I’ve ALWAYS had a sweet tooth, and chocolate has always been my biggest weakness. As a kid, I loved almost all chocolate bars (except Pollywaffles and Nudge bars), but my very favourite were Fry’s bars.
If you never tasted one, the Fry’s Five Centre bar was a slim, dark chocolate bar filled with flavoured fondants – strawberry, pineapple, lime, orange and raspberry.
The Fry’s Chocolate Cream bar had a plain, white filling. I could never figure out exactly what flavour it was, but I liked it ALMOST as much as the fruity version.
Sadly, both varieties disappeared from the milk bar shelves quite a few years ago – and, even more sadly, most of the milk bars disappeared soon after! (Perhaps there’s a link there!)
Original Lolly Store has them
Whenever the “What’s your favourite chocolate bar?” question came up (maybe that’s an indication of the company I keep) I reminisced about the Fry’s bars’ smooth dark chocolate and soft, sweet fillings. When H discovered the Original Lolly Store chain several years ago, I was rapt to find that they stocked Fry’s Chocolate Cream and Fry’s Orange Cream bars amongst their imported chocolate bars. I immediately had a bit of a Fry’s Bar Fest, pushing them at the kids saying, “SEE? SEE? They really did make the best chocolate bars in the olden days!”
After we went vegan I avoided that shop because, with all the delicious vegan food available elsewhere, I was already stacking on the weight and didn’t need any more temptations. I figured most of the lollies would contain gelatine or dairy products anyway, so it was best to just keep away.
Leo’s Fine Food & Wine has them
Last week (having recently lost 6 kilograms…thank you very much), I was doing my weekly supermarket shopping at Leo’s in Heidelberg. Walking down the confectionery aisle (you must understand that the confectionery aisle is also the toiletries aisle, so I really can’t avoid it) I noticed a familiar chocolate bar jumping around on the shelf, waving to me, and calling my name like an old friend.
It was the Fry’s Chocolate Cream bar, accompanied by her new friends the Orange Cream bar and the Peppermint Cream bar. I had to go over and say hello. I didn’t really hold out much hope of being able to eat one, because I was sure there would be dairy products in there somewhere, but I turned them over and gave the ingredients the obligatory scan.
Next thing I knew, I was doing a happy dance with my trolley, and those bars were all coming home with me!
Instead of rolling their eyes at me, the family gathered around and I had to slap away their greedy, grabby hands long enough to divide the bars up evenly, so we could all try each flavour.
Now bring back Fry’s Five Centre bars!
They really are a fantastic chocolate bar – for those of us with an out-of-control sweet tooth. These 3 varieties are really good, but I really miss the now out-of-production Five Centre Bar. And apparently, I’m not the only one.
A quick Google search told me that there are numerous campaigns, petitions and Facebook pages dedicated to persuading Cadbury to bring them back. Sadly, each one only has about 20 supporters. They need to all be rolled over into one campaign (like a whole lot of lost superannuation funds), if they’re going to have a chance of being effective.
Personally, I can’t be bothered doing anything about it (apart from whining…and writing this post). I’m so happy to be reunited with my old friends, I think I’ll just sit back with another Chocolate Cream Bar and try to figure out what that flavour is! It might take a few bars, so hopefully my other old friends – 6 kilos of visceral fat – don’t drop by too.