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We had one of those ...! BARRIE MILLS looks back at some of the most popular toys, games & gadgets of days gone by ... Sweet dreams.


IT'S a well-known scientific fact that chips pinched from someone else taste better than ones you've bought yourself - ask any expert.

By the same principle, does anything taste quite so delicious as sweets that you can't buy any more? (Obviously, I don't mean 40-year-old chocolates that you hoarded in a drawer in case Edward Heath got in again and there were more power cuts).

There's something about the thought of forbidden fruit-flavour centres and long-forgotten lollipops that get the tastebuds tingling in a way that modern confections just can't match. Seville orange Kit-Kat? What's that all about? So, hands up all those who remember any of the names on this Cadbury's Mini-Roll of Honour, and apologies for the strong 1970s emphasis; I can only speak of what I know: | "A man's gotta chew what a man's gotta chew!" Thirty-something years ago, an advertising copywriter probably grew himself some extra-long sideburns to celebrate coming up with this slogan for the mighty Texan bar.

Under current food labelling regulations, this undoubtedly chewy chocolate and nougat bar would now have to be called a Texan-style Bar with Simulated Bandido Flavouring, as it was no more a product of the Lone Star state than is the popular music group featuring Sharleen Spiteri.

And who can forget the adverts: "Hold on there, Bald Eagle. You wouldn't light that fire until I open my Texan bar, would you?" | Fry's Chocolate Cream bar, now part of the Cadbury empire, is one of the world's oldest confectionery brands, dating back to the 1860s and still going strong.

But child of the multi-coloured '70s that I was, I always preferred the Five Centres version, with its odd mix of orange, lime, lemon, raspberry and .... wait a minute; was there actually a fifth flavour? Gooseberry? Kiwi? Passion fruit? Lychee? Flamingo? Answers on a postcard please. | Last for this week is Traffic Light lollies. These were red on the outside, but gradually changed colour to reveal orange and green layers. Worked marginally faster than the kind found at roadworks.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 13, 2017
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