10 lost chocolate classics - which do you miss most?

Toffos - one of the lost classics

Toffos - one of the lost classics

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York has a long and proud history as a chocolate city. It was the birthplace of classics such as Kit Kat, Smarties, the Chocolate Orange and Yorkie, and remains a production powerhouse.

But not all ideas have stood the test of time.

We asked Nestlé heritage assistant Alex Hutchinson to take a look down memory lane, to recall ten lost classics from yesteryear.

Which of these can you recall? And which do you remember most fondly? Or is there another lost classic that you would love to see brought back?

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York Press:

1 - Rowntree’s Tokens – First launched in 1963, Tokens were a very limited line indeed. They had disappeared from sale within a year.

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York Press:

2 - Rowntree’s Chocolate Cream Eggs – First launched in 1963, this line was phased out in the early 1980s to make room for the ever popular Smarties Eggheads.

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York Press:

3 - Texan – the Rowntree’s milk chocolate covered nougat bar. “A man’s got to chew what a man’s got to chew”. It ran from 1972 to 1981. It was revived briefly as a limited edition, and still receives fan mail from consumers who want to see its return.

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York Press:

4 - Toffo – Originally named Toff –O- Lux, the tube of individually wrapped toffees was launched in the 1930s, alongside Rolo. The name was changed to Toffo in 1975 and the last Toffo rolled off the production line in 2008.

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York Press:

5 - Weekend – Mackintosh’s Weekend assortments were a popular treat during the 60s, 70s, and 80s. They included candied fruits, nougat and posh jelly beans.

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York Press:

6 - Good News – (1960 to 1988). It was launched by Mackintosh’s to rival Rowntree’s Black Magic chocolates. Savoy Truffle, anyone?

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York Press:

7 - Hovis Chocolate Biscuits – During the 1920s, York’s most famous son Plain Mr York of York, Yorks, joined forces with the Hovis baker to create a limited edition chocolate biscuit.

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York Press:

8 - Toffee Mallow Eggs – Mackintosh’s toffee expertise was put to good use in 1972 to launch these toffee and marshmallow filled eggs. They continued to delight consumers well into the 1990s.

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York Press:

9 - Rowntree’s Café-Au-Lait Chocolate – one of the many early Rowntree’s lines. This Victorian treat would have been one of the first Rowntree’s chocolate bars to include milk, which wasn’t successfully introduced to chocolate until as late as 1875.

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York Press:

10 - Rowntree’s York Chocolates – One of the first brands launched by Rowntree’s. York assortment was made in its home city until the outbreak of war, but didn’t return after the armistice. York assortment spawned a family of chocolate bars, including York Milk, Plain York and York Motoring. The bars were phased out in 1966, only to be revived again in 1976 under the name Yorkie.

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3:53pm Fri 28 Mar 14

York2000 says...

I forgot about toffee and mallow eggs. Bring those back please along with Toffos.

And, I dont think this is Rowntree? - Coconut Boosts.
I forgot about toffee and mallow eggs. Bring those back please along with Toffos. And, I dont think this is Rowntree? - Coconut Boosts. York2000
  • Score: 15

5:45pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Texan was the food of the gods. Didn't know it was discontinued.
Weren't there also Mint Toffos?
Texan was the food of the gods. Didn't know it was discontinued. Weren't there also Mint Toffos? Pinza-C55
  • Score: 13

5:56pm Fri 28 Mar 14

non pedalling pete says...

I remember After Eight chocolate bars.It was plain chocolate and was a rival to Terrys bitter chocolate. It was still being made in 1972 in the gensen room on the ground floor when I started working there, but I cannot remember whenproduction ceased
I remember After Eight chocolate bars.It was plain chocolate and was a rival to Terrys bitter chocolate. It was still being made in 1972 in the gensen room on the ground floor when I started working there, but I cannot remember whenproduction ceased non pedalling pete
  • Score: 5

6:01pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Back and Beyond says...

cabana bars should be brought back along with Beech Nut
cabana bars should be brought back along with Beech Nut Back and Beyond
  • Score: 10

6:29pm Fri 28 Mar 14

oldgoat says...

