Another Halloween is upon us and my search continues…or does it? It’s my favorite candy bar and I hadn’t eaten one since I was kid. I was probably 6 or 7 years old when I pulled the wrong lever on a candy machine and out dropped a Zagnut Bar. I thought “what the %#*@ is this?” Then I did what any kid would do, cried as I ate it. However, the tears didn’t last because it was DELICIOUS! I haven’t eaten one in decades despite having my wedding in Hershey, PA (where they’ve been produced since 1996), and tearing through my kids’ Halloween bag every year hoping to find one. Apparently, they’ve been around since 1930 and I just never bothered to Google “Zagnut” until now. If I’d had, I would have learned that they never went away. What are they? Unlike famous candy bars, there’s no chocolate, which could be the reason for their lack of popularity. It’s like a Clark bar except it’s got a coconut coating, a peanut center and “the lousiest name for a candy bar” according to the TV commercial (see below) in the 1960’s which had the tagline, “A Zagnut by any other name would be a good thing.” It’s featured in the 1988 movie “Beetlejuice” and used as a weapon by Will Smith in the movie “Hancock.” Now you know!
Joel Katz is an obscure candy bar blogger who also enjoys Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups because they’re unbelievably delicious!