Iconic lolly Fantales to disappear from shelves as Nestle discontinues Aussie favourite
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Fantales, one of Australia’s most beloved lollies, will be discontinued after nearly 93 years.
Manufacturer Nestle made the shock announcement that it will no longer make the caramel chocolates with famed movie star stories on the wrappers next month.
I know; deep breaths, everyone. Inhale.... and exhale.
“We know our decision to stop making Fantales will be sad news for many people,” Nestlé Oceania Confectionery General Manager Andrew Lawrey said in a statement, adding that the demand for the chocolate has significantly decreased over the years.
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“Many of us grew up with Fantales and have fond memories of them.
“Despite the sense of nostalgia Fantales evoke, unfortunately people simply aren’t buying them as often as they used to.”
He added that it was no longer feasible to afford the expensive equipment to produce the chocolates.
“It’s become increasingly difficult to get the parts we need to maintain it, and with declining sales, replacing it isn’t viable,” he said.
However, Mr Lawrey promised the company would continue producing other our fan favourites such as Snakes Alive, Party Mix and Minties.
Thank the foodie gods, people.
But many are shattered over the announcement, as one person penned on Twitter: “This is the biggest bombshell from Allen’s since they stopped producing Redskins (I’ve saved one for a rainy day).”
Another lamented: “Interest rates are up, fuel prices are up, rent is out of control, groceries have skyrocketed, power is unaffordable and now this. This is the last straw.”
A third said: “This is total horses**t. You cannot get rid of Fantales. My obsession with trivia started thanks to Fantales. Get rid of Minties if you need go get rid of something. BUT LEAVE MY FANTALES ALONE.”
While another wrote: “This is AN OUTRAGE. I’m calling on @TheTodayShow to do rolling coverage tomorrow and get this reversed!”
Fantales were first created in 1930 to cash in on movie-star mania not long after the 'talkies' came to the nation Down Under.
The last production of Fantales will be in mid-July, with the chocolates being available for sale while stocks last.
Nestle also revealed all staff from the Fantales would be redirected to other positions in the company.
Well, folks, this is our last hurrah, be sure to stock up by the bucket tonne ahead of next month.