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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Saturday 21 November 2009
Thomas Cook was held back last night as traders sold out on the view that the market may be underestimating the FTSE 100-listed tour operator's refinancing needs.
Wednesday 18 November 2009
A bidding war for Dairy Milk maker Cadbury was in prospect today after confectioners Hershey and Ferrero said they were considering their options over the firm.
Wednesday 18 November 2009
Monday 09 November 2009
Kraft is tipped to make a hostile bid for Cadbury today, to which the UK confectioner is expected to issue another brusque rebuff.
Friday 23 October 2009
John Barnes has applied to have a bankruptcy order against him annulled after the chaos of his departure from Tranmere Rovers led to it being issued at court in his absence. His embarrassment about the order has been compounded by suggestions that he filed for bankruptcy, but he told The Independent yesterday that the order had been issued because he failed to answer a court summons on 14 October.
Wednesday 09 September 2009
Saturday 08 August 2009
Tuesday 19 May 2009
Monday 27 April 2009
Some say a liberal is a conservative who has yet to be mugged. We say a conservative is someone who has had the packaging of their favourite sweets redesigned. Consider the dyspeptic resistance to the plans to change the packaging of the Sherbet Fountain. Consider too the fact that many otherwise sane adults still deeply resent the rechristening of the Marathon bar as Snickers, or the transformation of Opal Fruits into Starburst.
Saturday 14 March 2009
It's hard to fathom which is the biggest mystery: why the fiery taste of Victory V lozenges seems to have almost disappeared from the nation's gobs – or why these odd concoctions were ever popular in the first place.
Saturday 28 February 2009
In the latest attempt to crack down on violence and thuggery in the Italian capital, Rome's ice-cream parlours are to be obliged to close by 1am.
Thursday 26 February 2009
Cadbury has revealed that consumers are refusing to give up their chocolate and chewing gum during the recession. The confectionery giant delivered tasty sales and profits in 2008 but trimmed expectations on revenue growth for this year.
Thursday 19 February 2009
The “vast majority” of staff at Thorntons have taken up its offer of flexible working this year, the confectioner said yesterday, as it revealed that hefty pre-Christmas discounting had dragged down its interim profits by nearly 40 per cent.
Sunday 15 February 2009
Friday 09 January 2009
The French pastry chef Gaston Lenôtre, whose successful catering business made him a household name, died aged 88 yesterday after a long illness, his company said.
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