Golly Bar

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Originally launched in 1957, the Golly Bar is an ice cream formerly sold exclusively in The Republic of Ireland. It was a single rectangular block of vanilla ice cream on a wooden stick. The packaging of Golly Bars depicted an image of a Golliwogg, a 19th-century caricature of a blackface minstrel. The Golliwogg image was removed from the ice creams packaging in 1992. Increasing inward migration from Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, South America and Africa during the years of the Celtic Tiger saw a name change by manufacturers HB to the Giant Bar, ostensibly to distance the brand from its antiquated and racist image. Giant Bars remain available for purchase across The Republic of Ireland though reorganisation of the HB brand by corporate parent Unilever saw the production and ownership of the Giant Bar Brand move to UK company Dale Farm.