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Ever Wonder How Some Candy Got It’s Name?

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Ever wonder how some candy got their name?  Well here are some reasons…


These little morsels of goodness were named after two princes of the confectionary world, Forrest Mars, Sr., (of the Mars Company Mars’) and Bruce Murrie (son of Bill Murrie, former president of Hershey’s Chocolate). Mars struck a deal with Murrie to make the candy, since Murrie had access to rationed chocolate during World War II. However, when the war ended, Mars “maneuvered Bruce out of the partnership”, making “M” and “M” forever candy rivals.

Sugar Daddy

Originally called “Papa Sucker,” it was changed to “Sugar Daddy” in 1932 since that was a more popular phrase at the time and evoked a “wealth of sweetness.”

Kit Kat

This is a weird one, so bear with me. These were named after a term for mutton pies in the early 18th century in England, which in turn were named after a political and literary club, which was named after the innkeeper where the club meetings were held. The innkeeper was named Christopher Catt, and since “Kit” is a nickname for Christopher… Kit-Cat. Eventually, English confectionary company Rowntree’s (who then created the candy) trademarked the names “Kit Cat” and “Kit Kat” in 1911, and the rest, as they say, is chocolate-y history.


“Snickers” was the name of a favorite horse that the Mars family owned. This totally makes sense, because this is what you eat when you are as hungry as one. *snickers*

Baby Ruth

On first look, this candy bar is obviously named after legendary baseball player Babe Ruth, right? Yes and no. In 1921 the Curtiss Candy Company reshaped and renamed it’s Kandy Kake to the Baby Ruth, claiming the name was in honor of President Grover Cleveland’s deceased daughter, Ruth. However, at the same time Babe Ruth’s fame was rising, leaving some to speculate that the name was a way to capitalize on his fame without paying him an endorsement deal. Whatever the case, Sloth still loves them.

3 Musketeers

3 MUSKETEERS USED TO HAVE THREE FLAVORS IN EACH PACKAGE! THAT IS WHY IT HAS “3” IN THE TITLE. Three separate pieces of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry is what you got. But due to wartime rationing, it was replaced with just one chocolate bar, leaving the name to make no sense for eternity

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