A Wellingborough pupil has won a national competition to step into Willy Wonka’s shoes and come up with a new chocolate bar.
Eight-year-old Alfie Richards from Irthlingborough junior school in Northamptonshire scooped the top prize in the key stage 2 category of Discovery Education’s “Sweet Inventions” competition, which marked the children’s author Roald Dahl’s centenary.
Alfie impressed judges with his Magi-Choc, a chocolate bar that can morph into other objects – letting children hide it from parents and teachers. The competition attracted more than 2,600 entries.
As part of his prize, Alfie’s design will be turned into a professional poster that will feature in an exhibition at the Roald Dahl museum this year. He will also receive a set of Roald Dahl books for himself and the school.
Irthlingborough’s head Nick Garley said: “The competition was a fantastic way to mark Roald Dahl’s centenary, and the children enjoyed inventing their own Wonka-inspired sweets and chocolates.
“We were really impressed with the originality of their creations, and we’re proud that Alfie has been chosen as a national winner.”
Featured picture: Alfie Richards. Inset: The winning design