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; like popping candy. 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.

History[edit]

Wham Bars were introduced in the early 1980s by McCowan's, a Scottish confectionery manufacturer. Based in Stenhousemuir. [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]

Ingredients[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Millar McCowan's web site". Millar-mccowan.com. Archived from the original on 8 April 2009. Retrieved 22 April 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ www.dooyoo.co.uk. "Dooyoo consumer reviews". Members.dooyoo.co.uk. Retrieved 22 April 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "PR Newswire article". PR Newswire article. 15 August 2006. Retrieved 22 April 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Wham XTRM". Handycandy.co.uk. Retrieved 22 April 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "BBC News - Highland Toffee firm goes into administration". BBC News. Retrieved 21 September 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Wham Bars and Highland Toffee to be made in York following acquisition". York Press. 14 October 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)