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Glees

My father worked for Mars for nearly thirty years so I know that Mars made Glees. They were definitely around in the seventies and eighties.

Glees were small chewy fruity sweets, highly coloured with a crispy sugar coating shell. They were sold in purple packets. I think they stopped making them in the mid-eighties but I can't be sure on that.

Mars did pilot a 'Mars cake' but it bombed. The sales weren't that promising so they stopped making them but I can't remember the name of them.


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Do You Remember Glees?

Do You Remember Glees?

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    Yes i remember them, the fruit one & the dark & light brown ones, I think they were toffee flavour I liked them the best. I'm so glad I've found this page as every time I asked people about Glees they didn't know what I was on about. I really thought I'd imagined them. I was about 5yrs old in 1963 when on a weekly basic a blue grocery van would come on to our street & if i was lucky & mum had enough money I'd choose a pkt of Glees. Delicious
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    Yeah, I remember Glees. (Now Skittles). Didn't know about the alcohol content, though. How many did you have to eat to get sloshed????? I seem to recall there was briefly a toffee version. Marsters2, can you confirm or scotch this?
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      I remember the toffee variety
  • Anonymous user
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    I worked for mars in the late 70s early 80s and yes glees were a good seller but were removed from sale due to the alcohol content used to keep them fresh .
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    Hello This is my first post on anything ever,just to let everybody know I have just dug up a empty packet of Glees in my garden about 2 feet down with a price of 3d.In a purple packet with a clear window. Si
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      Si - Did you take a picture of the packet - Would love to see it after all these years NW
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      The only picture I can find of a wrapper is here http://i636.photobucket.com/albums/uu86/DarrenLeeStephens/sweets/Copyof1306_1.jpg
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    I remembered these for years but couldn't recall the name. Weren't the candy shells and the chewy centres different colours, ie purple shell with a red centre, green with an orange centre, etc.? Or was this a different sweet? Or have I completely made this up? Help!
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    hmmmmm not sure this counts as proof of existence of the fabled Glees.
  • Anonymous user
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    I used to work at Mars Confectionery and can confirm that Mars piloted a cake bar called Glees. Unfortunately it required a tiny amount of alcohol in order to remain fresh. When Forest Mars' mother found out that her family company was about to market alcohol to children the product was ditched. Mars owned the name, which had been used for a Skittles-like sweet many years before. Weirdly, Mars' market research discovered that children who were too young to have ever tasted the original sugar Glees still seemed to remember it!
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    Kittykoo, I too thought I'd dreamt about Glees before I read this thread!