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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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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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5-4-3-2-1: Where Did It Go?

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?”

Sadly yes.

 

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!

 

 

 

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