular chocolate-peanut butter candy bar that wasn’t invented or released until the 2000s.
Its signature five ingredients include chocolate, pretzels, peanut butter, peanuts, and caramel.
Toblerone, unlike the other chocolate bars on this list, is frequently associated with high-class chocolate.
Made by a Swiss chocolate company, Toblerone is also recognizable for its distinctive triangular shape that even comes in a triangular box.
45. Tootsie Roll
Tootsie Rolls may take the prize when it comes to being one of the oldest and lasting candy bars on this list.
Tootsie Rolls date back to 1896, when the chewy chocolate candy log was released.
Over time, this iconic candy even became a chewy center for the well-known Tootsie Pop suckers.
Many amusing TV commercials have been made in the past several years for the Twix candy bar, with jokes made regarding the two sides of the treat.
Twix, which has a shortbread biscuit and caramel center surrounded by chocolate, has UK origins dating back to 1967.
47. Twix Java
Did you know that there is a flavor variation on the Twix classic recipe called Java? With the same classic Twix candy bar recipe, the caramel filling gets a slight alteration with a coffee flavor, making it great for a breakfast treat.
Whatchamacallit candy bars notably include crispy peanut ingredients, peanut butter, and chocolate coating.
However, they’ve been modified over time to also include some caramel, and this is only since their 1970s creation.
49. York Peppermint Patty
Although the York Peppermint Patty is technically not in the traditional shape of a candy bar, it’s still a well-loved treat.
The Hersheyland product consists of a granular peppermint mixture that is coated in dark chocolate (which many people believe is best served frozen).
Zagnut has almost reached its 100-year anniversary, as it was first released back in 1930.
It’s a fairly simple candy bar that relies on a peanut butter center that is then coated in a chocolate and toasted coconut mixture.
51. Zero Bar
The Zero Bar surpasses the 100-year mark, having been first released back in 1920 by the American Hershey Company.
It’s well-known for its non-traditional white chocolate fudge outer coating, which encases the peanuts, caramel, and almond nougat that make up the center.
52. 3 Musketeers Bar
Dating all the way back to 1932, the 3 Musketeers candy bar was released by the Mars Inc. company.
Chewy 3 Musketeers bars consist of a signature whipped mousse filling that is coated in chocolate, although it once consisted of several flavors including strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate.
53. 100 Grand Bar
Did you know that the ever-popular 100 Grand candy bar was originally known as the $100,000 Candy Bar?
This Nestle candy bar dates back to the 1960s and is made up of a caramel center that is coated in chocolate and crisped rice.
54. 5th Avenue
Hershey’s 5th Avenue candy bar was first released in the 1930s by a smaller company named Luden’s.
The crunchy peanut butter and chocolate candy bar became well-known for its taglines like “It’s everything it’s cracked up to be” and “It’ll make you go crunch”.