10 Discontinued Chocolate Bars We Miss
Let’s face it … the chocolate bars we choose to eat can make or break our day. If we decide to try one out and it’s absolutely awful, that can make for a pretty bad few minutes, or hours. But those epic chocolate bars we love from the first bite can definitely cause us to be transported somewhere else entirely … in a good way. And it’s these bars we end up missing the most.
10. Kit Kat Caramac
Well, by now we all know that caramel and chocolate go very well together. After all, the Caramilk bar is pretty famous and many enjoy its rich and pleasurable combination, almost as much as they love trying to playing at figuring out how the caramel is inserted into the exquisite bar. So it’s no wonder that other chocolate bar brands wanted to get in on the game as well. It wasn’t too long ago that Kit Kat released this bar, and although Kit Kat is known to release some pretty odd flavor pairings when it comes to their bars, this one was pretty run of the mill, as they say. And although there were a few that enjoyed it, perhaps it was its simplicity and run with the norm that caused its untimely demise, as many are and were used to Kit Kats that were outside the regular sort to be a tad more extravagant. After all in Japan, there are over 50 astonishing flavors offered in the form of the Kit Kat bar we know and love. Perhaps caramel was a little too simple to satisfy fans of the bar and its forays into the wild and crazy flavors offered. But, there are those that miss this one, us too. 2005 marked the last time this one was seen in stores.
The Cadbury Confectionery Company goes way back, and when we say “way back,“ we mean really back there on the old timeline. Is 195 years way back enough for ya? We thought so. It’s true … the company got its start back in 1824 and well, it hasn’t looked back since, releasing chocolate treat after chocolate treat, and although not all of the treats created by the great minds at Cadbury were instantaneous hits, they have created some of the most important and successful chocolate bars the world has ever seen. You’ll see many of them in this series of articles, but unfortunately, they’ve all gone the way of boxy television sets and the only way you can taste them now would be to travel back in time, and that isn’t all that possible … just yet. And it wasn’t that long ago that Cadbury and Warner Bros. Studios teamed up to create a chocolate bar that offered a whirlwind of flavor. The ever-popular character of The Tasmanian Devil definitely reached across the screen and touched audiences all over and why not. Maybe it was the gibberish he spoke, or rather the tornado he represented moving from scenario to scenario … whatever it was, he surely became a household name. So creating a chocolate bar that featured his essence was a no-brainer on the part of the good people over at Cadbury. But like so many things from the years gone by, it fell out of favor with consumers, and that’s a definite shame, as it would be nice to hold onto the things from our long-gone past, wouldn’t it? We sure think so.
8. Cadbury’s Snowflake
Now what could sound more appetizing or refreshing than a snowflake? Can you remember being a kid and waiting for that first snowfall of the winter season? Many watched the sky on a slow Sunday afternoon hoping for that first snowfall. The snow that would come signified countless hours of fun outdoors, whether it be snowball fights, the construction of towering snowmen and of course forts and tobogganing down the neighborhood hill. But for many, opening your mouth and sticking out your tongue and letting the fresh snowflakes land ever so softly was probably the highlight of the first snowfall, and we have no doubt that this was the sentiment Cadbury was going for here. Now, we understand that a snowflake sure doesn’t pack a tasty wallop worthy of praise or delight, but it’s the essence of the craving for that first snowfall that likens the experience to a chocolate bar, as what can you crave more than a sweet piece of chocolate? The comparison is actually quite fair; at least for us that is, but we’re sure you agree. It wasn’t launched all that long ago. At the turn of the century in fact … in the year 2000, but it didn’t stay on the shelves all that long, as it was discontinued in 2008, but we sure had a good eight years, didn’t we? Yes indeed, and oh the memories, oh the memories.
7. Mars Delight
Just try to imagine how good a particular item of food would have to be to create in people the type of wanton desire to inspire them to start online petitions for the return of said particular item. You think we’re kidding, but in reality this happens far more often than you’d likely imagine. As it turns out, there is a petition online getting some attention to have the good people at Mars to bring back this particular candy bar, and why not, as it sold pretty well while it was around. Now Mars isn’t as old and established as Cadbury, but in its 87 years, the company sure has released quite a few tasty treats that many have adored and even cherished. The Mars Delight is an obvious one that people still miss to this day. The bar was very different from the classic Mars Bar and perhaps it was this that made it so popular, as many consumers like change. It contained a wafer coated in caramel cream as opposed to nougat and plain caramel. It was coated in milk chocolate and that is the only similarity between the two offerings. Well, the petition is going strong, and if you want to taste this bar or have it back, then go ahead and put your name down on the petition online … it’s pretty easy to find out there on the web.
6. Cadbury’s Nuts About Caramel
Cadbury has tried to play the caramel card over and over again, time after time, and why wouldn’t they? After all, they produced one of the most successful chocolate bars the world has ever seen. The Caramilk bar is composed mainly of caramel and they have used that sweet ingredient time and time again in a plethora of imaginative ways. But in the end, it is the Caramilk bar that wins out and stands the test of time. It was created in 1968 and has sold a lot of units over the long years of its existence. But still, the fact that it’s still around doesn’t halt people from missing the other bars offered by the company, like this one here. Now the essence of the bar lies within the appropriate name, and it was the nuts that made it different from the classic Caramilk bar, and also what probably made it a little less popular, as there are many out there that don’t particularly like nuts in their sweets. But, the company even released ice cream bars that shared the same name and list of ingredients, and although they did well, both items have last been seen quite some time ago.
