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Jaffas is the registered trademark for a small round sweet consisting of a chocolate centre with a hard covering of orange flavoured, red coloured confectionery. The name derives from the Jaffa orange.

James Stedman-Henderson’s Sweets Ltd released Jaffas onto the Australian and New Zealand markets in 1931. The confectionery is currently made in Australia by Allen’s Sweets, a division of Nestle and in New Zealand by Cadbury. The Cadbury Jaffas are also exported to Australia.

The orange coating on Jaffas was developed by a Sweetacres food chemist, Tom Colston Coggan. He experimented with many syrups before settling on the flavour that is unique to Jaffas. His original experimental syrups were stored in his home refrigerator and used as topping on icecream up till the death of his wife in 1985.

Here at the Wangi’s Famous Lolly Shop we have original size Jaffas now made by Allens and giant jaffas that are the size of a medium gobstopper.

The stats :

Giant Jaffas – 7 in 100g; Original jaffas – 40 in 100g and they contain sugar, vegetable fat, cocoa, wheat flour, milk solids, emulsifiers, thickener, flavours, colours, salt, glazing agent.


The sweet is now part of Australian and New Zealand cultural folklore. Jaffas have been sold in movie theatres since the 1930s and have gained iconic status because of the noise made when they are dropped (accidentally or deliberately) and rolled down sloping wooden floors. Through association with this lolly, Jaffa is sometimes used to describe a chocolate-orange flavour.

“Roll them down the aisle….”

 

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2 comments… add one
  • Peter

    I remember a candy very similar to Jaffas when I was a boy, the name was Morrocos and it was the same size as Jaffas but the centre was coffee flavoured. I seem to recall that the packet featured a swarthy gentleman in a fez. Can you tell me if your company produced these, or who did make them ? Thanks.

  • Kim

    Hi Peter
    Thanks for your enquiry. This is a new one to me – I haven’t heard of these or know who produced them but they do sound pretty good!
    Maybe someone else visiting the site will be able to help us both.

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