It was even possible to eat your favourite characters,
in a rather sadistic act of fan worship.
Athough sinking your teeth into Bayleaf's longjohns was probably an acquired taste to be honest !
I'm still trying to piece together the whole story.
But here's what we know so far ....
This appeared in the Christmas 1972 Tobler Meltis trade catalogue and was the first year of production.
This appeared in the Autumn 1976 version,by which time the company had become Tobler Suchard Limited.
And clearly a very incestuous industry.
Because there was a time when the likes of Cadbury Schweppes & Rowntree Mackintosh were actually 4 seperate companies.
Apology ! Both pics were very small,and blowing them up obviously did nothing for the quality unfortunately.
The Herbs and The Adventures of Parsley
On this page ..... No Oompa-loompa's or golden tickets sadly,but some vintage Herbs choccie nonetheless
2 surprising things about this bit of edible Herbage are that :-
1. It's 1972 debut was over 2 years after the Adventures of Parsley was first shown. ie.pretty late in the day,even allowing for repeats.
2. It proved so popular that it formed part of the Tobler Suchard range right upto and including their Autumn 1978 catalogue.
And that's a pretty darn impressive run for any licensed children's product.
Although I suppose if they tasted good and kids' liked the look of them then the actual link to the series could've been almost coincidental.
I mean,how many kids eat Kellogg's Frosties because they think Tony the Tiger's Greeeeeat ?
And,judging by the 2 different examples pictured,I'd imagine that the product also remained basically the same apart from some packaging tweeks.But that's just a guess.
In fact I've yet to find any evidence of what the chocolate actually looked like.
And it would be interesting to see how Tobler tackled the issue of the different sizes and shapes of the characters.
Going from human size down to Dill and arranging them all into one uniform shape -on the presumption that it was one solid slab of chocolate rather than individually-wrapped figures.
Any survivors ?
Sadly I've never even seen so much as a single empty box.
So it's difficult to be optimistic.
But whenever I've said that about certain bits of merchandise they often seem to materialise somewhere as if by magic.
So,forget empty boxes,and brace yourselves for the imminent discovery of a batch of completely intact,unsold stock !
All we have to do now .... is wait.
Teddy Bears included because too invasive to photoshop out.
But what's not to like anyway !