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Since June is National Candy Month, it seemed like the right time to celebrate another classic New England candy — the Sky Bar!

A chocolate bar made by Necco (of the famous Necco Wafers) in Revere, Massachusetts, Sky Bar has four separate milk chocolate chambers, each filled with sugary goodness in flavors that Necco describes as “caramel, vanilla, peanut, and fudge.” For those who can’t make up their minds, Sky Bar is the perfect choice. Why settle for one flavor when you can get four?

sky bar chocolateSky Bar debuted in 1938 with a grand skywriting campaign. Newspaper ads promoted the spectacle by urging members of the public to “Keep your eye on the sky!” and look for “Letters a mile high — written at 10,000 feet in the sky — visible ten miles — A thrill to see!”

sky bar 1938 From a 1938 newspaper ad – Keep your eye on the sky for Sky Bar!

The bar actually was something to celebrate, since Sky Bar was the first chocolate bar to have four distinctly different centers encased in chocolate. Molded chocolate bars debuted in the 19th century, but it wasn’t until the first half of the 20th century that they really took off, with thousands of different bars being made and distributed by individual companies. Today, it’s hard to find many small and independent chocolate bar manufacturers, but Necco is one of the few, making it all the more beloved by chocolate-loving Yankees with long memories.

In addition to its tasty and sweet properties, the Sky Bar (or at least one of its advertising signs) was also witness to history. In 1945, following V-E Day and the end of three long years of wartime blackout, the lights were finally turned on again in New York’s iconic Times Square. After years of darkness only six were primed and ready for power, and Necco’s Sky Bar was one of them.

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Photo/Art by Aimee Seavey
Fudge, peanut, vanilla, and caramel encased in milk chocolate.

Today, Sky Bar remains a favorite for many here in New England, where it’s still available in candy stores and supermarket checkout displays alongside the numerous offerings from Hershey’s and Mars. For those who can’t find it, but miss those 4 distinct flavors, the internet comes to the rescue again! You can order Sky Bar online by the bar or case. Do you love unwrapping a Sky Bar? Which “square” is the best? Let us know!

Aimee Seavey


Aimee Seavey


As Yankee's Digital Editor, Aimee manages, produces, and promotes content for Yankee's digital and social media initiatives. A lifelong New Englander, she loves history and a good Massachusetts South Shore bar pizza.
Updated Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

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24 Responses to Sky Bar

  1. Barb Kessel June 18, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

    Oh my goodness!! I LOVED these growing up and loved never knowing which “end” flavor I was getting. Did not know these were still being made, never see them around here in Ohio, I may have to order some when I can spare some money!

    • Linda June 4, 2015 at 9:53 pm #

      Ikr? I am in Michigan and they all look at me like I am crazy when I talk about these!

  2. Robert Ierardi June 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

    A Sky Bar, a can of Moxie and a bag of State Line Potato Chips!

    My perfect New England summer!

    (Grew up in Plainville, CT)

    • Gary June 19, 2014 at 6:44 pm #

      Was just in CT this past weekend – half the reason I drove was so that I could shop at Geissler’s grocery stores in Windsor and in Bloomfield to stock up on Moxie – I was kind and only bought four six-packs and four bottles – I left one or two on the shelf in Bloomfield. someone else had beat me to the stock in Windsor!

      • garrett menard June 5, 2015 at 3:26 pm #

        moxie? really ? Does it still taste like liquid horehounds cough drops ?

  3. Cindy Garcia June 21, 2014 at 9:05 am #

    You can buy Sky Bars at any Cracker Barrel Old Country Store throughout the country! 😉

    • Colleen Hardy January 22, 2016 at 10:56 pm #

      this is where I buy mine since I’ve been in FL also my maple candy. haven’t found my state line chips though! I really miss those. The Moxie well that was Dad’s thing I was a crème soda gal. but the SKY BAR I always had to save the caramel for last! How did I know you ask? Sinple you stick your thumb in each end lol you’ll find the caramel everytime!!

