Can you match the candy company, Mars or Hershey, to the candy they make?

By: Maria Trimarchi
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See how well you can you match many of America's favorite chocolate bars, peanut butter cups and fruity candies to the confectionery companies who make them, Mars or Hershey.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups have been sold in the U.S. since 1928! Except back then, they were made by a man named Harry Burnett Reese, who founded the H.B. Reese Candy Company in 1923. It was 1963, after Reese died, that his sons sold the H.B. Reese Candy Company to the Hershey Company.


Americans have been eating Snickers, the second chocolate bar created by Frank Mars, since 1930 -- when a bar cost just five cents. Today, worldwide, 15 billion bars are made every day, and we globally spend $2 billion a year on our Snickers-eating habit.

Almond Joy

The Almond Joy bar debuted in 1946, made by the Peter Paul Candy Company, located in Connecticut. In 1978, UK company Cadbury-Schweppes bought the Peter Paul Candy Company. Ten years later, the Hershey Company bought the rights and have been making Almond Joy since.

Candy Corn

George Renninger, an employee of the Wunderlee Candy Company, invented the tri-color candy more than 100 years ago, and Wunderlee was the first to produce the confection. It was sold to the Goelitz Candy Company, which is now known as the Jelly Belly Candy Company, where it's been made since 1898. Today, 9 billion pieces of candy corn are manufactured annually -- that's nearly 35 million pounds.


Although you may remember the "Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't ... " advertising campaign from the late '70s, the Peter Paul Candy Company actually introduced the Mounds bar nealy 100 years ago. Back then, Mounds' original slogan was, "Indescribably Delicious" -- which is still on the Hershey-made wrapper today.

Milky Way

Did you know it's not named after the galaxy? Surprise! When this chocolate bar was introduced in 1923, it was named after a milkshake, the Milky Way Malted Milkshake. The Milky Way was Frank Mars' first chocolate bar, which Mars, Inc. -- then known as "Mar-O-Bar" -- debuted in 1923. The Milky Way went global in 1924. Today, the Milky Way bar sold in the U.S. is not the same as the one sold in other countries.

Kit Kat

There's a twist in the KitKat story. KitKat is a Nestlé chocolate bar. But, since 1970, the Hershey Company has a license to produce the bars in the United States.


Twizzlers were introduced by Y&S Candies, Inc., of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, back in 1845, but back then they came in licorice flavor only. In 1977, the Hershey Company bought Y&S, and the candies they made, including Twizzlers.

Reese's Pieces

Although this candy's popularity skyrocketed after it was featured in the 1982 movie, "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," it was actually introduced by the Hershey Company in 1977. E.T.! Beee good.

Tootsie Roll

In 1896 a man named Leo Hirschfield created the first Tootsie Roll. His candy, which was hand rolled, sold for a penny a piece. Between 1942 and 1945, during World War II, the candies were added to G.I rations for U.S. troops. Now Tootsie Roll Industries makes 64 million Tootsie Rolls daily, as well as other sweet products including Junior Mints, Sugar Daddy and Charleston Chew.


Did you know M&Ms were the first candy to travel to space, in 1981? Americans spend more than $637 million annually on M&Ms, making it the best-selling candy in the U.S. Mars introduced the hard-shelled candy in 1941, with brown, green, orange, red, violet or yellow coating.

York Peppermint Patties

The York Peppermint Pattie debuted in 1940, manufactured by the York Cone Company in York, Pennsylvania. It's been through a lot of hands over the decades. First, the York Cone Company was acquired by the Peter Paul Candy Manufacturing Company in 1972. In 1978, though, Peter Paul was acquired by Cadbury. Still, it was until 1988 that the Hershey Company began making the patties after it acquired Cadbury Schweppes -- and it continues to produce them today.

Hubba Bubba

Although Wrigley's Hubba Bubba was discontinued in the U.S. in the early '90s, Mars revived the chunk-style bubble gum in 2004.

Cookies 'n' Creme Nuggets

Hershey's Cookies 'n' Creme bar is the same size and shape as Hershey's Milk Chocolate bar, but made as a white bar with cookie pieces mixed in. The Hershey Company introduced the candy in 1994.

5th Avenue

The 5th Avenue bar was first known as "Crunchy Peanut Butter in a Rich, Chocolate Coating" when it was created by William H. Luden's company in 1936 (yup, that's the same Luden as the cough drops). It wasn't until 1986 that the Hershey Company acquired the candy.


When first introduced, Skittles were only available in the British market, but by 1979 they were introduced to the U.S. In 1982, Wrigley started making Skittles -- originally in grape, lemon, lime, orange or strawberry -- in North America. Today, Mars produces more than 200 million Skittles every day. (Did you know it takes about eight hours to cover the fruity center with its hard-shell candy coating?)

