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You know you’ve made it when you get something named after you. It could be a street, a school, a beer… maybe even a candy bar.
We know the famous “Reggie” bar named after baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson in the late 1970s.
Those “Reggie” bars were produced by Standard Brands’ Curtiss Candy Company. After several ownership changes, the D.L. Clark Company, based in Pittsburgh, decided in 1992 to honor the captain of the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions.
Behold, the Mario Lemieux Bun!
Each bun, which featured chocolate, peanuts and caramel, contained one Lemieux hockey card. Select packages included cards autographed by Le Manifique. Check out Sal Barry’s review of the three-card set.
According to the Post-Gazette, Lemieux became the first Pittsburgh athlete with his own candy since the Bubby Bar, named after Steelers quarterback Bubby Brister. It was also the first time an NHL player was featured on an internationally marketed candy bar.
There are still some Mario Buns available on eBay, if you’re interested in collectibles or eating 27-year-old candy.
Too bad they couldn’t have teamed up with Jaromir Jagr peanut butter a few years later for a mega-powers bar.
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