Z at school 9 – still sweets

We sometimes were given boxes of chocolates at Christmas.  Usually, they were Milk Tray, Dairy Box or Weekend.  Milk Tray was good, except for too many slimes (see yesterday).  I liked the turkish delight one, probably for the rose flavour – I still like Rose Pouchong tea.  Dairy Box had a lot of nut chocolates in, so went down very well.  Most, if not all of them were hard centres.  Weekend was a disappointment.  The fudge was fine but there was a nasty marzipan, I think, and some bright green number that I didn’t care for.  Overall, I think they were too sweet and not chocolatey enough.  We might also be given Roses or Quality Street – again, the former had slimes and I preferred QS, which had lots of toffee.

I liked those boxes of individually wrapped mini chocolate bars.  What are they called?  Inbuilt portion control too – I can eat a single chocolate or a couple of squares from a bar, but find it very hard to stop halfway down a Crunchie and no one in the world ever, surely, has succeeded in leaving half a Flake for the next day.

Although our post-Christmas chocolate eating was not monitored, there was an expectation that we would only eat a few at a time and make them last.  I remember once, when I couldn’t resist and over-ate, I put the wrappers back so that the pack would still look full.

I wasn’t very keen on plain chocolate in those days, probably because it is less sweet, though I prefer it now – also, a small amount is satisfying and, whilst I eat chocolate whenever I want to, I don’t want not to be able to resist eating more than I feel I should.  It was usually Cadbury’s – Milk, Whole Nut or Fruit and Nut, I didn’t mind.  Do you remember the advertisement? – a bar standing on its side with the wrapper torn and a glass and a half of milk being poured in?  If not Cadbury’s, it was probably Galaxy.

Did anyone ever explain why they renamed Opal Fruits? Starburst, I think.  Oh, and Munchies, what were they?  Chocolate around a filling of caramel and biscuit?  Rolos! Munchies were square, but Rolos were round, milk chocolate with a toffee filling.  Oh, and jelly babies.  Murray Mints (the too good to hurry mints), .

My Dutch au pairs used to give us presents for St Nicholas’ Day.  I have never been able to track down the lovely chewy gingerbread St Nicholas, though I looked when I was in Holland last September.  Not speculoos, they’re spice biscuits and crisp, not chewy.  They also gave us a big chocolate letter each – our initials, of course.  And a box of chocolates wrapped to look like Delft tiles – as we ate each one, we carefully re-folded the paper and put it back.

5 comments on “Z at school 9 – still sweets

  1. Liz

    I haven’t had Flake for ages. “Only the crumbliest flakiest chocolate….”

    Mmmmmmmm Crunchies. We are partial to a Crunchie bar here at the Bear Cave. We’re partial to anything involving chocolate really

    I’m sure the chocolate adverts with the glass of milk were Cadbury’s; they used to claim that there was a glass-and-a-half of milk in every bar of Cadbury Dairy Milk. I think they were trying to imply it was good for you. I also remember Cilla Black featuring on a Diary Milk advert (“put a chunk in your cheek, ‘cause life is oh-so sweet, with a Cadbury’s Dairy Milk”).

    Have we mentioned a Finger of Fudge? (Is just enough, to give your kids a treat). I seem to know rather a lot of the advertising slogans don’t I?

    I’m guessing that Opal Fruits (made to make your mouth water) were renamed for the same reason that they changed Marathon to Snickers, so that they have the same name wherever they are sold. Probably reduces the manufacturers packaging bills.

    Is anybody else hungry now?

  2. kipper

    They have always called Starbursts by that name here in the States. Yorkie bars were always my addiction when visiting England. You can’t get them here. It was rare to find foreign chocolates here when I was a kid. The only English one available was Cadbury Dairy Milk and it cost twice as much as a Hershey bar. Same with Toblerone.


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