      • paulinnh February 14, 2016 at 8:24 pm #

        Used to pick up fresh chips at State Line Potato Chip in Salem, NH. They were great. If it’s the same then it’s a Dunkin’ Donuts now.

  4. Stacy June 22, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

    Finished eating a Sky Bar just now! I saw these at the Cracker Barrel store yesterday and remembered this article. The peanut square is my favorite with vanilla a close second!

    Anyone know where I can get these cheaper than at Cracker Barrel? They’re charging $1.49 and I only bought it to try a bit of New England history. The price seems very high for such a small candy bar!

    • Aimee Seavey June 22, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

      Hi Stacy. I can get Sky Bars at my local Market Basket grocery store here in NH — only 50 cents each!

  5. Peter August 11, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

    I’ve been eating sky bars since 1953 when I was 5. They did make a switch on one of the four squares. There no longer is nougat, which was the best.

  6. anita gilliam October 2, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

    Been eating these for 50 plus years…peanut is my favorite. They changed the white. it’s not as good as it used to be. Buy them all the time.

  7. john October 3, 2014 at 11:44 am #

    During summer break from college I worked at the Cain’s mayonnaise plant on Vassar street across from the MIT athletic fields.

    We were used as fill-ins for vacationing regular workers.

    The hours were long and the labor could be hard but all of us had a great time.

    I earned sixty dollars and brought home forty-two a week which was good pay then.

    I often think fondly of those days.

    Cain’s was made with superior ingredients then as now.

    I was sent to the potato chip plant in Medford for a week and I didn’t like it at all. The smell of the boiling oil got to me.

  8. Laura Berry December 21, 2014 at 10:06 am #

    Thanks for the sweet memories of a childhood favorite. There is a Cracker Barrel store nearby and I will remember that. I imagine that Necco wafers are available there also. The only other place in Florida that I have found Necco wafers was at a candy store in Tarpon Springs, Florida.
    John, Your post made me think of the time I went to the Cain’s factory as a little girl with my Girl Scout group. We all came home with a bag of chips and a mall jar of mayonnaise.

  9. JFD December 21, 2014 at 10:23 am #

    always loved Skybars for Saturday matinee

  10. Lorraine Thompson June 4, 2015 at 4:43 pm #

    Loved Skybars! My favorite section was the caramel. Many years have passed since I last enjoyed this sweet treat. Thanks for invoking happy childhood memories.

  11. ginger June 4, 2015 at 7:04 pm #

    I was never a fan of the Sky Bar. But I love Necco wafers!

  12. LA June 5, 2015 at 7:15 am #

    These are still my favorite and I will drive miles out of the way to go to a store that carries them. My husband puts one in my Christmas stocking each year – always makes me smile!!!

    • Colleen Hardy January 22, 2016 at 11:00 pm #

      You have a very thoughtful and smart husband!!!

  13. TW June 5, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

    A box of them are on my Christmas list every year. You can also order them from Yummies in Kittery,ME.

  14. garrett menard June 5, 2015 at 3:28 pm #

    Does anyone remember “old nick” &” bolster ” bars

  15. Cassandra Biden Dawley June 7, 2015 at 10:39 am #

    Always loved Sky Bars, Necco Wafers (especially the chocolate and Licorice), Moxie. Used to take a supply of them whenever I visited my brother in Florida. And yes Garrett it still tastes the same. I moved to Massachusetts from Maine 20 years ago and have just recently been able to get Moxie regularly. At 72 years young that is one of the highlights of my life now.

  16. Greg April 23, 2016 at 2:47 pm #

    Easy to get these, Cost Plus Imports has them all the time.

  17. Ruth Ann Springer April 24, 2016 at 6:42 am #

    Sky Bar has been my favorite since I was a child. Has anyone else noticed that the vanilla cream filling is no longer “white”? It does not have the same taste and is more a clearish filling. I did send an email to the company about it, but they had no interest in hearing about this. Told me to mail them back, my expense, which I decided was not worth it.

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