What happened to Banjo chocolate bars?

The original Banjo was sold around London in the 1950s but didn’t last too long. The original was a chocolate wafer bar with a chocolate filling and coating.

Banjo bars later reappeared towards the end of the 70s and were a firm favourite, sweet treat for a lot of people in that generation. This time, they different to the one from the 1950s in that they weren’t just a crispy wafer and were a twin chocolate bar, sort of like a Twix (or Raider bar) a Time Out Chocolate Bar or one of those classic Drifter bars in finger format.

A banjo chocolate bar from the 70s on a white background with blue and pink stripes and candy graphics

There were two different flavours. The first was the roast nut flavour, the second was a coconut version in a red or pink wrapper instead of the blue wrapper which was for the nuttier number. Both were chocolate treats to go crazy for, absolutely delicious and they went down a treat. Both bars had the same bold text on the wrapper.

When it was relaunched it featured a huge TV advertising campaign in 1976 and in our opinion would be a classic sweet from the 70s.

What was the Banjo Chocolate bar?

The whole bar had a milk chocolate coating and a crushed peanut layer or coconut, depending on which you were enjoying at the time, this was between layers of wafer. There was never a white chocolate version but if they brought them back into production, they’d go down a treat, especially the coconut flavour.

The banjo bar advert

A piece of the most hilarious advertising history. The Banjo advert featured a couple dressed in brown and khaki coloured outfits, singing a tribute song to the bar itself, I wonder if they’re the same people who run the petition and Facebook pages to campaign for its re-release? Check it out below. It’s incredible.

Why was the Banjo bar discontinued?

Much like the Secret chocolate bars, Flyte bars, Cadbury’s Dream and Fuse bars, it was discontinued and retired to the land of sweet treats that once were. It was available into the 1980s but ended up discontinued as sales massively declined and it was no longer worth producing.

Much to the uproar of fans of Banjo bars as they continue to petition Nestle to recreate the sweet treat, though falling short of being successful with less than a thousand signatures. That doesn’t stop them as there’s even an Instagram account supporting the cause. People are passionate about their sweets!

It’s another we’d love to see back on the shelves, an absolute classic snack that we’re sure you’d love.

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