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Cadbury Cherry Ripe Chocolate Bar, 52 g

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I started off with a lightly-buttered loaf-tin, lined it quite badly with baking parchment and poured in some of the melted chocolate to form a base. They were lovely sweets, all sorts of fruity flavours, with a tongue-pleasing dimple on each side. I’m sure you all have your own particular favourite confection of yesteryear. The next day, cut the coconut into bars about 8cm by 3cm, press dried cherries all the way along the top, and set them on a tray lined with greaseproof paper. Freeze for a couple of hours to allow them to firm up.

I slowly peeled off the "shroud" of paper to reveal a rather unholy sugar-bloom effect on my messianic chocolate saviour. Aesthetically disappointing but it doesn’t affect the taste. The Wispa brand’s answer to the Aero Mint was discontinued in 2003 alongside the equally tasty caramel and biscuit Bite. Banjo But as chocolate fans get used to the latest changes what other sweet treats have we loved and then lost over the years?

Modern comedians of a certain age still make fun of those other entertainers who ask “whatever happened to Spangles?” thinking it a lazy comedic shortcut. But I’m actually interested! What did happen to Spangles? As for me, I’m off to get myself another Bounty (this time the 2019’s version…) Why not stay in touch… The Taz bar was released in 1994 and remained on shelves for a few years but has since been outlived by the Freddo.

The new Banjo came in two flavours, Roast Nut and Coconut, but ended up losing out to Twix in the two-finger chocolate-bar war. Terry’s PyramintThe Cabana was a milk chocolate bar found inside a blue wrapper where the inside of the sweet treat was filled with a coconut and caramel filling and chunks of cherry.

Surely the chewy mint version of the Opal Fruit, the amazing Pacer, with its green stripes, sold really well? One recipe was for a version of the famous Bounty bar, a lovely soft coconut fondant within a coating of milk chocolate, and instantly I made the mental leap and decided to make my own Cabana bar. It would live again! So, there you have it my fond memories of 1970s chocolate bars and everything that went with it! As ever I’d love to know what you think and if you were, like me brought up in the 70s, what was your favourite chocolate bar?

The spiral chocolate bar - which took its name from the spiral like chocolate shape inside - was first launched in the north east of England by Cadbury in the 1980s. After proving to be exceptionally popular it was rolled out across the UK and became a firm favourite among chocolate fans. The Banjo began life as a Kit Kat-style chocolate wafer bar that was only sold in London before reinventing itself as a nationwide product in the 1970s.

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