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Object ID 001202

Object Name Milky Way Candy Bar box

Object Desc An empty Milky Way Candy Box made by the Milky Way Co.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY001030a-b

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Candy


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Candy exhibit

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords Milky Way Candy Bar,chocolate candy,candy bars,boxes,merchandise displays,Mars, Inc.,

Title Milky Way Candy Bar box

Description This is an empty box that used to contain Milky Way Candy Bars by the Milky Way Company or Mars, Inc today. There are two parts to the box, the cover and the bottom. The cover has five sides with designs on it. The front of the cover has an image of a sunset with shadows of people dancing in a tropical place because of the huge palm tree. On the sun it says Milky Way. On the corresponding sides of the cover and the sides of the bottom box it has the same image of the sun with milky way written in the center. On the top and bottom sides of both the cover and bottom box it has the slogan. The images has two palm trees and some hills. The right and left sides have the same image only the words are a bit different. It also states that there is 24 count for 10 cents. It is Chocolate. And the make is written at the bottom as well as its location. Milky Way Co. Minneapolis. The same goes for the bottom box. On the back side of the bottom box it has a notice and guarantee listed.


Approx Collection Date

Height 3.25

Length 11.25

Width 7.25

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details

Quantity 1

Material paper, cardboard


Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Milky Way Company

Maker Details Frank C. Mars, whose mother taught him to hand dip candy, sold candy by age 19.The Mars Candy Factory he started in 1911 with Ethel V. Mars, his second wife, in Tacoma, Washington. This factory produced and sold fresh candy wholesale, but ultimately, the venture failed. By 1920, Frank Mars had returned to his home state, Minnesota, where the earliest incarnation of the present day Mars was founded that year as Mar-O-Bar Co. in Minneapolis and later incorporated there as Mars, Incorporated. Forrest Mars, son of Frank Mars and his first wife, who was also named Ethel, was inspired by a popular type of milkshake in 1923, to introduce the Milky Way bar, advertised as a "chocolate Malted Milk in a candy bar", and became the best-selling candy bar. In 1929, Frank moved the company to Chicago, Illinois and started full production in a plant which still exists today. In 1932, Forrest started Mars Limited in the United Kingdom, and launched the Mars bar. Mars is still a family-owned business.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY001030a-b



Date JAN 12,2014

Summary Fair

Assessor Brooke Uhl

Notes The box has a lot of edge wear and on the cover there is one seam that is ripped. The cover is dented in on the front. The back of the bottom box has a stain.


Date JAN 12,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Candy exhibit from On-Site Storage - automatic entry by admin

Date FEB 27,2015

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to On-Site Collection Storage from On Exhibit - automatic entry by admin

Date FEB 27,2015

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 4 from Candy exhibit - automatic entry by admin

Date APR 2,2015

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Candy exhibit from Room 4 - automatic entry by admin