Claim: The Milky Way and
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2006]
Someone told me a story about the origin of the names of Milky Way and
So, the labels were switched, and both bars were so popular, the candy company couldn’t very well reverse themselves and change the names back after they were such a hit. And that is the Just So Story of why
Origins: Many of the items covered on our site exemplify the notion that we human beings don’t like things that don’t make sense, but we really do like interesting stories. So much so, in fact, that we’ll invent and cling to fanciful, fictitious explanations that seem more satisfying or understandable to us than mundane realities, even when the subject is as trivial as candy bars.
It’s easy to see why some people might puzzle over the name of Mars’
confection has no obvious connection to the literary creations of Alexandre Dumas (especially now that representations of the Three Musketeers characters are no longer featured on the bars’ wrappers), and name isn’t reflective of any quality of the candy itself.
Its sibling bar,
The obvious death knell to this explanation is that the
The specific answer to why the
By the way, the
Last updated: 13 June 2015
Broekel, Ray. The Great American Candy Bar Book. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1982. ISBN 0-395-32502-1 (p. 23).