Cadbury's Fingers are a popular chocolate biscuit snack that have been a staple in British households for generations, combining the smoothness of Cadbury's signature Dairy Milk chocolate with the satisfying crunch of finger-shaped biscuits.
Although Fingers were officially introduced near the end of the 19th century, in 1897 (as part of an assortment tin), it wasn't until 1951 when the version we know and love today was launched.
Read on to discover all the essential facts about the timeless temptation, and discover the answers to the most popular questions about Cadbury chocolate Fingers.
One of the unique aspects of Cadbury Fingers is their versatility. While they are undeniably delicious on their own, these chocolate-coated biscuits can also be employed in various culinary creations. From adorning desserts like ice cream sundaes and cakes, to being a perfect companion for a cup of tea or coffee, the possibilities are endless.
Fingers also make a great alternative to Flake, for sticking in the top of your ice cream cone, and are certainly less messy, making them an ideal choice for children.
Yes. They are made by Burton's Biscuit Company, who have several manufacturing facilities and a chocolate refinery, which are all based in the United Kingdom.
In 2023, Cadbury Fingers became partners with the National Deaf Children’s Society to help raise awareness of deafness.
Chocolate Fingers are not just enjoyed by the British. They have found their way into global markets spanning North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Notably, from March 2013 onwards, Cadbury Fingers have expanded their reach to Australia, with threee varieties available here.
Old Cadbury's Fingers tin from the 1980s
Regarding standard Dairy Milk chocolate fingers, 108 kcal is provided in every 21g serving, which Cadbury state is "approximately 4 fingers". This includes 5.7g of fat (3.1.g of which saturates), 13g of carbohydrates (7.4g of which sugars), 0.5g of fibre, 1.6g of protein and 0.10g of salt. However, these figures will vary for different varieties and are subject to change.
According to Wikipedia's page about Cadbury Fingers, "each finger contains 30 calories, 1.5 g of fat and 3.4 g of carbohydrates".
There have been numerous different varieties and flavours of Cadbury Fingers available over the years, although most of these have been released in the 21st century.
Currently available are
Cadbury Dairy Milk Fingers
Bournville Fingers (made with dark chocolate)
Dairy Milk Mint Fingers (these were introduced in 2021)
Dairy Milk Salted Caramel Fingers were introduced in May 2023
Triple Choc Fingers (which were originally named Fabulous Fingers)
White Fingers (made with white chocolate)
Nibbly Mini Fingers
Varieties were very limited in the 20th century, although during the late 1970s, Cadbury Snack Fingers were available but were discontinued in the early 1980s.
Cadbury Orange Fingers first hit the shelves in 2002 but were discontinued in 2005 and then relaunched again in 2020.
Other flavours that were around for relatively short periods are Praline Fabulous Fingers, Honeycomb Fabulous Fingers and Toffee Crunch Mini Fingers.
To keep the excitement alive, Cadbury occasionally releases limited-edition flavours and variations of chocolate Fingers, adding an extra layer of excitement for fans of this timeless treat.
For Halloween 2023, Cadbury Skeleton Fingers were made available in the UK, which were basically a white chocolate version.
During the run-up to Christmas 2023, Cadbury introduced its Snowy Fingers, which are covered in a combination of Dairy Milk chocolate on the bottom half and white chocolate on the top half. A Festive Fingers Collection was also launched.
Milk, Wheat Flour (with Calcium, Niacin, Iron, Thiamin), Sugar, Vegetable Fats (Palm, Shea, Sal in varying proportions), Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Partially Inverted Sugar Syrup, Salt, Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithins, E476), Raising Agents (Ammonium Carbonates, Sodium Carbonates), Flavourings.
In 1983, Cadbury aired a funny TV advert in the UK featuring a young boy holding a plateful of Fingers. The boy tells us "Mum always gets the Cadbury's Fingers out when there's a birthday in the house", which many kids of the 1980s will relate to, including myself! The ad ends with the boy announcing "But today is Harry the Spider's coming out party". The tag line is "When you fancy a special occasion".
In 2000, the comedian and TV presenter Michael Barrymore featured in a TV advert, in which he carries a giant Cadbury Finger and sings a catchy song. During this time, Barrymore was a hugely popular entertainer in the UK, and was hosting the game show Strike It Lucky. The ad aired just months before Stuart Lubbock was discovered unconscious in Barrymore's swimming pool.
According to an old Cadbury's Burton's Biscuits Page, in October 2010, a new, high-impact advertising campaign was launched, and the company have invested over £4 million into the brand since then. A new Fabulous Fingers TV advert appeared on British TV channels.
An advert from 2010 for the now discontinued Fabulous Fingers
Cadbury Fingers are, undoubtedly, a timeless temptation, and have been creating small moments of joy for many generations of children and adults. We hope you have enjoyed reading about the nostalgic treat.
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