Archive for March, 2014

The Brief But Delicious History of Chocolate

It’s delectable, sweet, crave-worthy, and tastes great when filled with marshmallow but how much do you know about your favorite sweet treat? Boyer Candy is proud to present the Brief but Delicious History of Chocolate. We apologize in advance if this post makes you unbelievably hungry.

 History of chocolate

  • Cocoa was discovered by the Mayans more than 2000 years ago.
  • Theobroma Cocoa, the cocoa tree’s scientific name, is Greek for “Food of the Gods.” The world chocolate is said to have derived from the word Xocolat, the Mayan word for “bitter water.”
  • Cocoa beans we’re used as currency by both the Mayans and the Aztecs.
  • In 1523, Don Cortez was offered cocoa beans from the Aztecs. He kept the beans secret from the public, and served them only to the wealthy with Spanish nobility.
  • Christopher Columbus was the first European to discover cocoa beans on his 4th voyage to America in 1502.
  • In 1615, Anne of Austria, the first wife of French King Louis XIII, declared chocolate the drink of the French Court.
  • In 1667, the first chocolate shop was opened in London.
  • In 1828, C J Van Houten invented the cocoa press, which helped extract cocoa oil and turn the residue into cocoa powder. Chocolate milk lovers rejoiced everywhere.
  • In 1682, William Penn settled in the colony of Pennsylvania. It was here that the Quakers turned cocoa into a commodity and made it an affordable option to the masses as a substitute for alcohol.
  • In 1765, the first processing house for chocolate in America was opened.
  • Milk chocolate was invented in 1875 by Daniel Peter of Dorchester, Massachusetts.
  • In 1879, cocoa butter was introduced into chocolate to form the chocolate bar we know and love today.
  • During World War I, chocolate was shipped to troops in the battlefield in 20 to 40 pound blocks. When the war ended, soldiers back home created a greater demand for the sweet treat they grew so fond out.
  • In 1936, the Boyer Brothers saw chocolate as an opportunity to create a business. It was during this time that the Boyer Brothers created the very first cup candy in their mother’s kitchen. This marks the invention of the Mallo Cup you know and love today.
  • In 2014, Boyer Candy is still producing the delicious Mallo Cup as well as other delicious treats for your enjoyment and taste buds. Boyer still proudly manufactures their chocolaty treats in the United States in their Altoona, Pennsylvania factory.

Boyer Fun Bite Facts

Boyer Candy has a strong and vibrant history! We’ve proudly been manufacturing our sweet treats in the United States since the 1930s and continue to produce made in the USA treats that are gluten free, delicious, and classic. We’re very proud of our history, and love to show it. Here are a few Boyer Fun Bite Facts that you may not have known!

Boyer Candy Facts

  • The Mallo Cup was the very 1st cup candy made in the USA. We’re sure you’ve heard of the other popular cup candy, but the Mallo was the cup candy that started it all.
  • Our Play Money Program has been around for over 73 years, and loyal Boyer fans continue to save their play money for amazing Boyer prizes.
  • Over 5% of all Play Money is redeemed nationwide.
  • A man from Uniontown Ohio mailed in enough coin cards to receive an amazing $353.00 check. This is the largest amount of Play Money redeemed by a single consumer in Boyer history. Now, that’s what we call a sweet tooth.
  • It takes 20 tons of creamy mallo to fill 2,000,000 Mallo Cups. Could you imagine how much Play Money you’d have if you had 2,000,000 Mallo Cups?
  • Over 2,000,000 Mallo Cups are made every day at the Boyer plant. If laid side by side, they would cover over 58 miles. Who wants the streets to be paved with gold when they could be paved with Mallo?
  • In 2007, Rachel Ray declared the Triple Twist Pretzel the treat of the week. We agree with her when she called them “DELISSCH.”
  • The Boyer brothers started Boyer Candy in their mother’s kitchen.
  • Most of our products are Gluten Free and Kosher!

