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The History of Chocolate Bars - How did we get to OnePrize?

Across cultures, across ages, across races, candy bars have near universal appeal. People all over the world are first fall in love with chocolate at a young age and, it seems the love never really fades. The average American consumed about 12 pounds of chocolate annually. Chocolate bars are light, portable, and delicious, and in the last 200 years they have been mixed, blended, and developed into all kinds of different flavors and varieties that there is certainly something for everyone.

Candy Bar History

The history of chocolate bars begins in Britain in 1847. In that year, the first ever chocolate bar was invented by Joseph Fry and his son. They learned they could press together a cocoa powder and sugar paste into a bar shape. The chocolate bar was thus born. It was developed even further in 1849 when confectioner John Cadbury came up with his Cadbury brand of chocolate bars. Eventually, Joseph Fry and Cadbury would join forces to become amongst the first and the most popular chocolate bar manufacturers. It wouldn’t be until Henry Nestler and Daniel Peter tried a new blend that the milk chocolate bar was created. By adding milk to the traditional chocolate recipe, they yielder an entire new flavor with a smoother texture and creamier taste.

Chocolate bars gained huge popularity, specifically in the United States, as the American government started buying up chocolate in 20- to 40-pound portions. These huge chocolate blocks were then portioned down into candy bars to be provided to the soldiers fighting overseas. After the war, the love had already formed, demand only grew when the soldiers came back craving the chocolate they had been introduced to in Europe. In the years following the war, candymakers and chocolatiers developed more than 40,000 different candy bar products to satisfy demand.

Over the course of the last century, the word "chocolate" has expanded to include a large range of sweets and treats with more ingredients and additives than just cacao. They are often made from the forastero bean, which is a bean of the same family as cacao but far hardier and less flavorful.

Today, however, we are in the middle of a chocolate revolution. There is an enormous interest that only grows more daily in high-quality, handmade chocolates and the sustainable farming and harvesting of cacao and other chocolate beans. Large companies like Hershey's have expanded their selections to include artisanal chocolate lines. They have done so largely via acquisition, purchasing smaller chocolate manufacturers known for premium chocolates, like Scharffen Berger and Dagoba. And all the while, independent chocolatiers are flourishing.

The Most Popular Chocolate Bars - For Now

The most popular chocolate bars available today are the Snickers bar, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, the Kit Kat, Butterfinger, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers, Baby Ruth, M&M’s, Oh Henry!, and the Hershey bar.

But, in the chocolate revolution, there is a whole new wave of offerings coming to dethrone these historical treats. That all starts with nutrition.

The Nutrition of a Chocolate Bar

Most candy bars to this day hold little nutritional value and are high in fat and calories. Even minor exceptions to the rule get a ton of attention. For example, 3 Musketeers bars proudly declare and rely on the fact that they are lower in fat content than other bars while Snickers constantly touts peanut base of its bar to emphasize the nutritional content of its bar and say that it provides the essential energy for a perfect midday snack.

There have been several bars released explicitly with the intent of being high nutritional value. The Snickers Power bar, markets itself as nutritional with added protein and vitamins designed to provide a boost of energy and complement the dieting chocolate lover. Several diets have even developed their own candy bar brands designed to replace the current high-fat, high-calorie options.

The time for the old chocolate bar is coming to an end. It has survived through all of the nutritional ups and downs, trends and otherwise, but now, there does not have to be a sacrifice between nutrition and flavor. The chocolate bar has been one of the worlds favorite treats for centuries now, and only now do we have the ability to produce something that is delicious and actually good for you. The chocolate bar is here to stay, but that doesn’t mean it will remain the nutritional vice it is. The second wave is here and OnePrize is at the peak of that wave; a chocolate bar designed from the ground up that is rich in protein, antioxidants, calcium, fiber, vitamins, and on top of that, its gluten free.

Ready for something new?

Candy bars have a long history in the United States and have a strong connection to what it means to be a young person in America. The history of chocolate bars has brought us to today, to a new time. Did you have a favorite candy bar growing up? Are you ready to try something new? Maybe it’s time