3 Musketeers (chocolate bar)

3 Musketeers is a candy bar made in the United States and Canada by Mars, Incorporated. It is a candy bar consisting of chocolate-covered, fluffy, whipped nougat. It is similar to the global Milky Way bar as well as the American version of the Milky Way bar (only without the latter's caramel topping).

3 Musketeers
Product typeConfectionery
OwnerMars, Incorporated
CountryUnited States
Introduced1932; 92 years ago (1932)[1]
3 Musketeers out of the wrapper



Introduced in 1932, the 3 Musketeers Bar was the third brand produced and manufactured by M&M/Mars. Originally, each bar contained three flavors—chocolate, strawberry and vanilla[2]—hence the name, which was derived from the 1844 novel The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas. Rising costs and wartime restrictions on sugar saw the vanilla and strawberry pieces phased out, leaving only the more popular chocolate.[3] The bars cost five cents when they were introduced, and they were marketed as one of the largest chocolate bars available.[citation needed]

To mark the 75th anniversary of the introduction of the candy bar, Mars introduced 3 Musketeers Mint, the first brand extension, in August 2007.[4] Also in 2007, Mars produced a limited-edition "Autumn Minis Mix" 3 Musketeers. It featured French Vanilla, Mocha Cappuccino and Strawberry.[5] This was followed by Cherry 3 Musketeers for 2008, and Raspberry 3 Musketeers and Orange 3 Musketeers for Easter 2008. Orange was coated in milk chocolate, while the cherry and raspberry were coated with dark chocolate.[6][7] In 2019, Mars released their latest flavor, the 3 Musketeers Birthday Cake.[8]



The candy is made of a whipped nougat mousse formed into very large slabs, which are cut to size and enrobed in milk chocolate. The nougat chocolate center is made by whipping egg whites until they are light and frothy. Sugar syrup is then added, stabilizing the foam and creating mousse. Other flavoring ingredients are then added to the mousse to create specific flavors.[9]

The candy is made in Chicago, Illinois; Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania; and Newmarket, Ontario.



3 Musketeers was advertised on television on the 1950s-era Howdy Doody show, along with a song that Buffalo Bob Smith encouraged children to sing.[10]

In 1998, the bar's advertisements featured three men dressed as the legendary Three Musketeers to market the "45% less fat" campaign. The advertising campaign was developed by Will Vinton Studios, whose previous works include the M&M's characters, The Noid and The California Raisins. The product's original slogan of "Big on Chocolate!" was expanded in these advertisements to "Big on Chocolate, Not on Fat!"[citation needed]

In 2015, Mars, Incorporated debuted a marketing campaign in the form of a YouTube channel. The campaign was developed and directed by the advertising agency Tribal Worldwide, who explained the project as an effort to establish relevancy and recognition among Generation Z.[11] The campaign has encountered mixed reception. Many marketing insiders have described the campaign as an example of influencer marketing, whereby personalities or "influencers" are able to more effectively advertise to an audience that trusts them than an expensive corporate advertising campaign.[11]

Nutritional information


A standard-size 3 Musketeers bar (60 g) has 257 kilocalories (1,080 kilojoules) of food energy, 7 grams of total fat, and 40 grams of sugar, while the mini-size bar (serving size 41 g) has 179 kilocalories (750 kilojoules), 5 grams of total fat, and 27 grams of sugar.[12]

Flavor list

  • Original 3 bar-Chocolate (chocolate, vanilla, strawberry), 1932–1945
  • Chocolate with filling, 1945–present
  • Birthday Cake, 2019
  • Mint, 2007
  • "Autumn Minis" – Cappuccino, French Vanilla and Strawberry, 2007
  • Cherry, 2008
  • Raspberry, 2008
  • Orange, 2008
  • Chocolate Strawberry Brownie, 2008
  • Chocolate Brownie Bar (Generation Max series)
  • S'Mores Brownie Bar (Generation Max series)
  • Truffle Crisp
  • Marshmallow, limited edition Minis, Easter 2011 and 2012
  • Coconut, 2011
  • Hot Chocolate with marshmallow, Christmas 2012

See also



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  8. ^ "3 Musketeers Birthday Cake". Convenience Store News. Archived from the original on 2020-09-15. Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  9. ^ "3 Musketeers®". Archived from the original on 2012-12-01.
  10. ^ "Classic Candy Commercial: Classic "Three Musketeers" Candy commercial". Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  11. ^ a b "3 Musketeers: Can a candy bar make its own YouTube stars? – Digiday". Digiday. 2016-04-22. Archived from the original on 2016-05-13. Retrieved 2016-05-13.
  12. ^ "Candies, MASTERFOODS USA, 3 MUSKETEERS Bar Nutrition Facts & Calories". Archived from the original on 2008-05-18. Retrieved 2017-01-04.