Whatever Happened to.... Texan Bars

Posted by Handy Candy 22/09/2016 4 Comment(s)


The mighty Texan Bar, like the Pacer, has reached legendary status as one of the most beloved of British retro sweets that's sadly no longer on our shelves.

Being a sweet starved 80's kid I only remember one occasion when I enjoyed one of these unique bars before they 1st ceased production, and was amazed firstly by how damn chewy they were (they were essentially a chew bar in chocolate, think Wham Bar in terms of consistency, not taste) but also how there was nothing else quite like it!

To be honest I don't remember them being particulary popular back in the 80's (it was all about Mars and Nuts bars for me), but fast forward 20 years and after a survey announcing it as one of the nation's favourite lost sweets, Nestle decide to bring it back into limited production!

This all happened in 2005, when Handy Candy was but a year old, and quite frankly we all went Texan Crazy. People were buying cases of them, we simply couldn't get them in fast enough and we were sure that Nestle would pick up on their popularity and continue production.

Alas that was not the case, Nestle were true to their word, and within a few months Texan Bars were as rare as hens teeth again. In 2006 we even spotted a case of no out of date Texan Bars reaching a pretty high price on Ebay, and we were left wishing we'd at least kept a couple of bars to take along to The Antiques Roadshow in years to come.

The weird thing is nothings ever taken their place, a seriously chewy bar wrapped in chocolate - the idea's so simple, and so delicious!



4 Comment(s)

Nicola Taunton:
26/07/2017, 04:59:31 PM

I would love to see Texan bars come back into production. They were the best. I know I'm not alone in hoping for their return, having seen other comments when I asked the question... "Whatever happened to Texan bars?" Give it a go, it would be a huge hit! Many thanks.

Steve Glover:
07/05/2018, 03:26:13 PM

I think I must have survived on Texan Bars and Mambo's in the 70's. Mambo's were ice lollies in a triangular package, marketed as drinks but frozen by the local Backup shopkeepers. We also had fizzy sugar which we called Kaylie (K. Lie)! Rgs. Steve.

Edwina Clare (Eddie) Molloy:
16/05/2018, 12:04:29 AM

I remember sharing one once and having one in a Xmas selection box ( I think!) or at least getting one for Xmas al- but even then, that prob had to be shared with other siblings! The sensations behind eating it are never to be forgotten tho- quite unlike anything else ever tried - I thought there may be something else worldwide that would even replicate it- even if marginally, but, alas, no... Even just to get my hands on a wrapper and consult the ingredients and attempt to make it myself, although I’d prob have a major addiction if they were still around, have a lot of weight to shift and a few teeth missing!

Julie Shepherd:
21/09/2018, 08:17:32 PM

Wish you would bring the Texan bar back it's a old favourite xx

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