Candy Bars, also known as Chocolate Bars, is a famous confection around the world. Made out of Cocoa, sugar, milk, along with the other ingredients, these are the vitals in the making of chocolatey candy bars that would satiate every sweet-tooth of the sweets lovers.
Origin of Candy Bars
The first-ever candy bars started in the year 1847, created by an English man named Joseph Fry. He discovered a way to produce a bar of pressed-molded chocolate by combining ingredients to make a paste. On the other hand, in the year 1949, John Cadbury, after being inspired by Joseph Fry, he created his brand of a chocolate bar and called it ‘Cadbury.’ Later in the same year, both Cadbury and Fry’s Chocolate bars were displayed at the Birmingham fair.
In 1875, Henri Nestle, an evaporated milk maker, and a chocolate maker, Daniel Peter, together, they made the first Milk chocolate bars. In 1905, another company introduced a chocolate bar in the U.K., Cadbury Dairy Milk, where they released its first milk chocolate bars that became the best selling candy bar. However, in the United States, a caramel maker, Milton Hershey, ordered a German chocolate-making machine he saw at the 1893 Chicago World’s fair. He installed it on his Lancaster Factor, making the first milk-chocolate bar made by an American.
During World War I, more chocolate was produced when the U.S. Army commissioned the American chocolate makers in making forty-pound blocks of chocolate, to be distributed to the soldiers stationed in Europe. The popularity of chocolate candy bars increased when the soldiers that came from war demanded chocolate bars.
Famous Candy Bars Throughout the Years
Throughout the years, candy bars remain steadfast in giving its customers the sweetest satisfaction every chocolate factory had made. Candy Bars, who accompany little kids with its lovely chocolate coating. The same candy bars who comforted adults while stressed with working.
These list below are the top five lists of candy bars that withstand the test of time and find its way to adapt and be marketed on our favorite candy shops:
Fry’s Chocolate Cream Bar
In the chocolate candy bar history, Fry’s Chocolate bar has been the first chocolate ever molded into a bar. It was first developed, and J. S. Fry and Sons, which launched in 1866 in the U.K. Having the original flavor of Chocolate Cream and Peppermint Cream, has now released a new taste of Orange, Raspberry and Strawberry Cream under the manufacturing of Cadbury.
Hershey Milk Chocolate Bars
Hershey Milk Chocolate Bars are manufactured by one of the largest chocolate producers in the world –The Hershey Company. Founded in 1894 by Milton Hershey, this chocolate manufacturing company now also had baked product goodies as well as milkshakes and drinks.
Located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, this Chocolate brand has been famous in over sixty countries worldwide and across the United States.
Nestle Milk Chocolate Bars
Nestle Milk Chocolate, produced by the Nestle Company, is created as a competitor of Hershey Bar in 1919. Although this Candy Bar was distributed and sold worldwide, Nestle had decided to discontinue selling this product in 2016. If you are wondering what does Nestle Milk Chocolate Milk Bar, the closest to that you can try is the Nestle Crunch. The only difference is that Nestle Crunch has crunchy rice puffed on it.
Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate
Cadbury Milk Chocolate was introduced and manufactured by Cadbury in 1995 in the U.K. This chocolate bar was ranked in the United Kingdom as the best-selling chocolate in 2014. Cadbury Milk Chocolate is also distributed and sold globally, but in the United States, it was manufactured and distributed by Hershey Company under the Cadbury’s License.
Toblerone Bar is a chocolate bar produced in 1908 in Bern, Switzerland. This chocolate was named a portmanteau of the Italian word ‘torrone’ and Tobler’s name. It is created with a unique recipe of nougat, honey, and almonds, which is packed in a triangular packaging that resembles the Swiss Alp’s Matterhorn.
How are Candy Bars Made?
If you are ever wondering how chocolate bars were made, It’s not like how it was made by Willy Wonka, from a factory with little Oompa-Loompas, nor the chocolates were mixed in the chocolate room on a chocolate waterfall. Real Candy Bars were made in a chocolate factory where it is processed, dried, and packaged.
Plucking, Fermenting and Drying
Chocolate’s main ingredient –Cocoa, came from Cocoa Trees, which was usually found in the tropical lowland in South East Asia, South and Central America, and West Africa. Being the main Ingredient, Cocoa seed pods are needed to be harvest manually and turned into cocoa beans.
These Cocoa beans will now undergo a fermenting process, which usually takes eight days for chocolate beans to turn to brown. We should remember that Cocoa beans are initially not sweet at all, like how the chocolates are after they were fully packaged. After the seeds were plucked and fermented, the farmers will dry the seeds. It will take about a week for the fermented chocolate seeds were completely dry. When the seeds are all dried, farmers will pack it in a sack to bring to the chocolate manufacturer.
After the manual process of plucking, fermenting, and drying of cocoa beans done by the farmers, these cocoa beans will now undergo a machinery process on a factory. It will be refined roasted, ground, and molded to a smooth, flavored, and well packaged-chocolate bars we now see in the market.
During the manufacturing process, the first step is to roast cocoa beans that the farmers packed. During the roasting process, this allows the chocolate beans to develop flavor. In these processes, the cocoa shells are removed, while the inner part will be broken into pieces. These small pieces of the inner part of the chocolate beans are now called ‘Cocoa Nibs.”
The Cocoa Nibs that are now roasted will put into a nib grinder. In this process, chocolate nibs will undergo a great heat to be melted to perfection. This melted chocolate is now called “chocolate liquor.” Chocolate liquor will be mixed with sugar and Cocoa butter to enhance its flavor. If the manufacturer is making a bar of milk chocolate, they’ll be adding powdered whole milk, depending on the process or formulation.
Blending and Molding
These Chocolate Liquor will be blended in milk and sugar to make a bar of sweet liquid chocolate –Or in any other flavors, like your favorite cookies n’ cream, rocky road, and many more!
This now flavored liquid chocolate will be brought to the molding factory, enclosed in tanks. Liquid Chocolates will directly be molded, cooled, and harden to different shapes following the shape of the molder. Then lastly, these shaped chocolates will now be put into a package and distributed to your favorite stores.