The video playlist features eleven TV ads from the 70s and 80s - see how many you can remember! Now, here are some more details about some of them with a selection of photos...
Ooh, I could just bite a chunk off that!
Topic TV Advert from 1976
I used to adore the taste of Topic chocolate bars. Was there a hazelnut in every bite? Well, as kids we used to go out of our way to try and find a section of the bar without a hazelnut in!
Topic was made by Mars and also contained nougat and caramel - amongst other things - and was similar to a Snickers. Of course, Snickers was called Marathon back in the eighties. Unfortunately, the 80s ad for Topic has been taken off Youtube, but I've replaced it with the one from 1976.
like today's "Go Compare!" TV Ad, there were some very irritating
adverts around back in the eighties. Take this one for example. "A
finger of fudge is just enough to give your kids a treat" has to be one
of the most annoying songs they could have chosen for a TV ad!
By the way, this is also a good opportunity to have a look back at some of the cars we were driving back then, or, at least, our parents were driving.
Original Yorkie bars had six chunks, but this recent one has just five!
Yorkie Chocolate Bar
The clip in the playlist features the best-known British TV advert for Rowntree's Yorkie chocolate bar, dating from around 1976.
My Dad was a truck driver during the 70s and 80s, although he never ate a Yorkie bar because he was diabetic and he was certainly not your stereotypical truck driver!
Aero Chocolate - UK TV Advert (1979)
We're getting closer to the eighties now with this advert from 1979. Actually, I can't remember if this Aero advert was still running into the early 80s, but I hope some of you will remember this one, at least. This chocolate bar is still going strong, of course.
I really can't remember the Plain & Milk Aero bars. This wrapper is from 1972, and as plain chocolate has more of an adult taste, I doubt that I would ever have tried this - I was way too young!
Fry's Turkish Delight
This ad was from 1984. Fry's Turkish Delight is a chocolate bar currently made by Cadbury in the UK, but it was originally produced by J.S. Fry & Sons and launchd in 1914. Not everyone is fond of this advert as, apparently, there is no desert in Turkey and the people aren't Arabs and don't wear turbans!
Texan Chocolate Bar
I was so delighted to have found this video for Texan on Youtube because I'd almost forgotten about this chocolate bar. I particularly remember my jaw aching after chewing on this for what seemed like age! Hmm, not sure whether I liked this one or not?
Milky Way Ads from 1970's and 1989
"The red car and the blue car had a race". Yes, the good old Milky Way advert from 1989 re-appeared on our screens again during 2009 to celebrate 20 years, and I'm pretty sure saw it again in early 2012.
Some of the 70s TV ads used to use the slogan "At work, rest and play", which was dropped to be used only in the Mars TV adverts "A Mars a day helps you work, rest and play".
54321 Chocolate Bar
Remember this one? I really had forgotten about 54321 and although I remember the ad, I really can't remember what it tasted like!
How can anyone forget the Cadbury's Caramel Advert from the 80s? You know, the one featuring the rabbit with a sexy voice - very disturbing if you ask me!
With sexy rabbits and freaky-looking talking eggs (in the kinder Surprise ads) I sometimes wondered whether these confectionary companies were trying to sell us chocolate or simply give us nightmares?
I haven't been able to find much info about these little chocolate bars, but forums suggest that the they are still available to buy, and someone mentioned they bought one in Waitrose. Anyway, I certainly remember the eighties TV ad with that annoying, loud-mouthed cartoon character shouting out "Trio!"
Mintola Mint Creams
Now, these chocolate peppermint creams by Mackintosh's were absolutely gorgeous! In 1995 they were renamed Mint Munchies and in 2006 they were renamed again and they're now called After Eight Bitesize. However, I'm not sure if the recipe changed or whether they contained After Eight fondant before the name change? I just wish they would stop trying to confuse us all!
P-P-Pick Up A Penguin
The TV advert in the playlist for the Penguin chocolate bar is from 1974. I often had one of these in my lunchbox to accompany my cheese spread sandwiches. Before Maggie Thatcher and the budget-slashing Tories came on the scene we also used to get a free mini bottle of milk, too!
Whilst watching the clip above, watch out for the advert on the fairground ride for the Cor! annual - remember that?
Cabana's were absolutely delicious and included coconut, cherries and smooth caramel covered in a thick layer of milk chocolate - definitely on my top five list of favourite chocolate bars from the 80s. I suppose Cabana could be best described as an exotic version of the Bounty bar, although Bounty is still around today, of course.
Why did they stopped making these after less than four years in production? Well, the answer isn't clear, although when it first came onto the market in 1980, Bounty had already been on the market for around three decades. Trying to attract customers who were already eating a well-established chocolate bar with a coconut-based flavour was never going to be an easy task.
The cheap-looking TV ad can't have helped matters, and it was, quite obviously, created in a studio using cardboard plants and flowers. I suppose it would have been far too costly to travel to a real tropical jungle, but some more exotic scenery would have been more attractive, nonetheless.
Fry's Plain and Milk Sandwich Bars
I remember seeing these in vending machines back in the 70s and my Mum always bought a plain one for herself and a milk one for me whenever we spotted them. There is no advert clip for these as I couldn't find one, but I had added an ad featuring Twiggy promoting Fry's Chocolate Cream which I also liked, although, as with many chocolates with fondant centre's, it's not the type of snack for demolishing in one go.
What I find odd is that the red wrapper is for milk and the blue wrapper is for plain chocolate, as it is usually the other way on for most British confectionary. Bounty is just one example.
Sadly, I couldn't find a British TV ad for Picnic, but I really want to include one of my favourites on this page. This bar featured a delicious combination of peanuts, raisins, toffee and wafer, and I would sometimes find one of these in my school lunchbox back in the day.
The wrapper featured here is from the 1970s, although Picnic was actually launched in 1958. It can still be bought today, although, as with many chocolate bars these days, it weighs less than it did when I was a lad. The weight was reduced from 50 grams to 48.4 grams in 2009.
Nestle's Milky Bar
Who remembers the milky bar kid shouting out "The milky bar's are on me!" in those old TV ads? There are two ads featured in the playlist. My favourite is the western style one with it's catchy cowboy tune. The other has a space theme. I liked the fact that the lead character was a skinny, spectacle-wearing young boy who was probably the most-likely to be bullied at school. He first appeared on TV in 1961 and has, obviously, been played by many different actors since then. Milky Bar's are still going strong, although my teeth would no longer be able to cope with the sweetness of white chocolate!
70s chocolate bars by Cadbury's
I thought I'd end the page with this photo of vintage chocolate bars from the 1970s. I didn't even realise that Cadbury's produced a plain flake, but I certainly remember the rest of them and the Milk Tray bar was a particular favourite of mine. Check out those prices!