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With This Ferrero Rocher Advert You Are Really Spoiling Us

It’s New Year’s Eve. People all over the world are going to be celebrating, partying, guzzling Champagne, and generally having a good time as is customary all over the world. So I thought it would be very appropriate to share one of my favourite television adverts. It’s the Ferrero Rocher ad where the ambassador (not sure of which country) is throwing a lavish reception and has invited guests from all over the world. Despite their numerous languages, they all understand the language of fine chocolate – and Ferrero Rocher was definitely considered top quality confectionary back in the day. And let’s face it – during the festive season, there would always be at least one box of Ferrero Rocher among the tins of Roses and Quality Street.

Even though this advert is more than two decades old, it is still very well remembered. It’s the cheesy piano music along with that classic line, “Monsieur, with Ferrero Rocher you are really spoiling us.” It’s a line I still use when I want to be sarcastic – and of course everyone instantly knows where it came from!

 
 

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OXO Christmas Ad

I love the TV ads of years gone by. This Christmas advert for OXO brings back so many memories…

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2014 in Brands, Commercials/Adverts, Products

 
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Not So Rosey On Quality Street

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Christmas is over, the decorations have long been taken down, and we’re all heaving a sigh of relief that we won’t have to look at another turkey until the end of the year. However not all traces of Christmas have completely disappeared as we’re still surrounded by a huge mountain of chocolate that we couldn’t manage to get through during the festive season – even though we had been dutifully stuffing our faces with the stuff!

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Among the stash which is going to take us another year to finish – I won’t need to bother buying chocs this Christmas – is a plastic tub of Heroes which is now half full of miniature chocolates, which I don’t mind but I’m not over the top crazy about, so I’m contemplating turning them into a scrummy, yummy fondue or a brownie so that they’ll be fully appreciated and not sit lingering in the tub for the best part of a year.

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But despite consuming an amount of chocolate that would make an oompa loompa very happy (actually my brother often calls me an oompa loompa but we won’t talk about that!) what was missing this year was the mammoth tin of Roses or Quality Street we used to receive every year since we were knee-high to… an oompa loompa! To us, those tins of chocolate are as synonymous with Christmas as tinsel covered trees and nativity cribs – Christmas just isn’t Christmas without them!

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I remember these!!! image from timeplan.com

 

One of the highlights of our Christmas involved working our way through a tin, tub or glass jar of either Roses or Quality Street (if we were extraordinarily lucky – both!) We couldn’t wait to take the lid off the tin and get stuck in. Even though Roses and Quality Street are available all year round in their standard box form, there’s something about seeing those beautifully wrapped sweets in bright jewel tones at Christmas that makes them very apt for that festive time of year. Opening a tin of Roses or Quality Street was like entering Aladdin’s cave; all those interesting colours, shapes, sizes and textures… no wonder it was such a huge hit with young children.

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I still have one of these – minus the lid and label sadly. Image from ebay.com

 

The chocolate tin was the equivalent of the Olympic gold medal in our house – it was regarded as something special that everyone wanted to get their hands on. And it was ideal, no, a necessity for Christmas telly viewing. All six of us would be gathered together in the living room. Dad would be sprawled out on the sofa, rummaging through the tin and gobbling up chocolate as though his life depended on it. Chocolate wrappers would be scattered on the floor much to Mum’s annoyance and our amusement. This would soon be followed by a surprised cry of “Oh! It’s all gone! Who finished it?” Er, you did, Dad but I suppose we should thank you for having the decency to finish the orange fondants and coffee creams. We may love our Roses and Quality Street but I seriously do not know anyone who actually likes these.

As Quality Street tubs appear today.

As Quality Street tubs appear today.

Now that I’m married, I wanted to continue the tradition. Buying a special Christmas edition tin of Roses or Quality Street that is, not having Dad scoff the lot. As Hubby is from the States, he’s never had either before, so he left it up to me to decide which one to get. As it was our first Christmas together in the UK, I thought I’d go all out and get both. However, I was soon left sorely disappointed.

First of all, they now come in a plastic tub not a lovely metal tin as in years gone by which was ideal for storing biscuits or if you’re like my mum – rice! Then I discovered that for both types of chocolate collections, many of my favourites had been discontinued. The selection of chocolates available were greatly reduced and if I’m being brutally honest, I didn’t like most of them. What have they done to my beloved Roses and Quality Street?

A quick look at reviews and forums indicate that I’m not alone. There have been many complaints regarding both quantity and quality of the chocolates. Many have noticed that the flavours have changed and that the chocolates tastes sickly sweet. Some have put the change down to takeovers by different companies while others believe that it’s due to having to be economical in times of financial crisis. But whatever the changes may be it doesn’t change the fact that it’s not the chocolate assortments that we once knew and loved.

