10 Things You Only Ever Had At Christmas Time!

7. Cadbury’s Roses

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Every tin of Quality Street was always accompanied by a tin of cadbury’s roses – Strawberry cream were the best!

Cadbury Roses are a selection of individually wrapped chocolates made by Cadbury. Introduced in 1938, they are named after the English packaging equipment company “Rose Brothers” (later Rose Forgrove), based in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, that manufactured and supplied the machines that wrapped the chocolates, although in 2016 the US owners of the company made a controversial decision to wrap the chocolates in identical sized “flow wraps”.

They are an extremely common gift on Mothering Sunday and sell well throughout the Christmas period. They are available in plastic tubs or boxes and in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Ireland currently contain 11 different varieties of chocolate.

8. A Mountain of Fruit! – Christmas

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Yes we had fruit all year round, but never did we have as much fruit as we did at Christmas! You always tried some exotic fruit at Christmas too!

9. Matchmakers

Matchmakers are an elongated chocolate confectionery product made by Nestlé. Thin, twig-like and brittle, they were first launched in 1968 by Rowntree’s and were just one-third of the length they are now. For this reason they were called Matchmakers – a name which has stood the test of time. For many years they were available in either orange, mint, lemon (from its 25th anniversary) or coffee flavor (from its 10th anniversary).

In 2003 Nestlé attempted to raise brand awareness by changing the names of the flavours to Cool Mint and Zingy Orange and adding Brilliant Blackcurrant and Sizzling Strawberry flavour – which counted ‘black pepper flavoured sugar pieces’ among its ingredients. Similarly, the packaging was altered in an attempt to appeal to 15- to 35-year-olds, and a new slogan was adopted – ‘The manic munch that packs a punch’.

10. Jelly Fruit Slices