|Place of origin||New Zealand|
|Main ingredients||Pink or white marshmallow, milk chocolate|
A chocolate fish or choccy fish is a traditional confectionery item in New Zealand, and in New Zealand culture is a common reward for a job done well ("Give that kid a chocolate fish").
Chocolate fish have a conventional fish-shape and a length of 5 to 8 centimetres (2.0 to 3.1 in). They are made of pink or white marshmallow covered in a thin layer of milk chocolate with the ripples or "scales" on the fish created simply by the fish moving under a blower; this slides the unset chocolate back, creating the illusion of scales on the fish. Several manufacturers make the fish; the most well-recognised is Cadbury. Smaller, or "fun-sized" variants of the chocolate fish are colloquially referred to as "sprats". Variants of the traditional item exist; a common version is made of solid orange-flavoured milk chocolate.
Chocolate fish have been made since at least 1903, though early varieties may not have included marshmallow. Marshmallow-based chocolate fish were being produced in Dunedin in 1937. For a short period, in the late 1990s to early 2000s, Tip Top sold a chocolate fish ice-cream. In 2019, the chocolate fish was added to the Cadbury Favourites box.
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- "...Sir Geoffrey Palmer offered the audience a chocolate fish for anyone who could define privacy.", Privacy Commissioner
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Upstairs I saw the pink mixture of the chocolate fish. In big boxes there was French chalk, with the shapes of the fish in them.
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- Ramsey, Teresa (October 11, 2019). "Chocolate fish added to Cadbury Favourites - how does it rate?". Retrieved October 11, 2019.
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