But what about those Cadbury's chocolate bars (candy bars to my American readers) that got lost in The Pond?
While you can almost certainly purchase the following names in novelty British stores throughout America, you won't (for the most part) see them on the confectionary aisle at Wal-Mart.
Here are 5 Cadbury's bars that you cannot get in American stores.
Introduced to the British public in 1929, The Crunchie uniquely combines chocolate on the outside with a honeycomb toffee sugar centre. It is one of those chocolate bars that one should eat in steps: first bite off the chocolate coating and then crunch (aptly) on the centre. If this were widely available in the United States, one imagines it would sell rather well at fairgrounds, where sugary treats such as candy floss (cotton candy to my American readers) are sold en masse.
Somewhat of a late comer to the Cadbury's machine, the Twirl - in its current form - was first launched in 1984 and has been a mainstay ever since. Nothing more than twirly chocolate flakes wrapped in a dairy milk chocolate, the Twirl is one of Cadbury's best-selling brands of its kind. The perfect chocolate bar for those who like it light.
Similar in make-up to the Twirl, the Flake - having been launched in the United Kingdom in 1920 - is the oldest entry on this list. As a matter of fact, it was created quite by accident, when a Cadbury's employee noticed that excess from production had formed folded chocolate with flakes. Perfect to dip in ice cream, the Flake is famously used as the Pièce de résistance in the 99 Flake, an ice cream cone whose etymology is unknown to this day.
Launched in 1981 as a rival to the now Nestle-owned Aero, the Wispa bar has endured something of a roller-coaster existence. This bubbly chocolate bar was discontinued in 2003, only to be reinstated some 4 or 5 years later following what some believe to have been a staged internet protest by Cadbury's itself. The closest America has ever come to making confectionary of this nature is Hershey's Air Delight, which is, admittedly, more like the previously mentioned Aero.
5. Double Decker
Named after the bus of the same name, the Double Decker is decidedly British and the perfect double-act of nougat-whip and Rice Crispies served over two layers. Given its name and the notable lack of double-decker buses throughout America, it was never likely to catch on stateside, but Americans could do worse than this 1976 model.
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