Toffee & Mallow and Weekend..... yes, remember them!
Toffo is no more?

Cafe-au-lait reminds me of something that Terrys did.
Toffee & Mallow and Weekend..... yes, remember them! Toffo is no more? Cafe-au-lait reminds me of something that Terrys did. oldgoat
  • Score: 5

6:38pm Fri 28 Mar 14

yorkandproud says...

Back and Beyond wrote:
cabana bars should be brought back along with Beech Nut
Used to be a beech nut machine outside our paper shop for years, but sadly it got broken into, and it was removed.
[quote][p][bold]Back and Beyond[/bold] wrote: cabana bars should be brought back along with Beech Nut[/p][/quote]Used to be a beech nut machine outside our paper shop for years, but sadly it got broken into, and it was removed. yorkandproud
  • Score: 2

6:46pm Fri 28 Mar 14

smudge2 says...

Toffo was great business for the dentists replacing fillings.!!
Toffo was great business for the dentists replacing fillings.!! smudge2
  • Score: 6

7:51pm Fri 28 Mar 14

NoNewsIsGoodNews says...

TEXAN
TEXAN NoNewsIsGoodNews
  • Score: 3

7:53pm Fri 28 Mar 14

baldiebiker says...

I miss half of my teeth?
I miss half of my teeth? baldiebiker
  • Score: 3

8:26pm Fri 28 Mar 14

piaggio1 says...

Think it was called
Jenson.dept.
Also remember the small eggs filled with smarties.made em in the aero dept.ground floor.best bit wer fridays..thats when orange aero was moulded.nust one day 3 shifts.and when it came out solid it were gorgeous. .
Appy daze...
Think it was called Jenson.dept. Also remember the small eggs filled with smarties.made em in the aero dept.ground floor.best bit wer fridays..thats when orange aero was moulded.nust one day 3 shifts.and when it came out solid it were gorgeous. . Appy daze... piaggio1
  • Score: 0

8:43pm Fri 28 Mar 14

jmumof3 says...

I bet all those boxes of chocolates were much nicer than the cheap, boring. and nasty ones on sale now from English confectioners. I remember Dairy Box once had some really nice toffee mallows in.
I bet all those boxes of chocolates were much nicer than the cheap, boring. and nasty ones on sale now from English confectioners. I remember Dairy Box once had some really nice toffee mallows in. jmumof3
  • Score: 6

8:45pm Fri 28 Mar 14

Teabag1 says...

Toffos bring them back!!!!
Toffos bring them back!!!! Teabag1
  • Score: 3

11:05pm Fri 28 Mar 14

MouseHouse says...

just bring back Olde English Flavoured Spangles and I'lll be happy. You can keep chocolate...
just bring back Olde English Flavoured Spangles and I'lll be happy. You can keep chocolate... MouseHouse
  • Score: 10

12:51am Sat 29 Mar 14

SB Dubs says...

Yes weekend chocolates were the best. Me and my sister used to get a weekend Easter egg every year and we chose one chocolate from the box each bedtime, very exciting. Not like shoving chocolate down your throat , so easy and so much choice these days. My mam used to work at Terrys but we never had stacks of chocolate in the house like people (including me) have now. It was a treat to have chocolate in the 70s/80s. And Beech nut chuddy was her favourite, 2p a packet from corner shop. Those were the days....actually I didn't realise they had stopped making these things. Im sure I had Toffos fairly recently..
Yes weekend chocolates were the best. Me and my sister used to get a weekend Easter egg every year and we chose one chocolate from the box each bedtime, very exciting. Not like shoving chocolate down your throat , so easy and so much choice these days. My mam used to work at Terrys but we never had stacks of chocolate in the house like people (including me) have now. It was a treat to have chocolate in the 70s/80s. And Beech nut chuddy was her favourite, 2p a packet from corner shop. Those were the days....actually I didn't realise they had stopped making these things. Im sure I had Toffos fairly recently.. SB Dubs
  • Score: 5

12:56am Sat 29 Mar 14

SB Dubs says...

