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Fry's Chocolate Cream
Fry's Chocolate Cream Chocolate Bar in current appearence.jpg
Original Fry's Chocolate Cream.
Type Confectionery
Owner Cadbury
Country United Kingdom
Introduced 1861; 160 years ago (1861)
Related brands Fry's Peppermint Cream
Fry's Orange Cream
Fry's Raspberry Cream
Markets United Kingdom
Previous owners J. S. Fry & Sons

Fry's Chocolate Cream is a chocolate bar developed by J. S. Fry & Sons and currently manufactured by Cadbury. Launched in 1861, Fry's Chocolate Cream is the first mass-produced chocolate bar and is the world's oldest chocolate bar brand. The original chocolate bar consists of a plain fondant centre enrobed in plain chocolate. Variants include Peppermint Cream, Orange Cream, Raspberry Cream and Strawberry Cream.

History

Fry's Chocolate Cream was first produced in 1861 and is considered the direct descendant of Fry's Cream Stick produced in 1853. The Cream Stick was the first industrialised and affordable chocolate bar. In 1875, Fry's Chocolate cream was remoulded to the shape it still has today. During production, it once exceeded half a million units per day and the foil wrapping and label would appear in 1925. The Orange Cream and Peppermint Cream, followed by Fry's Five Centre, were introduced in 1934.

Bomber crews in RAF Bomber Command were regularly issued with Fry's Chocolate Creams before missions.

Products and branding

Fry's Chocolate advertisement
Enamel sign advertising Fry's Chocolate, pre-1925

There are currently five variants of Fry's Cream:

  • Fry's Chocolate Cream
  • Fry's Peppermint Cream
  • Fry's Orange Cream (Discontinued 2015, relaunched 2018)
  • Fry's Raspberry Cream
  • Fry's Strawberry Cream (Relaunched 2020 Limited edition)

Over the years, other variants existed:

  • Fry's Five Centre (orange, raspberry, lime, strawberry, and pineapple), produced from 1934 to 1992. Five Centre was also sold with a combination of orange, coffee, vanilla, lime, and raspberry centres. It is probable that other combinations were sold at one time or another; for example, one reproduction 1950s advert shows a blackcurrant flavoured segment in place of vanilla. The Five Centre bar was renamed Fruit Medley during the 1960s, but this was later reversed.
  • Fry's Strawberry Cream
  • Fry's Pineapple Cream

An unsuccessful mid-1990s relaunch attempt also saw new variants available under the modernised "Fry's Spirit" branding for a while:

  • Fry's Spirit Berry Margarita
  • Fry's Spirit Piña Colada
  • Fry's Spirit Velvet Dream (cream liqueur)

Cadbury also produced a solid milk chocolate bar called Five Boys using the Fry's trademark from 1902 until 1976. Cadbury produced milk and plain chocolate sandwich bars under the Fry's branding also.

Fry's chocolate bar was promoted by model George Lazenby, who later portrayed James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, in 1969.

Location and ownership

The Fry's chocolate bar was first produced in Union Street, Bristol, England in 1866, where the family name had been associated with chocolate making since c. 1761. In 1923, Fry's (now Cadbury) chocolate factory moved to Somerdale Garden City, Keynsham, England.

Following a 2010 takeover of Cadbury plc by Kraft Foods, the Somerdale factory was closed on 31 March 2011 and its machinery shipped to Warsaw, Poland. Then, after acquisition of Cadbury by Mondelez International production was relocated and Warsaw plant became part of Lotte Wedel.

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