Here is a guest review by Julie…
When I was about 8, our family moved to a remote part of Connecticut that was easily five miles from any main commercial shopping areas. The only place we could get candy was the neighborhood gas station, complete with a grungy, grumpy old mechanic guy who, though a bit scary, stocked some awesome candy in his little 2-bay garage; I have since wondered if he was a Candy Addict himself. Of all the candies that he had on display (and though I bought others, too), it was the Seven Up bar that got a sizable chunk of my allowance money every time.
Discontinued sometime in the 70â€™s, the Seven Up bar began its seven-sectioned life in the 1930s, before the 7-Up Bottling Company began making its soft drink. Eventually the 7-Up company bought the bar and retired it, so they had the exclusive use of the name whichever way it was spelled: Seven Up or 7-Up. None of that mattered a whit to me, as I was only interested in one thing: those seven sections of chocolate-covered different candy centers, meaning I was getting seven big pieces of candy in one regular-sized bar. Quite a bargain to me back then for my hard-saved pennies and nickels (shoot, I’d pay just about anything for one today)!
The Seven Up bar itself consisted of seven separated, filled sections connected by an outer chocolate shell. The shell was real milk chocolate, a bit thick on the edges, but thinner over the fillings, and had a good snap to it if bitten, and a smooth melt if left upon your tongue. The seven fillings were: Orange Jelly, Maple, Caramel, Brazil Nut, Fudge, Coconut, and Cherry; each was so distinct and different that no two bites were remotely alike. I loved the Seven Up bar for that reason especially, and, too, both the chocolate and the candy centers were really, really good.
The Orange Jelly filling was so unique compared to the rest, with the cracking of the chocolate coating a fun contrast to the jellied center; I remember this one as being particularly good. Very orangey and sweet, kind of like an Orange Crush soda. The Maple was smooth, creamy and very, very sweet; similar to the maple syrup candy that you can buy in New England. Caramel was chewy and thick as well as deliciously buttery and sweet.
Brazil Nut had that rich, oily nutty flavor true to Brazil nuts, and the Fudge went especially well with this one if you chose to actually eat the two together (which is probably why they put those two next to each other)! Fudge was rich, thick and very, very intensely chocolaty. Coconut was exactly like my motherâ€™s coconut cookies, which I still love, and again, a very sweet filling. And finally, the Cherry, which was not usually a favorite flavor for me in other candies. However, this Cherry filling was so fruity, tasty and smooth that it melted right away in my mouth and left me quite satisfied.
I always ate my Seven Up bar in order, starting with one end and moving to the other. I once broke the sections apart and tried eating it that way, not being sure of what I would be getting since they were out of order, but I got frustrated and went back to my orderly biting off of those chocolate chunks, savoring each one slowly (though I did have a hard time not biting into both the Brazil Nut and the Orange Jelly and chomping them up with the chocolate together, making for a great textural experience in addition to the great taste).
Necco’s Sky Bar, originating in the 1938 and still available today, is the only thing similar to the Seven Up bar, however, with only four compartments, it pales in comparison for me. Iâ€™d love to see the Seven Up bar brought back in its full, original, seven-sectioned glory… overly-sweet but wonderful, those chocolate-covered compartments containing unique flavors that I swear I can still taste. If you wanted a lot of different flavors in one bar, rather like picking the best pieces out of your motherâ€™s big box of Valentineâ€™s candy, then the Seven Up bar was the one to have, and there are many of us out here today who would love to have one now!