I really showed my age the other day when overhearing my colleague singing 5-4-3-2-1, the infectious Manfred Mann hit. The locked door to the lost memory vault in my brain suddenly burst open.
“Hang on,” I said, “wasn’t that the name of a chocolate bar?” I even had a vague recollection of the advert.
“Yes it was,” replied my colleague, ” are you trying to tell us that you’re older than you look?”
But back to the choccy bar, 5-4-3-2-1 was a blink-and-damn-you-missed it chocolate bar that was around for an ever so brief time in the 1980s before finally being discontinued in 1989. I remember the television advert featured the Manfred Mann classic and that the wrapper was in primary colours with 5-4-3-2-1 emblazoned across it in bold, yellow digits. However, I couldn’t quite remember what the chocolate bar contained but after interrogating everyone I knew who was around then, I understand that a 5-4-3-2-1 bar consisted of wafer; fondant; crisped rice, and caramel covered with thick milk chocolate. It sounds delicious but the fact that people barely remember it (I think I must have scoffed these only a handful of times myself) means it couldn’t have been around for very long before it’s makers pulled the plug on it. I do wish they’d bring it back though – I’d love to try them again.
And you have to check out the advert. It even features Ted Rogers!