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My Hero Zero

Updated on December 1, 2014
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Unofficial Fan Page for the Zero Candy Bar

Every summer when we pack up the kids and head to North Carolina from the Chicago 'burbs, my heart skips a beat. Is it the lush mountains that await? The soothing ocean waves? Well, sure. But long before we reach those picture-perfect spots, I'll be doing something almost as exciting: stocking up on Zero candy bars, tricky to find in the Windy City but ubiquitous in gas stations from southern Indiana on down.


What's so great about Zero?

The Zero bar--sometimes unfairly called the "albino Snickers"--features a thin sheet of caramel atop a thick layer of peanut and almond nougat, covered in "white fudge." Honestly, I can't tell you what white fudge is, except that its straight-up sweet and a nice contrast to the bar's nutty, chewy (but not TOO chewy) insides. The nougat is much darker and richer than you get with, say a Three Musketeers.

This isn't the only nutty candy bar I enjoy. Payday evokes strong childhood memories, just like the Zero bar; boasts an appealing sweet-salty contrast; and is actually nicely filling. Leftover Halloween Snickers are a dangerous thing for me. Almond Joy is delish. And sometimes nothing will do but a classic Hershey's with almonds.

But for some reason, I've harbored an unnatural attachment to Zero bars since around age 8. I can't even remember when and where I had my first one, but I've been chasing them ever since.

I like the retro-futuristic wrapper, too.

What's in a Name?

The Zero bar was launched in 1920 as "Double Zero" by the Hollywood candy company, which changed hands several times before being purchased by Hershey's in 1996. According to the Hershey's website, the name may have come from how the bar was originally marketed: a treat "as cool as zero degrees."

Hershey's adds that some fans still like it frozen, and you can count me among them! This approach is not for the faint of teeth, though. Zeros really firm up in the freezer, and you can't easily crack 'em like a frozen Charleston Chew.

I never really got into Smashing Pumpkins, despite the hometown-pride factor (go Chicago!). But I always secretly wondered if Billy Corgan's trademark "Zero" shirt was a nod to my fave candy bar.

More Zero Worship

Does anyone remember Schoolhouse Rock on Saturday a.m. TV? "My Hero Zero" is one of many fun math bits on this awesome DVD collection. A staple when my kids were younger!

Hooray for Hollywood!

The old Hollywood Candy Company, ultimately acquired by Hershey's in 1996, produced the Milkshake, 747, and Payday bars, along with Zero. All are gone now except Payday and Zero.

What do you say? Have I whetted your appetite for the elusive Zero bar? Or do you have fierce candy loyalties elsewhere? Snack on!

Who's biting?

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Hm, I must get out more, because I've never heard of Zero either! I'll have to look in the grocery store when I go shopping next and see if they're there. If so, I'm tryin' one.

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      RedPanda25 8 years ago

      Great lens! I've never actually heard of Zero, but now I can't say that anymore!

      You have been accepted to my Candy Group! Congrats!

      (5* from me.)

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      I'm sorry you can't get Zeros year-round, but that's not going to stop me from eating them.

      Great lens

      Thanks for sharing

      Lizzy

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      annetteghallowe1 8 years ago

      Well that does it...I am in trouble now. Here I am in Virginia and I NEVER heard of a Zero? I have to look pronto as anything with caramel gets my vote!

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Sweet lens..can't help it, LOL. We have them in l.a. at the 7-11's in the cold case....and all over Tx. squidmope. But I like pure chocolate better...

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      I've never had a Zero; not sure if they're available here in Canada. Nicely done.

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      Holley Web 8 years ago

      You gotta love the Zero! That does mean Zero calories, right?

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      Mary 8 years ago from Chicago area

      [in reply to OhMe] Mmmmm, your popsicle stick idea rocks! (above) It will eventually get warm here in Chicago, and when it does, I'm doing that.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Ok. That settles it. Today I am going to get me a Zero. They are very easy to find in Pendleton SC.

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      Mary 8 years ago from Chicago area

      [in reply to Evelyn_Saenz] I just did a message-board search on this, and it sounds like the East Coast is tough. West Coast, apparently they sometimes show up at Target and Wal-mart (who knew?!). Best place to score a Zero is the South, for some reason.

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      I'm certainly going to be on the lookout for Zero Bars as I drive to Vermont this summer. Does anyone know if they are being sold in the east coast states?

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      Tarra99 8 years ago

      YUMMY!...do you have enough for the WHOLE class? ;o)

      5* ...I'm on the prowl looking for this one!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I haven't seen these around here. However, I shall keep my eyes peeled & as a matter of fairness, give it a try :)

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      I've never tried a zero bar. Now I've got something to look forward to.

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      enslavedbyfaeries 8 years ago

      I've never tried a Zero, but I'll be on the lookout the next time I'm on the candy isle!

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      eclecticeducati1 8 years ago

      I've never had one of these before, but they sound really good. Great lens!

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      Genesis Davies 8 years ago from Guatemala

      Hmm, I`ve never had a Zero bar. Sounds yummy though!

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      seashell2 8 years ago

      Awesome lens... never heard of 'Zero Bars' before either!

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      LakeMom 8 years ago

      Great lens! Hubby loves Zero's! We live in NC so he can get them any time!

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      EpicFarms 8 years ago

      Nope, I'm afraid my loyalties lie elsewhere (in numerous yet chocolaty directions :o) 5* for a great little lens!

      Http://www.squidoo.com/ConnieCrankpot

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      Carol Goss 8 years ago

      Nice Lens, now bring me a zero bar.

      By the way: Why settle for a hero wen you can have a zero!!! LOL

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      hlkljgk 8 years ago from Western Mass

      never heard of them before - ill keep my eyes peeled ;)