How did the Butterfinger candy bar get its name?
Nestle’s crispy peanut butter confection, the Butterfinger bar, owes its trademark name to its fans. At its inception, the candy bar’s original manufacturers sponsored a public contest to choose the chocolate’s moniker.HistoryThe Chicago-based Curtiss Candy Company initially developed and produced the Butterfinger candy bar. In 1928, the company encouraged fans to write them with suggestions for the chocolate bar’s name.SignificanceThe Curtiss Candy Company selected Butterfinger. At the time, “butterfingers” was a widely used idiom to describe a clumsy person. Athletes were deemed butterfingers if they caught a baseball or football then immediately dropped it.Rejected NamesAccording to “The Nestle Cookbook,” a contortionist entrant submitted a similar name for the candy bar: Butterfoot. Curtiss Candy Company executives ultimately decided Butterfinger was a more suitable name because a consumer would more likely hold the bar with his hands to eat it.TypesIn addition to the original Butt