One of the best things about Elaine and I being born just three weeks apart is that we remember loads of the same things from our childhood—especially television programmes and various items from the shopping basket.
Now I could stroll down a memory lane that has been cleaned by Vim or Ajax, but today’s offering has a chocolatey theme. I think it’s fair to say that my mouth bears the metallic scars of far too many trips to the sweet shop. When the dreaded time came for the six-monthly check-up, we would normally have the earliest appointments.
As a kid I used to think that if I went in first, I might catch the dentist before he was fully awake and he’d therefore miss the cavity that was staring up from one of my molars, yelling: “go on then, drill me you bas*!%&"... oops, something happened to the old keyboard there...
On a positive note, whenever there is a question on Pointless about metallic elements of the periodic Table, I usually do pretty well—mainly because most of the answers have been residing in various teeth since the 1970s...
Anyway back to the Topic (now that’s really clever) in hand.
I can’t really recall having a particular favourite type of chocolate, although I did feel it necessary to work my through every single bar as part of my research. Many favourites like Crunchie, Mars, Aero, Kit-Kat, Fruit & Nut etc have stood the test of time, but far more have disappeared for good. How many of this top ten of sadly departed bars do you
1. Cadbury’s Milk Tray – yes, in a bar!
2. Cadbury’s Bar Six
3. Mackintosh’s Golden Cup
4. Cadbury’s Amazin’ (raisin bar)
5. Nestlé Pink Panther Bar (strawberry flavoured)
6. Barratt Triffik (chocolate covered nougat)
7. Nestlé Texan (chew bar and cavity creator)
8. Rowntree’s Nutty (fudge and caramel coated in peanuts)
9. Cadbury’s Aztec
10. Rowntree’s Cabana (coconut and cherries... I bloody hate cherries)
And the absolutely best thing was that whichever bar you chose, you could wash it down with a can of strawberry Cresta—“it’s frothy man”.
In “our day”, we weren’t distracted from chocolate by things like computer games and other fancy gadgets that cost a fortune. Enjoyment and satisfaction could be bought for just a few pence—and there was the added benefit of the brisk walk to and from the sweet shop. Add to that the fact that thousands of dentists were able to regularly practice their drilling skills and there you have it: chocolate... the gift that just keeps on giving.
All my own work... almost.