Baby Ruth

Back in 1921 the Curtiss Candy Company revamped its Kandy Kake bar into what we know as the Baby Ruth. In 1981, Nabisco started producing the chocolate bar after it acquired the Curtiss Candy Company and nine years later was sold to Nestlé. But neither Hershey nor Mars has produced the Baby Ruth -- yet.


When William Horlick created malted milk powder back in 1887 it quickly took off as a go-to sweetener. In 1936, an American named Forrest Malt decided it'd go great with chocolate and introduced us to malted milk balls -- which were sold as "energy balls" called Maltesers. Popular around the world ever since, it was Mars who introduced these malted milk balls to the U.S. in 2017.


When they were first introduced in 1929, the Overland Candy Company called its malted milk candy Giants. It wasn't until 1949, after Overland was purchased by a company called Leaf Brands, that the balls became known as Whoppers. After Leaf was bought and sold over the years, Whoppers finally landed with the Hershey Company in 1996.


Crunch was invented in upstate New York in 1938 by Nestlé -- not Hershey or Mars. In the 1980s, Nestlé set the record for the world’s biggest chocolate bar with a 7,000-pound Crunch candy bar.


The first Toblerone was created by Theodor Tobler, with his cousin Emil Baumann, in 1908 in Switzerland. In 1909, Tobler applied for a patent for the bar's manufacturing process. He trademarked the Toberlone brand at the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property that same year. Sixty years later, the Tobler company merged with a company named Suchard, which merged with Jacobs coffee company in 1982, which then was bought by Mondelēz International (which was Kraft Food back then) in 1990. Phew! In the U.S. Ferrara has produced Toblerone since the early 2000s.


When Mars introduced Twix, at first it was only available in the U.K. In 1979 the Twix Cookie Bar debuted in the U.S., and today it's one of the most popular chocolate bars in America.


The Heath bar, a toffee-and-milk chocolate bar, was introduced in 1914 by L.S. Heath, and became a Hershey-made candy in 1996.


Skor was originally competition for the Heath bar, but when Hershey acquired its brand in 1996, they went from competing bars to complementary bars.


Rolos were introduced in 1937 by Mackintosh's, in the U.K. Today, Nestlé makes and distributes Rolos worldwide; but in the U.S. Hershey is licensed to produce and distribute them.


Peter Pfeffer won $6.50 when his Opal Fruits candy won a U.K. competition. In 1960, Mars began distributing Opal Fruits, which debuted as M&M's Fruit Chewies in the U.S. in 1967. It wasn't until the 1970s that the candy was renamed as Starburst.

Milk Duds

Sean le Noble, of Le Noble & Company in Chicago, created these "chocolate"-covered caramels he called Milk Duds in 1926. Like many other small confectionary companies, Leaf purchased Le Noble & Company in 1986 and in 1996 was acquired by the Hershey Company.


The Payday bar, a nougat-like center covered in caramel and peanuts, was introduced in the U.S. in 1932 by Frank Martoccio, founder of the F.A. Martoccio Macaroni Company. Payday was part of the package when the F.A. Martoccio Macaroni Company was sold to what would become Sara Lee. It went on to become part of Hershey in 1996.

3 Musketeers

3 Musketeers has been made by Mars since it was introduced in 1932. It was the company's third chocolate bar and originally contained three pieces (one each of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla) per package. In 1945, the original three-bar candy was changed to how we know it today, as a chocolate bar with a whipped chocolate nougat filling.


"Nobody better lay a finger ... " This "crispety, crunchety, peanut-buttery" candy bar has been around since 1923, when it was created in Chicago by Otto Schnering. The bar changed hands over the decades and has been under the Nestlé brand since it was bought from its then-owner RJR Nabisco in 1990.

Good & Plenty

Good & Plenty is one of, if not the oldest, branded candy in the United States, first produced in 1893 by the Quaker City Confectionery Company in Pennsylvania. Since 1996 the candy-coated licorice capsules, which haven't changed much in over 100 years, are owned and produced by Hershey.

Mr. Goodbar

This candy bar, made with milk chocolate and peanuts, has been familiar to Americans since 1925, when it was created by Milton Hershey of the Hershey Company. Bars are sold individually, but may be better known in miniature Halloween size.

Sky Bar

The Sky Bar was announced to Americans in bold fashion: a skywriting marketing campaign. The bar, created at and still produced by the Massachusetts-based New England Confectionery Company, was the first molded chocolate bar for consumer sale in the U.S.

Dove Milk Chocolate Bar

Dove, which is known as Galaxy outside the U.S., dates back to the 1950s, when a man named Leo Stefanos created the first ice cream bars in his shop, Dove Candies & Ice Cream in Chicago. Dove products were originally only sold locally, at Stefanos' shop, and went worldwide when bought in 1986 by Mars.


Since they were created in 1938 by the Hershey Company, Krackel bars have undergone a few recipe changes, like adding then removing nuts. Krackel was one of the last candies Milton Hershey worked on before he died in 1945. For 20 years, Krackel was only available as a Halloween miniature, but in 2014 Hershey brought back a full-size version.

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