Fry's Chocolate Cream

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Enamel sign advertising Fry's Chocolate, pre-1925

Fry's Chocolate Cream is a chocolate bar made by Cadbury, and formerly by J. S. Fry & Sons in Union Street, Bristol, England. Launched in 1866, Fry's Chocolate Cream is the first mass-produced chocolate bar.[1][2] It consists of a plain, peppermint or orange fondant centre enrobed in plain chocolate.

History[edit]

Fry's introduced the first solid chocolate bar in 1847. This was followed by the first chocolates with filling, Cream Sticks, which consisted of a mint-flavoured sugary centre coated in chocolate. Fry's developed a method for mass-producing Cream Sticks, leading to the launch of Fry's Chocolate Cream in 1866, the first mass-produced chocolate bar.[1]

Bomber crews in RAF Bomber Command were regularly issued with Fry's Creme chocolate before missions.[3]

Products and branding[edit]

There are currently four variants of Fry's Cream:

  • Fry's Chocolate Cream[4]
  • Fry's Peppermint Cream[5]
  • Fry's Orange Cream (Discontinued 2015, relaunched 2018)
  • Fry's Raspberry Cream

Over the years, other variants existed:

  • Fry's Five Centre (orange, raspberry, lime, strawberry, and pineapple), produced from 1934 to 1992.[6] 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 [7])[8]
  • Fry's Strawberry Cream
  • Fry's Pineapple Cream
  • Fry's Fruit Medley – from the 1960s

An unsuccessful mid-1990s relaunch attempt also saw new variants available under the modernised "Fry's Spirit" branding for a while:[9]

  • Fry's Spirit Berry Margarita
  • Fry's Spirit Piña Colada
  • Fry's Spirit Velvet Dream (cream liqueur)

Whether the Five Centre title was dropped briefly and relaunched as Fruit Medley (then changed back again) or they sat alongside each other despite essentially being the same bar is unclear[citation needed].

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.

Fry's chocolate bar was promoted by model George Lazenby, who later portrayed James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, in 1969.[citation needed]

Location and ownership[edit]

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, where Cadbury production continues.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mintz, Sidney (2015). The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets. Oxford University Press. p. 157.
  2. ^ The first ever chocolate bar suitable for widespread consumption having been created by J. S. Fry & Sons in 1847, in Union Street, Bristol, England. "Sweet sweets nostalgia". BBC News. 2008-05-28. Retrieved 2008-05-30.
  3. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/16/a3420316.shtml
  4. ^ "Fry's Chocolate Cream". Cadbury. Retrieved 2014-10-28.
  5. ^ "Fry's Peppermint Cream". Cadbury. Retrieved 2014-10-28.
  6. ^ "Chocolates of the Past". Cadbury. Archived from the original on 2009-04-08. Retrieved 2012-05-12.
  7. ^ http://www.retrocards.co.uk/prodshow/BP_FRAME_037___Frys__Five_Centres_Chocolates__1950s___Framed_Print_35x45cm_Black_/BP-FRAME-037-frys-five-centres-chocolate-1957.html
  8. ^ Sweet Talk, Whittaker, Nicholas, Orion Books, London, 1998
  9. ^ "wrappers@tuckshop.net". Jakehowlett.com. Retrieved 2012-05-12.
  10. ^ "Chocs away as staff leave Cadbury's factory for last time". Bath Chronicle. 31 March 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2011.