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How 19 Delicious Candies Got Their Names

AKA Eat 'em-ology.

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1. M&M's


These little morsels of goodness were named after two princes of the confectionary world, Forrest Mars, Sr., (of the Mars Company Mars') and Bruce Murrie (son of Bill Murrie, former president of Hershey's Chocolate). Mars struck a deal with Murrie to make the candy, since Murrie had access to rationed chocolate during World War II. However, when the war ended, Mars "maneuvered Bruce out of the partnership", making "M" and "M" forever candy rivals.

3. Kit Kat


This is a weird one, so bear with me. These were named after a term for mutton pies in the early 18th century in England, which in turn were named after a political and literary club, which was named after the innkeeper where the club meetings were held. The innkeeper was named Christopher Catt, and since "Kit" is a nickname for Christopher... Kit-Cat. Eventually, English confectionary company Rowntree's (who then created the candy) trademarked the names "Kit Cat" and "Kit Kat" in 1911, and the rest, as they say, is chocolate-y history.

5. Baby Ruth


On first look, this candy bar is obviously named after legendary baseball player Babe Ruth, right? Yes and no. In 1921 the Curtiss Candy Company reshaped and renamed it's Kandy Kake to the Baby Ruth, claiming the name was in honor of President Grover Cleveland's deceased daughter, Ruth. However, at the same time Babe Ruth's fame was rising, leaving some to speculate that the name was a way to capitalize on his fame without paying him an endorsement deal. Whatever the case, Sloth still loves them.

6. 3 Musketeers


This one blew my mind because 3 MUSKETEERS USED TO HAVE THREE FLAVORS IN EACH PACKAGE! THAT IS WHY IT HAS "3" IN THE TITLE. Three separate pieces of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry is what you got. But due to wartime rationing, it was replaced with just one chocolate bar, leaving the name to make no sense for eternity.

10. Chick-O-Stick


According to Erik Atkinson, president of Atkinson Candy Company, the name was a ""business decision" made by his grandfather, who started the company. But it's derived from "chicken bones," which is the name of the recipe that Chick-O-Sticks are based on.

11. Abba-Zaba

Yeah... So, Annabelle's, who makes the taffy candy now, bought it from the Cardinet Candy Company, who bought it from Colby & McDermott. What I thought of as a nonsense sounding name is, according to some, a "made-up imaginary Zulu jungle savage utterance." Chew on that.

13. Oh Henry!


When this candy bar was created, there was some young dude named Henry who used to come around the candy factory and get "friendly" with the girls who worked there. George Williamson, who owned the factory, would hear the girls exclaim, "Oh, Henry..." as they asked him for favors. So Williamson named the new candy bar Oh Henry! Isn't that sweet?

19. Butterfinger


Named in 1923 through a public submission contest, the name is in reference to klutzes, especially when it comes to sports. If that same contest was held today, the candy bar would probably be named "Hey! Get Your Head Out of Your Ass!"

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