Violet Crumble

Violet Crumble

Maybe it isn’t a long list, but there are few foods from Australia that have earned favor in the United States. You got your Foster’s beer, your shrimps on the barbie, your Vegemite (okay, maybe not the Vegemite) – and a crunchy little candy bar in a purple foil wrapper that appeared in the 80s called Violet Crumble. If you don’t remember them, you missed out.

First off, Violet Crumbles have been around Australia for over a century now. Introduced in 1913 by the Hoadley Chocolate Company, they consist of a bar of crisp yellow honeycomb that is coated in a layer of milk chocolate. They are lightweight and crunchy, assuming they are kept fresh and not allowed to soften by moisture.

Realizing that the key to success was this freshness, the company has taken numerous steps over the years to ensure that the candy bar retains its crispy texture after shipment. Dipping them twice in chocolate is the first step, then they are immediately cooled and placed in a foil wrapper designed in Switzerland specifically for the candy bar. When they are fresh, they are divine – crispy bits of honeycomb that soften instantly in the mouth. The pairing of honey and chocolate meld together to create a unique and unforgettable flavor.

In the late 80s, Nestlé acquired the rights to Violet Crumble and they began showing up in America. They were readily available in most candy aisles throughout the 90s, but then quietly faded away. Today, they are still available (and quite popular) in Hawaii, but the rest of us have to do a little searching for these purple treasures.

Thankfully, a number of retro candy stores keep them stocked for the fanatics out there, and there are plenty of companies you can order them from online, but devotees of these golden honeycomb bars yearn for the sweet old days when a Violet Crumble could be found in just about any respectable candy aisle.

Do you have fond memories of eating these imported treats? Do you still seek them out? We welcome all of your memories of Violet Crumble in our comments section, as we tip our hats to a confection that dares to be different, here at Retroland.

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  1. Rob says:

    I love Violet Crumble. They’re still available in the San Francisco area, at some of the “higher end” supermarkets, such as Mollie Stone’s & Lunardi’s.

  2. Marty Valmoja says:

    Awesome candy! I miss it.

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