Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Necco Sky Bar

Name: Sky Bar
Brand: Necco
Place Purchased: Candy Express, Pittsburgh Airport
Price: $.79
Size: 1.5 oz
Calories per ounce: 150
Type: Chocolate/Filled

I don’t know if this bar is sold at this little candy shop at the Pittsburgh airport because it’s called Sky Bar or because they carry a lot of other hard to find nostalgia candies (they didn’t have Valomilks, but they did have Cow Tales). I’d seen these when I was growing up, but was never really interested in them, as I’d always assumed that they were the candy bar version of Whitman’s Samplers.

It turns out that it’s not far off from that. The bar is undeniably pretty. Four joined pieces of candy, with pretty domed tops, fluting up the sides and the Necco logo on top. Unlike Necco wafers, where you never know what you’ll get in the roll, the Sky Bar is consistent. The far left piece (if you set your bar like the package shows you) is caramel. Not a chewy caramel, it’s a sweet, sticky concoction with a nice salty hint and good carmelized sugar notes. The next one over is by far the least interesting to me, the vanilla cream. Slightly light, very sweet and rather bland, it simply brings out the rather cardboard notes in the milk chocolate. After that is peanut which I think is their masterpiece. This is not a peanut butter, like you’d think, it looks like caramel and is smooth but has the wonderful roasted taste of peanuts and a good hit of salt to balance out all the other sweets. The last section is fudge. Sweet and with that slightly cooling grain to it, the fudge is nice and not too sweet but suffers from the same blandness of the whole bar - too much sugar and not enough chocolate in the chocolate.

I can see how this bar was so successful for so long. Steve Almond talks about the history of the bar in Candy Freak (chapter 2), that it was one of the most popular bars on the east coast and had a prominent billboard in Times Square which was re-lit at the end of WWII. As a bit of nostalgia, it’s fun. But it’s not my nostalgia, I have not particular affinity for it, so it’s merely an experience for me. It’s probably a great bar to share with friends (as long as there actually is something for everyone) and probably speaks to people who really like variety in their candy.

Rating - 5 out of 10

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  1. could you put together an add-in for google maps with links to purchase in the new york area?

    Comment by Meme on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  2. They have it in Pittsburgh because our Airport rocks.  And we rock.

    Cowtails are quite popular at a lot of the places around Pittburgh though; the restaurant that I worked at had a little thing of them at the checkout counter.

    Comment by A Step Up From Spider Solitaire on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  3. I found that Sky Bar is fairly popular and sold in most large drug stores in the Syracuse area.  What is their area of distribution? Can not find it in the New York City or Philadelphia regions.

    Comment by Ed Bohrer on 11/28/05 at 7:48 pm #
  4. the attached URL explains the origin of the Skybar…


    Comment by Stefan Townsend on 10/17/06 at 4:47 pm #
  5. I know this is not timely but Economy Candy on the Lower East Side always has this candy bar. 

    The Sky Bar is with out a doubt my favorite commercial candy bar of all time.  It typifies the ‘60s and ‘70s in its melting pot approach to confections yet striving to integrate in one bar.

    I recall there was briefly a 2nd style of the SKY BAR that had a red wrapper but I don’t recall the difference in flavors.  Does anyone know the difference?

    Comment by John Baronian on 1/27/09 at 9:05 am #
  6. I saw these at a candy store on the boardwalk in Atlantic City called It’s Sugar. They also had the Wazoo bars!

    And, they have cute candy-inspired t-shirts and a bunch of other nostalgic candy and a candy timeline. It’s a very cute place to visit, if you’re in the AC area.

    PS: I love your blog!

    Comment by Hanna on 6/05/09 at 11:17 am #
  7. Sky Bar is my all-time favorite, orig. from Mass., used to have them shipped to me in FLA, but they arrived melted one time too many.  Now purchase them at Cracker Barrel, but price just went up from 99 cents to $1.49 each.  Wrote Sky Bar to see if company or restaurant ordered this price hike. Have not heard back.
    New Blogger, Bev

    Comment by Beverly on 6/14/09 at 2:57 am #
  8. I used to love this candy bar when I was kid in the 1950s and 60s, but when tasting it as an adult, it just didn’t match the memory.

    I think Cow Tails are (or were) made here in Baltimore by Goetz’s, the caramel cream maker. The cow tails were the ends of the rolls that were cut for the caramel creams.

    Comment by Pat Stilwell on 8/07/09 at 6:02 pm #
  9. Where in Oregon can you buy Sky Bars

    Comment by Sir Hawks on 8/30/09 at 4:01 pm #
  10. I found these the other day at my local Walmart, but a little differently packaged… it seems like Necco has a hold on producing Twilight branded candies. raspberry

    http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b221/lissiechan/Mobile Uploads/IMG00029.jpg
    It only comes in caramel, creme, and peanut butter it seems.

    Comment by Alyssa on 10/31/09 at 1:42 am #
  11. I’ve had Skybars since I was a little kid, and though they sound like an interesting idea.. they are awful.  Yeah, one or two of the goo sections are pretty good, but the chocolate is gritty and the sections usually leak and stick to the cardboard insert.  And the cardboard tastes awful too (Yes I’ve tried it for reasons unknown even to me.)

