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I was what was known as a sickly child in the 1940s and 50s. It turned out that I had Rheumatic Fever which left me with a variety of problems and no appetite (how times have changed!). Because of this I was often unwell and my mum would get me Lucozade and a bar of Fry’s Five Boys Chocolate with Five Centres. I guess it could be called a reward because 60 years later I remember every sensory detail!
Five Centres was produced from 1934 to 1992. It was similar to today’s Fry’s Chocolate Cream in that it had a dark chocolate coating, with fondant inside. But instead of peppermint cream there were five different flavoured fondant centres. In the early days they were strawberry, orange, raspberry, lemon and pineapple, all of which I loved. In later years coffee, lime, and blackcurrant replaced strawberry, lemon and pineapple but I don’t remember ever having those.
The wrapper was deep blue and it had what looked like 5 boys’ photos on it. But really they were just one boy in a sailor suit who was photographed with five different facial expressions. The photo was taken in 1885 and the boy was called Lindsey Poulton. He was, appropriately, 5 years old. His father and grandfather took the photos and Fry’s chocolate company in Bristol paid them the considerable sum of £200 for exclusive use of the set. The photos appeared in adverts and in shop windows for years. As my grandfather had a little general store in Newcastle on Tyne in the 1950s the enamelled metal sign on the outside wall was very familiar to me.
I’m very grateful to pocketbookuk for explaining the facial expressions and I would urge you to take a look at their fascinating blog.
The five faces of Fry’s Five Boys chocolate on an enamelled metal sign. Desperation – no chocolate, Pacification – the promise of chocolate, Expectation – the prospect of chocolate, Acclamation – happiness at receiving chocolate, and Realization – eating the chocolate, and discovering that it is a Fry’s milk chocolate bar!
I can’t really leave out a couple of photos of my grandson and his rewards. He is such an active lad, 11 now and always busy so he is used to getting rewards for his labours. He is a boy scout and his uniform is covered in the badges he has earned. He also plays football for his school team and a local team. He sometimes plays in goal and is often man of the match, receiving cups and plaques as his reward.
Being a nature lover I have to include a few photos of rewards in the natural world. Firstly there is Jock, the silver backed gorilla who lives in a family of 6 at Bristol Zoo and is a very popular animal. He is so magnificent and such a good role model for his youngsters that he deserves lots of fruit as his reward.
The robin created a grand residence in a large plant tub in my garden. He and his made laid one egg then disappeared. I was really worried that they had abandoned their nest with this egg in it. But weeks later they returned and more eggs appeared. Apparently this is quite normal and the first egg hatched out with the others which surprised me. I was so pleased to see the robins back that I overcame my squeamishness and rewarded them with a daily quota of live mealworms.
The beautiful carp was the first fish I ever caught ~ reward for my hours of patient fishing
Lastly the basket of apples were a reward for finding a beautiful open orchard in a church yard. No-one seemed to be collecting these gorgeous fruits so i helped myself to as many as I could carry after checking with the vicar!
I have to say one of my favourite rewards after a day out is a whippy ice cream. I share this passion with my husband and grandchildren!