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Texan Bars
Texan was a nougat and toffee candy bar covered with chocolate, manufactured during the 1970s and 1980s. It was withdrawn from sale in the 1980s but was briefly re-launched as a limited "nostalgia" edition by Nestlé in 2005.

A 2004 survey of sweet shops' customers rated the Texan bar their favourite sweet of all time, by a large margin.

The advertisements for the Texan showed a cartoon cowboy, who was captured by bandits and tied to a stake. When asked if he had a last request he asked for a Texan bar which took him a long time to eat, during which time his captors fell asleep, allowing his escape. The cowboy's catchphrases were "Someone should have told em, Texan takes time a chewin!" and "Sure is a mighty chew!"

Cadbury Dream
Dream (Cadbury White in the UK) is a brand of white chocolate by Cadbury. It is no longer manufactured in the UK, though it is still manufactured in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. It is similar to a Milkybar, which is made by Nestlé. Some of the difference between it and Milkybar is that "Dream" uses real cocoa butter, is slimmer than the Milkybar, and the Milkybar uses puffed rice.

The bar was relaunched in the UK in 2019 under a new name 'Cadbury White'.

Space Dust
Space Dust was a super fun, popping candy style sweet that would burst on your tongue and was available in a wide variety of flavours. It ended up being discontinued because of an urban myth going around that eating Space Dust along with a fizzy drink could make your stomach explode! Since then, safer replicas have been released but they were never quite the same.

Aztec Bar
Aztec was a chocolate bar produced by Cadbury's from 1967. It was made of nougat and caramel covered with milk chocolate and was sold in a deep purple wrapper. The Aztec was created by Cadbury's to compete with the Mars Bar, but it was discontinued in 1978.

The Aztec was briefly revived as Aztec 2000 in 2000, but was discontinued again soon after.

The Moro is a similar Cadbury product, first sold in New Zealand in the 1960s, that was a much more successful competitor to the Mars Bar.

Spangles
When Spangles were introduced in 1950, sweets were still on ration, and the price of sweets had to be accompanied by tokens or points from one's ration book, but Spangles required only one point instead of the two required for other sweets and chocolate.

Spangles were discontinued in 1984, and briefly reintroduced in 1995, including in Woolworths outlets in the UK, though only four varieties were available – tangerine, lime, blackcurrant and Old English.  There are many nostalgic references to them from children who grew up with them. Spangles are associated with the post-war era and they, like Space Hoppers or the Raleigh Chopper, have become shorthand for lazy nostalgia for the time.  Spangles topped a poll of discontinued brands which British consumers would most like to see revived.

Today the Tunes brand is the only remaining relation of the Spangles brand, sharing the shape and wrapping of the original product.

Frys Five Centres
Fry's Chocolate Cream was first produced in 1866 and is considered the direct descendant of Fry's Cream Stick produced in 1853.  The Cream Stick was the first industrialised and affordable chocolate bar. In 1875, Fry's Chocolate Cream was remoulded to the shape it still has today.  During production, it once exceeded half a million units per day and the foil wrapping and label would appear in 1925. The Orange Cream and Peppermint Cream, followed by Fry's Five Centre, were introduced in 1934.

In World War II, Bomber crews in RAF Bomber Command were regularly issued with Fry's Chocolate Creams before missions.
Fry's Five Centre (orange, raspberry, lime, strawberry, and pineapple), was produced from 1934 to 1992. Five Centre was also sold with a combination of orange, coffee, vanilla, lime, and raspberry centres. It is probable that other combinations were sold at one time or another; for example, one reproduction 1950s advert shows a blackcurrant flavoured segment in place of vanilla. The Five Centre bar was renamed Fruit Medley during the 1960s, but this was later reversed.

White Chocolate Maltesers
Everyone knows and loves the light and airy milk chocolate Maltesers. But do you remember the white chocolate version? These little balls of goodness were discontinued in 2014 because of poor sales, but we don’t know anyone who disliked them! Even today, on the Facebook post announcing the sad news people still comment to ask when they will return.

Galaxy Truffles
The removal of the beloved Galaxy Truffle in the Celebration was an absolute travesty! Of all the sweets they could’ve removed in that tub, it was a real mystery why, arguably, the best one was taken away. Even today there are forums and petitions begging to bring the delightful Galaxy Truffle back.

Jap Desserts
They were fruit and cocoa flavour coconut sweets. These little sweets were crispy on the outside and very very sweet! They came in lots of colours including pink yellow, brown and white. We couldn’t tell you why or when they stopped making these but it was between 2010 & 2020.

Pacers
Pacers is a discontinued British brand of mint flavoured confection, manufactured by Mars.

Originally known as Opal Mints, they were plain white coloured chewy spearmint flavoured sweets, launched as a sister product to Opal Fruits (now known as Starburst). The product was subsequently relaunched as Pacers around 1976, and later, three green peppermint stripes were added to the sweet, possibly to align it with a similar American product of the same name.  Television commercials for the sweet alluded to sport and fitness, with participants wearing green and white-striped kit, featuring the slogan "Peppermint striped for two-mint freshness".  The brand was discontinued in 1985.

At one point the Glasgow Celtic football team were nicknamed "The Pacers" because of the similarity of their kit to the sweets.

Rowntree's Secret chocolate bar
A delicate nest of milk chocolate strands surrounding a soft, mallowy centre similar to a Walnut Whip, these fragile chocolate bars were almost impossible to bring home from the corner shop still intact. Nevertheless, they were a firm fan favourite until they disappeared in 2003.

Many online petitions have circulated since the bar's untimely end, however fans aren't disheartened and continue to launch social media pages campaigning for the Secret bar's return.

Nestlé Toffo
Discontinued back in 2008, the Toffo fanbase erupted when they realised it was missing from sweet shop shelves. That's why, in 2014, when a single remaining packet of the individually-wrapped soft toffees was found in a sweet shop in Dundee, the internet went wild with Toffo fans trying to bargain for the last intact roll.

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