Baby Ruth Candy Bars Recipe

For SWEET FRIDAY we have one of my favorite candy bars --  

The Baby Ruth

In keeping with both themes today this is a "kid's" product that seems to be more popular with adults than children. One of my good friends is a fund raiser for schools. He used to work for Nestle' and would go around to schools getting them to sell candy bars to raise money. He would take boxes of samples to give out to the kids -- Butterfinger, Crunch, $100 Grand Bar and Baby Ruth. He would give me boxes of Baby Ruth so they wouldn't go stale because he told me he would go through 4 to 5 boxes of all the others to 1 box of Baby Ruths.

Youth is wasted on the young. -- George Bernard Shaw

The Curious Name

Most people just assume that the bar is named after Babe Ruth.

But the Curtiss Candy Company has traditionally claimed that it was named after President Grover Cleveland's daughter, Ruth Cleveland.

The candy bar was first introduced in 1921. The idea that it would be named after the daughter of a former President who died 17 years earlier in 1904 is absurd. Add to this the fact that the most famous person in America at the time was Babe Ruth and it seems even more ridiculous.

What seems more likely is that the Curtiss Candy Company either tried to get permission from Ruth or didn't want to pay for the rights and changed the name and the "official story".

Other Trivia

Company founder Otto Schnering chartered a plane in 1923 to drop thousands of Baby Ruth bars over the city of Pittsburgh -- each with its own mini parachute.

The Baby Ruth is the candy bar used in one of the funniest scene in one of the funniest movies of all time, Caddyshack. I won't ruin it, if you haven't seen it. If you haven't seen it --- DO SO!


Baby Ruth Candy Bars


1 1/3 cups Margarine
2 cups Brown Sugar
1/3 cup White Corn Syrup
8 cups Oatmeal
2 teaspoons Vanilla
1/2 cup Peanut Butter


6 oz. package Chocolate Chips
1/2 6 oz. package Butterscotch Chips
2/3 cup Peanut Butter
1 cup chopped nuts/peanuts

1. Melt margarine.
2. Add brown sugar, syrup, peanut butter, oatmeal and vanilla.
3. Put in 9x13 cake pan.
4. Bake 350 for about 15 minutes.
5. Melt topping ingredients together and spread on top.
6. Cut into bars when cool.


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