Are we being ripped off?

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It seems to happen every year now, that chocolate manufacturers start messing with our favourite confectionery, whether it’s size, recipe or packaging.

Last month we found out our ever shrinking tin of Christmas Quality Street will no longer contain the Toffee Delux, in 2014 Cadbury decided to stop making chocolate coins for Christmas,  and now it’s the turn of the Terry’s Chocolate Orange which has shrunk from 175g to 157g – making it 10% smaller than it was last year.

But what’s really prompting outrage is news that despite the shrinkage, most supermarkets are still selling the smaller Terry’s Chocolate Oranges for the same price they were before.

The treat, first manufactured in York in 1932 is now produced by the American owners of Terry’s Chocolate Orange, Mondelez, who have moved the production of the product to Poland, say rising ingredient costs is the main reason they have reduced the size.

Cadbury, which was bought by Mondelez in 2010, has also been critisised for reducing the number of Creme Eggs and Curly Wurlys in its multi-packs while keeping the price the same.

What are your views?  What other products have you noticed shrinking before your eyes? Does size matter? Are consumers being ripped off or are manufacturers doing us a favour by giving us less calories to consume? 

Are we being ripped off?

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LittleMinx
14th Nov 2016
0
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Just been to the movies and bought Smarties, tasted of .....Nothing!...not a hint of chocolate. I am in deep mourning now for the demise of chocolate.
Puts a whole new slant on the saying "Death by Chocolate" a cake that was so chocolaty, you could only manage a few mouthfuls.
rc47
7th Nov 2016
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Cadbury etc don't really make chocolate. There's so little cocoa in their sweets they should not be allowed to call them chocolate.
djohn1
15th Oct 2016
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These Moguls are after one thing and one thing only MONEY and they don't give a jot for the public who buy their products, every where you shop you see a reduction in size and volume but no price decrease to compensate, so to show your distaste for these money grabbing moguls don't buy there products Simples
Wilf
30th Oct 2016
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I am not sure about this as the better the product the more retailers sell so why would they not care about their customers? I do agree though the prices keep going up and sizes keep reducing!
kman35
15th Oct 2016
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I agree, every year the tins/packages get smaller and smaller but the prices remain the same, but it's not just at Christmas it's now all year round, I wrecked by the year 2020 there will only be about 10 sweets in one box of celebration/quality street.
Wilf
15th Oct 2016
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Jo Kingham
14th Oct 2016
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The price goes up or the amount goes down - that seems to be the general trend these days. The issue is no-one is transparent about it. I've learnt to check the volumes very carefully as well as the price!
davemast
14th Oct 2016
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Terry's is under the Monolez (Kraft) banner, who bought Cadburys so we shouldn't be surprised when they destroy the brand as they have done with Cadbury! I haven't bought any Cadbury or Kraft products since they altered the Creme Egg recipe. They only care about increasing profit margins. Boycott all Mondolez (Kraft) products until they bring back the original Cadbury recipe and bring our jobs back from Poland!!!
LittleMinx
2nd Nov 2016
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My sentiments exactly, I stopped buying Cadburys after the Kraft takeover. Yet another fine British institution hijacked. Cadburys chocolate was so chocolaty, now there is just a hint of chocolate and lot's and lot's of sugar. The little fat cubes that took a lot of muscle power to divide, that stayed in your mouth for ages and the silver paper. All gone, now they are skinny little bars with barely identifiable markings.
For a choc-o-holic this is indeed a major blow.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel though, lot's of little chocolate businesses springing up.
Power to the Chocoholics, boycott!
Superchick
14th Oct 2016
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Nearly all choc bars are shrinking.
They now have the'mega 'bars which are the same size as the original ones but cost more.
Arewen
14th Oct 2016
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Terrys chocolate, now made in Poland! shocked. As it happens I do not like them, everyone buys me them though. Once made in York, we were proud to say. I try to buy British, here is another off my list.
JohnHerb
12th Oct 2016
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I have always really enjoyed Terrys Choc Oranges. For me its always part of the wonderful time that is Christmas. To be fair they are doing me a favour by putting less choc in it...keeps my figure a bit slimmer
happystar
11th Oct 2016
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There is always the option of contacting Terry's and letting them know how you feel and telling them you won't be buying any more Chocolate Oranges (I hate them anyway).
Incidentally, Terry's are now halal compliant so a portion of the price of every diminutive Chocolate Orange goes to funding terrorism.
JohnHerb
12th Oct 2016
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Thats probably a bit harsh and not sure its true they are a major ethical company
Chapman
10th Oct 2016
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Every year the Quality Street tin gets smaller, Mars bars have shrunk alarmingly and now Chocolate Orange I will soon have to use a magnifying glass to fid them in the shops!!
Melimited
9th Oct 2016
5
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I personally hate people peeing on my leg and then trying to convince me it's raining. Whether it's the Poles making Cadbury by a different recipe without 1 and a half glasses of milk.or boxes of sweets shrinking in front of our eyes. Stop ripping us off. Reduce your profits and give us the quality and quantity that we pay for and deserve.
Yvonne27
9th Oct 2016
4
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Walnut whips used to have a 2nd walnut in the bottom and they also used to be much larger....
JohnHerb
12th Oct 2016
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Yes you are right Yvonne but that was about 30 years ago at least I think
MrsPat
9th Oct 2016
2
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These companies do have to make a profit and if they reduce the size a bit to do that its fine. they also help us but not letting us eat so much which is harmful anyway. About time we all ate a bit less!
Teddy bear
9th Oct 2016
3
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The plastic tubs of all chocolates have shrunk ,it helps us a bit as not having to eat so much .But they are cheating on us !!!!
Wilf
9th Oct 2016
4
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Last week the supermarkets announced they were cutting back on sizes. I don't get it I think these folk think we are mugs!! First the £5 note shrinking and now Chocolate Oranges-The end of civilisation as we know it! Only joking but it is a cheek.
Marley444
9th Oct 2016
6
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It seems that every product that the american chocolate company touch, is a backward step. First they messed with the creme egg recipe ... now I refuse to buy them since they taste noting like they used to. I hope they don't mess with the recipe of the Chocolate Orange! I haven't had one for a few years ... So many things are shrinking which is fine if the cost shrank too, but if anything prices are going up and we are getting less!
glassy
9th Oct 2016
4
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the cadburys recipe is a big thing,to change the taste of something everybody loved is criminal
Dollie
9th Oct 2016
6
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I remember the wagon wheels that used to be the size of a saucer!
JohnHerb
12th Oct 2016
1
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Yes I do as well. they were massive. Probably not that good for us though!
jeanmark
9th Oct 2016
4
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Marley444
9th Oct 2016
4
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Lionel
9th Oct 2016
5
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