Thursday, February 01, 2007

The man who invented Aero bars

Yesterday's revelation that Veronica Watkins was the woman who put the bubbles into Wispa, reminded me of another trivial fact.

The process for getting the bubbles into Aero bars was invented by the novelist Nigel Balchin. This fact is referred to in passing by Gilbert Adair and you can learn all about Balchin's work for Rowntree's in an article from The Psychologist (.pdf file).

Balchin is probably best remembered today as the author of the novel The Small Back Room, which was filmed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

1 comment:

Tim said...

Authorship and food industry engineering seem to go together. Did you know that Science Fiction author Gene Wolfe invented the machine that makes Pringles?