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Taste nostalgia. Good or bad thing?

(103 Posts)
papaoscar Sat 04-Jan-14 03:26:58

I've always had a sweet tooth, hence my lack of teeth, but the other day I stumbled upon a bar of Fry's Chocolate Cream which I hadn't seen in the shops for a long time. Oh, the simple pleasure, it actually tasted just like it used to. What a relief as I was beginning to think that my sense of taste had changed forever. Does anybody else feel the same way?

absent Sat 04-Jan-14 05:56:39

I thought I would try cream soda because I used to love it when I was a child. It tastes like fizzy washing up liquid.

kittylester Sat 04-Jan-14 07:11:28

I bought a caramac a while ago as I loved them when I was little. It was revolting. shock

Kiora Sat 04-Jan-14 08:03:12

Mmmm fry's orange chocolate cream Loverly. My own children get very nostalgic if they drink hot ribeana. I wouldn't let them have tea or coffee as children. So in the winter months they had hot ribeaner in the morning and on their return from school. They tell me if they even just smell it now it conjures up feeling of being warm, cosy and safe.

AlieOxon Sat 04-Jan-14 08:29:32

I love Fry's cream bars but the peppermint most. It's a dark chocolate that acctually doesn't have milk in! - so I can eat it.
But a query - didn't the mint cream used to be pale green? Or am I imagining it?

JessM Sat 04-Jan-14 08:34:11

My SIL has got a thing about Irish cadbury's chocolate. They do small bars over there the same as she had when she was a child. She reckons they taste different - and some of them are different variations on the theme. This is a woman who could afford to buy Hotel Chocolat every day, But we were instructed to buy her lots of bars and bring them back from Ireland.
I find that sweets i ate as a child (and adult) taste disgustingly sweet these days.

MiceElf Sat 04-Jan-14 08:51:58

What happened to Fry's Five Boys? It did wonders for my vocabulary smile

AlieOxon Sat 04-Jan-14 08:54:54

A neighbour brought me a Hershey Bar from the US....I had wondered what they were like - horrible sickly stuff.

thatbags Sat 04-Jan-14 09:17:00

I tried Hershey's once in the States. I understood then why they call it 'candy'. It certainly isn't chocolate worthy of the name.

annsixty Sat 04-Jan-14 09:21:36

I too loved Fry's chocolate cream and didn't they also make one with the five? squares having a different flavoured fruit cream inside or was that the Five Boys? I vividly remember the end of sweet rationing and buying a bar of something like Milk Tray that had about six squares each containing a different centre which are now in the boxes.

janeainsworth Sat 04-Jan-14 09:21:48

Alie You are right, there was a green version - it might have been a marzipan filling?
Mice I suspect the 5 Boys had a politically incorrect picture on the front!

Agus Sat 04-Jan-14 09:46:56

I don't have a sweet tooth but I love anything that is minty. I used to buy a bar of toffee from the school tuck shop which had a layer of normal toffee and a layer of mint toffee. I can't remember the name but I clearly remember standing at the tuck shop impatiently waiting to buy it.

AlieOxon Sat 04-Jan-14 09:54:02

jane what I remembered was just green minty filling...

annsixty yes there were both, don't recollect Five Boys but the Fry's cream did have a varied version.

I used to get gorgeous mint toffees on holiday in Scotland, I think at a shop in Kirkcudbright. Can't remember the make now.

Stansgran Sat 04-Jan-14 09:57:30

Callard and Bowser nougat in rice paper. A delicious treat.

harrigran Sat 04-Jan-14 10:05:08

Barley sugar twists, in sticks and later as individual sweets. Mother always carried some for sister who was travel sick.

AlieOxon Sat 04-Jan-14 10:07:47

Blackpool Rock, I used to live there...I suppose it's still there!

AlieOxon Sat 04-Jan-14 10:10:30

The mixed bar was Fry's Five Centre, I just googled it.

JessM Sat 04-Jan-14 10:49:54

White italian/welsh ice-cream, with a flake.
italian/welsh ice-cream is still fantastic.

Ana Sat 04-Jan-14 11:01:49

I remember the green minty filling, too.

Didn't the Five Boys bars have impressions of a boy's face wearing a different expression on each of the five pieces? Or perhaps it was just on the wrapper...

annodomini Sat 04-Jan-14 11:15:48

Fry's chocolate cream - the original one with the white filling - was my mother's favourite. She'd sometimes let us have a little bit too. I used to love crunchy bars, but now find it far too sweet. Hershey's are disgusting and do not deserve the name of chocolate. In the post war years, when rationing was still in force, a Mars bar was sliced and shared round the family. Why ever did I grow up with rubbishy teeth?

thatbags Sat 04-Jan-14 11:19:40

My mother always had barley sugar sweets for car journeys too, harri. We had to make one last as long as possible!

rockgran Sat 04-Jan-14 11:52:01

My auntie used to give us Fry's five boys.

The pictures were: desperation, pacification, expectation, acclamation and realisation... It's Fry' s!

Happy days!

Nonu Sat 04-Jan-14 12:06:28

I rather like going into "The Olde Sweet Shop " in town and seeing old favourites.
One thing I had not realised though that they are franchised , learn something new every day !

Agus Sat 04-Jan-14 12:14:42

DD1 had couple of febrile convulsions when she was 2. The doctor at the children's hospital prescribed a low dose of phenobaritone for a year. To disguise the tablet, DH who loved Fry's chocolate suggested using it to crush the tablet and mix it in the middle of a piece of his bar. Successful outcome but when DD had her final dose, we couldn't look at Fry's chocolate in any form. grin

papaoscar Sat 04-Jan-14 12:19:02

Oh, what happy memories you're all reviving! I'm sure there are many, many more - does anybody remember the Kunzle cake for example? And for something completely different - who can recall the batter scrapings you got for nothing with your fish and chips in the old days? Magic, and they were free. Then a thick slice of white bread and dripping, with all the brown roasting juices, and a good dollop of pepper. Was it better hot or cold? What about fried baked beans on thick fried bread - I'm drooling again. But the good thing about all these Gransnet memories is that they are all calorie free!