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Ireland’s ‘Willie Wonka’ Thomas Caffrey dies at 92

Children didn't know his name but Thomas Caffrey's creations are at the heart of their childhood.

The Macaroon bar, the Big Time bar, and the Chocolate Snowball were all born in the imagination of Ireland's answer to Willy Wonka.

Earlier this week Mr Caffrey died at 92 but his family said his legacy would live on for ever.

He began making confectionery in Dublin in 1930 when he founded Caffrey's confectionery, and continued until he was in his 70s, employing thousands of people in Ireland.

The big break came in the 1950s when it got a contract with Woolworths and supplied confectionery for the Queen’s 1953 coronation. Today it is a global seller, available in the US, Australia and all parts of Europe.

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