Today's tale from the Advertiser's archives takes us back 10 years to an attempt by a Cardross man to recreate one of the country's favourite sweet fizzy drinks.

Here's how we reported on Allan McCandlish's efforts in the Advertiser on February 18, 2010...

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A SWEET maker has brought back a childhood favourite which is bound to tantalise tastebuds everywhere and bring back fond memories.

Allan McCandlish has just launched Kramola Fizz - his version of Creamola Foam.

The Scottish favourite was discontinued in 1998 to the disappointment of many fans, who have signed online petitions to campaign for its comeback.

Allan, of Cardross, made it his quest to recreate one of the nation’s favourites and it has taken him nine years to perfect the recipe.

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Allan, who has been making sweets for 50 years, said: “We are trying to bring it back and I’m just making it in small packages now to see what the reaction is.

“I make a lot of toffee apples, but I want to stop making them now and focus on Kramola Fizz instead because there’s not much of a market for toffee apples any more.

“I’ve been working on the recipe for nine years now and it has been trial and error.”

The 75-year-old spent years researching and reading books, but was stumped after he was unable to find a particular secret ingredient.

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He continued: “I couldn’t get hold of it in the whole of Britain, but I later realised it was right under my nose.

“A friend’s brother-in-law worked abroad and he knew where I could find the product, but I can’t say what it is because it’s a secret.

“A lot of people will have fond memories of having Creamola Foam — some people like it with a shot of vodka as a quencher and some like it the morning after.

“It is self-satisfactory seeing something you have made yourself.”

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Allan produces Kramola Fizz himself in a factory attached to his farm, along with Chelsea Whoppers and tablet.

He makes the sweets for two or three days at a time before selling them to shops across the country.

Creamola Foam, produced by Nestle before being sold off to Premier Foods, came in the form of colourful crystals which were dissolved in cold water to form a sweet drink.

After it was discontinued, some internet sites collected ingredient details of the drink in the hope it could be resurrected.

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