5. The 54321 Bar
The actual title 5-4-3-2-1 was actually the name of a song by the British Band: Manfred Mann, the group that brought the world `Blinded By The Light,` a song actually written by the one and only legend, Bruce Springsteen. That was way back in 1964, however, and the 54321 chocolate bar was a child of the eighties—1982 to be exact—and it sold particularly well in fact. However, it didn’t survive the eighties, as it was discontinued in 1989, and it’s still sorely missed by many to this day. The popular commercial, which can be found online featured a song that was very reminiscent of sixties British rock/pop, so maybe the name borrowed from Manfred Mann wasn’t exactly coincidental. In reality, it is in fact the same exact song, only with the lyrics changed. It’s also a title to a semi-popular Flo Rida song entitled “Turn Around 54321.“ But the similarities between the two songs stop there of course. The name for the bar however, came from the five different ingredients that composed the bar: fused water, Rice Crispies, fondant, milk chocolate, and of course caramel. The bar promised and delivered an explosive flavor that many are still dreaming about.
4. Jacob’s Trio
Yet another chocolate bar on our illustrious list of chocolate bars sorely missed by the masses, that got its start in the eighties, and while the era was a time for “partying,“ we’d surely say that it was also a time for tasty treats and of course epic Saturday Morning cartoons. We mention cartoons because the advertisement for this chocolate bar actually was shot entirely as a cartoon and probably this was done on purpose. A catchy tune and tagline were also added to the commercial and the general public was hooked from the first reel of the ad. The song was a play on the ever-popular “Day-O,“ with the tagline: “Trio … Trio! I want a Trio and I want one now.“ The cartoon accompanying the song was cute in and of itself and featured the cartoon character of Suzy in hot pursuit of a large shipment of Trio bars. Simple enough, yet oh-so-effective. The bar was discontinued in 2003 but unbelievably, it made a return in 2016 after a campaign was launched for its return on Facebook, believe it or not. The power of united voices, eh?
3. Mars’ White Maltesars
As they say, white chocolate isn’t for everyone, and as the limited time these treats had on the shelves will prove, there’s more to the statement after all. Maltesers are pretty popular and the regular sort can still be found, but the white chocolate ones had a definitely limited run on the market. Yet another offering by the Mars Company, these treats were adored by those who love white chocolate and would do anything to get a mere taste of the substance any chance they get. Yet the lack of sales overall is what caused this chocolate to be taken off the shelves and subsequently halted completely. Now there are many other white chocolate brands out there of course, but the airy and light taste that these particular treats brought on is sorely missed by many white chocolate lovers the world over.
2. Nestle’s Toffo
Here, the essential star ingredient in this bar by Nestle is all in the name, or rather a play on the name. And toffee is an adored treat loved by many the world over. Toffee is made by combining both caramel and molasses and the end result is nothing short of spectacular. So many treats like candies, desserts, cookies and of course chocolate bars contain this star ingredient, and the high impact flavor it brings can definitely be attributed to the success this treat enjoyed back in its day. Nestle, the food processing company, has been processing food products since 1866, and for the subsequent 153 years, they’ve been bringing treats and products to the masses without ever halting on production. They’ve released one food product after another, particularly in the confectionery category, and all of these products have done well. On the rare occasion, however, they did have a few misfires, and after all, who hasn’t had a few so-called missteps on their rise to prominence. The Toffo bar, which should have just been called the Toffee Bar, let’s face it, struggled in its day to reach that global acceptance that the company had hoped for. But it surely had its fans, of course, and they are all missing this treat to this very day, still dreaming about the rich taste and texture. But they can dream all they want, as it won’t be returning any time soon … unless somebody starts an online petition that is. As we’ve learned, that tactic seems pretty effective.
1. Fox’s Echo Bars
Many people the world over travel land and sea to be able to spend a little time alone in nature. Maybe climbing a mountain range, or even hiking in the forests the great big globe of ours has to offer. But just as soon as they wanted to leave society, they find themselves missing companionship. But also, all they have for company is their own selves, and the only voice they’re likely to hear out there in the wilderness and up there in the mountains is the return of their own voice, echoed back to them by all that vast space. Echoes are still a wonderment shared by many, as the rebound of one’s voice or any sound for that matter is pretty spectacular and one of nature’s many interesting phenomena. And speaking of phenomenal things this planet has to offer, the many treats and bars we all enjoy can be considered pretty amazing as well. Aptly named, the Echo Bar was just that and the combination of white chocolate and milk chocolate brought the best of both world’s together. In essence, the bar was primarily milk chocolate and if we can be granted the opportunity to juxtapose the chocolate echo with a real life echo, you should see the same similarities and conclusions we came up with … the milk chocolate resembles the original voice called out into the vast mountains … the white chocolate represents the echo heard in return, as the echo heard is never quite the same as what’s put out there. With us so far? No? We kind of lost the point as well, but it was worth a try. Regardless, the echo definitely packed a punch worthy of its praise, and if you’d like to give it a try, we’re afraid you can’t. Just imagine if you will, singing loud and proud into a valley expecting an echo in return, only to hear and utter and mocking silence come back at you in return.