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It’s been more than a decade since the humble Polly Waffle chocolate bar graced Australian shelves.

But in one of the few bright sparks among the coronavirus doom and gloom, the famous log of marshmallowy goodness is rising from the dead.

The federal government is pumping almost $50 million into manufacturing projects to create new jobs during the pandemic.

One of the beneficiaries is Robert Menz in South Australia, which will receive $1 million to establish a Polly Waffle production line.

The project is expected to create 38 jobs.

About 200 projects will be supported through the manufacturing cash splash.

Industry Minister Karen Andrews said the public funding injection couldn’t come at a better time.

“As we face the coronavirus pandemic and look to come out the other side stronger, this investment will be more critical than ever,” she said on Thursday.