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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 soft chocolate centre with a hard covering of orange flavoured, 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 Licorice 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.

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.
  2. ^ Wolfe, Richard; Barnett, Stephen (2005). From Jandals to Jaffas: The Best of Kiwiana. Random House N.Z. ISBN 9781869416218.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Nestlé Australia - Your excursion to the Nestlé World of Food (dead link)
  5. ^ Charles Rawlings New Zealand's South Island Lonely Planet, 2009
  6. ^ "Seen in Dunedin-What's On Guide. July 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015
  7. ^ "Chocolate Carnival 2010 ", chocolatecarnival.co.nz, Retrieved 26 April 2010

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