Terry's Chocolate Orange facts for kids
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Terry's Chocolate Orange is a chocolate product created by Terry's in 1932 at Terry's Chocolate Works in York, England. The brand has changed ownership several times, and production was moved to Eastern Europe in 2005. Since 2018, the Terry’s Chocolate Orange is produced in Strasbourg, France, by Carambar & Co .
The Terry's Chocolate Orange comprises an orange-shaped ball of chocolate mixed with orange oil, divided into 20 segments, similar to a real orange, and wrapped in orange-skin patterned foil. When packaged, the segments are stuck together firmly in the centre; therefore, prior to unwrapping, the ball is traditionally tapped severely on a hard surface to cause the segments to separate from each other (dubbed "Tap and Unwrap" or "Whack and Unwrap").
There have been a number of spin-off products, currently including:
- Chocolate Orange bar: a bar of six segments, initially produced with smooth vertical segments (similar to a Toblerone bar), then, later, with textured segments that mimic those of the traditional orange shape.
- Chocolate Orange minis: a bag of small segments
- Chocolate Orange White Eggs: egg-shaped white chocolate versions of Chocolate Orange that were available for one Easter
- Segsations: individual segments of chocolate in different flavours, including: milk chocolate, puffed rice, honeycomb, cornflake and a "double seg" of layered milk and dark chocolate, all flavoured with orange oil.
- Segsations Mini Eggs: individual foil-wrapped eggs of chocolate in same flavours as Segsations, for Easter
- Chocolate Orange – Egg & Spoon: a milk chocolate egg filled with an orange fondant filling (similar to Cadbury's Creme Egg)
The Chocolate Orange product is known for its unusual marketing, which is usually at its heaviest around Christmas. At one time it was estimated that the Chocolate Orange was found in a tenth of British Christmas stockings. Actress Dawn French has fronted numerous campaigns for the brand, often in a posed scene of defending and hiding "her" Chocolate Orange from others. Famous marketing phrases include:
- Tap it and unwrap it (since replaced with "whack and unwrap")
- It's not Terry's, it's mine
- Don't tap it... Whack it!
More recent advertisements (after the rebranding) do not feature French and contain the new slogan "Round but not round for long" (some include the Countdown timer music). The newest advertising campaign in the United Kingdom features various situations in which people are trying to break the segments of their Terry's Chocolate Orange apart with the slogan "Smash it to pieces, love it to bits".
A new advert in 2020, featuring voiceover by Brian Blessed, explains how the Chocolate Orange is a catalyst for "British Unsquaredness", along with a new slogan, "Deliciously Unsquare".
- Terry's Dessert Chocolate Apple (1926–1954; precursor to the Orange)
- Terry's Chocolate Lemon (short-lived 1979-1980s variant)
- Terry's Chocolate Orange Dark (formerly 'Plain')
- Terry's Chocolate Orange Milk
- Terry's Chocolate Orange Snowball (white chocolate)
- Terry's Chocolate Orange Mint (discontinued 2012)
- Terry's Chocolate Orange Toffee
- Terry's Chocolate Orange Bars (chocolate bars, either individual or sharing bar)
- Terry's Chocolate Orange Mini segments/Segsations (individually wrapped segments)
- Terry's Chocolate Orange White Egg
- Terry's Chocolate Orange Flavour Carte D'Or ice cream (no longer in production)
- Terry's Chocolate Orange Tangy
- Terry's Chocolate Orange Cookies
- Terry's Chocolate Orange Exploding Candy
- Terry's Chocolate Orange Siesta
- Terry's Chocolate Orange Hazelnut
- Terry's Chocolate Orange Raspberry
- Terry's Chocolate Orange White Chocolate Smasher
- Terry's Chocolate Orange Toffee Crunch
- Terry's Chocolate Orange Birthday Cake
- Terry's Chocolate Orange Orange
- Terry's Chocolate Orange Ice-Creams (currently sold as limited edition)
Changes to product weight in 2016
On 29 May 2016, the UK product size was reduced from 175g to 157g by changing the moulded shape of each segment to leave an air gap between each piece. Despite this, the price doubled in some retail outlets. This, along with changes to products such as Toblerone chocolate, is cited as an example of Shrinkflation in Britain following economic uncertainty around Brexit.
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