The end of Highland Toffee?

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The end of Highland Toffee?

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-15001428
McGowans, makers of Highland Toffee and Wham chew bars, have gone into administration. If they don't find a buyer, it'll be the end for those much loved chew bars commonly used as comic free gifts in years gone by. :(

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Is that the toffee that used to stretch like plastic as you drew it away from your teeth?


I used to love that stuff! You used to get flavoured versions as well...


I have to buy some bars if they are still available, for old times's sake.


The last time I bought them, they probably cost a few pence each.

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You used to be able to get (In the 60s) Banana flavoured ice lollies with soft toffee centres! Lovely! Anyone else remember them?
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alanultron5 wrote:You used to be able to get (In the 60s) Banana flavoured ice lollies with soft toffee centres! Lovely! Anyone else remember them?
Lord Toffingham - darn tasty!

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what about 'Lolly Gobble Choc Bomb' from the same era, or Woppas fro the 60s-early 70s.

Totally agree about 'Lord Toffingham' ice lollies being delicious, guys!

A good enough reason in itself to invent a time machine........

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Are the Wham bars the pink things with little fizzy-sherberty bits in it?

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I used to like the Palm Toffee bars in the 60s and 70s they had a chocolate, strawberry or banana centre. I also remember Milk Tray bars and Fry's chocolate sandwich. Spanish Gold - packets of edible rolling tobacco!

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Jay wrote:Are the Wham bars the pink things with little fizzy-sherberty bits in it?
That's right.

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According to the Glasgow Evening Times it It looks like they may be saved as an invester is going to err invest - amazed its in trouble when it sell 11 million bars of its toffee a year, maybe the lack of free sweeties in comics has had its effects.

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By sheer luck I found an advert for Palm Toffee Bars in a copy School Friend by my pc.

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I always worry about small firms eg Tunnocks who produce those caramel wafers when you see supermarket own brand versions in very similar wrappers but a lot cheaper. Tesco sells its own spreadable butter in a tub with the same colour scheme as Lurpack. And how many variations are there of "I can't believe its not butter" I'm surprised there isn't a Scottish version called "I Dinna Ken Its Nae Butter"

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BUTTER!! that's for Jessie's its way too healthy in Scotland we use lard on oor pieces mon! - Tunnocks are pretty safe I reckon they sell millions of all their products and (IMHO at least) they are excellent and other copies are just not the same - I think as it has a low unit cost it get brand loyalty. Never heard of Palm Toffee is that an English based sweet (or is the name based on Palm oil being in the product?)

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STARBOY wrote:According to the Glasgow Evening Times it It looks like they may be saved as an invester is going to err invest
Glad to hear that.

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As you can see from the ad they were based in West London but the bars disappeared in the 70s or 80s. I used to walk over Tower Bridge a few years back and would pass the Paynes building - they made those boxes of Toffets which I think are still available. I'm surprised Fry's Orange Cream is still going as I don't know anyone who buys it. I'll be going to Tesco this afternoon so will buy some Tunnocks bars for my lunch box. The one thing I hated was flying saucers - the way they squeaked between your teeth was like fingernails on a blackboard to me - I had a similar aversion to polystyrene and had to grit my teeth when mates found some and rubbed it on the wall to make little white flakes.

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Re: The end of Highland Toffee?

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Toffets got renamed Toffee Poppets some time ago (they've changed the packaging three times since then). Poppets also come in mint, raisin, and cookie versions.
http://www.poppets.co.uk/our-range/ - shows the current flavours
http://www.poppets.co.uk/about-poppets/ - shows various past packaging, and mentions the Dandy!

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