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- The Baby Ruth candy bar, originally produced by
the Curtiss Candy Company, first appeared in 1921.
- The first factory that made the Baby Ruth candy
bar was in Chicago, Illinois, on Illinois St. in the Streeterville
- The Baby Ruth candy bar was NOT named after the
famous baseball player Babe Ruth. Rather, it was named after U.S.
President Grover Cleveland's first-born daughter Ruth.
- Baby Ruth was simply a renaming of Curtiss'
earlier candy bar, Kandy Kake.
- Oddly enough, the Baby Ruth candy bar made its
first appearance long after Grover Cleveland left the White House, and
17 years after his daughter Ruth had died. Ruth was a sick child
who died at the age of twelve.
- At the time, Babe Ruth was starting to rise in
popularity. There was a bit of controversy over the origin of the
candy's name. Some claimed the Curtiss Candy Company was trying
to play off the name of Babe Ruth without giving him any royalties, and
came up with the story about Ruth Cleveland as a way to avoid paying
out to him.
- The weird thing was that in 1931, the Curtiss
Candy Company successfully shut down a rival candy bar that was named
after and approved by George "Babe" Ruth on the grounds that the two
bars had too similar of names. It was called the case of "George
H. Ruth Candy Co. v. Curtiss Candy Co.
- Whether Curtiss' story about the candy bar's name
is true or false, it's definitely true that the Curtiss Candy Company
took full advantage over the unofficial association to the legendary
- A lot of evidence has been found to prove that
Curtiss' story of the Baby Ruth name is true.
- Many years later, in 1995, the Babe Ruth estate
licensed his name and likeness for an advertising campaign of the Baby
Ruth candy bar. To this day, most people STILL think the Baby
Ruth is "Babe Ruth's candy bar".
- Baby Ruth was a product of the Curtiss Candy
Company from 1921 until 1981. Nabisco had purchased the Curtiss
Candy Company. The Baby Ruth candy bar was then produced by
- In 1990, the RJR Nabisco company sold all the
Curtiss brands to the Nestle company. Since 1990, Baby Ruth has
been produced by Nestle.
- In 1923, Otto Schnering, the Curtiss Candy
Company founder, chartered a plane and dropped thousands of Baby Ruth
candy bars over the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Each candy
bar had its own little parachute!
- Under the Nestle company, the Baby Ruth candy bar
has since inspired the "Baby Ruth Ice Cream Bar" and the "Baby Ruth