NOTHING LASTS FOREVER. It’s a lesson in life that all of us will be forced to learn at one stage or other. And for many, it will come via the medium of the snack.
Yes that’s right, nothing burns like discovering that your favourite treat is no longer on the shelves. It hurts. Some people never get over it.
So today, let’s spare a few moments to think about those sweets and treats we’ll probably never eat again.
Roy of the Rovers
What could be cooler than a chew bar that was borne out of a football comic? Not much, that’s what. This pineapple flavoured chew wasn’t always an easy eat, but it was always enjoyable. Alas, it is nowhere to be found these days.
It’s no secret (we couldn’t help it) that this bar was tasty. With a centre of creamy mousse encased in a bird’s nest of chocolate coating, it was all class. Sadly, due to poor sales and high production costs the Secret was discontinued in the 90s.
Sky Ice Cream Bar
Wrapped in blue foil, HB’s Sky Ice Cream Bars were something to behold. A chocolate coated vanilla ice cream with a stick of bubbly chocolate at the centre, so saddened are the Sky’s fans over its absence that they’ve started a Facebook group.
You may recognise some other ice-creamy treats of the past on the poster above. The Freaky Foot and Golly Bar are also sorely missed.
The Texan Bar thrived in the 70s and 80s, but – despite a brief return to the shelves in 2005 – has largely been absent since. This classic treat consisted of a nougat/toffee centre dressed in a smooth coating of chocolate.
These Starburst-flavoured jellybeans arrived on the scene in the 90s only to be ripped away in the early noughties. Several petitions and e-mail campaigns later, Jooster fans seem to have given up on their return.
Crispy rice, caramel, wafer, fondant and chocolate all came together in the 54321. It was sweet while it lasted.
The Fuse bar arrived on the scene in 1996 in a flurry of milk chocolate, raisins, peanuts, crispy cereal and fudge pieces. It sold 40 million bars in its first week, but was discontinued a decade later in 2006.
Not entirely dissimilar to the Fuse bar, this blend of caramel, raisins and biscuit and toffee pieces covered in milk chocolate hit the shelves in 1997. Three years later it was gone.
And the mysteries…
It’s intriguing to find that some of the most loved and most sought-after snacks of bygone days appear to be the ones which have disappeared entirely. Despite much research, there appears to be no online record of Crunchos Hot Dog Flavoured Crisps, Woppa bars or Smiley bars outside of people’s pleas for their return to shop shelves.
A mystery, or a cover up? Who knows. We must remember though, that there’s always hope. We can thank the Wispa for that.