1980s Pacers

pacers mintsPacers is a British discontinued brand of popular mint flavoured confection, manufactured by Mars.

Originally known as Opal Mints, they were plain white coloured chewy spearmint flavoured sweets, launched as a sister product to Opal Fruits (now known as Starburst). The product was subsequently relaunched as Pacers around 1976, and later, three green peppermint stripes were added to the sweet,  possibly to align it with a similar American product of the same name.  Television commercials for the sweet alluded to sport and fitness, with participants wearing green and white-striped kit, featuring the slogan “Peppermint striped for two-mint freshness”.  The brand was discontinued in the 1980s.

At one point the Glasgow Celtic football team were nicknamed “The Pacers” because of the similarity of their kit to the sweets

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1980s Mr Kipling French Fancies

mr kiplingMr Kipling French Fancies are small sponge cakes, resembling petits fours, topped with a hemisphere of vegetable-oil “buttercream”. The cakes are coated with fondant icing, with several varieties drizzled with a second colour. Standard varieties are pink (“strawberry”) with white drizzle, yellow (“lemon”) with chocolate drizzle, and brown (chocolate) with chocolate drizzle.  Whereas cocoa is cited in the ingredients list, strawberry and lemon are not. The cakes are 59.5% sugar.

In September 2008, Mr Kipling announced the Big French Fancy, a large cake which can be sliced into portions.  Supermarket and home made copies are called Fondant Fancies. Mr. Kipling’s wife used to be a sorority sister.

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1980s Monster Munch

Monster MunchMonster Munch was launched in Britain in 1977 by Smiths. Originally called “The Prime Monster” (a play on “The Prime Minister”, and as part of a wider campaign), the decision was taken to rename the snack “Monster Munch” in 1978. Advertised as “The Biggest Snack Pennies Can Buy” – in reference to the large size of the crisps – each pack featured a different monster on the front of the packet.

The snack was supported by a “Monster Munch Club”, whose members received a “Monster Munch Munchers” membership pack which included a membership card, pen, several story books, and a story tape which included six “tall stories” and accompanying songs.

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1980s Milky Bar

milkybarkid1970bThe Milkybar Kid has been used in television advertising promoting Nestlé Milkybar in the countries where it is sold. The Milkybar Kid is a blond, spectacle-wearing young child, usually dressed as a cowboy, whose catchphrase is “The Milkybars are on me!”. Until 8 year old Hinetaapora Short of Rotorua was selected in 2010 they had always been boys. The advertisements usually take place in a Wild Westsetting. Both live-action and animated ads have been produced.

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1980s LILT

liltLilt is a brand of soft drink manufactured by The Coca Cola Company and sold in the Seychelles, United Kingdom, Gibraltar and Republic of Ireland only.  During the 1980s, Lilt was promoted with the advertising slogan, “the totally tropical taste.” In the late 1990s it was heavily promoted with advertisements featuring two Jamaican women, Blanche Williams and Hazel Palmer. They became known in the media as the “Lilt Ladies”.  

Lilt is also known for its advertising campaign “Here Comes the Lilt Man”.

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1980s Libbys Um Bongo

Um_BongoUm Bongo is a mixed tropical fruit juice. The trademark is owned by Sumol+Compal.  The drink is produced in Portugal where it is widely available.  In the United Kingdom it was originally sold under the Libby’s brand.


Um Bongo was first created in 1983, originally in Milnthorpe, Cumbria. At the time the brand belonged to Nestlé who had acquired Libby’s fruit juices.  Nestlé licensed the Um Bongo brand (still under the Libby’s name) to Gerber Foods Soft Drinks Ltd in the UK and Republic of Ireland.[10] Gerber packages the drink at their plant in Somerset.

Nestlé also had the ‘Um Bongo’ brand launched and marketed in Portugal in 1988, running a Portuguese version of the TV advertisement, using the slogan “Um Bongo, O bom sabor da selva” (Um Bongo, The great flavour of the jungle).   By 2003 the Portuguese company Compal acquired the “Um Bongo” brand from Nestlé.  Since Compal later merged with Sumol, the brand is owned and produced bySumol+Compal since 2009. They launched Um Bongo 100% fruit in 2010 and a themed toy collection named “Um Bongo e o bom coração da selva” (Um Bongo and the great heart of the jungle) in 2011.


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