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Cadbury’s Roses

Now you normally join one of the two chocolate tin camps here.
You either loved Cadburys Roses over the Christmas holiday break, or you were a Quality Street person.

Myself. I loved opening that big blue tin with Cadbury Rose on the top, and put my small hands into that metal container, and keep sifting through all those lovely chocolates individually wrapped in all those colours.

My favourite would be the soft chocolates, especially those Strawberry ones. Yummy. In fact I have to be honest, I would only go for the softer chocolates, and leave the few hard centred ones for my mum, who somehow managed to keep here false teeth in her mouth when chewing them.

It is hard to believe for us 70’s kids, but Roses has been going since 1938, that is just before World War One. The chocolates were never named after the plant, no they were named after the company that wrapped the products called Rose Brothers, and somehow the name never changed throughout the decades.

In the 1970’s the comedian and The Golden Shot host Norman Vaughan , who would put his thumb up at the end of a commercial and tell us that “Roses grow on you”. The actual chocolates in the tin changed so many times throughout the years, and of course depending where in the world you happened to be.

“They say that roses grow on you, They seem so nice it must be true,
They say that roses grow on you, Roses grow on you”.

Here are some that I am sure were around in the great 1970’s.

Strawberry Dream, Tangy Orange crème, Cadburys Dairy Milk and the Hazelnut ones too. You see I only seem to have memories for the softer ones. It was something that you bought for your mother on Mothers Day and Christmas, and it was the chocolates you gave auntie when she went into hospital for one of those operations.

I just remember the pop group Scaffold doing a version of the ad too, it went.

“hank you very much for doing the dishes,Thank you very much, thank you very, very, very much!
Thank you very much just for being my missis,Thank you very, very, very — very, very, very, very,
Thank you very, very, very much! “

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70s Retro Sweets

If you had to describe sweets from the 70s one word you would not use is boring. The seventies produced some of the wackiest ideas for confectionary you have ever known. From candy that explodes in your mouth to popcorn type sweets called HankyPanky, a selection of chocolates in a bar and coconut flavoured strands of chewy sugar wrapped in a tobacco type pouch called Spanish Gold.

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