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.
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Thursday 12 September 2013
A historian described his impact on chocolate making in Britain as ‘incalculable’
Thursday 05 September 2013
Bakers say the launch is 'the most exciting thing since the birth of the sausage roll'
Friday 21 June 2013
An evening of heavy rock on the House of Commons terrace, sponsored by drinks company Pernod Ricard in the presence of Liam Gallagher’s band Beady Eye – what could possibly go wrong?
Saturday 13 April 2013
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
Thursday 14 March 2013
Hospital x-rays of Carole Lee Leazer-Hardman, 39, and Michael Condor, 35, showed the couple had several razor blades in their stomachs
Tuesday 05 March 2013
It's time to make her feel special with flowers, perfume, cupcakes – or even the latest in coffee-machine chic
Sunday 03 March 2013
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!
Thursday 31 January 2013
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!
Saturday 05 January 2013
Sperm deposits, wombs in ribbons and ripped-out Fallopian tubes... Who enjoys this?
Monday 10 December 2012
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.
Thursday 06 December 2012
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.
Wednesday 05 December 2012
David Luiz and Fernando Torres gave precious gifts to a team bereft of confidence
Monday 06 August 2012
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.
Sunday 01 April 2012
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.
Wednesday 28 March 2012
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?
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
Ukip Douglas Carswell defection: Tory MP jumps ship to join Nigel Farage
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
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