Curly Wurly is a brand of chocolate bar manufactured by Cadbury UK and sold in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Malta, The Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Malaysia, Denmark, U.A.E, Norway and the United Kingdom. It was launched in the UK in 1970. Its shape resembles three flattened, intertwined serpentine strings. The bar is made of chocolate-coated caramel.
This design was created by David John Parfitt, a long-serving research confectioner based at the Bournville factory, while he was experimenting with some surplus toffee from another piece of work. It was launched in 1970.
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In Europe, Mars introduced a bar in March 1972 with the French name "3 Musketiers". The packaging had drawings of the titular Three Musketeers on it. In 1976 this was changed to look more like the US Marathon. The German versions were called "3 Musketiere" and "Leckerschmecker", the Dutch version was called "3 Musketiers". Mars' 3 Musketiers bar in Europe is not to be confused with their 3 Musketeers bar in the U.S. which is a completely different product.
In the US, Mars marketed their version as "Marathon" in the 1970s and 1980s, first sold in August 1973. Cadbury had launched the Curly Wurly in the U.S. only weeks earlier. The Mars version had bright red packaging with a ruler printed on the reverse with 8 inches (20 cm) markings demonstrating that it was as long as it claimed. It was discontinued in October 1981.
The U.S. Marathon bar is not to be confused with the Marathon bar sold by Mars in the UK which was nothing like a Curly Wurly. The UK Marathon was a chocolate covered peanut bar in a brown packet with blue lettering. It was renamed Snickers in 1990, by which name it is still sold.
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