|Product type||Chocolate bar|
|Related brands||Fry's Peppermint Cream|
Fry's Orange Cream
Fry's Raspberry Cream
|Markets||United Kingdom and Ireland|
|Previous owners||J. S. Fry & Sons|
Fry's Chocolate Cream is a chocolate bar developed by J. S. Fry & Sons and currently manufactured by Cadbury. Launched in 1866—nineteen years after Fry's created the first moulded, solid chocolate eating bar (in 1847)— Fry's Chocolate Cream is the first mass-produced chocolate bar and is the world's oldest chocolate bar brand.
In the 1960s, Fry's Chocolate Cream was advertised on British television by the model George Lazenby who became famous as 'The Big Fry' man—the commercials rivalled Cadbury Milk Tray advertised by the 'Milk Tray Man'—a role which saw Lazenby catch the attention of the James Bond producers.
Fry's Chocolate Cream was first produced in 1866 and is considered the direct descendant of Fry's Cream Stick produced in 1853. The Cream Stick was the first industrialised and affordable chocolate bar. In 1875, Fry's Chocolate Cream was remoulded to the shape it still has today. During production, it once exceeded half a million units per day and the foil wrapping and label would appear in 1925. The Orange Cream and Peppermint Cream, followed by Fry's Five Centre, were introduced in 1934.
In 2022 the original milk free recipe, which had previously been suitable for vegans, was abandoned with the inclusion of skimmed milk powder in the list of ingredients.
Products and branding
There are currently five variants of Fry's Cream:
- Fry's Chocolate Cream
- Fry's Peppermint Cream
- Fry's Orange Cream (Discontinued 2015, relaunched 2018)
- Fry's Raspberry Cream
- Fry's Strawberry Cream (Relaunched 2020 Limited edition)
Over the years, other variants existed:
- Fry's Five Centre (orange, raspberry, lime, strawberry, and pineapple), produced from 1934 to 1992. Five Centre was also sold with a combination of orange, coffee, vanilla, lime, and raspberry centres. It is probable that other combinations were sold at one time or another; for example, one reproduction 1950s advert shows a blackcurrant flavoured segment in place of vanilla. The Five Centre bar was renamed Fruit Medley during the 1960s, but this was later reversed.
- Fry's Strawberry Cream
- Fry's Pineapple Cream
An unsuccessful mid-1990s relaunch attempt also saw new variants available under the modernised "Fry's Spirit" branding for a while:
- Fry's Spirit Berry Margarita
- Fry's Spirit Piña Colada
- Fry's Spirit Velvet Dream (cream liqueur)
Cadbury also produced a solid milk chocolate bar called Five Boys using the Fry's trademark from 1902 until 1976. Cadbury produced milk and plain chocolate sandwich bars under the Fry's branding also.
In 2021, Fry's launched a hot chocolate powder which can be blended with milk.
In the 1960s, Fry's Chocolate Cream was advertised by model George Lazenby as 'The Big Fry' man, making him a celebrity in the UK. The television commercials rivalled Cadbury Milk Tray which has been advertised by the 'Milk Tray Man'. Dyson Lowell, a casting director for James Bond, saw the Fry commercials and contacted Bond producer Harry Saltzman in the belief Lazenby could be groomed for the role of 007. Lazenby later portrayed James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, in 1969.
Location and ownership
The Fry's chocolate bar was first produced in Union Street, Bristol, England in 1866, where the family name had been associated with chocolate making since c. 1761. In 1923, Fry's (now Cadbury) chocolate factory moved to Somerdale Garden City, Keynsham, England.
Following a 2010 takeover of Cadbury plc by Kraft Foods, the Somerdale factory was closed on 31 March 2011 and its machinery shipped to Warsaw, Poland. Then, after acquisition of Cadbury by Mondelez International  production was relocated and Warsaw plant became part of Lotte Wedel.
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In 1847, the British chocolate company Fry & Sons prepared the first chocolate bars (solid chocolate for eating) by mixing cocoa powder, sugar, and cocoa butter (instead of water)
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In 1847, Fry's made the first molded chocolate eating bar by removing excess cocoa butter, then slowly adding it back into the melted chocolate
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