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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Friday 16 March 2012
We've learnt to embrace the posh stuff. But few of us – even top chocolatiers – can resist the lure of a corner-shop bar, says Anthea Gerrie
Friday 16 March 2012
We've learnt to embrace the posh stuff. But few of us – even top chocolatiers – can resist the lure of a corner-shop bar.
Wednesday 25 January 2012
Fourteen people were killed and more than 75 injured in car bombings across Baghdad yesterday, as violence surged in Iraq a month after the last US soldiers left the country. The first attack targeted a gathering of day labourers in Sadr City. Police said eight were killed and 21 wounded.
Tuesday 24 January 2012
Fourteen people were killed and more than 75 injured in a wave of car bombings across Baghdad today as violence surges in Iraq amid an escalating political crisis a month after the US military withdrawal.
Sunday 06 November 2011
The overhaul of the Takeover Code, which was introduced in September, has not led to rushed acquisitions as was initially feared.
Sunday 04 September 2011
Kraft, the Illinois-based cheese-slice maker that bought Cadbury last year, has picked the UK confectioner's historic home of Bournville as its chocolate centre ahead of sites in the US and Switzerland.
Thursday 18 August 2011
Trust me to miss the party. I was away on holiday last week when the London riots were in full swing, enduring a punishing schedule of Duomo-inspecting, mohito-flooring and kebab-incinerating when one of my children rang from Dulwich, south-east London, to say she was home-alone and there were sirens everywhere. Should she be worried?
Friday 15 July 2011
Gino D'Acampo makes tiramisu
Saturday 23 April 2011
Children will wake up to smaller Easter eggs tomorrow – because chocolate makers have shrunk the packaging on millions of boxes by half.
Friday 22 April 2011
Pietro Ferrero, the eldest son of Michele Ferrero, the richest man in Italy and the inventor of Nutella hazelnut paste, died in Cape Town while training on his bicycle, his secret passion. There were conflicting reports that he was hit by a car or suffered a heart attack. He was in South Africa with his father, the firm's supremo, looking into the possibility of setting up a new factory.
Thursday 07 April 2011
The owners of a pastry shop that showcases cakes decorated with Nazi themes should be prosecuted, a Holocaust awareness group said yesterday.
Wednesday 06 April 2011
Thursday 17 March 2011
Andrew Cosslett surprised the market with his decision to step down from the helm of Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) yesterday, with the chain announcing finance director Richard Solomons as his replacement.
Saturday 26 February 2011
Thursday 03 February 2011
No one got to grips more astutely with intricacy and irony in the field of Irish historical studies than ATQ Stewart. The Narrow Ground: Aspects of Ulster, 1609-1969 was the joint winner of the first Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prize shortly after its publication in 1977, and in 2003 the historian Marianne Elliott placed it in her "top 10 history books", describing it as a "brilliant overview of Ulster Protestant identity". Its impact was such that it struck a chord with the Rev Ian Paisley in his most ferocious incarnation, and with liberals of every political persuasion: not an easy feat to pull off. It is hard to think of anything more compelling than Stewart's The Shape of Irish History, more evocative than his The Summer Soldiers (about the 1798 Rebellion in Antrim and Down), or more thought-provoking than The Narrow Ground. He was elegant, dispassionate, entertaining and illuminating, and leaves an invaluable legacy.
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