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In 1866 as America recovered from the Civil War, William A. Breyer of Philadelphia hand-cranked his first gallon of ice cream. It was a special ice cream consisting of rich cream, pure cane sugar, fresh fruits, nuts, and other natural flavors – some of the very same ingredients used today. He sold it to his neighbors with the promise that his ice cream was made the old-fashioned way. Word spread quickly, and Breyers® Ice Cream was soon declared Philadelphia’s best.

By 1918, Breyers® Ice Cream Company was producing more than a million gallons of ice cream a year and shipping it to New York City and Staten Island, New York; Newark, New Jersey; and Washington, D.C. In 1926, Breyers® Ice Cream Company became a division of the National Dairy Products Corporation (NDPC), a growing organization of well-known brands. In 1969, NDPC then became the Kraftco Corporation and, before long, Breyers® Ice Cream became a favorite throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. In 1970, it was introduced in Georgia, Florida, and other areas of the eastern U.S. In 1976, Breyers’ parent company became Kraft, Inc., and in 1984, Breyers® All Natural Ice Cream became available west of the Mississippi River for the first time.

Good Humor
Since 1920, the Good Humor® family of products has captured the hearts of American consumers with unique treats reminiscent of the good things in life. The first to "put a stick in ice cream," Good Humor® is synonymous with family fun.

In 1930, a New York businessman and investor by the name of M.J. Meehan acquired the national rights to the company by buying 75 percent of the shares. The Meehan family owned the company until 1961 when it was sold to Unilever’s U.S. subsidiary, the Thomas J. Lipton Company.

Unilever’s Lipton Foods unit continued to manufacture and market Good Humor® products for the next 12 years. In 1976, when the company's direct-selling business was disbanded in favor of grocery stores and free-standing freezer cabinets, the trucks were parked for the last time. Some of the trucks were purchased by ice cream distributors while others were sold to private individuals.

In 1989, Unilever purchased Gold Bond Ice Cream, located in Green Bay, Wis., and grouped its U.S. ice cream and frozen novelty businesses under the name Gold Bond-Good Humor Ice Cream. With its acquisition of Breyers® Ice Cream in 1993, the company name was changed to Good Humor-Breyers® Ice Cream.

Millions of Americans have come to love the Klondike® bar's delicious variety of frozen novelty products with the distinctive "polar bear" logo and foil wrapper.

The origins of the Klondike® bar can be traced to Switzerland and the Isaly Family, a family known for fine dairy products. William Isaly founded the Isaly Dairy Company around the beginning of the 1900s. William had four sons, Chester, Samuel, Charles, and Henry, all of whom had a hand in the family business. The company history credits the invention of the Klondike® bar to Chester Isaly, but brother Sam Isaly claims it was his father's invention. According to a 1922 article in the Youngstown, Ohio Vindicator, Chester Isaly (brother of Samuel) had given the newspaper staff several dozen Klondike bars to try.

The original Klondike® bar was handmade by dipping square slices of ice cream into pans of rich, delicious Swiss milk chocolate. The family produced the bars in Ohio just outside of Youngstown and in Pittsburgh. There also were Isaly Dairy Stores where the bars and other dairy products were sold. By the 1940s, the Isaly family had seven dairy plants that supplied more than 300 Isaly Dairy Stores. Klondike® bars were sold in all of the stores.

It is believed that the Klondike® bar was named after the Klondike River in Canada's west central Yukon Territory. The Klondike River was the site of the 1890s Gold Rush.


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