Werther's Original (from the original German: Werthers Echte) is a brand of caramel flavoured candy owned by the German company August Storck KG, based in Berlin, Germany. The candy is popular in Europe and North America.

Werther's Original
An Open Bag of Werther's Original.jpg
An opened bag of Werther's Originals
Product typeConfectionery
OwnerAugust Storck[1]
CountryGermany
Introduced1903; 116 years ago (1903)
MarketsWorldwide
Websitewww.werthers-original.com

HistoryEdit

The sweet brand is named after the town of Werther in Westphalia, where the company was founded in 1903. From 1969, the sweet was marketed under the brand name Werthers Echte. The brand name Werther's Original was adopted in the 1990s for the international market.[2] They are now manufactured nearby, in Halle (Westfalen).

ProductEdit

The original Werther's Echte was a caramel-flavoured hard candy. Later variants included chewy toffees, and a soft, waxy form which melts easily inside the mouth called "Caramelts." A variant with chocolate filling is also available, as well as three sugarless variants that use isomalt as a sugar substitute: the original caramel flavour, a caramel coffee swirl, and a caramel mint swirl. A product available in the United Kingdom is "Werther's Chocolate," a dark and milk chocolate with butterscotch running through it, sold in the same packaging and wrappers as Werther's Originals. A variant available in Canada and the United States, "Caramel Apple Filled," has a green-apple-flavored filling.

CommercialsEdit

TV advertisements in Germany and the United Kingdom from around 1997 featured an older man offering Werther's caramel to his grandson. The grandfather in the first United Kingdom adverts spoke with an American accent, but was later localised to Received Pronunciation. The actor Arnold Peters appeared in them.[3] In the United States commercials, TV actor Robert Rockwell played the kind-hearted grandfather.

One British advertisement consisted of a montage of the grandfather and grandson bonding together (for example, pointing at animals out of train windows). The lyrics of the song which accompanied this ended: "When one who loves you says to you: You're someone very special too."

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Duckenfield, Mark E. (2006). Business and the Euro. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 77. ISBN 9781403998637 – via Internet Archive.
  2. ^ Storck's history
  3. ^ Arnold Peters, Archers actor, dies, BBC News, 13 May 2013

External linksEdit

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