Sweets Beginning with F
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Sweet Beginning With F
One of the U.K.'s most popular chocolate bars, Flakes have been around for over a century. Their popularity comes down to three things – their rich chocolatey taste, their unique crumbly texture and their memorable marketing campaigns... notably the '90s jingle, "Only the crumbliest, flakiest chocolate, tastes like chocolate never tasted before."
A sumptuous symbol of chocolate indulgence, Flakes were, in fact, invented by accident. The story goes that Ralph Thompson, an employee at the Cadbury's Bournville factory, noticed the hardened chocolate crumbs that were left over in the machines after they had broken down. They had cooled into long ripples that could be broken off into flakes.
Three years later, Flake was being sold nationwide. Within three years they'd proven so popular that they became the go-to ice cream decoration for ice cream vendors all throughout the country.
Nowadays, there are about 50 million Flakes sold every year in the UK.
Brothers Henry and Joseph Rowntree bought a cocoa business in Tyneside, northern England in the 1870s. Just a few years after opening, the company was failing to break even and was on the brink of closure. The brothers needed a cheap to make a sweet treat to capture the public's imagination.
They turned to French sweet maker Claude Gaget, who specialised in pastilles. Henry and Joseph persuaded Gaget to whip up a sweet that had all the French charm of a classic pastille, that could be easily mass produced and would appeal to the British public. Fruit Pastilles would prove to be a huge hit, soon becoming the most popular sweet in the country and giving Rowntree's the platform to become one of the major confectioners in the country for the next 140 years.
With a chewy jelly-like consistency and a marvellous mix of flavours that include strawberry, blackcurrant, orange, lemon and lime, these fruit gummies are among the most loved sweets in the U.K.
Fry's Chocolate Cream
Talk about retro chocolate! Fry's Chocolate Cream is the world's first mass-produced chocolate bar and the oldest chocolate bar brand.
First launched way back in 1866, the original version was in fact known as the Cream Stick – a decade on, it was remoulded into the standard chocolate bar shape it has kept to this day.
With a delicious dark chocolate outer layer and a luscious smooth creamy fondant filling, Fry's Chocolate Creams are still a very popular classic chocolate bar. The combination of the sweet filling, which has a hint of vanilla and slight undertones of peppermint, and the slightly bitter dark chocolate exterior works really well.
Did you know that Fry's Chocolate Cream landed actor George Lazenby the part of James Bond? In the early '60s, Lazenby was 'The Big Fry' man in the Fry's Chocolate Cream adverts, catching the attention of Bond producer Harry Saltzman, who cast him in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, in 1969.
Perhaps the most British of all classic sweets, fudge is a staple of sweet shops up and down the country. Created by heating sugar, butter and milk, fudge delivers a deliciously sweet taste and soft crumbly texture which is nigh on impossible to resist.
Fudge can be found in either classic plain flavour, or can be available in a wide assortment of different flavours, including chocolate, vanilla, dried fruit and even nuts. In the UK, the South is famous for its clotted cream fudge, made using clotted cream and creating an even creamier flavour.
While fudge seems like a typical British sweet, it's actually believed to have originated in the United States in the 1880s! A fun fudge fact... the word fudge comes from the 17th century verb fadge, meaning to fit together in a clumsy way. So it seems the term 'to fudge something' predates the actual sweet!
The mix of raspberry and pineapple brings a fruity flavour that was irresistibly exotic for school kids in the U.K., especially in the '80s and '90s, during this classic sweet's heyday. Many retro sweets have come and gone, but fruit salads are still going strong. Invented by Barratt's back in the 1920s, you'll still see the iconic yellow and pink wrapper in pick 'n' mix selections all over the country.
A festive favourite and one of the U.K.'s favourite chocolate treats, Ferrero Rocher was first produced in Italy in 1979. With a delicious filling that blends crunchy and creamy hazelnut, together with a crisp wafer shell covered in chocolate, Ferrero Rocher truffles are individually wrapped in golden foil, adding a touch of luxury which makes them particularly popular as gifts.
Produced by sweet pioneers Swizzles, Fizzers are like a little tiny taste of childhood. Launched in the 1930s, these nostalgic tablet shaped powdered filled candy fizz on your tongue and tantalise your tastebuds.
These fizzy bonbon fruit candies come in six fantastic flavours – pineapple, lemon, orange, sour cherry, lime and blackcurrant. You can also get Giant Fizzers.
Adored by sweet-toothed kids for generations, this fruity retro pick 'n' mix star is seriously popular. Foam bananas bring back memories for kids of yesteryear and delight kids of today with their subtly sweet taste and light, chewy, foamy texture.
Little mini bars of solid milk chocolate, Freddos are a frog-shaped favourite for many school kids and have been since the '90s. Invented in Australia in the 1930s by 18-year old Harry Melbourne, it took a long time for Freddo to leapfrog over to these shores.
Freddo Bars were first introduced to the U.K. in 1973, but were withdrawn within just five years. However, they leapt back on the scene in the mid-nineties, and have been popular ever since.
Fluffy, sweet and oh so squishy, flumps are pink, yellow blue marshmallow marvels that have proved hugely popular since appearing on sweet shop shelves in the 1970s. With their twisty helix shape, they are much loved by the sweet-toothed British public.
Apparently, Flumps were created in the early 2000s when a worker at Barratt's started twisting strands of marshmallow around in boredom. The result? A new 'twist' on a classic confectionary.
A short-lived but much loved classic chocolate bar from the '80s, 5-4-3-2-1s were made up of five parts – hence the name – wafer, fondant, crispy rice, caramel and, finally, a thick outer layer of milk chocolate.
The 1982 advert featured the song 5-4-3-2-1 by Manfred Mann, as well as a young Rik Mayall! This sweet's star burned brightly but briefly – it was discontinued in 1989. Not many remember it, but those who do say it was one of the best bars of chocolate around in the '80s.
Fizzy Watermelon Slices
These watermelon flavoured jelly slices are covered in fizzy, sour sugar which gives them a flavour burst when you put them in your mouth. Once again, another popular choice in pick and mix bags and boxes, these candies provide a tropical taste.
Another classic pick 'n' mix sweet, Fried Eggs are gummy sweets with a milky lemon taste and an irresistibly chewy texture. Cooked up by sweet making pioneers Haribo way back in the 1940s, Fried Egg gummies are now made by all kinds of sweet makers, each putting their own unique twist on the traditional sweet.
These little sweets are out of this world! Gloriously invented and wonderfully tasty, these saucer-shaped sweeties landed in the 1950s – right off the back of the new fascination with space and the possibility of life on other planets.
Each individual flying saucer is made from sherbet rice paper, with a tangy sherbet filling. In the U.K., they are still popular with kids, particularly in a pick 'n' mix.
Fruit slices are a vintage classic. Available in a wide variety of flavours, but most commonly lemon and orange, fruit slices are bonbon fruit candy sweets in the shape of slices of fruit, covered in a thin layer of sugar. Fruit slices are a staple of many Christmas stockings, and are loved by people of all ages!
Other Chocolate and Candy That Begins With F
- Fruit & Nut (chocolate easter eggs as well as the standard chocolate)
- French Burnt Peanuts
- Fruit Stripe Gum
- Fig Newtons
- Fluffy Stuff Cotton Candy
Five Star Chocolate Bar
- Fresh cotton candy grapes
- Fisherman's Friend