Sunday, April 6, 2014

Comic Chews

Comic characters seem to have been popular with makers of sweets and bars as quite a number of bars named after characters have been around. I thought I'd take a look at a few of them here, so first up is the Roy of the Rovers bar from McCowan's. These were chewy pineapple bars and were available in the 1980's and 1990's. According to a fan-page made to bring them back, they are still available today, but from one store only - the Texaco garage in Glounthaune, Ireland!

Next up is the Buster Bar, also from McCowan's and also from the 1980's and 1990's. These bars were given away with Buster comic at one point (I'm not sure if Roy of the Rovers bars were given away with his comic), as well as being available in the shops. They were liquorice bars coated in toffee.

Next up is the Captain Hurricane bars. These ones are from an earlier date to the above two, coming in around the mid 1970's. Apparently delicious, the bars came in a multiple of flavours - strawberry and vanilla, coconut and liquorice, kola and finally pineapple. I don't have a photo of the packaging but here's a scan of a full-page advert for the bars from a 1975 issue of Whizzer and Chips.

Next up is a bar featuring a D.C Thomson character. Desperate Dan was lucky enough to have a bar named after him in the 1990's. The Desperate Dan Bar was a "mighty fine chew", produced by McCowan's in one flavour - orange.

And last but not least is the Sweet Tooth Fruit Flavour Drops produced by Trebor. These packets each featured a comic strip from Whizzer and Chips, presumably a Sweet Tooth strip. There were twenty in total. If anybody can provide a scan of any or all of them please let me know!

That concludes a look at these sweets. This is by no means all of them, I think the Beano brand is now very large and covers a wide variety of goodies in the supermarket.


Kid said...

I preferred posters as free gifts. Saved having to re-wallpaper.

Phil Boyce said...

Highland Toffee Bars were always a favourite of the Beano and Dandy I remember ha. And Oink! had it's own bubble gun quite late in the life of the comic!

TwoHeadedBoy said...

Buster Bars were delicious!

You can get Beano Bars nowadays, I think. Mostly in a shop called The Works, red and black chewy things they are.

George Shiers said...

Oink bubble gum? That must be harder to find than the t-shirt or mug!