Nestlé brand candy bars include Aero, Butterfinger, Crunch, KitKat, Smarties, and Wonka brand candies as of 2015. Nestlé is also known for its Toll House brand of chocolate chips.
Nestlé USA, Inc. owns the Willy Wonka Candy Factory, and produces such candies as Wonka Chocolate, Nerds, Nerd Rope, Sweetarts, Shockers and Sprees. Other popular Wonka candies include Laffy Taffy, Runts, Everlasting Gobstoppers, Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip, Pixy Stix and Bottle Caps.
In addition to the candy bars and Wonka candies, Nestlé is also known for several beverages, including its Nescafé coffee, Nesquik chocolate milk, Nestea iced tea, Pure Life bottled water, Carnation condensed milk and Boost nutrition shakes.
Henri Nestlé's infant cereal company opened in 1867 and merged in 1905 with the Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company, when the Nestlé that exists today was born. Nestlé started out manufacturing milk products, but in 1925, after several acquisitions and mergers, chocolate became an integral part of the Nestlé business. During World War II, Nescafé became a staple drink among American servicemen in Europe and Asia.
By 1974, Nestlé had expanded beyond the food industry, acquiring L'Oréal Cosmetics. Throughout the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, Nestlé continued to acquire more companies. It now owns many diversified businesses, including Buitoni pastas, Gerber baby food and Friskies cat food.