Snickers Fun Size Are Chinese Made

Being an avid Snickers eater for years, I got my usual stockpile from Woolies and noticed the packaging was different from the same bags also on offer. Didn't really think twice and grabbed a few bags for the week.

Well today I opened one and straightaway I could tell the size and shape were a little off. So I had a bite and it tasted different.

I compared the packaging with the normal version I get, and noticed slight differences in protein, carbs, fat etc and the % for the ingredients used was different.

And down the bottom was the Made in CHINA label and not made in Australia under the satisfaction guaranteed blurb as usual.

So sent off a complaint, see what happens.

Comments

  • +8 votes

    wow this is shocking, never buying snickers again

  • +15 votes

    the fact that snickers are being offshored is pretty sad to hear

  • +4 votes

    Oh that is sneaky.

  • +1 vote

    Disappointing.

  • +1 vote

    So sent off a complaint, see what happens.

    What exactly are you expecting to happen?

    • +7 votes

      My money back and it clearly labelled that this is a different formula (hence they will taste different) also they are now made in China.

      PS:Still the same price as the Australian version.

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        Report back and tell us how you go lol.

  • +13 votes

    According to them its temporary, while they upgrade the factory in Ballarat.

    " We are sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your latest Snickers. We'll definitely pass that feedback on to our team. At the moment we have shifted production temporarily to China while we make important upgrades to our Snickers line at our Australian factory in Ballarat. Both products are made with our global signature recipe so we hope you'll give it another try.
    – the Snickers® team"

  • +3 votes

    Just return em to woolies, they are pretty good with that kind of thing.

  • +4 votes

    M&M chocolate blocks, Oreo's are also made in China. Twix is now made in Egypt, Cornetto's Indonesia. I've seen recently some packs of classic and almond Magnums made in Hungary but some still made in Australia, maybe the're next.

    • +1 vote

      cornetto's have been disgusting for a few years now

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      Fry are now made in Poland

  • +15 votes

    Your Social Credit Score may take a hit with your complaint.

  • +3 votes

    Disgusting. Get the word out to punish their underhanded cost-cutting measures, when people found out those M&M blocks were made in China the consumer backlash was pretty severe. There were truckloads of them at a clearance price of $0.70 or similar and retailers still couldn't offload them.

    • +3 votes

      They also tasted terrible.

    • +7 votes

      Good luck with the heavy metals and other assorted contaminants.

    • +4 votes

      What, nobody should ever eat a chocolate bar?
      You can be perfectly healthy and still indulge in a sugary treat every now and then.

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        each to their own.

        i dont eat chocolate and avoid lollies and heavily sugar laden products.

        i feel we are at the same point in time with the sugar debate as we were with nicotine in the 70's

        • +5 votes

          Sugar patches??

  • +2 votes

    It's the whole Mars range, Twix, Bounty, etc.
    As above, it's temporary. They'll be made in Australia again soon.
    Wish I knew before buying, as the quality is very poor.

  • +11 votes

    Make Australia great again

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      Food i am with Trump on that.

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    The Medium Size Snickers Bars are also Made in China.

    • Twix Share Pack and Medium Bar are Made in Egypt
    • Bounty Share Pack and Medium Bar are Made in The Netherlands.
  • +1 vote

    Thanks OP. I will be avoiding these until they are made in Australia.

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    Oh my goodness so glad they have said this is only temporary! I brought home some Coles fruit in jelly for my kids recently only to see it is also made in China… no happy Jan.

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    So are full size one too Eww there go me eat them https://www.woolworths.com.au/shop/productdetails/785455/mar...

  • +1 vote

    Happening with lots of foods.
    Make a complaint to Woolies head office as well.

    And return the chocolates as they are not what you paid for.

    But just goes to show we should read the labels more carefully these days.

    Thanks for the tip OP.
    I wont be buying Chinese Snickers and probably most OBs here wont either.

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    My kinds called the "Fun Size" one "Disappointment Size" …

    • +2 votes

      So does your wife..

  • +1 vote

    Classic misunderstanding of globalisation. The protests are long over. I was at many of them. Where were you?

    Factories don't care where they're put. Give them the required raw materials and they'll churn it out. Whether it's Pacific Brands making your duds or Mars their sugar-laden confectionery, the principle is the same.

    Three players here.

    Shareholder: make it wherever it will maximise my return.
    Consumer: I want the lowest price but will crack a wobbly if it's not made in the Anglosphere.
    Me: I told you so.

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      "I want the lowest price but will crack a wobbly if it's not made in the Anglosphere."

      Sounds like a firm rejection of globalisation. Where's the misunderstanding?

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        You fail to recognise the chronology, hypocrisy and bandwagon-jumping related to this issue.
        So I can't be bothered explaining.

        • +1 vote

          You're all hat and no cattle. I doubt you have an explanation that would be taken seriously by someone like me. So yeah - don't bother.

