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Gone But Not Forgotten: The Echoes of Discontinued Sweets

Gone But Not Forgotten: The Echoes of Discontinued Sweets - SoSweet

Jason Stanley |

The landscape of British sweets is a tale woven with flavours and times. For those who grew up from the 1950s to the 1990s, it's a narrative marked by the brief but brilliant presence of confections that briefly illuminated our lives before fading away. These sweets, now discontinued, linger in our collective memory, stirring a sense of nostalgia as rich and poignant as the treats themselves.

1. Wispa: A Whimsical Chocolate's Brief Farewell

Cadbury’s Wispa, launched in the 1980s, transcended being merely a chocolate bar; it emerged as a cultural icon. Renowned for its distinctive bubbly texture, it became a cornerstone of British snack culture. However, in 2003, Wispa bid adieu, leaving both shelves and hearts empty. Its absence created a profound longing, leading to an overwhelming public demand for its return, which Cadbury honoured in 2007, restoring Wispa to its deserved spot in the sweet aisle.

2. The Spangles Saga

Spangles, recognised by their unique square shape and fruit flavours, were more than mere sweets; they were emblems of post-war British life. Introduced by Mars in the late 1940s, they symbolised the optimism of the era. Mysteriously, by the 1980s, Spangles had disappeared, their legacy leaving a sweetness tinged with nostalgia.

3. Opal Fruits to Starburst: A Name Lost to Time

Formerly known as Opal Fruits, these chewy, fruit-flavoured sweets were an integral part of British childhoods. In 1998, in a move to unify branding globally, the name changed to Starburst, aligning with its international identity. While the sweets remained the same, the cherished name Opal Fruits was consigned to history.

4. Fry’s Five Centres: A Quintet of Flavours

Fry’s Five Centres was a remarkable creation, with each segment offering a different fruit-flavoured centre. Debuted in the 60s, it represented confectionery creativity but had vanished by the 90s, leaving enthusiasts longing for its innovative flavour combination.

5. Cabana Bars: Coconut, Cherry, and Chaos

Cabana bars, an exotic mix of coconut and cherry encased in milk chocolate, made a fleeting appearance in the confectionery world. Launched in the 80s by Cadbury, their complex flavour profile was perhaps too avant-garde for the time, leading to their early discontinuation.

6. Rowntree’s Cabana: A Forgotten Delight

Rowntree’s Cabana bar, reminiscent of a tropical escape, combined coconut, caramel, and cherries in a chocolate embrace. Despite its distinctive taste, it disappeared in the 90s, leaving behind a fanbase that still fondly remembers its unique flavour.

In revisiting these lost gems of the confectionery world, we are reminded of the ephemeral nature of tastes and trends. These sweets, now part of history, continue to resonate in our collective memory, a sweet reverberation of times once lived.