1988 Smarties

smarties-looseNestlé Smarties are a colour-varied sugar-coated chocolate confectionery popular primarily in Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, Spain, Switzerland, Germany,France, Greece, the Nordic countries, South Africa, and the Middle East. They have been manufactured since 1937, originally by H.I. Rowntree & Co..

Smarties are oblate spheroids with a minor axis of about 5 mm (0.2 in) and a major axis of about 15 mm (0.6 in). They come in eight colours: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, pink and brown, although the blue variety was temporarily replaced by a white variety in some countries, while an alternative natural colouring dye of the blue colour was being researched.

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1983 Terrys Chocolates feat Mel Smith

terrysIn 1767 as Robert Berry opened a shop close to Bootham Bar, York, selling cough lozenges, lemon and orange candied peel and other sweets. Joined by William Bayldon, the partners renamed the business Bayldon and Berry confectionery.

Born in Pocklington, Joseph Terry came to York to serve as an apprentice apothecary in Stonegate. On gaining his certificates, he set up as a chemist in Walmgate. But after marrying Harriet Atkinson in 1823, he met her elderly uncle Robert Berry. After William Bayldon left the business, Terry agreed to become a partner in the confectionery business, and after closing his chemists shop joined the confectionery business in St Helen’s Square, York.

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1983 Black Magic Chocolates

black-magicIn the first advertising campaigns the chocolates were depicted as the definitive token of affection, suggesting that there is no better – or more romantic – gift that a man can give his loved one. The adverts showed beautifully dressed women reading or writing letters telling of their romantic encounters over a box of Black Magic. The ‘letters’ campaign lasted well into the 1950s and established Black Magic as a brand known for its luxury and indulgence.

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1991 Maltesers

Maltesers-Wrapper-SmallMaltesers are a confectionery product manufactured by Mars, Incorporated.

Maltesers consist of a roughly spherical malt honeycomb centre, surrounded by milk chocolate. They are most popular in Denmark, the UK, Australia, Switzerland, Spain, Ireland, Canada, Poland, France, Hong Kong, and Portugal Maltesers are sold in a variety of packaging, including plastic bags (ranging in size from small ‘fun-size’ upwards), larger cardboard boxes and tubes, and plastic buckets (ranging in size from medium to very large). They also have medium sized “teasers” in celebrations boxes. Maltesers are also one of the types of sweet included in Mars’s Revels assortment.

In February 2013, Maltesers will be sold in Italy, Malta, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Macau, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro,Serbia and Slovenia.

The current name is a portmanteau of the words “malt” (one of the main ingredients) and “teasers”.

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1988 Penguin Chocolate Bars

penguinThey were first produced in 1932 by William McDonald, a biscuit manufacturer in Glasgow, and became a McVitie’s brand when McDonald joined with McVitie’s and Price, MacFarlane Lang & Co and Crawford to form United Biscuits in 1964.

Each wrapper has a joke or “funny fact” printed on it and imaginative, often humorous designs featuring penguins that often pastiche famous works of art.

Penguins have been the subject of a court case between Asda and United Biscuits who accused Asda of passing off their own brand “Puffin” biscuits as part of the Penguin brand. The court found in favour of United Biscuits regarding passing off, but found that Asda had not infringed the Penguin trademark.   United Biscuits itself has been criticised for continuing to use trans fatty acids in the cream filling of Penguins.  By 2007 United Biscuits began to advertise the absence of trans fats from the penguin, having removed the ingredient from this product line.

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