Back in March of last year, I wrote about Rowntree UK’s nostalgic 70′s favorite, the Texan bar. What I didn’t know at the time was that around that same period in Rowntree’s history, their South African branch produced a different bar, but with a similar name and thematic, the Tex bar. It featured a pretty cool wrapper, and I thought it would be fun one-off for today.
The Texan bar was a nougat-filled milk chocolate bar, while the Tex is described as a creamy milk chocolate with an aerated center and filled biscuit wafers. So quite different indeed.
To my knowledge, there are no other images of this style of vintage South African TEX bar wrappers on the internet, so this is another CollectingCandy.com exclusive premier.
Here’s the wrapper:
What makes this wrapper for me is partly the name, but mostly the stylized illustration of the cowboy. He’s got that spaghetti western look, illustrated in black and white on a plain yellow wrapper that really makes it stand out.
The person I acquired this from believed it be a 1980′s wrapper but I’m thinking it’s more likely from the 1970′s. I can’t be certain, but the simplicity in design and lack of a UPC code points to an earlier release than the 80′s.
Unlike the Texan bar, the TEX is still produced and available today, at least in the United Kingdom. I’m pretty sure I have a modern Tex wrapper in my files somewhere, but I couldn’t locate it for today’s post. So I’ve gone to the internet for help — here’s a shot of what the current UK Tex bar wrapper looks like:
I hope you enjoyed seeing this great old Tex bar wrapper, and it’s modern equivalent.
See you next time!