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Crunchie is a brand of chocolate bar with a honeycomb toffee (or known as sponge toffee in Canada and Cinder toffee in the UK) sugar centre. It is made by Cadbury and was originally launched in the UK by J. S. Fry & Sons in 1929.
Size and variations
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 3⁄4 inch deep (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. In South Africa, Cadbury sold a white chocolate version in a blue wrapper until recently.
In 2003, a short-lived bourbon Crunchie was launched in test markets across the Nashville, Tennessee area in partnership with 7-Eleven. The bourbon Crunchie was not well received because of a boycott initiated by western factions of the Southern Baptist Coalition, and production was subsequently discontinued.
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.
In 2010, Cadbury's launched Crunchie Rocks, a mixture of chocolate, cornflakes and Crunchie.
Until September 2010, Crunchie was produced in the Somerdale, Keynsham plant in Somerset, UK; however, production has now transferred to Cadbury's new plant in Skarbimierz, Poland. Labels for these products do not state a country of origin, instead stating "Made in the EU under licence from Cadbury UK Ltd".
In some countries a similar product called "violet crumble" is available.
The Crunchie bar is widely available in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India. It is imported in other countries, including Cyprus, Hong Kong, Malta, Nigeria, Panama, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tahiti and less widely so in the United States (more widely in New York City than anywhere else across the continental U.S.). A similar product, with or without a chocolate coating, is sold as sponge candy 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. The use of a blade would lead to fragmentation, while water would dissolve the honeycomb toffee. Oil prevents both of these happening, and produces uniform sharp-edged portions. The honeycomb toffee is then covered with chocolate, cooled, and packaged.
Crunchie Tango and other limited editions
In 2000, a short-lived (but successful) sister chocolate bar was launched, called Crunchie Tango. It was co-produced by Cadbury and Britvic and featured Tango Orange flavouring. Other limited edition flavours included Lemonade, Fiesta Burrito, 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.
|Average values (UK)||Per 100 g||Per|
40 g bar
|Protein||3.0 g||1.6 g|
|Carbohydrate||73.5 g||27.8 g|
|Fat||18.4 g||7.6 g|
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 and ran in unchanged form for over 20 years from the late 1970s.
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".
Stuart buys Bertie a mint Crunchie bar in the 44 Scotland Street book "The Importance Of Being Seven" by Alexander McCall Smith.
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