Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


Wednesday Night Lights: Candy Bars

Pearson's Nut Roll

Man, I love a good candy bar. I'm sure most of us do. And there are tons of choices to suit all the different preferences out there. My favorite? Well you can probably tell from the image above: Pearson's Nut Roll.

Yes, I know. With all the other choices out there, I pick this? But there's just something about its stale saltiness and nougat and caramel...I don't know what it is, but I can't get enough of these. I see on their website that they make a 5 lb. version; man I would love someone forever if I got one of those. I mean, wouldn't that make the most awesome birthday cake?

The Pearson's Nut Roll also has a nostalgia factor for me, and I'll all about nostalgia. It makes me think of the general store my grandfather (on my mom's side) ran and the candy counter up front. It also makes me think of my other grandfather (um, on my father's side, duh) who always had a Zero bar in his glove compartment. See, Bopsie* was diabetic, and this would have been pre-1982 when Eli Lilly marketed synthetic human insulin, so he had the candy bar should he go into hypoglycemic shock. Of course, as a kid I never understand why grandpa wouldn't share his candy bar with me.**

If you're talking about Zero bars, that will obviously lead to thoughts of the strangely delightful Zagnut bar; an alternative form of the Butterfinger. Which makes me think of Charleston Chews (which are DELICIOUS frozen). And then of course the Holy Grail of nostalgic candy bars, the Marathon Bar.***

I think it would be a lot of fun to do not just a chocolate tasting, but a nostalgic chocolate/candy tasting. You could get a sampler pack from Old Time Candy (that link is for 1970s candy). You could tie it in with landmark novels and movies from the decade. You could even do a series of events since Old Time Candy has sampler packs for the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. How fun would that be?****

*a family nickname for grandfathers on my dad's side; he now proudly carries the name

**no offense to Hershey (the current makers of the Zero Bar) but having had one recently, I wasn't missing anything. You'd think white chocolate, caramel, and almonds would be good, but no.

***this links to the Curly Wurly bar, which is the modern equivalent of the Marathon Bar, which is sadly no longer in production.

****If you couldn't tell, I'm sitting at a reference desk waiting for my break and getting hungry. And I have a Pearson's Nut Roll in my bag which I will dine on during my break.


  • At 5:30 AM, Blogger Lazygal said…

    I spent the '73-'74 school year in Geneva Switzerland and there, Marathon's were called Three Musketeers!

  • At 6:40 AM, Blogger Susan said…

    John--I have never heard of a Pearson's Nut Roll! --Susan

  • At 9:42 PM, Blogger John Klima said…

    Susan--they weren't very common on the East Coast, you'd have to go to a Walgreen's (a Chicago based company) or something to find them.


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