Sunday, 24 May 2015

Top Ten Retro Choccy Bars

Here are my personal top ten chocolate bars from over the years. Some are no longer on the sweet shop shelves and are sorely missed. Some still exist in one form or another although most of them seemed to have decreased in size, lost certain ingredients and of course become more expensive. But I guess that's the way of the world or maybe just my imagination since all products seem smaller once you as a person get bigger.

A couple of these are not actually chocolate bars but I didn't want a never ending title for this post. It's also worth mentioning the Nestle buy out of Rowntrees Mackintosh in 1988 as quite a few Rowntrees products are in the top ten. Kraft also took over Cadbury's in 2010. So without further ado here are my favourites.

10 - Topic (Mars 1962) - "What has a hazelnut in every bite? Topic!!"

A bit like a Snickers (aka. Marathon) with hazelnuts instead of peanuts.

9 - Double Decker (Cadbury 1976) - "Nothing fills a hole like a Double Decker"

Chewy nougat on top of cereal wrapped in chocolate. Originally with raisins too. 

8 - Starbar (Cadbury mid-1960's) - "Munchiest bar ever"

Caramel and crushed roasted peanut filling covered with chocolate. The Name changed to Boost before returning back to the original Starbar name.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Quantum Leap (1989-93)

Every once in a while a television series comes along that brings a fresh and interesting twist to a familiar genre. For me one of the best shows to do this in the nineties was Quantum Leap. It was time traveling entertainment with a history lesson thrown in for free, all be it American history. Sure there have been several time travel shows before and yes this show did follow the familiar theme of hero solves a problem and stops the bad guys every week with the help of his sidekick. But it did have a unique twist.

After Sam leaps Al is always on hand to help...... sometimes.

Usually this kind of show is not memorable from episode to episode at all as they are so similar. Classic shows like 'The A Team' seem to suffer from this a little in my opinion. Ask yourself, Can you remember more than half a dozen specific story lines from all those episodes of 'The A Team'? Probably not. All that you'll probably remember is what usually happened every episode.

Some memorable characters that Sam played