Is it two great tastes that taste great together? Is it something that really satisfies? Is it something people don't really eat in the United States?
The top 5 best-selling candy bars in the world all involve chocolate, and two of my personal top 5 are on the list.
You can watch the video and find out the order along with some interesting details, like the fact that Snickers was named after a horse, but here it is:
5. Cadbury Dairy Milk ($2.5 billion)
4. Milka ($2.5 billion)
3. Galaxy/Dove ($2.6 billion)
2. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups ($2.7 billion)
1. Snickers ($3.6 billion)
These are based on 2012 global sales, and I probably contributed about $300 of that bottom line, especially on the No. 1 bar.
Love me some Snickers.
And since a top 5 is really kind of lame, here's my top 75 regular candy bars, the kind you might find in a vending machine for less than $1. For the better chocolate, I'll go with Lindt, which is usually about $3, and then either the Orange, Sea Salt or Chili varieties. Or I might go with Toblerone.
But since I don't usually have $3 to spare, here's the top 75 for under $1.
They don't make Snickers Cruncher anymore. That would be a top 5 if they did. And I used to buy a PB Max every day in high school because my girlfriend at the time equated that to love. That too has gone by the wayside.
This list also is devoid of the more fruit-based candies that my kids seem so addicted to. I pretty much favor the chocolate, except for Whoppers. You can take that malted stuff and stick it with the Necco wafers, presumably somewhere devoid of sunshine.
So here you go -- the top 75:
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Milky Way Midnight
Hershey's Milk Chocolate
York Peppermint Patty
M&Ms Dark Mint
Peanut Butter Twix
Charleston Chew Vanilla
Charleston Chew Chocolate
Charleston Chew Strawberry
M&Ms Peanut Butter
Snickers Peanut Butter
Three Musketeers Mint
Cup O Gold
Hershey's Cookies 'N Cream
Hershey's Milk Chocolate With Almonds
Snickers Dark Chocolate
Kit Kat White
Kit Kat Dark
Reese's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup
So yeah...only Starburst, Skittles and Dots make the list from the fruit category. No Tic Tacs. No Lifesavers. No Jolly Ranchers. Just not my thing anymore, plus Jolly Ranchers might just rip out my fillings.
Although that's exactly what happened on election night 2012 with a small box of Milk Duds. Took my root canal tooth right out right about the time Obama won the electoral college.
Don't worry. I had dental coverage to put things right, and I still eat a Milk Dud every now and then.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun