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Whiz Candy – An Oddly-Named Candy from Yesteryear

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I posted a link a while back to a scanned 1949 candy salesman book that is just incredible to look through. While browsing the pages I noticed the above ad for Whiz “The best nickel candy there iz-z” which fits nicely into our growing collection of oddly-named candy.

Check out this awesome “commercial” for Whiz from 1938 that advertises a “Party and Magic Stunts” book you can get for just two Whiz wrappers and 6 cents in coins or stamps! It’s awesome in its classic black-and-white cheesiness. Take a look at the candy too – it looks like a chocolate hamburger patty. I guess they changed the shape and packaging by 1949.

Maybe back in the 30′s and 40′s Whiz wasn’t another word for liquid human waste, but nowadays a candy named Whiz definitely wouldn’t fly. Of course, I wouldn’t think Candy Scabs, White Chocolate Maggots, or Dr. Windbreakers Candy (chew one and do one) would sell either, so who knows?

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23 Responses to “Whiz Candy – An Oddly-Named Candy from Yesteryear”

  1. 1
    Rhea says:

    This kinda reminds me of these bizarre candies that I used to see called Choward’s Violet Mints. They were not mint flavored; they tasted like flowers or something. Really gross.

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    Tracy says:

    Everything I’ve read about the Whiz bar ssays that stopped being made in the ’50s, but I swear I had one in the ’70s. My father always quoted the ad line, and one day we were in a Walgreens before a movie and we saw the candy bar. He bought one for me. My recollection was that taste-wise, it was nothing special. I know it didn’t taste 20 years old! Does anyone know when they stopped producing Whiz bars?

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    gary says:

    Haven\’t seen nor tasted them since the 40s or early 50s. As I remember they were really good.

  4. 4
    Terri says:

    I work at the McLean County Museum of History in Bloomington, IL, where Whiz was produced. I know there are wrappers with zip codes which put them after 1962, but I don’t think they lasted long after that. They were no longer popular by then. Beich’s big seller by then was Banana Bike caramels and Golden Crumbles. They still operate here as Nestle/Beich. Still making banana taffies.

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    donald oesterman says:

    When I was a kid back in the 40s & 50s, the Whiz bar for me was the best candy bar there Iz (waz). Now all they have is either the cubed marshmallow covered chocolates, which mostly are stale wherever you buy them, or the Charlestown Chews which is “faux” marshmallow covered with a thin layer of chocolate. The “Whiz” also had peanuts on top. Egads, bring them back, please. I’ll buy all of them.

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    Katie O. says:

    I loved the Whiz candy bars! I have been trying to make the Whiz candy bar here at home. I can’t find a recipe that helps me with the marshmallow part. The texture just won’t come out right. Plus it sticks to everything I try to shape it in. It’s a shame that some of the really good candy bars are no longer with us. Anyone remember the Tango bar? Almost like the Whiz, but with a little layer of caramel in it.

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    Ray A says:

    My favorite bar as a kid (born in 1942) was the Whiz. It disappeared for many years. While traveling in Southern CA in the early 90′s, I found them on sale in a Circle K. So excited I bought all they had. Tasted just like I remembered, but haven’t seen them since.

    The marshmallow does stick, but they used a starch mold release. Probably works like rubbing a potato on the surface of glass or wood when applying gold foil. Will not adhere where the starch is layered. Food grad silicon may also work.

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    Robin says:

    My grandmother just told me a story today that back in the late 40s/early 50s, she went on a radio quiz show and won a year’s supply of Whiz Candy bars. She said that every month she’d get a big box delivered and my uncle would yell from the front porch “The Whiz Bars are here!” and the neighborhood kids would come running!

    I just had to look this up to see what she was talking about and I’m glad I found the site – I’ve passed it on to her.


  9. 9
    sybil galazzo says:

    I’m so glad to stumble onto this site.
    In the 60s I used to purchase the Whiz bar at the movies and in the PX in Germany.
    I’ve never found it again or anyone familiar with it.
    The best ever. I wish they’d bring it back.

  10. 10
    elderberry says:

    Katie O.
    The Tango Bar was my parents favorite. I’ve been trying to find info about it for years.

  11. 11
    Fran says:

    I have also been trying to find information on my Mom’s favorite candy bar The Tango Bar.

  12. 12
    Elderberry Recipes says:

    I am being told that elderberries have 3 times the VIT C as oranges. Really???

  13. 13
    Sam says:

    My mother said that the Tango was her favorite candy bar. It came in a blue and silver or white foil wrapper. It cost a dime, which was a lot for candy then. As she remembers, it had a round white chocolate base with marshmallow on top covered in chocolate.

  14. 14
    SLICK says:

    The Whiz Candy Bar was the best candy bar they ever made in the USA. They need to start makeing them again. Evey time we went to a gas station when I was a kid I went to the candy bar machine and bought eveyone they had. Me love Whiz bars. In 1957 I was 10 years old. They are kinda like a shmore with peanuts, but the chocolate was better.

    Thanks Slick
    Have a great day

  15. 15
    Laura says:

    I used to love the Whiz Bar! I remember my dad bringing home to me by the case full! That was in the late 60′s / early 70′s. What an awesome candy bar. Wish I could still find them.

  16. 16
    Bonnie says:

    I also was a big fan of the whiz bar as a kid and the last time I remember having one was in the very late 1960′s. I was especially happy when they also offered it in dark chocolate. mmm-mmm . They were so good. I wish they would bring it back. I know it would be a big hit. thanks, Bonnie.

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    Rene says:

    The Tango was my favorite candy bar as a kid in the late 40′s and early 50′s. I still think about it and remember how good it tasted.. My other favorite treat during that time was Kay-O, a milky chocolate cold drink.

  18. 18
    Barbara says:

    So is the Whiz the closest thing to the Tango Bar? Trying to find one for my mom.

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    Steve says:

    My Mother’s Cousin Jerry, who is 97 years old, told me earlier today that his Grandpa (who died in 1927) would always give him a Tango Bar whenever he visited. He remembered that it was chocolate with marshmallow & nuts. Does anything like it still exist?

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    Tenaya says:

    My great-grandfather created the Whiz bar when he worked for Beich Candy Company (for 28 years). My father just ran across the original recipe in an old notebook. The problem is the recipe makes a 1900 lb. batch of candy! We did find the original test recipe in a smaller quantity which we will be trying out at home.

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    gfdg says:

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