Chinwagging about Chocolate

Thornton's Chocolate billboard, from telegraph.co.uk

You wouldn’t think the buying out of a company by another could cause a major storm, but that’s exactly what happened last year when Kraft took over Cadbury’s. I’m a big Dairy Milk fan, and indeed as a child wanted to own the Cadbury’s factory down in Bournville. The public outcry following the announcement proved that I clearly wasn’t the only one who felt that way as a child.

Of course, this list if names inspired by chocolate is completely biased for what you can find on the shelves of my local off licence where much enjoyable research for this post occurred 😉

Aero

The name of a brand of bubbly chocolate currently made by Nestlé but originally marketed by Rowntree’s back in the 1930s. Not a completely out-there choice when one remembers that the Finnish form of Eric is Eero, said as ay-ro which is how I know a few people pronounce the name of this chocolate bar. Personally, I say air-oh.

Currently there are several varieties out there for you to gourge through. CrossCountry trains currently sells the caramel version through it’s trolley service, whilst rival train company EastMidlandsTrains sells the rival Cadbury’s version, Wispa. There is the original milk chocolate flavour as well as mint, crispy, dark, white and latté.

Dove

The product is actually sold as Galaxy in the UK, Ireland and parts of the Middle East. The origins of the bar lie in a Chicago Sweet Shop that eventually fell into the hands of Mars, inc in 1986. Back then, the product was called Dove Candies&Ice Cream, so Dove is the originally name, not my beloved Galaxy.

Speaking from personally experience of eating the bar myself, it’s nice enough but it tends to make me feel slightly dizzy and a tad ill so I’ve never actually finished a bar. The name Dove works for those looking to name Clover and Olive’s siser (thinking about it, that sibet rocks).

Freddo/Taz

There’s currently a Facebook group going around called Using the price of Freddo bars to judge the state of the economy. That’s because they’re now around the 20p mark when most people grew up with the glorious 10p version which it was sold for right up until the mid-noughties. It’s simply milk chocolate that’s gone through a frog mould, which was created by an Australian, Harry Melbourne. Cadbury’s bought out the Australian compnay MacRobertson’s in the 1960s and hence added Freddo to it’s own portfolio of treats although is was withdrawn in 1979 but then relaunched 15 years later. A caramel version is also available and was originally called Taz in the Freddo relaunch, featuring the Looney Tunes character.

Fry

Fry’s Chocolate was founded circa 1759 and merged with Cadbury’s in 1919. With Cadbury’s in charge it produced the Five Boys bar which was in production right up until the 1970s. Fry’s Five Centre (the five being: orange, raspberry, lime, strawberry and pineapple) was produced right up until 1992.

Given a chance, my Grandma will bang on about this particular brand no end, claiming it made some of the finest chocolate one could buy with coppers. Either way, Fry’s Chocolate Cream bar is still available on the market, but not as widely as it once was.

Hero

Heroes is the name of one of Cadbury’s box of chocolates, containing most of their well known varieties such as Dairy Milk and Twirls in miniature form. Perhaps one of the more controversial names on this list, considering the kind of reaction Myleene Klass received when she announced the name of her second daughter: Hero Harper.

Over in Australia and New Zealand, the product is marketed as Favourites, inspired by the fact the box includes some of Cadbury’s big name brands. It was launched as recently as 1999 as a response to the rival tin Celebrations, created by Mars.

Hershey

My Filipino friend bangs on about this brand of chocolate quite a lot, and thus am lead to believe that it is widely available over in the States, even if I’ve never come across it on supermarket shelves myself back here in England. I suspect that it is available from some outlets, since she’s always in good supply of them. Either way, the taste is noted for being slightly sour and tangy, especially compared to what we Europeans are used to. That may be why the Hershey bar is seldom sought after over on this side of the pond.

The bar itself was created by Milton Hershey and was one of the first mass-produced chocolate bars in the States.