Stuffed Mallo Cup Bars

Stuffed Mallo Cup Bars

Not only will you find our popular Mallo Cup and Smoothie Cup for sale at, but we also offer a variety of Boyer Baking ingredients so you can make your very own sweet treats! There are endless possibilities when it comes to baking with Boyer, and we always love seeing what type of recipes you’ve come up with. Next time you’re looking for a fun and exciting new recipe, why not try a stuffed Mallo Cup bar? A very special thank you to Carla Cardello for posting this amazing recipe on her blog Chocolate Moosey!

Photo and recipe from

Photo and recipe from


  • 16 Mallo Cups
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup cookie butter (can substitute our pourable peanut butter sauce that comes with the Boyer baking kit)
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


Baking Instructions:

  • Begin by freezing the Mallo Cups for at least 30 minutes.
  • While Mallo Cups are freezing, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Be sure to have an 8×8 pan ready.
  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a large bowl, beat in the egg, milks, and vanilla while gradually adding the flour mixture.
  • Remove the delicious Mallo Cups from the freezer and unwrap. Spread about half of the batter into the pan. Place Mallo Cups on top in rows. Cover each Mallo Cup with the remaining batter.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes or until the bars are set.
  • Let cool
  • Enjoy!

What other fantastic Boyer Candy recipes would you like to share?

You won’t Believe How a Mallo Cup is Born. Once You Find Out, You’ll never Be the Same Again.

Mallo Cup

Many of you have asked, and we decided to finally answer! How do we get that delicious marshmallow into each and every Mallo Cup? The answer might shock you! Each and every Mallo Cup goes through a vigorous procedure in our Altoona factory, under the supervision of the world’s top candy scientists. The first step in the Mallo Cup process is the selection of the perfect paper cups. Each and every paper candy cup is put through a physical challenge to prove its worthiness to hold and protect the precious Mallo Cup. After the strongest cups are chosen, the fun begins.

Every Mallo Cup starts as an empty chocolate shell, which will soon be stuffed with the finest marshmallow crème known to mankind. Once the marshmallows are matured, they’re ready to start the journey to their chocolate homes. Once ready, the marshmallows will train to get stronger enough to penetrate the chocolate shell of each Mallo Cup. The Mallows attach tiny capes to their creamy, sugary backs and begin the climb to the top of the factory diving board. Down below, eager chocolate shells await their arrival. One by one, each marshmallow trooper begins the plummet to chocolaty goodness. Once the marshmallow has reached its final destination, the Mallo Cup as you know it today is born.

Mallo Madness: 10 Things You Didn’t Know about Marshmallows and Mallo Cups

Marshmallow fun facts

Sticky, sweet, delicious, and the perfect companion to chocolate, the marshmallow has a strong and interesting history. We all love the delicious sugary treat, but how much do you really know about the marshmallow, or our elusive Mallo Cup for that matter? We’re proud to present you, 10 Things You Didn’t Know about Marshmallows and Mallo Cups:

  1. Marshmallows grow from the sweet sap of the Mallow plant.
  2. The marshmallow is known by such because the mallow plant grows in salty marshes near large bodies of water.
  3. Ancient Egyptians used the mallow root for making candy for their Gods, nobility and Pharoahs over 2000 years ago. People have been enjoying the deliciousness of marshmallow candy for centuries! If only they were able to try a Mallo Cup!
  4. The Romans and the ancient Greek believed mallow sap cured sore throats and other ailments.
  5. During the 15th and 16th centuries, marshmallow liquids were given as treatments for toothaches, coughs, sore throats, indigestion, and other ailments.
  6. The French started using the mallow plant for candy during the 1800’s and less for medicinal purposes. The French discovered that cooking and whipping mallow sap with egg whites and corn syrup created the marshmallow we know and enjoy today.
  7. In the 1900s Marshmallow was sold as penny candy in tiny collectible tins.
  8. During the early 1900s the Boyer Brothers became interested in experimenting with marshmallow. After several failed attempts of covering marshmallow in chocolate, their mother suggested putting it in a paper cup, with only a cup cake holder available, the Boyer Brother improvised and hence the Mallo Cup was born.
  9. The Mallo Cup was the very first cup candy in America.
  10. The Mallo Cup has always been and continues to be made in the USA using the original Boyer Brother’s recipe.