And although it’s a more minor issue, I can’t say I’m too thrilled with the new look designs. Although they disappeared fourteen years ago, I wish that Nestle had not got rid of the image of the two characters Major Quality and Miss Sweetly – who incidentally were inspired by the knowledge that people in the 1930s craved nostalgia. And as for what’s supposed to be an abstract rose which features as part of the Roses design, well it just looks more like a child’s scribble. The design on my mum’s old tin has a beautiful design from either the late 70s or early 80s. I know things have to change as years go by but I thought change was supposed to be for the better.

With Major Quality and Miss Sweetly

With Major Quality and Miss Sweetly

Roses and Quality Street appeared in the 1930s; a time when boxed chocolates could only be afforded by the wealthy. These assortments were reasonably priced and nicely presented, low-cost packaging thus making it available to most working people. And over the years it has been a massive hit. Christmas aside, we knew we were in for a real treat if someone gave us a box of Roses or Quality Street as we were growing up. I also bought into the slogan “Say ‘Thank You’ with Cadbury’s Roses” and it would always be my go-to box of chocolates if I ever wanted to give a small token of appreciation.

Sadly, it’s not something I would do now. And unless the quality of these chocolates improve, I think it’s safe to say that it will be another tub of Heroes again this Christmas.

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Indiana Jones And The Chocolate Orange

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I’ve seen many television adverts for Terry’s Chocolate Orange over the years (It’s not Terry’s; it’s mine) but one from my childhood – with which I have since become reacquainted – is definitely my favourite. It’s an absolute classic! I was very young when this first appeared on our screens in the early 1980s but I remembered it instantly.

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This witty advert was first shown in the 1980s and clearly took it’s inspiration from the Indiana Jones films which were a big hit during that decade. Viewers see a wife going out with her friends whilst leaving her husband, George, home alone. The wife’s friend even asks if it’s OK to leave George alone in the house with the Chocolate Orange to which the wife replies that it’s quite safe – while George is peering out through the window.

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Once his wife and her companions are out of sight, George goes in search of the Chocolate Orange and discovers that it is hidden in a cave. Much like a comic version of the character Indiana Jones, George has to dodge spears, go over a pit and finds the Chocolate Orange on a pedestal. Just as he thinks he’s home and dry, a giant rock rolls towards him. Even now it’s quite amusing.

Actor John Ringham

Actor John Ringham

The late John Ringham played the reluctant hero in the advert and he was already a big name in the 1970s and 1980s due to his numerous appearances in many of the era’s popular shows including Z Cars; Are You Being Served; Up Pompeii; Birds Of A feather; The Bill and Juliet Bravo. He was best remembered for his long running role as Norman Warrender in Just Good Friends but Ringham continued to be a very popular and much loved actor right up until his passing in 2008.

There have been many television adverts for Terry’s Chocolate Orange over the years with some of the most popular featuring the lovely Dawn French in the late 1990s. But the Indiana Jones style advert for Chocolate Orange was equally popular in its time and its effectiveness is evident in the fact that even today it is well remembered and loved. The slogan for Terry’s Chocolate Orange has changed many times over the years and Terry’s have always done a great job with their taglines but back then it was ‘How safe is Yours?’

A very entertaining advert. A great shame they don’t make ads like that any more.

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Fresh Cream Cakes Ads: Naughty But Nice!

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I often stumble across things from my childhood years which not only have I forgotten about but now that I’ve rediscovered them, I can’t believe I ever forgot them in the first place! I often get asked why I started this blog and here’s the reason why: I love unearthing things from my forgotten past and the excited buzz I get from it as I go, “ooh! I remember that!” And from some of the comments I’ve received, I know that I’m not the only one. Good old fashioned nostalgia – you just can’t beat it!

Larry Grayson advertises yummy cream cakes

Larry Grayson advertises yummy cream cakes

So I could hardly contain my excitement when I came across the television commercials for cream cakes from the 1980s (though they began in the 1970s but I won’t remember those) which had the ‘naughty but nice!’ slogan. I remember seeing these on television when I was very young – during a time when television ads were as entertaining as the actual television shows themselves! Watching them again, many, many years later, it seemed to me initially as though they were advertising cream cakes in general and not cream cakes by a particular brand. What they were actually doing was advertising dairy – and the ideology that it was OK to treat yourself to something wickedly calorific every now and again.

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Back in the 1970s and 1980s there was a television and press advertisement campaign of which cream cakes were the subject. This ad campaign was sponsored by The National Dairy Council in association with the now defunct Milk Marketing Board. I was also surprised to learn that the ‘naughty but nice!’ slogan was coined by a humble, little known, young copywriter named Salman Rushdie!

