In an operation that dates back to 1866, Nestle actually started out creating a milk-based baby food. That experience helped Daniel Peter complete his process of creating milk chocolate. The result changed the course of candy history. The company thrived through the First World War, but after the Second it found itself in trouble. Chocolate manufacturing helped get it through some lean years. Today Nestle owns more than 8,000 brands, many of them candies. Some of the most famous include Butterfinger, Baby Ruth, Oh Henry, and of course Nestle Crunch. But perhaps their most visible line of candies is the Wonka brand, taken from the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Based in Switzerland, it is today the world's largest food company, with brands in cereal, yogurt, coffee, ice cream, infant food, and many more. Including, of course, chocolates and candies.