It’s been a tough couple months for South African tastebuds with the discontinuation of a few iconic snacks including TaB, tomato-flavoured Simba chips and the half-a-century-year-old Chocolate Log by Nestlé. What’s next? Dare we say the classic Peppermint Crisp!
Needless to say, we are a nation who loves our snacks — passionate about them, even. So much so that a group of sweet-tooths have started a petition to bring back the beloved Chocolate Log which for many was a childhood favourite.
The news first hit social media when a speciality food supplier, Aubergine Speciality Foods, which supplies South African delicacies for those in Canada, posted on Facebook that the Chocolate Log will no longer be available.
The company said that “at Nestlé, our purpose is to delight our consumers through tastier and healthier products. We know that one of the main drivers of the chocolate category is innovation and that consumers love new products. Taking this into consideration, we do discontinue certain products and introduce new ones to the market.”
Well, South African’s weren’t keen on the cut.
The less than ambitions petition has only called on 100 signatures. But what it lacks in numbers is made up in heart.
“The creaminess of the marshmallow stuffed with caramelised wafer all coated in glazed sweet chocolate is now unavailable to the world. Why should we be deprived of such glory ?!?!
“Help sign this petition to resurrect the GOAT [greatest of all time] of chocolate. Help save the world from inevitable doom,” the petition states in its description.
There is also a petition to bring back Cadbury’s iconic YES/NO chocolate.
Other favourites that no longer grace South African shelves include TaB by Coca-Cola, the Tempo chocolate by Cadbury, tomato-flavoured chips by Simba , salt-and-vinegar-flavoured chips by Lays, the Milo Bar chocolate by Nestlé, Fanta Strawberry also by Coca Cola, and tomato sauce by Heinz, to name a few.
It’s clear that our nation will fight for the foods they believe in. That being said, we’d hate to see what happened if these iconic goodies were discontinued:
- Marie and Tennis Biscuits by Bakers
- Ouma rusks
- Chappies bubble gum
- Mrs Balls Chutney
- Ultra Mel custard
- Black Cat peanut butter
- Koo baked beans
- Oros juice
- Joko tea
- Nik Naks by Simba
You might think a Chocolate Log petition is crazy, but just imagine it was your favourite snack on the chopping block. Would you pledge? YES/NO?
Picture: Aubergine Speciality Foods / Facebook