And I think the quote ' a mans gotta chew what a mans gotta chew' ...Toffo, not Texan
And I think the quote ' a mans gotta chew what a mans gotta chew' ...Toffo, not Texan SB Dubs
  • Score: 5

6:56am Sat 29 Mar 14

yorkmax99 says...

How about mint cracknell, and onetwos they were made before drifter, spent 20 yrs in finished goods warehouse so remember most of them
How about mint cracknell, and onetwos they were made before drifter, spent 20 yrs in finished goods warehouse so remember most of them yorkmax99
  • Score: 6

8:33am Sat 29 Mar 14

hev_m_s says...

Bring back Toffos! And Bassett Fruit Allsorts.
Bring back Toffos! And Bassett Fruit Allsorts. hev_m_s
  • Score: 2

9:10am Sat 29 Mar 14

pedalling paul says...

non pedalling pete wrote:
I remember After Eight chocolate bars.It was plain chocolate and was a rival to Terrys bitter chocolate. It was still being made in 1972 in the gensen room on the ground floor when I started working there, but I cannot remember whenproduction ceased
Hope this is not pedalling paula in a new guise.......!!!!
[quote][p][bold]non pedalling pete[/bold] wrote: I remember After Eight chocolate bars.It was plain chocolate and was a rival to Terrys bitter chocolate. It was still being made in 1972 in the gensen room on the ground floor when I started working there, but I cannot remember whenproduction ceased[/p][/quote]Hope this is not pedalling paula in a new guise.......!!!! pedalling paul
  • Score: -4

9:13am Sat 29 Mar 14

Woody G Mellor says...

SB Dubs wrote:
And I think the quote ' a mans gotta chew what a mans gotta chew' ...Toffo, not Texan
No, definatly Texan.
[quote][p][bold]SB Dubs[/bold] wrote: And I think the quote ' a mans gotta chew what a mans gotta chew' ...Toffo, not Texan[/p][/quote]No, definatly Texan. Woody G Mellor
  • Score: 1

10:27am Sat 29 Mar 14

alanyork says...

Back and Beyond wrote:
cabana bars should be brought back along with Beech Nut
cabanas yeh magic coffee walnut whips vanished
[quote][p][bold]Back and Beyond[/bold] wrote: cabana bars should be brought back along with Beech Nut[/p][/quote]cabanas yeh magic coffee walnut whips vanished alanyork
  • Score: 3

10:31am Sat 29 Mar 14

SB Dubs says...

Woody G Mellor wrote:
SB Dubs wrote:
And I think the quote ' a mans gotta chew what a mans gotta chew' ...Toffo, not Texan
No, definatly Texan.
No sorry woody definitely Toffo, I have the badge (as seen on ebay, but not mine) with the quote on.
[quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SB Dubs[/bold] wrote: And I think the quote ' a mans gotta chew what a mans gotta chew' ...Toffo, not Texan[/p][/quote]No, definatly Texan.[/p][/quote]No sorry woody definitely Toffo, I have the badge (as seen on ebay, but not mine) with the quote on. SB Dubs
  • Score: 4

2:20pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Terry3 says...

Where are Dairy Box and Black magic?
Where are Dairy Box and Black magic? Terry3
  • Score: 1

4:16pm Sat 29 Mar 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=nZZ13fR8p
Ck

@1.13
http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=nZZ13fR8p Ck @1.13 Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 4

6:17pm Sun 30 Mar 14

non pedalling pete says...

On your bike piddeling peddaling pedalling paul
On your bike piddeling peddaling pedalling paul non pedalling pete
  • Score: 0

10:32pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Kelvar says...

Terry3 wrote:
Where are Dairy Box and Black magic?
I don't think they are 'LOST' yet (are they??)
[quote][p][bold]Terry3[/bold] wrote: Where are Dairy Box and Black magic?[/p][/quote]I don't think they are 'LOST' yet (are they??) Kelvar
  • Score: 2

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