A distinct memory of visits to our great grandparents at Dalkeith was the tin of Creamola Foam which sat on the kitchen shelf. On warm summer Saturday afternoon visits it was a thrill for us to enjoy this little luxury. Creamola Foam was a small tin of powder which if you added a spoonful to a glass of water provided you with an instant fizzy drink.
I’d never come across it before and found it fascinating and of course a real treat-a fizzy drink in the early 1960s was an unusual thing for me. I thought it rather amazing that a glass of water could be transformed-like water into wine! I believe it was popular with the Travelling People-it must have been quite magical to gather cool water from a stream in the middle of nowhere, put in a teaspoon of orange or raspberry crystals and have a ready made, refreshment! In later years I think I recall tins in The Blades' kitchen. I think it was from here that we got the idea to buy bottles of Treetop diluting orange.
Like many products it disappeared to the great confectionery graveyard in the sky-the Cabana bar-a Cadbury's rival to the Rowntrees Bounty chocolate bar, but more solid and with the addition of a cherry to the mixture-the Nutty Bar, a fudge type roll covered in peanuts several of which which I consumed daily in 1978 before falling out of love with-chewing gum coins wrapped in foil-Cadbury's Aztec, we remember the advert more than the bar.
It's interesting how some products survive for decades and others disappear-few come back, but the Cadbury's Wispa did after a public campaign. Check out Chocolate Wars by Deborah Cadbury-a wonderful social history focusing on the great Quaker families who were such successful companies and enlightened employers.