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  1. hguy
    6/23/2017
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    Awesome story. Thank you! Loved the Teaberry Commercial. Herb Alpert’s music was everywhere int he late 1960s. A magical time. Zagnut is still the best candy bar ever.

    • Herb Moses
      9/4/2019
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      How about an article on Dimling’s candy?

  2. Janice Emerson
    6/23/2017
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    I recently bought a box of Clark Bites. I’m from W. Pa. and thought it would be a piece of the past. Instead, the chocolate was bitter and the filling was nothing like I remembered. I miss Clark Bars and Zagnuts!

  3. Pat Altenhof
    6/23/2017
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    I remember in the late 40’s when a Clark Bar was a rare treat – – it was different then – – there was a center core – – a strip of caramel, which was surrounded by the peanut butter crisp mixture… It was dipped in milk chocolate, then had a squiggle of milk chocolate that ran the length of the bar… It did become a bar of the crisp, dipped in milk chocolate… It became a dollar store staple – – and I found it in dark, milk and white chocolate varieties, as well as several different sized bars, including a sack of what would have been penny priced when I was a kid…. Butterfingers are a poor cousin, but are found all over the place… Clark commercials made stars of several of the Zoo’s inhabitants – – the Ostrich and the Camel were my favorites, “I want a Clark Bar”….. Now I am off to Amazon, because I really do want a Clark Bar now……

  4. Tom Garvin
    6/23/2017
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    The mansion in the Fairhaven Plan in North Versailles Twp supposedly was the Clark Mansion on the Clark Farm. I was told that that was owned by the founder of the Clark Bar.

  5. Dr Tom Shultz
    6/25/2017
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    Excellent article and this is from someone who attended Hershey Medical Center!

  6. Bob Ramsey
    7/14/2017
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    My grandfather and my father worked at Clark. My father and mother met there. I worked there every summer while I was going to college. Clark bars were a big part of my diet. Thank you for the wonderful memories.

  7. Sandra Jabo
    2/16/2018
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    My Mother and Aunt worked for Clark’s in and around the early 1920’s. They rode to the Northside on a trolley from Castle Shannon for 4 rides for .25¢. Living at the corner of Provost Rd and Frank’s St in Whitehall they walked to the trolley. Their jobs were packaging Clarks Teaberry Gum. My Mother said the perk was that you could chew as much gum as you wanted. Her stories we’re reminiscent of the “I Love Lucy” candy packing episode with their jaws filled with Teaberry chewing gum.

  8. Kathy Thompson (Sheridan)
    3/23/2018
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    Thats my grandfather on top of the gum machine. I loved clark bars especially during halloween. We used to get tons of them. I sure do miss them.

  9. Shirley Reilly (formerly Shirley Hill)
    3/31/2019
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    I heard that since NECCO has gone under, another company is going to make Clark Bars? How soon? I’m waiting and getting darn hungry. “I want a Clark Bar!”

  10. Rose Marie Mascari
    3/31/2019
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    Thank you…this article brought back special memories from my childhood!! My mother worked for Clark’s candy company, l
    remember what a treat it was when she brought us home Clark bars and Zagnuts bars as well…a delicious treat!!
    I have a treasured picture of my mom working in their factory!!

  11. Laura Yarris Rozich
    3/31/2019
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    Boyer Candy of Altoona Pa has acquired the rights and will commence production

  12. Cyril McCracken
    3/31/2019
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    My father John McCracken was plant mgr in the 50s. I remember him telling our family of Bellvue( in the North Hills ) that he needed to move on because of Beatrice buying the company.
    He was responsible for developing the zagnut bar as we know it today.

  13. Linda Slattery
    4/1/2019
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    Loved the Article. I really miss the Clark Bar ! It was my favorite candy bar !

  14. Stephanie Agnew
    5/10/2019
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    My Grandfather was J.L.Clark of Clark Bros Gum My Grandfather used to tell
    Me the story of how the Clark Bar started.
    My Great Grandfather DL Clark…Came to America from Ireland with a candy bar on his mind and a nickle hin his pocket and started the Clark Candy Company.
    Teaberry Gum had a Elf as it’s logo or Mascot his name was
    “Tommy Teaberry” that was actually the name of my Mother’s (Barbara Clark) Orange striped Cat. There is a Childrens book published about the Elf “Tommy” that was illistrated by one of my Uncle’s, a brother of the
    “Clark Bros Gum” company.
    I’ve heard many stories about “The Farm” and properties and homes of my relatives including some footage of the annual 4th of July BBQ at The Farm.

  15. Peggy McCormick
    9/2/2019
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    We went there when I was in grade school and really enjoyed the candy side but gum side the smells were too strong. We each got a box of candy and gum. It was great.

  16. Jill Moran
    9/16/2019
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    My husband and I purchased (1/2019) a farmhouse in the Fair Haven plan in North Versailles which served as the gate keeper to the Clark mansion. The original wrought iron gate is operable and sits at the front of a long brick driveway which indeed leads through the woods to the Clark mansion. If anyone has information or photos about our home we would really appreciate someone contacting us as we are attempting to restore the exterior and interior to it’s original appearance.
    My understanding is that the Clark mansion caught on fire and was never restored. The property and the home are in deplorable, neglected condition which is a real pity and a loss of history to Pittsburgh.

    Thank you for the article as it supplies even more details about the Clark history that I did not know.

  17. Jill Moran
    9/16/2019
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    Also, there is a large mural of the 5 original homes of the Clark estate/farm in the North Versailles Township building. Only two homes and the mansion still exist. The mural does contain some detail of the original appearance of our home but only from the side.

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