Today dear friends my post is all about biscuits or, to be more precise, three very special biscuits and their 1951 connection.
The Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer, correctly known as the Tunnock’s Milk Chocolate Coated Caramel Wafer Biscuit was invented in 1951.
It is a bar consisting of five layers of wafer, interspersed with 4 layers of caramel. The bar is coated in chocolate, made from condensed milk. The wafers are wrapped in red and gold coloured foil. The wrappers bear the wording “more than 5,000,000 of these biscuits made and sold every week“.
They are made in Scotland by Thomas Tunnock Limited.
Their creator, Boyd Tunnock, wanted to make products that had a longer shelf life. He decided to make caramel wafers .
In 1951, he bought Italian wafers, and tried making caramel to put in between them. The caramel he made didn’t work out.
He was referred to a man who worked in a toffee factory, who came over and showed him how to make the caramel.
Tunnock’s Caramel Wafers hit the store shelves in 1952.
The current wrapper has not changed since it was developed in 1955 by the Robinson Wax Paper company of Bristol, England.
St. Andrews University has a Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Appreciation Society, founded in 1982.
I definitely feel a tea-break coming on …
The glorious Kit Kat is a chocolate-covered wafer biscuit bar created by Rowntree’s of York and introduced in 1935. It was first named Rowntree’s Chocolate Crisp and was renamed Kit Kat Chocolate Crisp in 1937. The first Kit Kat poster appeared in 1951. (The one on the left is actaully a late 1950s advertisement as the familiar slogan Have a break… have a Kit Kat was introduced in 1958.
Oh the temptation of it all!!
Last but not least we have delicious Cadbury Chocolate Fingers
with their combination of milk chocolate and crunchy biscuit. Cadbury Fingers as we know them today were originally launched in 1951
. However, they were first introduced back in 1897 as part of Cadbury biscuit assortments.
Over one billion Cadbury Fingers are consumed in the UK every year. That’s an average of 36 every single second!
Right … I’m off down the shops.