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Name That Candy: Chocolate Cherry Candy Bar

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Cadbury Cherry Ripe


It sucks to remember a great candy from your childhood but not be able to remember its name. We get a good number of emails from people trying to remember candy from their childhood. Recently we got one from a reader named Paul and it’s got me stumped. Can anyone help Paul out?

When I was a kid… I’m guessing six or seven so this would have been about 1983 or 1984 there was this delicious candy bar. I cannot for the life of me remember the name but I know that it was a thin chocolate bar maybe a bit thicker than a Skor bar–with the other dimensions being pretty similar otherwise–with a coconut/cherry center kind of like an Almond Joy only with some candied cherry puree mixed in. I don’t recall if the chocolate was milk or dark but I’m guessing since I liked it so much and I’m not a fan of dark chocolate (generally speaking) that it was probably milk chocolate.

The wrapper was shiny red foil and I think the commercials advertised the candy as an Australian product although I have no idea if that was a marketing gimmick or if it was an actual import. I think there may have been koalas or something printed on the packaging, but I can’t remember well enough to be sure. They were on the market here in the San Francisco Bay Area for maybe three or four years and then they sort of faded out.

I loved that candy and really wish I could remember more about it. Any ideas?

UPDATE: David did some investigation – could it possibly be Cadbury Cherry Ripe? “The ripe juicy cherries and moist coconut smothered in rich ‘Old Gold’ Dark Chocolate ensures a unique taste experience. As Australia’s oldest and most loved chocolate bar, Cherry Ripe offers consumers an indulgent and rich treat. ”

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13 Responses to “Name That Candy: Chocolate Cherry Candy Bar”

  1. 1
    Rich says:

    I betting on Cherry Ripe also

  2. 2
    Arik says:

    Hmm, well its not Big Cherry. That’s peanuts.

  3. 3
    Paul says:

    That has to be it, although I recall the packaging looking more like the one in this shot. Of course, I’ll have to track down an online store that sells them so I can try one.

    Just to be sure.

  4. 4
    Kajikit says:

    Mmmm… Cherry Ripe – what a wonderful candy bar that is. I’ve never understood why they’re not sold outside of Australia because they’re delicious and there isn’t a US-equivelant… I’m sure they’d do well in the US!

  5. 5
    Erika says:

    Finally, other people who know if this wonderful candy bar!I used to buy them at Circle K in 29 Palms….I’ve been searching forever to see if they still exist and how I can get some. Are they still being manufactured? Heck, I’ll pay for them to be brought over from Australia if that’s the only place that has them!

  6. 6
    Mona says:

    Re: Aina Cambridge
    I read an article that my daughter Aina live in California.
    She does not.
    She became The Dubble Bubble National Bubble Gum Blowing Champion in 2004.
    And she never won the crown.

    Aina does not live California. Please give my City Chicago the credit it deserve.

  7. 7
    tia says:

    DEFINITELY cherry ripe!!
    i have these in my country and they cant be beaten!!

  8. 8
    Judy says:

    I’ve been looking for this candy bar for years! It was also my favorite candy when I was a child…How do I get my hands on some of those???

  9. 9
    Jesse Wonder Clark says:

    I LOVED cherry ripe! They only had it in the San Francisco Bay Area for about half a year or maybe a year, but I instantly declared it my favorite candy bar ever. Then it disappeared. I guess no one else liked it. As soon as I came across this site it was the first thought–I wonder if they know anything about Cherry Ripe? Good to see it still exists somewhere.

  10. 10
    tom says:

    The infamous Cherry Ripe is prominently featured in the fantastic film, “Wlecome to Woop-Woop”. Somebody get on here stat with a link to where I can order these. FYI, I found a weird nexus of the universe in Marshalltown, IA that still sells Zagnut bars. They also have a Little Caesars, which is doubly freaky.

  11. 11
    Bec says:

    Yeah, that’ll be a cherry ripe. I’m an aussie, I eat these all the time…they’re sooo good. I didn’t realise that they aren’t avaliable in the US though…that’s terrible!

  12. 12
    e says:

    there is a store in leavenworth, wa that sells cherry ripes! the stores name is Australian Store and they sell all sorts of Aussie candies and goodies.

  13. 13
    Lin says:

    Cherry Ripe candy bars can be purchased in the U.S. either through The Vermont Country Store (they have a website), or through

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