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Les Dawson

The television commercials featured a host of the day’s well known stars including Larry Grayson, Les Dawson and the ever popular Barbara Windsor. As much as I am in favour of healthy eating which is very much the consensus in the twenty first century, I think it’s so deliciously refreshing to come across a campaign telling the public that it’s all right to indulge yourself every once in a while. I remembered the advert featuring Barbara Windsor especially well which surprised me a great deal as I was only little back then – well even more little than I am now! It brought back a lot of memories – not to mention hunger pains so I will be off to track down some yummy – or naughty but nice I should say – cream cakes!

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The Coolest Pyramint In The World

I love having “ooh, I remember that” moments. The memory of something long forgotten hits me like a tidal wave and brings out my inner child. And one thing that took me back to days gone by was a commercial I stumbled across for Terry’s Pyramint. They may be better known for their Chocolate Orange – which thankfully is still in production and I’ve just remembered I have one tucked away for later – but back in the 1980s, Terry launched the Pyramint. Resembling an Egyptian pyramid – hence the name- it was made with dark chocolate and the hollow pyramid was then filled with a mint flavoured fondant, similar to that in an After Eight mint. It was also available in the form of chocolate bars containing pyramid segments.

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Even though I remember Pyramints – and I instantly remembered the television commercial when I saw it again – I cannot recall the taste of Pyramint which is a great pity. I do remember, when learning about the ancient Egyptians at infant school, that they built things called Pyramints – just like the chocolates! The pyramid shape is quite unusual for a chocolate and as far as I can recall, I haven’t seen a pyramid shaped chocolate since Pyramint.

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Pyramint was most definitely a unique concept and there wasn’t anything remotely like it around at the time of production. Researching the origins of Pyramint showed that Terry’s had noticed that there was a demand for fondant filled chocolate eggs which were a hit especially at Easter. But Terry’s wanted to produce a non-seasonal filled chocolate so came up with the pyramid shape idea.

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Terry’s discontinued Pyramint just before the 1990s which is such a shame, at least for me because mint and chocolate is one of my favourite flavour combinations. I also loved the pretty green packaging which was quite unique. The small pyramid shaped cardboard box, featured the design of chocolate coloured palm tree silhouettes against a deep green background. One side of the of the pyramid would open for the chocolate to slide out. Those I spoke to who remember Pyramint also recalled the fabulous minty aroma as the box was open and how thick the chocolate walls of the Pyramint were.

Wrapper for Pyramint bars.

Wrapper for Pyramint bars.

Apparently, despite being quite successful on launch, Pyramints didn’t last very long in shops and quickly disappeared due to being quite expensive (between fifty to seventy pence) and they were not easy to eat due to it’s unusual shape. It was not unheard of to end up with a faceful of minty goo!

However, I really would love to see this unusual chocolate back on store shelves. Maybe I should go on a mission to convince Terry’s to relaunch Pyramint.

Come on Terry’s – bring back Pyramint! I would buy them for sure!

 

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Yellow Pages: Tuna Fish And Banana, Anyone?

Hubby and I decided it was take away pizza for dinner tonight as we were both too tired (OK, lazy!) to cook. While looking at the pizza place’s online menu I suddenly remembered an advert I used to see as a child that involved pizza but was actually for yellow pages.

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A young couple stop to take a break from redecorating and the husband looks up a pizza place in the Yellow Pages. Before heading out, he calls out to his wife and asks if she’s sure about her order, to which she replies that she is. The husband then turns up at the pizza place and asks for “one ham and mushroom and one tuna fish and …banana!”

The man taking the order repeats in a tone of disbelief ‘banana?’ The husband sheepishly confirms this while the chef gets on with making the no doubt delicious concoction! It’s only when the dutiful husband returns home with the pizzas that viewers realise that his wife is pregnant – which might have been obvious to most viewers but not to an eight year old!
I remember this advert so well, partly because it was shown on television so often and partly because I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why the lady had ordered such a hideous sounding pizza!

I immediately tried searching for this ad but was so disappointed as I couldn’t find it anywhere. I’ve managed to find a few references to the advert – but not the actual advert which is such a shame because I would love to see it again.

I have, however, come across a few Yellow Pages adverts from the 1980s which I had totally forgotten about but upon viewing them again went “ooh, I remember that!” They were extremely emotive adverts that either had the ‘aah’ factor or made you laugh. And I loved the enchanting melody that featured in most of these adverts. Who would have thought that simple adverts could be so entertaining? Especially adverts about a phone directory!

So here’s a selection of Yellow Pages adverts to take you back down memory lane… but sadly no tuna fish and banana!

UPDATE:
The lovely Kaye Savage has managed to find the ‘Tuna Fish and Banana’ Yellow pages ad. I thoroughly enjoyed watching it again after all the years. It’s part of a compilation of ads, including one for Crunchy Nut Cornflakes. To view it, just see the comments below. Thanks Kaye!

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Posted by on June 11, 2013 in Commercials/Adverts

 

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