Kit Kat

Both are noted and used nicknames for Katherine, and the bar itself was originally created by Rowntree’s back in 1935 and launched as Rowntree’s Chocolate Crisp, priced at a modest 2d. It was renamed Kit Kat Chocolate Crisp in 1937 and became just Kit Kat after the second World War ended. Kit Kat came to the doorsteps of the people abroad in Australia, New Zeland, South Africa and Canada in the 1940s. Nestlé took over the production in 1988, whilst The Hershey Company have licence to distribute it in the States.

Rowntree’s had launched a boxed chocolates brand entitled Kit Cat in the 1920s but this had been pulled by the time the first incarnation of Kit Kat had hit the shelves.

Milka

Or as my friend calls it, Purple Cow. You can find this particular bar of chocolate quite frequently over on the continent and is produced by Kraft as a rival to Dairy Milk; the crucial difference between Dairy Milk and the Milka bar is that Cadbury famously includes a glass and a half of milk in every half pound, whereas the Milka bar is made with milk powder, which brings down the cost and indeed quality if we’re going to get snobby about it as the Daily Mail did.

Rolo

Made by Nestlé, except for the States where it’s made by The Hershey Company under licence. The main difference between the two versions is that the caramel in the american one if apparently thicker and chewier, compared to the runny kind everyone else gets.

Rolo is one of Nestlé’s big brands, expanding into other forms of sweet foods such as ice cream, cake bars, birthday cake, fairy cakes, doughnuts and yoghurts. I’m pretty sure McDonald’s did a Rolo flavoured McFlurry for a limited period as well.

Rose

The name of another selection box of chocolate by Cadbury’s. They were named so after the original factory, Rose Brothers, which provided the equipment to wrap the chocolates back when it was launched in 1938.

It performs consistently well during Christmas time and Mother’s day when the big tins are usually available on special offer at big supermarkets for £5-£10 depending on the current financial climate. Not bad for something that’s been around for around 80 years now.

Thornton

Established in 1911 by Joseph William Thornton it’s now the largest independant chocolate and confectionary company in the UK following the take-over of Cadbury’s. It’s headquarters is just down the road from me in Alfreton, Derbyshire making it my local chocolate factory. Thornton’s mainly make boxed chocolate rather than individual brands, with it’s Continental and Special Toffee collections being two of the favourite. The shops are reasonably small, but are a hive of activity during the Christmas and Easter season.

You can definitely find a Thornton’s branch in most relatively sized towns here in England. I came across a Thornton’s Café in Liverpool when I went up there on an Open Day last month, which excited the chocolate fairy inside of me.

The current leader of the opposition, Ed Miliband, welcomed his second son in 2010 who is called Samuel Stewart Thornton. Thornton is the maiden name of Justine, his wife whom he married at Langor Hall earlier on in 2011, which is also just down the road from me.

Wispa

Some say this the same way as the word whisper, other’s will distinctly sound the a at the end. Either way it could appeal to the Wynter market of baby namers.

The Wispa bar can credit it’s revival in 2007 to social media as various campaigns to reinstate the bar that had been discontinued in 2003 made it’s mark. Cadbury’s originally slated for a limited period release to satisfy fans, but the demand meant that the bar returned in 2008 for good.

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4 thoughts on “Chinwagging about Chocolate

  1. I’ve recently become a fan of Whitman’s chocolate, an old-fashioned American brand I just discovered. Over at Appellation Mountain, someone sent in a name story where Whitman is her son’s middle name – he’s named after a famous Christian preacher, rather than the chocolate though.

    Two Australian chocolate bars are Violet Crumble and Cherry Ripe – I always thought Violet and Cherry would make a good twin set in honour of the chocolate! 😀 Maybe Violet Honey and Cherry Coco to indicate their centres?

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    • Indeed they would! I think the name Violet is adorable, she currently sits just outside of the Top 100 over here in E&W. Methinks Cherry Coco would make a fabulous name for the fifth child of Jamie Oliver, should they have another which is unlikely 🙂

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  2. I must confess that my husband and I picked out the name Lavender Honey, but were forced to conclude it sounded too much like the Oliver’s daughter Poppy Honey. 😦

    I gracefully offer them Cherry Coco though (agreed, not likely to have another).

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  3. vivou

    “Royce” chocolate is big in Asia, esp Japan… 🙂

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