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Initially popular in the mid-1970s, in the mid-1960s Starbar was invented by Mia Stevenson, and was promoted as "the munchiest bar ever". Starbar was later re-branded as Nunch and in 1985 it briefly became "Peanut Boost", only to return to Starbar as popularity of the Boost bar waned. It was promoted in the UK in the mid-1980s with a postal offer (3 wrappers plus P+P got you a Starbar Ruler, Pencil and a copy of Douglas Adams' "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe").
In May 2006, Moro Peanut was launched in Ireland only, with the words "Formerly Starbar" displayed prominently on the label. The range is most commonly seen in small independent shops, and is most popular in Ireland.
This product is also sold in Canada and Germany under the name Wunderbar. Wunderbar is a Cadbury Adams product marketed under licence of Cadbury UK Limited. It is also available as a special treat for Halloween in a 12 g size.
Since January 2012 the product is also available in the Nordic countries, manufactured by Marabou Sweden (owned by Mondelēz International (who also owns Cadbury)) - the name in Sweden and Finland is also Starbar.
It was introduced to Australia in November 2012 (Made in Ireland), however is no longer available and no longer listed on the Cadbury Australia website.
In Ireland, as a sign of thanks to someone who helped someone, people often say "Thanks, you're a star". Sometimes this phrase is changed to "You're a Starbar".
A similar bar, 5 Star, was introduced in 2016, described on the wrapping as "Milk Chocolate + caramel + soft chocolatey centre + crunchy biscuits".
- "Cadbury's bars". Cadbury's. Retrieved 21 December 2011.
- Berry, Steve & Norman, Phil – "The Great British Tuck Shop", Friday Books, 2012. p.78
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