Bassett's Jelly Babies- The original soft and squidgy fruit flavour jelly babies.made with natural colours and flavours including real fruit juice but sadly not for vegetarians as the contained gelatine and cochineal
Spangles (1948) The same year George Orwell gazed apprehensively into a totalitarian future, Mars unveiled a more upbeat response to post-war austerity with these translucent sugar squares. Over three decades tangerine, butterscotch, 'Old English', cola and dozens more varieties appeared, until their liquidation in ... 1984.
Black Jacks and Fruit Salad - used to buy these at three for a penny in pre-decimal coinage. Then the price was hiked up to three for a new penny as the UK went headlong into price inflation, causing the dark days of the when wages couldn't keep up!
Pacers (1976) When Mars punted out a mint variant of their counter-conquering blocks of citrus paste, tolerant half-smiles were the order of the day, but a simple change of name took Opal Mints out from the shadows of their mouth-watering forebears. A sporty theme and the addition in 1980 of green go-faster stripes to the basic white slab more than made up for the disappointingly weak, almost homeopathic, minty tast
Marathon (1968) Marathon came to the UK courtesy of Forrest Mars Sr, estranged from the family business in the States, but free to adapt the recipes for European tastes. Aside from his eponymous bar packed with milk, sugar, glucose, and thick, thick chocolate, Mars' Slough-produced cash cow was a peanut-powered derivative of the American Snickers (the name was apparently tribute to the Mars family's favourite horse) 'brand alignment' saw Marathon adopt its maiden name in 1990