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Brian Sollit was a real-life Willy Wonka, one of Britain's most eminent chocolatiers. In a career spanning over 50 years at Rowntree's in York, he created some of the nation's best loved snacks including Lion Bars, Drifters, Matchmakers and the Yorkie, but his crowning glory was the creation of the After Eight Mint. Launched in 1962, it was an instant success, becoming the must-have confectionery for "posh" after-dinner treats. It went on to sell in over 50 countries and had famous devotees such as the Queen Mother.

The real-life Willy Wonka: Brian Sollitt, inventor of the After Eight, dies aged 74

A historian described his impact on chocolate making in Britain as ‘incalculable’

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Glass pieces found in Thorntons chocolates sparking recall

Thorntons has recalled its three varieties of its 'Smiles' jars after loose pieces of glass were found amongst the chocolate contents.

Couple arrested for allegedly putting razor blades in doughnuts and eating them in attempt to extort money from shop owner

Hospital x-rays of Carole Lee Leazer-Hardman, 39, and Michael Condor, 35, showed the couple had several razor blades in their stomachs

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Being Modern: Macarons

Is that an Alber Elbaz pink-bubblegum macaron you're eating? Ermahgerd! You are so last year. Lanvin in 2013? Please… this year it's all about Reed Krakoff's matte-black confections. Well, it was at New York Fashion Week, anyway. Come on, keep up!

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The sly wisdom of action hero Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone might be 66, he might not have made a decent film for a while, and he might talk a bit funny, but could he still have you in a fight? Fuhgeddaboudit!

In an interview in today's Shortlist magazine, he confounds and delights in equal measure with a serious of pronouncements that leave us in no doubt: Step off Seagal,  move aside Arnie, Sly is back!

Grace Dent on TV: Ripper Street, BBC1

Sperm deposits, wombs in ribbons and ripped-out Fallopian tubes... Who enjoys this?

Totally baked: Two University of Colorado students face jail after feeding classmates pot brownies

Students like to let their hair down at the end of term, but two history undergraduates took the hippy spirit a step too far last Friday - baking their classmates and teacher brownies mixed with marijuana. The pair, both from University of Colorado, face multiple felony charges after a history teacher who ate some of the cakes lost consciousness and other students complained of effects ranging from anxiety attacks to dizziness.

James Lawton: Benitez can see signs of life in the resurrection of Torres

Chelsea duly trailed out of Europe as champions discredited in record time but for the moment at least they have something from which to draw a little comfort.

'A one-man charging enigma': David Luiz

James Lawton: The crown falls but seeds of hope bloom against flaky Danes for Chelsea

David Luiz and Fernando Torres gave precious gifts to a team bereft of confidence

Deportation threat for man who stole ice cream

A looter who was jailed for 16 months after taking a single lick of an unwanted ice-cream cone stolen from a ransacked shop during last summer's riots is now facing deportation and a 10-year ban from Britain.

Vodafone acts fast on India tax demands

Vodafone is ready to take the Indian government to the United Nations over its attempts to force the FTSE-100 telecoms giant to hand over more than $2bn in backdated tax.

Osborne: 'No Chancellor can justify a deeply uncompetitive rate of tax that is raising next to nothing'

George Osborne feels the heat on 'pasty tax' and cut in 50p rate

When George Osborne wrote his Budget speech, he will have imagined and pre-empted countless probing questions the Opposition would ask of his tax policies. But what of his pie-eating habits?

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