- Curly Wurly
Curly Wurly is a brand of chocolate bar currently manufactured by Cadbury UK and sold in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Malta, Romania, Australia, The Netherlands, U.A.E and New Zealand. It was launched in the UK in 1970. Its shape resembles two flattened, intertwined serpentine strings. The bar is made of chocolate-coated caramel.
This design was created by David John Parfitt a long-serving research confectioner while experimenting with some surplus toffee from another piece of work.
Also available are "Curly Wurly Squirlies," which come in a bag and are just the cross beams of the ladder. This design was created by Charlie Simmonds a worker and an apprentice at Cadbury.
Implementing the design was difficult originally since the nozzles used to extrude the toffee would frequently jam with each other when the toffee strands touched as the middle one moved back and forth to create the pattern. This problem was solved by a mechanical engineer by the name of William Harris.
The Curly Wurly Machine was originally designed by Bill Harris, then redesigned in 1982 by Tony Wright at Cadbury's Bournville under contract from Harvey Design Company. His brief was to produce 3 times the amount of "ropes" from 8 to 24. The machine was known as a 24 rope extruder.The design office manager at the time was one Arthur Musson. Improved design of the nozzle heating system (borrowed from the injection moulding industry) meant for better and consistent flow.
The UK TV adverts for Curly Wurly in the 1970s featured comedy actor Terry Scott as the schoolboy character he'd played on the novelty record "My Brother". His catchphrase was "Hands off my Curly Wurly!"
A French version of the Curly Wurly, known as "Mousquetaire" was available in the 1970s and early 1980s.
German versions were called "3 Musketiers" and "Leckerschmecker".
Until September / October 2010, Curly Wurly was produced in the Keynsham plant in Somerset, UK; however, production has now transferred to Cadbury's new plant in Skarbimierz, Poland. Labels for these products do not state a country of origin, instead stating "Made in the EU under license from Cadbury UK Ltd"
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2This brand is owned by Rudolf Wild GmbH and manufactured under license by Kraft Foods only in the United States, Canada, and Greenland.
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