Top Nine Best Athlete Candy Bars
By Lou DiPietro
Trick-or-treating may be a children's sport, but everyone enjoys chocolate -- even professional athletes. Even the fittest of specimens have a sweet tooth, but the nine athletes below took it to another level by lending their name and face to some delicious confections that made fans fawn and their dentists drool.
ISIAH THOMAS/RANDALL CUNNINGHAM/CAL RIPKEN
We suspect the same candy company produced these three men's bars, as they all featured a "Double Play" of peanuts and caramel either "slam dunked" or "scrambled" in chocolate. Big on taste ... and cliché!
If you ate too many, Thomas' four-ounce log of chocolate, caramel, and pecans would certainly put a Big Hurt on your tummy...and if you think that joke was bad, wait until you get to No. 5 and see it recycled!
Babe Ruth's Home Run Bar was the original athlete candy bar, and it was only five cents! Of course, none of us here at The Niner are sure how much a nickel was worth 90 years ago, but if it was bigger than a piece of Bazooka, it must have been worth it.
The Big Aristotle's candy bar, eloquently named "Mr. Big," was "Shaq-sized" for big appetites and contained the candy equivalent of everything but the kitchen sink -- which may or may not have been being saved for the rumored Charles Barkley bar that never made it to production.
Muhammad Ali's Crisp Crunch hit shelves back in 1978, and with "all-natural" ingredients like partially defatted peanut flour and fractionated palm kernel oil, it certainly stung your stomach like a bee if you ate one too many.
Born in 2004, the "Moose Bar" was a tasty combo of milk chocolate and peanut butter, and every bar sold benefitted the Mike Mussina Foundation. Much like Moose himself, the candy wasn't flashy, but it was pretty darn good.
Any guess what the key ingredient is in Mr. Anthony's eponymous "Melo Bar?" Of course, it's delicious caramel, and what made this 2004 concoction even more delicious was the fact that all proceeds were donated to a charity of Carmelo's choice.
KEN GRIFFEY JR.
During Ken Griffey Jr.'s rookie year with the Mariners in 1989, the Pacific Candy Company decided to honor Seattle's newest icon with a milk chocolate bar bearing his likeness. More than a million were sold, but none to "The Kid" himself -- because he's allergic to chocolate.
The "Reggie! Bar" was tasty, but sadly, most of those in attendance when they were distributed at the Yankees' 1978 home opener don't know that. Why? Because after he hit his first home run of the year, Reggie got a chocolate shower when he returned to right field. Trick or treat, Mr. October!