Where are Wibbly Wobbly Wonders? Easily my favourite childhood ice-pop, combining banana and strawberry ice-creams, lemon jelly, and chocolate on the same stick. Every year, HB take over public spaces with their summer ad campaign, encouraging Ireland to pretend that it’s not going to rain all summer, and to eat copious amounts of ice-cream.
But why should we? HB have kept Loop-the-Loops, everyone’s consolation prize ice-pop, and seem to have wiped out the wonderful Wibbly Wobbly Wonder; certainly, I have not been able to locate it this summer.
Wiping out a popular brand is nothing new. Products come and go, especially in the confectionery world. Does anybody remember Tiger Tots? I think Rowntree made them about 25 years ago, and I think they were liquorice sweets, but they disappeared without trace. I also used to love Woppa bars: nasty and cheap though they were, these mini-piles of sugar came in spearmint or cola flavours and were always affordable back when kids got no pocket money.
There were bars called Secrets, made by Nestle I think, which are probably missed by nobody because they were rank. I also remember some kind of chocolate bar, with six or so different squares, all of which had different fillings; I have no idea what it was called or who made it – does anyone remember? Then there were Bag o’Chips, a crisp made by Perri, which were discontinued because they were basically the same as Banshee Bones.
Do you remember any of these? What products – confectionery or otherwise – do you miss, and what would you like to see brought back?