Nostalgic Australians are sharing their excitement after discovering an old chocolate bar is returning to supermarket shelves – but not in the way most remember.
Polly Waffles were discontinued in 2009, but in April they will return in a new bite-sized form.
Some fans rejoice at the candy’s resurrection, but others are unhappy and wondering why Polly Waffle couldn’t return in its original form.
This beloved candy was first introduced in 1947 and contained a marshmallow and wafer filling covered in milk chocolate.
The candy was later removed from supermarket shelves due to poor sales.
Polly Waffles will return to Australian supermarket shelves in a new bite-sized form. The classic delight was discontinued in 2009.
In 2019, South Australian chocolate company Robern Menz, the same brand behind Violet Crumble, acquired the rights to remake the bar.
Instead of the traditional bar, Polly Waffles will be available in milk chocolate and wafer-coated marshmallow bites.
Menz chief executive Phil Sims said chocolate should return at the end of April after complications caused by the Covid pandemic thwarted production.
“When we acquired it, the Polly Waffle hadn’t been produced in over ten years, so we basically had to start from scratch to figure out how we could produce it in our South Australian factory,” he said.
“What we couldn’t anticipate was the number of variables that were out of our control, from COVID border closures restricting access to equipment to updated expectations from retailers.”
Sims stated that recreating the original bar would require more time and cost without guaranteeing the same Polly Waffle taste and quality that Australians remember.
“It was very important to us not to put a poor quality product on the market, especially one as beloved as the Polly Waffle,” he said.
In 2019, South Australian chocolate company Robern Menz acquired the rights to remake the bar, but production was delayed due to complications caused by the Covid pandemic.
“Creating a Polly Waffle Bite was the most responsible way to make the return of the iconic brand a reality.”
Many Australians online were excited about the return and said they couldn’t wait to try the redesigned treat.
‘Oh my god, get in my belly,’ said one enthusiast and another added: ‘Yes, I was waiting for this!’
‘Very excited to try them! And gluten-free too, it’s amazing!’ a third wrote.
“I’m so happy to have them back in whatever form they are,” someone responded.
However, others said they had “mixed feelings” and were “disappointed” that the chocolate would not return to its original form.
‘If they can’t reach the bar, they won’t approach clearly. And they will cost 10 dollars a bag,’ one man complained.
‘They tried to make the bar but it was poor. “This better be amazing,” he said a second.
“Of course I’ll try them, but I seriously doubt they’ve managed to replicate the perfect ratio of chocolate, wafer, and marshmallow in a bite-sized ball,” added a third.