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Blue Bird Liquorice Toffees

These toffees have been around for near on a 100 years and in the 1970’s they were still huge too. Liquorice covered in chocolate made it a great snack, although I did not always finish the liquorice as I always seemed to enter school with black all around my mouth,and on my tongue.

Yes , I really did do that.

The toffees were called Harvino, until the maker Harry Vincent changed them in 1927 to Blue Bird, named after a play believe it or not. In the 1970’s the tins were small tub sized and had many different illustrations on them, not that I can really remember that. But I do remember that around 1972 the product actually covered pictures of football players on the can.

There were so many cans and shapes, that it has fallen out of memory a little, but if you try and remember the main logo, it is a bluebird flying down past a red sun-like shape. When you see that logo, it will push your memory cells to recall.

Although it still exists in some form, it is of course past it’s prime. The 1970’s version was a family version, as I remember the toffees would bring my Gran’s teeth out, as it blackened mine.

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