‘I can’t find them anywhere’: Why Starburst lollipops disappeared from Australian shelves

There’s a reason Aussies haven’t been able to spot Starburst on supermarket shelves and it might leave a sour taste in the mouths of lollipop lovers.

Confectionery giant Mars Wrigley has confirmed it has discontinued the Starburst brand in Australia.

The move means the brand’s signature chews, snakes and babies will no longer be stocked nationwide.

The news came after TikTok creator Nariman Dein uploaded a video expressing her frustration at not being able to find the lollipops in Sydney, after browsing several supermarkets.

“They were the best and I can’t find them anywhere,” Dein said.

“And I have a conspiracy theory – did they just stop selling them and nobody noticed?

“Is this another Mandela effect?

Mars Wrigley responded to the video, which has garnered around 276,000 views, by posting a statement confirming that the lack of Starburst lines was not a conspiracy.

Dein said she scoured supermarkets in Sydney, including Big W and Woolworths. (Tik Tok: Nariman yours)

“Our Starburst products are imported from Europe and, like many companies that import products from overseas, the brand has been exposed to supply chain difficulties and increasing cost pressures over the past two years,” a company spokesperson said.

“After considering all options, we have made the difficult decision to discontinue the brand in Australia from June 2022.”

Mars Wrigley is a major American multinational manufacturer of chocolate, chewing gum, mints and fruit candies.

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