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Crunchie is a brand of chocolate bar with a honeycomb toffee (or known as "sponge toffee" in Canada and "honeycomb" or "cinder toffee" in the UK as well as "hokey pokey" in New Zealand) centre. It is made by Cadbury but was originally launched in the UK by J. S. Fry & Sons in 1929.[1]

A Crunchie split in half

Size and variations[edit]

A close-up of the bar's honeycomb centre

The Crunchie is sold in several sizes, ranging from "snack size" – a small rectangle – to "king size". The most common portion is a single-serve bar, about 1 inch wide by about 7 inches long, and about 34 inch deep[2] (2.5 cm × 18 cm × 2 cm).

In the late 1990s, there was a range of limited edition Crunchies on sale in the UK. These included a lemonade bar and a Tango Orange bar, in which the chocolate contained the different flavourings. A champagne-flavoured bar was launched for New Year's Eve 1999.[3] In South Africa, Cadbury sold a white chocolate version in a blue wrapper until recently.

Like other chocolate brands, Crunchie brand ice cream bars and cheesecake are also sold in some countries. Such products contain nuggets of the honeycomb.

In 2006 a "Crunchie Blast" variety of the product was launched, which featured "popping candy" inside the bar. It was soon discontinued; but an ice cream of the same name, which is Magnum (ice cream)-shaped honeycomb ice cream with popping candy covered in milk chocolate, is sold in the UK and Ireland.[4]

In 2010 Cadbury's launched Crunchie Rocks, a mixture of chocolate, cornflake and Crunchie.[5]

Until September 2010 Crunchie was produced in the Somerdale, Keynsham plant in Somerset, UK; however, production then transferred to Cadbury's new plant in Skarbimierz, Poland.[6] Labels for these products do not state a country of origin, instead stating "Made in the EU under licence from Cadbury UK Ltd".

Violet Crumble is a very similar product that was invented in Australia in 1913. It continues to be produced there, with some small niche exports to other nations. A similar product, with or without a chocolate coating, is sold as sponge candy in the United States, although honeycomb in these forms are also available outside the US.

Limited editions[edit]

In 2000 a short-lived, but successful, sister chocolate bar was launched, called Crunchie Tango.[7] It was co-produced by Cadbury and Britvic and featured Tango Orange flavouring. Other limited edition flavours included Lemonade, Champagne and Mint.

In the 1960s a Crunchie Peppermint was also available.

An "Endless Crunchie" was released in 2013 for Christmas and contained 40 Crunchie bars.


The Crunchie bar is widely available in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Jordan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and India.[citation needed] It is imported in other countries, including Cyprus, Hong Kong, Malta, Nigeria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tahiti and less widely so in the United States.


During manufacture, the honeycomb toffee is produced in large slabs, and is cut up using a highly focused jet of oil,[8] though in Canada rotary saws are used. The use of a blade would lead to fragmentation, while water would dissolve the honeycomb. Oil prevents both of these happening, and produces uniform sharp-edged portions. The honeycomb toffee is then covered with chocolate, cooled, and packaged.[3]

Nutrition information[edit]

Average values (UK) Per 100 g Per
40 g bar
Energy (kJ) 2020 775
Energy (kCal) 465 185
Protein 3.0 g 1.6 g
Carbohydrate 73.5 g 27.8 g
Fat 18.4 g 7.6 g
Average values (Australia) Per 100 g Per
50 g bar
Energy (kJ) 1950 975
Protein 1.5 <1.0
Carbohydrate 80.5 40.2
Fat 14.8 7.4


In Australia and New Zealand, Crunchie bars are widely known for having New Zealand's longest-running television advertisement, the "Crunchie Train Robbery" which won many awards[9][10][11] and ran in unchanged form for over 20 years from the late 1970s.[12]

In both Ireland and the United Kingdom, the Crunchie has been advertised since the 1980s with the slogan "Get that Friday feeling". Prior to the 1980s Crunchie was advertised as "Crunchie makes exciting biting". In 1991, Cadbury launched a TV ad campaign that made use of The Pointer Sisters song, "I'm So Excited", which became one of the longest running advert campaigns in television history, continuing to be used up until 2008.

Literary references[edit]

The Crunchie bar is mentioned in Enid Bagnold's 1935 novel National Velvet, as the Brown sisters' sweet of choice for the year.

Stuart buys Bertie a mint Crunchie bar in the 44 Scotland Street book The Importance Of Being Seven by Alexander McCall Smith.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Crunchie page". cadbury.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2016-10-17. Retrieved 2017-05-02.
  2. ^ "All Crunchie Chocolates". chocolate brands list. 18 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b Kenny, Cath. "Everything you ever wanted to know about Cadbury Crunchie".
  4. ^ "Crunchie blast stick". Cadbury Ice Cream Land. Archived from the original on 2017-02-02. Retrieved 2017-05-02.
  5. ^ "Crunchie Rocks". cadbury.co.uk.
  6. ^ ConfectioneryNews.com (29 July 2010). "Confectionery News - Chocolate industry, Candy industry".
  7. ^ Thu, 5 Oct 2000 (2000-10-05). "It takes two fun brands to Tango | Archive". Marketing Week. Retrieved 2011-08-13.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ Berry, Steve; Norman, Phil (2014). A History of Sweets in 50 Wrappers. London: The Friday Project. p. 25. ISBN 9780007575480.
  9. ^ "CADBURY CRUNCHIE BAR. GOLD RUSH". Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision. 1975. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  10. ^ "filmarchive.org.nz". Archived from the original on March 15, 2009. Retrieved 2007-11-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  11. ^ "The inspiration room (film)". theinspirationroom.com. 2005. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  12. ^ Off the Rails: Episode 1 - TVNZ, 2005

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