Bark (Candy)

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3 comments on this post.
  1. Harold Tessmann III:

    I noticed this use of “bark” in the past few years myself. I started seeing the candy in stores around the holiday season. I live in Michigan, so maybe the word just started invading the Midwest or maybe I didn’t pay attention until recently. Still, I saw the candy in nearby megamarts and not made by a local confectioner, so it seems the word has some spread.

  2. Mac:

    I’ve been aware of this use of the word at least since the mid-1970’s. Then it was something only found at specialty candy stores or at the candy counters in high end department stores. And at the time, there were basically three choices: milk, dark, or white, all with almonds.

    The appeal of chocolate bark is due, I think, in part to the higher-quality chocolate used (compared to grocery store candy bars), and in part due to the thickness and irregular texture. Chocolate bark definitely provides a different mouth feel compared to what one gets with a “normal” candy bar.

  3. sarah:

    Hello,I think some of the origin of bark candy can be traced to the real tree bark candy that is made in the moutans of tn va and nc it is made by peeling away the hard outer layer of the bark so that you can get to the soft inner layer ,then you peel off the soft layer in thin strips and coat them in sugar and lay them out to dry ,you are bacicly candying wood celulose witch can be found in many foods we eat today, think mc d’s hambuger filler,years ago I saw a tv program that was showing the process ,it was prettymuch candy of necessity for poor moutan people my grandmother who grew up in the moutans of tn used to talk about making tree candy in the spring with her grandmother,I think its only sorgum trees that are used for this

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