The Wombles! Cadbury’s Groovy 1970’s Chocolate Bars!

CC_Wombles_TITLE PLATE_ColorPumpedUPToday I’m taking a look at a series of wrappers released by Cadbury UK in the early-1970’s which featured characters from the classic children’s television show, The Wombles.

The first Wombles television show was produced by the BBC using stop-motion animation and aired from 1973 to 1975.  The Wombles were a race of pointy-nosed creatures whose unusual-yet-noble purpose was to find litter and dispose of it properly.  That, and to perform catchy musical numbers.  Yes the 1970’s were a magical time.

The Wombles TV show promotional photo 1970's - Source ITV

The Wombles promotional photo

Based on children’s books of the same name, The Wombles became something of a UK pop culture institution with countless media mentions and more than a few revivals over the past four decades.

Here’s a video clip of The Wombles appearing on the UK program Top of the Pops in 1974:  [Check out the presenter as I believe he's holding a few Cadbury Creme Eggs in his hand.]

Keep_on_Wombling_1974 album cover - Source RepublicMedia.net

Keep_on_Wombling_1974 album cover – Source RepublicMedia.net

The heyday of The Wombles popularity was the 1970’s, which built upon the success of the television show and led to musical albums as well as a 1977 film and many licensed products including two series of Cadbury Dairy Milk bars.

From what I can tell there were two series of Wombles bars produced.   I’m not certain how many wrappers there were across those two series, though I have thirteen different examples in my collection.  Here they are:

UK - Cadbury's - The Wombles Bungo - Bungo's Musical Instrument - chocolate candy bar wrapper - 1970's

UK – Cadbury’s – The Wombles Bungo – Bungo’s Musical Instrument – chocolate candy bar wrapper – 1970’s

UK - Cadbury's - The Wombles Great Uncle Bulgaria - Great Uncle Bulgaria's Paperweight - chocolate candy bar wrapper - 1970's

UK – Cadbury’s – The Wombles Great Uncle Bulgaria – Great Uncle Bulgaria’s Paperweight – chocolate candy bar wrapper – 1970’s

UK - Cadbury's - The Wombles Madam Cholet - Madam Cholet's Pomander - chocolate candy bar wrapper - 1970's

UK – Cadbury’s – The Wombles Madam Cholet – Madam Cholet’s Pomander – chocolate candy bar wrapper – 1970’s

UK - Cadbury's - The Wombles Orinoco - Orinoco's Noise-Machine - chocolate candy bar wrapper - 1970's

UK – Cadbury’s – The Wombles Orinoco – Orinoco’s Noise-Machine – chocolate candy bar wrapper – 1970’s

UK - Cadbury's - The Wombles Tobermory - Tobermory's Thingummy Box - chocolate candy bar wrapper - 1970's

UK – Cadbury’s – The Wombles Tobermory – Tobermory’s Thingummy Box – chocolate candy bar wrapper – 1970’s

UK - Cadbury's - The Wombles Tomsk - Tomsk's Vase - chocolate candy bar wrapper - 1970's

UK – Cadbury’s – The Wombles Tomsk – Tomsk’s Vase – chocolate candy bar wrapper – 1970’s

UK - Cadbury's - The Wombles Wellington - Wellington's Helicopter - chocolate candy bar wrapper - 1970's

UK – Cadbury’s – The Wombles Wellington – Wellington’s Helicopter – chocolate candy bar wrapper – 1970’s

The next six wrappers differentiate themselves as they feature six numbered “Womble Hints”:

UK - Cadbury's - The Wombles Great Uncle Bulgaria - Hint No 1 - chocolate candy bar wrapper - 1970's

UK – Cadbury’s – The Wombles Great Uncle Bulgaria – Hint No 1 – chocolate candy bar wrapper – 1970’s

UK - Cadbury's - The Wombles Tobermory - Hint No 2 - chocolate candy bar wrapper - 1970's

UK – Cadbury’s – The Wombles Tobermory – Hint No 2 – chocolate candy bar wrapper – 1970’s

UK - Cadbury's - The Wombles Orinoco - Hint No 3 - chocolate candy bar wrapper - 1970's

UK – Cadbury’s – The Wombles Orinoco – Hint No 3 – chocolate candy bar wrapper – 1970’s

UK - Cadbury's - The Wombles Bungo - Hint No 4 - chocolate candy bar wrapper - 1970's

UK – Cadbury’s – The Wombles Bungo – Hint No 4 – chocolate candy bar wrapper – 1970’s

UK - Cadbury's - The Wombles Wellington - Hint No 5 - chocolate candy bar wrapper - 1970's

UK – Cadbury’s – The Wombles Wellington – Hint No 5 – chocolate candy bar wrapper – 1970’s

UK - Cadbury's - The Wombles Tomsk - Hint No 6 - chocolate candy bar wrapper - 1970's

UK – Cadbury’s – The Wombles Tomsk – Hint No 6 – chocolate candy bar wrapper – 1970’s

Those are all of the different Wombles wrappers I have in my collection though I do have one interesting variation to show.

Much like Cadbury’s Monster Bar wrappers I wrote about in 2012, Cadbury’s New Zealand division released a set of The Wombles bars that featured the same wrapper designs used in the UK, but in their case in a smaller size.  Here’s a comparison of a UK Wombles wrapper next to the smaller version released by Cadbury New Zealand:

New Zealand - Cadbury The Wombles - Bungo - Hint No 4 - chocolate candy bar wrapper - 1970's

New Zealand – Cadbury The Wombles – Bungo – Hint No 4 – chocolate candy bar wrapper – 1970’s

Special note: From what I’ve read online, The Wombles are set to return to television in 2015 for a new CGI version of their program.

Wombles publicity photo - Source Republic Media.net

Wombles publicity photo – Source Republic Media.net

That’s everything I’ve got to share today on The Wombles and their 1970’s Cadbury chocolate wrappers.   See you next time!

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About Jason Liebig

A New York City based writer, editor and sometimes actor. After spending much of the 1990′s in the comic book business helping tell the stories of Marvel Comics’ X-Men as series editor, he has since split his time between developing his own entertainment properties while still consulting and working on others. Having been described as “the Indiana Jones of lost and forgotten candy”, Jason is one of the country’s premier candy collectors and historians with his discoveries appearing in countless blogs, magazines, newspaper articles, and books. Always happy to share his knowledge and unique perspectives on this colorful part of our popular culture, Jason has consulted with New York’s Museum of Food and Drink and has also been a featured guest on Food Network’s Heavyweights, France’s M6 Capital, and New York’s TheActionRoom.com. My Google Profile+
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2 Responses to The Wombles! Cadbury’s Groovy 1970’s Chocolate Bars!

  1. mattysb says:

    I remember these well as a child, I was a big wombles fan. They were around the same time as Nestle’s Pink Panther strawberry chocolate which I also was a big fan of!

  2. Brandon says:

    Freaky! I never heard of them before.

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