Who can forget Kunzle Showboats?
Delicious chocolate shells filled with fondant cream,
sponge and topped with more chocolate or small sweets.
You could buy them individually in sweet shops and
coffee shops. or your mother would buy a box of them
for Sunday tea.
Then all of a sudden, they disappeared from the shops.
Well, I have been trying to find out for several years.
The original Kunzle company became the property of
Lyons in the late sixties. Lyons continued to produce
Kunzle Showboats for a while after that.
More takeovers and mergers followed over the years, and
now the Lyons brand is owned by RHM Limited. You may
never have heard from them but they are a giant food
group who are also behind the “Mr Kipling” brand.
Somewhere along the way, Kunzle Showboats got lost.
Why do I care – why should you care?
Kunzle Showboats were a unique (and delicious)
confection. They were also a part of British child hood
for a generation of people. There is nothing else
remotely like them.
When I talk to people, many also fondly remember the
little chocolate cakes. They had so much chocolate,
cream and decoration there was little room left for
sponge – they were sheer indulgence.
I have seen them discussed on the internet, and also
discussed on radio phone-ins. I feel sure that if
enough of us told RHM Limited how we felt – they would
realise that reviving them would be good business for