Wham Bar

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The Wham Bar is a confectionery bar produced by Tangerine Confectionery and sold in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

They are thin chew bars with coloured pieces of sherbet inside. Wham Bars are available in a range of flavours, including Original (Raspberry), Strawberry, Cola, Brew (a similar flavour to that of Irn-Bru), Extreme Super Sour (Blackcurrant), Sour Apple and Sour Cherry. Most flavours are available in Standard, Mega and Mini sizes.


Wham Bars were introduced in the early 1980s by McCowan's, a Scottish confectionery manufacturer.[1] They are a popular brand for children and young adults due to their low price (as of 2009 a standard bar usually cost ten pence).[2][3] At the peak of their popularity, sales of Wham Bars were 30 million per year.[4]

In 2009, Wham XTRM Sherbet Dips were added to the range. Each packet includes a blackcurrant lollipop and a sherbet dip.[5] In 2010, the 'Luscious Strawberry' flavour Glam Bar was introduced.

On 21 September 2011 it was announced that New McCowans Ltd, the makers of Wham Bars, were going into administration.[6]

On 14 October 2011 it was announced that the Wham Bar and Highland Toffee brands had been bought by Tangerine Confectionery.[7]


Original flavour: Glucose syrup, Sugar, vegetable oil, maltodextrin, citric acid E330, flavouring, colours: E163, E101, E140, solubilised milk protein, stabiliser: glycerol E422, emulsifier: lecithin E322


  1. ^ "History". Millar McCowan. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2011. [Section: "McCowans Ltd"] During the early 1980s the company introduced the iconic WHAM chew bar
  2. ^ "Millar McCowan's web site". Millar-mccowan.com. Archived from the original on 8 April 2009. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  3. ^ www.dooyoo.co.uk. "Dooyoo consumer reviews". Members.dooyoo.co.uk. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  4. ^ "PR Newswire article". PR Newswire article. 15 August 2006. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  5. ^ "Wham XTRM". Handycandy.co.uk. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  6. ^ "BBC News - Highland Toffee firm goes into administration". BBC News. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
  7. ^ "Wham Bars and Highland Toffee to be made in York following acquisition". York Press. 14 October 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2012.