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Three pieces of Jaffas confectionery
Main ingredientsChocolate, orange flavouring

Jaffas are an Australian-New Zealand registered trademark for a small round sweet consisting of a solid, orange flavoured chocolate centre with a hard covering of red coloured confectionery. The name derives from the Jaffa orange. The sweet is part of both Australiana[1] and Kiwiana.[2]

James Stedman-Henderson's Sweets Ltd, under their brand Sweetacres,[3] released Jaffas onto the Australian and New Zealand markets in 1931.[4] The confectionery is currently made in Australia by Allen's lollies, a division of Nestlé and in New Zealand by RJ's Confectionery in Levin.

A number of Australian and New Zealand amateur sporting groups use Jaffas as a team name. In Dunedin, New Zealand every year a vast quantity of Jaffas is raced down Baldwin Street – the world's steepest residential street, according to the Guinness World Records[5] – as part of the Cadbury Chocolate carnival, which is held in conjunction with the New Zealand International Science Festival.[6][7] The initial number of 20,000 Jaffas has now been increased to 30,000 Jaffas. Similarly, "rolling Jaffas down the aisle" at the movie theatre is also a piece of Australian and New Zealand folklore, to the point that it was included in advertising in the 1970s.[8][9][10]

The Australian supermarket business Coles has a generic version called "Choc Orange Balls"; similar products are made by other manufacturers.

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  1. ^ Sharp, Lisa (2012). CultureShock! Australia: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette. Marshall Cavendish Corporation. p. 270. ISBN 9789814408905.
  2. ^ Wolfe, Richard; Barnett, Stephen (2005). From Jandals to Jaffas: The Best of Kiwiana. Random House N.Z. ISBN 9781869416218.
  3. ^ "Jaffas made by Sweetacres - Australian food history timeline".
  4. ^ "Nestlé Australia - Your excursion to the Nestlé World of Food". Archived from the original on 2007-08-22. Retrieved 2007-08-28.
  5. ^ Charles Rawlings New Zealand's South Island Lonely Planet, 2009
  6. ^ "Seen in Dunedin-What's On Guide Archived 2015-07-02 at the Wayback Machine. July 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015
  7. ^ "Chocolate Carnival 2010 ", chocolatecarnival.co.nz, Retrieved 26 April 2010
  8. ^ "Jaffas chocolate - Television Advertisment [sic]". Archived from the original on 2021-12-11 – via www.youtube.com.
  9. ^ Gorman, James (July 16, 2014). "How sweet it is — Rosebery park to be named after lolly manufacturer Sweetacres". dailytelegraph.
  10. ^ Quinn, Rowan (2017-02-17). "Unique kiwi lollies may be saved from deportation". RNZ. Retrieved 2020-10-26.

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