Do you know what candy bar was invented in Illinois?


Chocolate might be one of the greatest delicacies on the planet. If you are put off by the thought of chocolate, you are not going to enjoy this article. I’d also be curious about an argument against chocolate aside from some sort of food allergy. I love chocolate and was intrigued when I learned of one of my favorites straight out of good old Land Of Lincoln.

Have you ever heard of Robinson, Illinois? Me neither so far. The city is in the lower quarter of Illinois, a few miles from the Indiana border. What makes this place special is twofold. There is a candy bar museum in the city and a chocolate candy is also prepared there.

It is the home of the Heath Museum & Confectionary, the birthplace of the Heath candy bar, one of America’s ancient candy bars.

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Did you know the Heath brothers started making sweet treats in 1913, but the famous toffee bar didn’t exist until 1928?

It’s true! The brothers’ father bought the shop from them, which was originally a confectionery and an ice cream parlour. And, yes, the candies were made in-house. Here are some of the things you will learn in this museum. The backstory is very interesting.

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Don Lewis, Google

Inside the Heath Candy Bar Museum you will find many historical pieces of candy making, machines etc. You’ll also get a history lesson as it mixes candy with WWII. Let’s not forget that you can buy candy, chocolate, other treats and much more.

Did you know that Heath English Toffee was touted as a healthy candy bar due to its fine ingredients like milk chocolate, almonds, creamery butter and pure cane sugar? The US Army also purchased these bars for troops during World War II.

The museum is located at 125 Court Street in Robinson, Ill. You can find out more here.

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