Sweet Memories : British chocolate bars are amongst the best tasting chocolate in the world. For those of us who grew up in the UK, we have been privileged to have this gorgeous tasting chocolate on our door step, so to speak, every day of our lives, and for as long as we can remember it has been almost a staple in our diets.
Since before we could even say chocolate button, we have had the taste sensation of a British chocolate bar blessed upon us, and this amazing chocolate became an almost essential part of our lives. Whether it was a daily or weekly treat, British chocolate bars have been an important mainstay of British life.
When we take a trip back to the days of chocolate past, in the great green pastures and cobbled streets of Britain, those days of old when we were all snot and marmite, our chocolate treats were the single most exciting privileges of being a child. A visit to Granny, or Nanny to which name you prefer, would almost guarantee a chocolate haven.
Now Grannies home was always a wonderful homely place, a place filled with so much affection and love you would almost have to brush it away from your face, and much of this affection and love was shown none more so than through the joy of food. We all loved Grannies home and some of our fondest memories are of the food.
What child or teenager didn’t have immediate thoughts of being showered with food when going to Grannies. Whether it be beef roast dinners or sausage and mash you would be guaranteed this love filled food as soon as you walked through the door and into her special hug. This wonderful food would warm our heart and soul (and our bellies) but it wasn’t just the hearty good meals, the treats, oh the treats would be in abundance.
There’d be biscuits and sweets, but best of all chocolate. British chocolate classics would be piled up in an old Cadbury roses tin, and in this tin would be so much chocolate, you would think your were Charlie Bucket holding a golden ticket. You were always allowed more than just one, in fact Granny would insist “go on darling have another ” and so it would be the whole time that you were there, tasty meals and treats given with unconditional love and care.
Continuing to look back to those chocolate childhood days, we have many more wonderful joyful recollections of being given these wonderful chocolate treats. Every trip with Mummy or Daddy to the shops would finish with us choosing a pack of sweets or a bar of chocolate because after all, we had been “so good”. Even after a trip to the dentist, this ‘frightful’ trip every six months; would be softened with the knowledge that when it was over we would have a wonderful chocolate bar for the pure bravery that we had displayed.
There is also the trips my father would make every Sunday morning for the paper; every Sunday he would buy me and my sisters a British chocolate classic, it could be Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons, a Wispa or a Curly Wurly, or any of the other bars and those Sunday morning chocolate treats always tasted that extra bit special.
As the years went on the trips to the shop with mum or dad would start to be less, replaced with trips on your own; with your friends after school or on Saturday morning, relishing in your new found sense of freedom. With pocket money in hand or with money earned washing Mrs Davies car, you would have this money to spend on whatever you pleased, and what pleased us the most was being able to buy as many sweets and chocolate bars as we could.
In adulthood the love of this famous tasting British chocolate would continue or even prosper. As well as ourselves, we now have our own children and/or our siblings children to indulge in this magical chocolate.
There is also mother’s day; with the gift of Cadbury Milk Tray and Fathers birthday; for whom you were never quite sure what present to get, would always take great pleasure when he received a great big slab of Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate. We have Christmas day; with the aforementioned traditional tin of Cadbury Roses and Easter Sunday; with the great British chocolate Easter eggs.
The special times we relate to this wonderful chocolate are plentiful; far too many to write here and to each of us they hold a special place within our memories and our hearts.