Zagnut, Classic 1900s Candy
Crunchy peanut butter in rich, toasted, flaky coconut. A candy bar favorite.
A Bit of History
The Zagnut was made by David Clark, maker of the Clark Bar, an Irish immigrant who arrived with his family as a boy escaping the ravishes of the potato famine.
Before and After: People enjoyed chocolate sticks (1750s), milk chocolate (late 1800s), marshmallows (mid-1800s), and peanuts (1700s). These came together in the “combination candy bar,” first made in 1912. The Doughboys sampled the candy bar in their rations, including the Clark Bar and Peanut Chew, during WWI and loved them. What followed was an explosion of candy bars, from the Zagnut to the Chunky! Candy bar marketers positioned their product as an inexpensive meal in a bar and good food, so the candy not only survived, but thrived during the Depression. Today’s candy bar also goes under other names: sports bar, granola bar, diet bar, protein bar, health food bar.