Robyn Lane

Robyn Lane

Robyn Lane

I don’t eat as much candy in my adulthood as I did when I was a kid, but when I do it’s usually something with dark chocolate. Not only do I like it better than milk chocolate, it’s better for you. Let’s take a walk down memory lane for a look at some candy bars that made our childhood even better because these sweet delights existed.

  • Reggie Bar

    My brother bought so many of these round, milk chocolate-covered bars with a peanut and a caramel center, I’m surprised he didn’t get diabetes. The Reggie Bar was originally intended as a novelty candy and made its debut at the Yankee’s home opener in 1978, but were so popular that they stuck around until 1982. The biggest story surrounding the Reggie Bar happened On April 13, 1978, opening day at Yankee Stadium, the New York Yankees gave away thousands of Reggie bars to fans. Reggie Jackson comes up to bat and hits a homerun and the fans just start tossing the Reggie Bars on to the field. The grounds crew ran out to clear the bars from the field, delaying the game for five minutes.

  • Caravelle Bar

    OMG! This was one of my favorite candy bars as a child. The Caravelle was similar to the 100,000 Dollar bar, but better. Think caramel mixed with Rice Crispies, covered in milk chocolate. Softer and less sweet than the 100,000 Dollar Bar. Unfortunately,  the Caravelle Bar was discontinued after Peter Paul merged with Cadbury Schweppes in 1978. Here’s the television commercial for my beloved Caravelle below.

  • Summit Cookie Bar

    These made their debut in 1977, and were discontinued in 1984. These were similar to Kit Kat bars and Twix in texture. They were covered in milk chocolate, had a crispy cookie texture,  and they had peanuts. Even though the package said, “Cookie Bar” , it was marketed as a candy bar. After all, they were found in the candy bar rack at the convenience store.  I remember them melting immediately upon ripping open the package. They’re gone now.


  • Seven-Up Candy Bar

    Not to be confused with the the soft drink, the Seven Up Candy Bar was one of the most creative confection endeavors of not only my youth, but my parents and grandparent’s childhood. It was created in the 1930’s and it had seven compartments, each filled with a different flavor. Starting off with mint, followed by nougat, butterscotch, fudge, coconut cream, buttercream, and finally caramel. A different flavor explosion in every bite covered with milk chocolate.  There have been other filling variations that included orange jelly, Brazil Nut, and cherry cream but this was the best one.

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  • Marathon Candy Bar

    The Marathon Bar was an eight inch braid of caramel covered in milk chocolate and introduced by the Mars company in 1973. It came in a bright-red package and it stood out because it stood high in size among the other candy bars. Inch markings printed on the wrapper showed just how long it actually was.

  • PB Max

    Any combo of peanut butter and chocolate gets me excited. PB Max was a candy bar that was popular in the late 80’s and early 90’s with a crunchy cookie, yummy peanut butter filling, covered in milk chocolate. But it’s gone, and I’m sad.

  • Milkshake Candy Bar

    My favorite memory of this long gone confection was getting them from the ice cream freezer at the local drive-in theater.  It tasted like a milkshake in solid form. Made with malted milk nougat, caramel, and chocolate covering, Milkshake was a popular chocolate bar that was discontinued due to a corporate buyout. It was first introduced in 1927 and was available until 1996, the year the WRAT was born. 


  • 54321 Chocolate Bar

    I don’t have a strong recollection of this candy, it may have only been available in the U.K. It was kind of a rip off of the Seven Up Candy Bar because they attempted to offer different flavors with each bite. This only had 5 flavors, One was a wafer, two was fondant, three was a rice krispy, four was caramel, and five was the chocolate coating.

  • Nestle's Triple Decker Bar

    Made of three thin layers consisting of a semi-sweet chocolate bottom, white chocolate middle and milk chocolate top, the Nestle’ Triple Decker Bar was a hit for a little over a decade from the late 50’s to the early 70’s. It was 3 layers of goodness.

  • Choco'Lite Bar

    Introduced by Nestlé in 1972, the Choco’Lite bar consisted of an aerated milk chocolate bar with these unique crispy chips. The aeration resulted in lots of air pockets that made it much less dense than the typical candy bar. The taste reminded me of a Nestle’s Crunch Bar.

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