Early this year, South Australian confectioner Robern Menz announced it would be bringing back the Australian classic chocolate bar, last seen on supermarket shelves in 2009.
The announcement sent the internet into overdrive as joyous fans - particularly Baby Boomers and Gen Xers - wondered how soon they could start buying the beloved Polly Waffle in bulk.
The marshmallow and wafer-filled chocolate bar was created by Melbourne family business Hoadley's Chocolates in 1947, acquired by UK-based brand Rowntrees in 1972 and then by Nestlé in 1988.
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It was pulled from the shelves in 2009, to the uproar of Aussies.
Robern Menz will be using the original Hoadley's recipe, much to the joy of fans.
Getting it right
But the fourth-generation family business wants to be entirely faithful to the brand - and is therefore building the equipment to get it exactly right.
Robern Menz CEO Phil Sims told 7NEWS, “Polly Waffle is a unique chocolate bar, and although it may sound simple enough - with its combination of chocolate, wafer and marshmallow - it actually requires a number of fairly complicated processes to create."
Because the chocolate has been out of production for more than a decade, Robern Menz requires the custom-built machinery to bring the bar back to life, and its project team is working with experts worldwide to do this.
The Polly Waffle will be back on shelves in 2020.
"Technology has advanced significantly since Polly Waffle was first produced in Australia, so we want to thoroughly examine all options before selecting the best one," Sims said.
So fans of the iconic chocolate bar may have to wait a while - but the confectioner promises it will be worth it.
"We know products like Polly Waffle and Violet Crumble carry emotional significance and we, therefore, have a responsibility to meet people’s expectations," he said.
"We’re focusing a lot of energy and resource into ensuring Polly Waffle is as tasty as people remember and can’t wait to share it with the public soon.”
This article first appeared on 7News.com
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