Is Baby Ruth one of the best candy bars?
When I was growing up, Baby Ruth’s were my thing. If I had made a list of the top five candy bars of all time when I was like 10, Baby Ruth would have been very close to the top. What’s not to like? It’s made of peanuts, caramel, milk-chocolate-flavored nougat, and it’s all covered in chocolate. Are you drooling because I definitely am!
It’s like everything you love from other candy bars all combined into one. But Baby Ruth wasn’t always named that. It first started out as Kandy Kake and was sold by Curtiss Candy Company. It only became Baby Ruth in 1921 when it was rebranded and that’s when the peanuts, caramel, and chocolate were added. What was the Kandy Kake? Just nougat?
How the bar got the name of Baby Ruth is a bit of a mystery. The Curtiss Candy Company first said it was named after the daughter of former president Grover Cleveland. But this is disputed based on the fact that the candy company was on the same street as Wrigley Field and that they must have taken inspiration from Babe Ruth who was very popular at the time.
As the years have passed, whether they like it or not, the candy bar has merged its image with the famous baseball player. It doesn’t hurt that the colors of the wrapper are very baseball-ish.
Whatever the reason for the name, I’m just glad this combination of chocolate, caramel, nuts, and nougat exists and that we all get to enjoy it!