    Comment by EddieDoc on 11/07/09 at 6:49 am #
  12. I have been eating skybars since I was a kid and was trying to find out what year they were made,,I after years of not finding them they showed up in my hardware store, and then Ben Franklin I buy them every week and I am 71yrs of age I love them,,,

    Comment by Ann on 1/29/10 at 11:37 am #
  13. Sky Bars used to be made in Cambridge, MA.  Maybe they still are.  I stopped buying them , as I wrote before, b/c price went from 99 cents to $1.49 at Cracker Barrel Restaurant here in FLA.
    When relatives visited from MA, even they were unable to find them to bring down for me, in the usual grocery stores. We don’t have Ben Franklin store in FLA.  But thanks for all your comments.

    Comment by Bev on 1/29/10 at 12:57 pm #
  14. The jingle as I remember it:

    One two three four, Sky Bar!
    It’s the four in one bar!
    What flavor do you like best?
    English toffee, fudge parfait, honey nougat,
    Peanut whip for me, yes, peanut whip for me!
    One two three four, Sky Bar…(repeats & fades out)

    This dates from the late fifties, so I might not be remembering it exactly right.

    Comment by Kimmie on 7/07/12 at 9:02 am #
  15. I LOVE Sky Bar.  I wish a candy company would come out with a new version, with centers of Orange, Raspberry, coffee , and the 4th, Um, I can’t think of a 4th flavour I’d like.

    Comment by Kelly on 7/09/12 at 12:37 pm #
  16. Whenever I think of the skybar jingle, I smile.  Last summer I was in Ketchikan, Alaska, and I saw a skybar on the candy rack and started singing the jingle, which made everyone laugh.
    Does anyone know where I could find an internet version of the jingle that I could listen to. When I read the words, I don’t know what tune to use after the first quatrain.

    Comment by David on 12/29/12 at 12:29 pm #
  17. Every once in awhile, I crave a skybar, maybe because they are hard to find. Well I bought two yesterday, and when I ate the second one today, I was not very happy at all…Every section was just chocolate!! Where was my peanutbutter? I wrote to the company. Never in all the years of eating them have I experienced such a mess up!

    Comment by Robin on 1/20/13 at 5:37 pm #
  18. When I ate these as a kid in the 1950s, they had more flavors. I distinctly remember a cherry crème and a marshmallow section.  Does anyone else remember this?

    Comment by Nancy on 10/25/13 at 9:45 am #
  19. I grew up in the Boston area and worked near the NECCO factory for a short time. The Sky bar is one of my favorite candy bars and I love it more so because it is made back home.

    I was once gassing up at a self service gas station and a black Cadi Escalade with the license plate NECCO was behind me. I asked the owner why his plate said NECCO and he replied that he owned NECCO. I told him that I didn’t like NECCO Wafers but that I loved Sky bars and I also told him that I respected him for keeping the factory local instead of moving it to a state with cheaper labor.

    He informed me that NECCO wafers were, by far, their biggest seller-their bread and butter. He was a very kind man and I greatly enjoyed our conversation. I buy a Sky bar from time to time to support his business. But, never the NECCO wafers.

    Comment by Tony Wilson on 2/16/14 at 12:31 pm #
  20. Today I went to Universal Studios Hollywod and alongside City’s famous It’s Candy (Las Vegas’s “Venetian” also has a branch where I got some all chocolate (finally!) Necco wafers a few weeks back) and the Sky bars were there….they seem to rotate the flavors from one to another (three caramel and one vanilla)..familiar? I also bought today Annabelle’s Rocky ROad,(local drugstore)
    and at Walgreen downtown L.A. (a few blocks east of Pershing Square, northeast corner of Broadway (north-south) and 4th street (east-west), a relatively recently opened store branch, Necco’s classic wafers and yet another make of Circus Peanuts…Nice..owned by..Walgreens.

    Comment by SteveCarras on 1/17/15 at 9:06 pm #
  21. Hanna.>>! So you too have encountered a “It’s Sugar” retro candy store, too! THere’s Sugar Factory, Sweet shop.etc. Excelelnt for oldtime candy lovers, it shouldn’t be cited here.grin

    Comment by SteveCarras on 1/17/15 at 9:07 pm #
  22. I bought a Skybar at a candy shop thinking that it was going to be unique. Wrong. I only had caramel in all 4 sections. No other flavors. I would like to try the product as it was advertised but I guess they had a glitch in the candy making machine that day.

    Comment by K on 4/13/15 at 4:07 am #
  23. K, I’ve had the same problewm too, that you mention.By the way hot did this blog start in 1969 (see above)? smile Hope everybody had a happy new year!

    Comment by SJCarras on 1/10/16 at 4:53 pm #
  24. PS I enjoy these, but I want to remind folks of the Seven-Up bar, coinciding with the SkyBar, but predating the 7-11 beverage! It was made by the Trudeau co., then later Pearsons, for most of its existence, and, there was, as you might have guessed, a long trademark battle, between Pearson and 7-Up,Inc.

    Comment by SJCarras on 1/10/16 at 4:57 pm #
  25. I was in NYC last week and visited Economy Candy.  If you’ve never been there before you owe yourself a visit.  One of the bars I bought was a Skybar.  I first read about them in Steve Almond’s book.  What a disappointment this candy bar is!  Is it made with mocklate now?

    Comment by Marjorie Hansen on 9/13/16 at 11:19 pm #
  26. EddieDoc - Goo sections HA! So funny, but not a good marketing phrase. I used to love licking the goo off the wrapper. When I was a child, that is. I’ll have look in itsugar the next time I visit Atlantic City.

    Comment by Patricia Stilwell on 9/18/16 at 10:54 am #
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