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            @Dentshop: Add irony deficiency to all the above.

            Dentshop
            Member Since
            25/01/2019

            Nice choice of metaphor, Greenhorn.

  • +5 votes

    They hardly feed their kids formulas made there…so snickers from there….i guess it s easier to sell it here

  • +1 vote

    Thanks for pointing it out OP, no wonder it tasted different. I never thought of checking where it was made :(

  • -1 vote

    First world problems. Just eat them, or return them if you can be bothered and leave it at that especially when it’s temporary.

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    well MARS replied and said they are all made to the same formula. No offer of reimbursement etc.

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      Well, something is wrong with their quality control then. I could tell the difference and I'm probably the person with the worst sense of taste that I know among my family and friends. Like you, I checked the packaging after finding that they taste different. Googled Snickers China and landed here. Noob here, first thread I'm posting on.
      Anyway, I'm more disappointed than anything. It's been months since you posted so was the factory upgrade just an excuse?

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    Bit shattered. When I lived in Japan, the Snickers bars from Australia were replaced with Chinese ones and the drop in quality was immediately obvious. Stopped eating them until I returned to Australia. Now the Australian ones are made in China and they aren't the same. No more Snickers bars for me.

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    I don't see why there is so much hate on it being made in China.

    Factory produces it, someone from management must have tried the food/product before approving it for sale in their markets.

    With all due respect here, Snicker seems to be happy enough with the final product to sell it to you regardless of where it came from.

    Regarding its taste or OP's alleged decline in quality…again, it'll be the company who gets to decide whether they think its good enough for you. I'll complain to the company, but origin of production..meh

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      its terrible. it tastes like chocolate protein bars

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      I do not hate the fact that they're not made here or that they're mic but they do taste different, and to me, not as good. Like the OP, I found that it tasted different and checked the packaging for differences.

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    I am not happy about this.

    We just bought a packet of bite size Snickers in Woolies and it still shows "Made in China".

    This is despite the earlier posts saying it is temporary.

    No more Mars products for me unless they are made elsewhere.

  •  

    chanced upon this, and its so sad to read this thread. so much hate from another country although indirectly stated.
    Well, I think its better to read the packaging properly before buying to be sure in getting what you want.

    just a thought. :)

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    Don't really care about Chinese made, it doesn't taste the same, immediately whipped around the packet and saw the country of origin in tiny print. There's a reason they use size 4 font ;).

    Reading this thread it was supposed to be a temporary thing but still in 2020 they're comfy with it and hoping everyone's conveniently forgot to prevent consumer backlash.

    Never gonna buy Snickers again with so many other options out there.

    • +1 vote

      May I suggest Whittaker's (NZ) for chocolate?
      Aussie fruit for everything else.

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    Merged from Snickers - No Longer Aussie Made

    What’s everyone’s thoughts about the news that Snickers are being made in China and not here?

    Do we need a poll on this?

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      Never had a Snickers bar before.

    • -2 votes

      Doesn't bother me, everything's made in China anyway

    • +1 vote

      link to information source?

      • +2 votes

        Turn the packet over and read where it is made.

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      If this is true, my Snickers days are over

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      Thanks for the PSA. I’ve not had it in a while, and less inclined now it’s made in China (nothing against Chinese made but when they go out of their way to buy made in AU/Nz products it goes to show what their own citizens think of their own standards.

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      I believed that both Mars bars and snickers were being made overseas for many many years now? I prefer Kit Kat anyway, can’t beat it

      • +1 vote

        Have you had a proper UK Chunky? They're awesome. Far better than the ones here. Apparently they add stuff to chocolate to help with the heat here that alters the flavour. Same for classic Dairy Milk.

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        Yeah, I think they changed a few years ago "temporarily" while they upgraded the factory or something and it never came back. The new formula is disgusting though.

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        Yeah I thought some of their stuff are made in the UK…

    • +1 vote

      do the chinese ones have B28? Asking for a friend.

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      The small fun size packs have been made in China for years.

      They taste different.

      I no longer eat them.

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      That's very old news, has been like that for over 2 years. I haven't bought any since then, not buying China-made foods.

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      Yes, have a poll.
      Not sure what you will ask though? Is it just if people already knew or not?

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      Have they reduced the price?

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      Buy the Aldi version, they are made in Germany I think.

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        About 80% as good though

        • +2 votes

          Taste is subjective. Country of origin reputation is a bit more important or that is what I think.

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            @netjock: I would be interested to see a poll on Snickers vs Titan (I think). I agree that country of origin is important, but I'm not sure that the Aldi knock-off is a viable alternative.

    • -1 vote

      lol

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      It’s not news, it’s been like this for a very long time.

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        EDIT: Didn't realise this was a merged thread. Ignore me.

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    Check out Mars bars as well

    same manufacturer

    But agree with many here - dont buy any Chinese chocolates