Ask any British child of the 70s to name their favourite childhood chocolate bars and you can pretty much guarantee Curly Wurly will be right up there. Back in the day, there was nothing cooler than to be seen walking down the street munching on a giant bar of Cadbury goodness.
But what is Curly Wurly? Well, it’s very, very simple. It’s a long, flat lattice of caramel covered in milk chocolate. Kind of a squashed double helix. In fact, if God had experimented with making DNA out of chocolate and caramel then accidentally sat on it, we’d probably have ended up with Curly Wurly a few hundred million years earlier.
The caramel is thick – almost toffee like – and very, very chewy. It gets softer as it warms in your mouth, but you’re pretty much guaranteed it’ll get stuck in your teeth. Which is part of what makes it so good.
The chocolate is typical Cadbury milk chocolate and works perfectly with the caramel. It melts away before the caramel, giving you two distinct flavour ‘hits’.
But what really makes Curly Wurly special is the shape. There’s nothing else quite like it. Even in it’s modern, shrunken form (it’s only 26 grams), it’s just about the longest chocolate bar you’ll find in the shops.
Curly Wurly is delicious, incredibly chewy, and more importantly, it’s iconic. There’s nothing else quite like it. It’s just a shame it’s not quite as big as it used to be.
But if you’re really desperate for a bigger Curly Wurly, you could try making your own 1 meter long version…