FYI The snicker bar: What's in a name!

@jillhill (37377)
United States
June 11, 2009 10:30am CST
Did you know that the snickers bar was introduced in 1930 and was named after the Mar's family favorite horse! I just read that and several other facts about candy bars.....to you know any trivia about how a candy bar was named?
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@owlwings (43038)
• Cambridge, England
11 Jun 09
I don't know the real story of the Snickers bar but I know that, in the UK, it used to be called the Marathon bar and was made by Mars. When the name was changed to Snickers, the prevalent story was that it was named after the running shoes called 'sneakers' at the time (things change and they are now called 'trainers' by most people, I believe). The name change was much disliked by those who liked their Marathon bars, since who (after all) wanted to eat something named after smelly footwear, but the actual bar inside the wrapper didn't change, as far as one could see, so it was just one of those name changes which made no sense to the consumers. My guess is that it was due to a take-over or merger of two companies and that, in order to have uniformity of brand name, the name needed to be changed. The only site I can find that gives a link between the two names is here http://www.snickersmarathon.com/information/marathon_story.asp but it says nothing at all about being named after a horse, so I wonder where you found that information.
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
11 Jun 09
In a paper that has a bunch of candy trivia!
@owlwings (43038)
• Cambridge, England
11 Jun 09
I am dubious about the horse.
@owlwings (43038)
• Cambridge, England
11 Jun 09
There is a great deal of information here http://www.answers.com/topic/mars-bar ... still no mention of a horse!
• United States
12 Jun 09
Baby Ruth wasn't named for Babe Ruth th baseball player. It was named for the then president's new baby girl, named Ruth.
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
12 Jun 09
Thanks!
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• United States
12 Jun 09
I wish I could remember the name of the president.
@carolbee (16231)
• United States
11 Jun 09
That's very interesting. I don't know any trivia about candybars. Maybe I should read instead of eating...lol Think of the calories I would save. I love to eat Milky Ways and Snickers after they've been in the freezer. Nice summer treat.
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
11 Jun 09
Me too....but FYI Harry Reese was a dairyman at the the Hershey's farm in 1917..He founded the reeses company in the basement of his house and merged it with Hersheys in 1963....he created your favorite..the Reeses peanut butter cup!
@carolbee (16231)
• United States
11 Jun 09
So the peanutbutter cup is not as old as I am. No wonder I didn't eat them as a kid. Thanks for the info.
@ersmommy1 (12595)
• United States
12 Jun 09
I know that the word "candy" comes from Arabic qandi, derived from Persian qand, meaning "sugar." But specifically a particular candy, no. It was the horses name, huh? That is interesting. I wonder what other products we use may have been named for house pets.
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
12 Jun 09
And thanks to you for the info!
@Opal26 (17684)
• United States
12 Jun 09
Hey jill! I did know about the snickers bar! I think that was so cute! I don't remember how any of the other candies were named, but I did see a trivia test on it awhile ago! But, since my memory isn't so great I'm sure I would fail the test if I took it again now! I'm alot better at eating the candy then I am at knowing how they were named! lol
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
12 Jun 09
Me too!
@ellie333 (21018)
11 Jun 09
Hi Jill, Here in the UK the Snickers bar was in fact called Marathon and has only been changed to Snickers in recent years but other than that none. Huggles. Ellie :D
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
12 Jun 09
Huggles to you too Ellie!
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
11 Jun 09
No, I am an ignoramus in this topic of interest. I never knew that. So now , don't tease and give all the facts about candy bars
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
11 Jun 09
Oh I have a bunch and I am going to save them for future discussions!
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
11 Jun 09
HI JILL. That is an interesting thing to know but wierd.. WHO would have thought it? i don't know any stories but know i love snickers.
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
11 Jun 09
I too love snickers! I don't care who they were named after! LOL