Nestlé Tex

Posted by in Chocolate Reviews on May 13 2008 | Leave A Comment

Here we have another South African offering. According to the wrapper, it’s “Rich creamy Nestlé milk chocolate with Aero® centre and filled biscuit wafers.”

That’s a fairly lengthy description for a simple bar of chocolate, but once you bite into it, it becomes quite clear what this really is – an outright copy of Cadbury Time Out. Only the chocolate has been changed to protect the innocent.

This Nestlé bar shares most of the features of the bar it’s (apparently) copying. It’s quite light, quite crispy, reasonably chocolatey, and a little… boring. But having said that, this is the nicest of the South African chocolates I’ve tried so far – and also the first time I’ve seen Nestlé do anything interesting with Aero.

The chocolate in this particular bar did taste as though it was on the verge of going a little stale, but that’s not entirely surprising given it was manufactured over 10 months ago and has travelled half way around the world. It was still quiet edible, and quite satisfying with a nice cup of tea.


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  1. Caro

    I cannot find exact dates, but Tex bar has been around for at least 40 years. Does anyone know how long Cadburys Time Out has existed ?

    • When last did you hear about a caravan,it was als a chocolate upon a tyime and seem as if the new “PS chocolate”as far as I can remember replaced the old lad “caravan”!!!I think it changed around 94 when apartheid ended and so they’ve also killed poor caravan and as name changes went into action this old granny became “PS” lmfao

      • Rob

        Hi Chris,

        I remember the Caravan chocolate bar very well as it was a favourite of mine when younger. It was originally manufactured by Rowntree’s which was then of course taken over by Nestle’. The PS Bar is made by Cadbury’s and is nothing at all like the old Caravan from what I remember as far as the taste and textures are concerned and was as far as I’m concerned oh so much more delicious! The bar was not very thick either but had alternating layers of chocolate, wafer and caramel and seemed to be a lot more chewy than a PS Bar however you can’t discount the effect a little nostalgia may have in enhancing the overall memories either.

    • Faye

      Caro, you right! It is more like Cadbury’s Time Out copying Tex as it has been around since before I was born–36 years ago. The original makers were Rowntree and they sold the rights to Nestle. Rowntree made it better in my opinion. Anyways, these chocolates are so much better than Hershey’s or other American chocolate. It is no wonder these candy bars can be given out so generously during Haloween.


      As a child living in Dee Why , Sydney, i went with my sister to the Saturday Matinee from the age of 4 that was in the very early 50’s , and were given 9 pence to get into the movie, 3 pence, a small Coke, tuppence, any lollies with the 4 pence, my choice of “any lolly” was the Tex bar that would make it around 67 years ago, as you can see they were a big hit with me at an early age, and that they certainly didnt have the Aero bubbles, their inside was a firm but chewy ,distinctive flavour, beautiful taste. I don’t know when they disappeared but i do know i was looking for them for years. Didnt know they were a South African lolly , well i dont think that in 1951/54 they were, it may have been the company was in sth A, but in those we had heaps of lolly manufactures in Sydney alone. Anyway if they brought them back, it would be the same story as the Polly Waffle which they did bring bag in 2010 i think, around that year anyway, the Polly Waffles were a huge mistake to try again, they were awful, hard,, just awful, they didnt last 6 months, hope this helps you pin point how old the Tex Bar really is. <3

  2. Vittoria

    What every happened to Tex Bar chocolate. It had caramel inside and the chocolate was beautiful. I think it was made in Qld. It would be over 30 years since I have since this chocolate bar around.

  3. Rob

    I am now 40 years old and a South African expat living in the UK and remember Tex and other “Nestle” products all available as a child. Tex was originally a Wilson-Rowntree countline along with the likes of Bar One, Caravan, Chocolate Log & Peppermint Crisp all of which totally outsold and outranked anything produced by Cadbury’s or Nestle’ at the time including Time Out which was not availalable in South Africa. In fact Wilson-Rowntree locked out the top 10 countlines in South Africa prior to the Nestle’ take over of Rowntree’s a decade or so ago now. Lest anyone forgets, even Kit Kat was a Rowntree product originally!!

  4. Graham

    IS it unhealthy to eat more than 5 Tex bars a day

  5. Nick

    Timeout was released in 1992. Tex has been in SA for at least 40 years. They are a great snack chocolate, light and enjoyable. As said Tex, Aero, Kit-Kat, Chocolate Log and Bar-one by Rowntree and then Nestle were the best selling counter line chocolates. I am amazed that Nestle have not tested them out elsewhere, it would be a relatively cheap as the product is developed and if nothing else the around 1 million South Africans in UK will buy them.

  6. RoyalRat

    Tex Bar is not a copy of Time Out. Tex Bar is a good chocolate that’s been around for decades (formerly Rowntree when it tasted better) and tastes and looks a whole helluva lot better than the crappy Time Out.

  7. It here anywhere in the UK where one can buy Tex Bar chocolate. I normally get mine from SA.

  8. Could you tell me a bit more information about subscriptions?

  9. claudine gurriah

    can u please tell me what happen to caravan bar.
    it was the best chocoalte eva

    did they stop making it

    please let me know

  10. claudine gurriah

    tex………….. still mmy favourite

  11. Chris

    For the answer on the Tex chocolate bar I brought two at the Matilda service station Mango Hill Queensland on the 27/10/11 and really enjoyed them.They were the time I brought them like a big size time-out.Someone should contact Nestle`s and find out.

  12. stumbled on this blog while product, name searching. 54 + Still living in South Africa and this brings back ‘childhood’ . The amount of expats in every single country must have really done something for DNA biodiversity!! I shall run out and buy all the above name chocs and eat them on ya’lls behalf!

  13. Darren

    How I long for a Caravan bar – It was my favourite chocolate and I miss them dearly.

    I still live in SA and I often think about them and remind all my mates that had forgotten. How do i get Nestle to make them again? Seriously.

  14. Joe Vinyl

    Anyone know how the TEX got it’s name? Thanks.

  15. Petro


    does anyone maybe have an image for the caravan chocolate bar

  16. Gasman2013

    What are you talking about? Tex has been a feature of my diet for over 40 years. Was first introduced to it as a child when my father was working in South Africa’s mining sector. Time Out is a much later invention. Better than Time Out, Kit Kat or the others I have come across thus far. I remember another wafer choc bar from my childhood in ZA. What was it called? Caravan? Now that was a chocolate bar!!

  17. Ian Kershaw

    The TEX Bar was made by Hoadleys in Australia, as was the Violet Crumble and the Polly Waffle. The was also a MINTEX Bar, but this went off the market first. Why do so many good products disappear. Does anyone remember Cottees Mint Julep Cordial? It was delicious!

  18. Ian Kershaw

    Another tasty chocolate bar was made by Smalls chocolates in Australia. It’s called Smalls Arabian Chocolate and had a coffee flavour. It disappeared in the early 1970s and was a great loss. Smalls recipes were taken over by Nestle but they refuse to recreate the Arabian!

  19. mark

    Well tex has been reduced to a biscuit lately ,it had at least 33% chocolate a few years back and now maybe 5 to 10% if you are lucky.

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