There will be many people who grew-up during the 1960s or 70s, who will have fond memories of the original Treets chocolate sweets. They launched in the 1960s and were manufactured by Mars Inc. There were three varieties; Peanut, Toffee and Chocolate. Treets were discontinued in 1988, but made a brief return to British, French and German stores in 2009 as a limited edition.
A new Treets range has been available to buy since 2017. The Treets brand was bought by a German confectioner in 2017, naming themselves Treets The Peanut Company. However, they are not stocked in the United Kingdom, but can be imported online from stores including Amazon.co.uk, ebay UK, Amazon.de in Germany, and MyAmericanMarket.com.
The latest product range is sold in orange packaging, just as it was in the 1970s, although the brown text font pays homage to the 1980s packaging. The range includes Treets chocolate peanuts (the flagship product), a Rainbow Edition, Peanut Butter Cups, Creamy Peanut Butter (sold in a jar), Choco Peanut Muesli and a Treets Bar.
The original Peanut Treets by Mars came in orange packets with yellow text during the 1960s and 70s. This later changed to yellow packaging with brown text in the 1980s. Each sweet consisted of a roasted peanut coated in milk chocolate, sealed with a crispy, glazed candy shell to stop them melting in your hand.
After Mars stopped manufacturing Treets, the peanut variety was replaced by the more colourful M&M's.
Toffee Treets (which came in blue packets) were replaced by Relays, although these were short-lived and were also discontinued.
The third and final variety, Chocolate Treets, originally came in yellow packets, which eventually became brown. These were replaced by Minstrels, which later became Galaxy Minstrels.
Peanut Treets family Pack from the 1970s.
The smallest sized bags of Treets sold for 3 pence during 1971, which was the year that Britain became decimalised. However, it was more economical to purchase a family sized pack, which was 3 and a quarter ounces (around 92 grams) in weight.
This TV advert set in a Mexican customs department at an airport was shown in the United Kingdom during the 1980s, and is narrated by the much-loved comedy actor Richard Briers, who starred as Martin Bryce in the sitcom Ever Decreasing Circles from 1984 until 1989.
This is a screen grab from the Peanut Treets TV advert from the 1980s, which came with the slogan "The nut chocolates with the irresistible crunch".
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