Shrinkflation strikes again! Cadbury cuts the size of a Wispa by 7% but keeps the price the SAME after reducing Curly Wurlys and Chomps - so, will YOUR favourite be next for the chop?

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Wispa has become the latest chocolate bar to be shrunk down in size by CadburyThe treat is now seven per cent smaller than previous version, but the same priceIn 2020, the brand caused outraged when it shrank four of its most popular bars Previously cut back on size of Curly Wurlys, Fudge Bars and Chomps  

Wispa bars have become the latest casualty of Cadbury’s shrinkflation as it was revealed the brand has cut back the chocolate treat by seven per cent – but continues to sell it for the same price.

According to The Sun, the popular chocolate treat has seen a shrinkage in size across the range, with the Duo reduced by almost 4g, or 7 per cent, while 10-packs lost 18g and 4-packs lost 8.4g. 

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The single bars are now 36g and 199 calories. Despite being cut back in size, a single bar of Wispa still costs 80p. 

Chocolate fans were quick to slam the changes, with one commenting on the Tesco website: ‘How can they possibly make the bars any smaller and for the same price as the previous 10 x 25.5g. This is no longer value for money.’

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The ‘shrinkflation’ will spark concerns that it is a new attempt to raise prices by stealth, based on the company’s record of shrinking products without offering a corresponding cut in the price. 

Cadbury has previously claimed it was cutting back the size of multipack treats to below 200 calories in an attempt to tackle obesity. 

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MailOnline has contacted Cadbury for comment.  

Wispa bars have become the latest casualty of Cadbury's shrinkflation as it was revealed it has cut back the chocolate treat by seven per cent - but continues to sell it for the same price

Wispa bars have become the latest casualty of Cadbury’s shrinkflation as it was revealed it has cut back the chocolate treat by seven per cent – but continues to sell it for the same price

Cadbury’s American parent company Mondelez International has previously said it planned to offer greater portion control options by committing to bringing all Cadbury multipack chocolate bars under 200 calories by the end of 2021.

But experts have said the phenomenon is actually being driven by soaring demand for cocoa alongside reduced yields because of climate change.

They fear in future that quality may drop as confectioners are forced to tweak ingredients to cope. 

The revelation about Wispa’s size comes after customers were left outraged as a smaller pack of four-bars appeared on the Tesco website last August. 

Cadbury's American parent company Mondelez International has previously said it planned to offer greater portion control options by committing to bringing all Cadbury multipack chocolate bars under 200 calories by the end of 2021 - and shrank four of its popular bars including the Wispa Gold (pictured)

Cadbury’s American parent company Mondelez International has previously said it planned to offer greater portion control options by committing to bringing all Cadbury multipack chocolate bars under 200 calories by the end of 2021 – and shrank four of its popular bars including the Wispa Gold (pictured)  

One person wrote: ‘No different than usual. The only thing new about them is that they are smaller than previous. 

‘Let’s con the public and advertise them as new.’

And another said: ‘Very disappointed by another product affected by a reduction in size yet branded new. 

‘Same taste but smaller size yet no reflection on the price ! Baffling or what?’  

In 2020, the company shocked chocolate fans  when it shrank down four of its most popular bars in an attempt by the confectionary giant to tackle obesity.   

Among the chocolate bars that were cut back were Wispa Gold, Boost and Double Deckers. 

The change, which also applied to Boost and Bournville Classic, affected multipack bars (pictured)

The change, which also applied to Boost and Bournville Classic, affected multipack bars (pictured)

The change affected multipack bars. It was an attempt by the confectionary giant to tackle obesity, with the new size meaning the bars contained less than 200 calories – however the price remained the same.

At the time, a Cadbury Classic Bournville Dark Chocolate bar sold in a three pack was 41g and contained 236 calories. A bar sold on its own was 45g and contained  240 calories.

The shrinkflation tactic meant the multipack bar would have to lose 36 calories to bring it under 200.  

However Twitter users reacted negatively to the news that Cadbury would be shrinking some of its most popular bars, claiming it was the latest catastrophe of 2020. 

One tweeted: ‘Well this is the year that keeps on giving. Cadbury to shrink size of Wispa Gold and Double Decker bars.’

Pictured: How the Cadbury's snacks shrank in 2020, following on from the release of a lighter Dairy Milk (far right)

Pictured: How the Cadbury’s snacks shrank in 2020, following on from the release of a lighter Dairy Milk (far right)

Another commented: ‘They’re shrinking Wispa Gold and Double Decker: who’s up for marching on the Houses of Parliament this weekend?’ 

And it’s not the first time the company has horrified chocolate fans.  

In 2019, Cadbury announced it was shrinking its Curly Wurly, Fudge bar and Chomp among other products to bring them in under 100 calories.

The 2019 Curly Wurly weighed in at 26g and 118 calories, which meant it required a 22g cut to bring it in under 100 calories.

Other products due to be put under the Cadbury shrink ray before the end of this year include the Fudge bar (114 calories) which required a cut from 25.5g to 22g, and the Chomp (110 calories) which went from 23.5g to 21g.

Mondelez’s Oreo Mini snack pack and Freddo Face Cakes will be shrunk by the end of 2021. 

Meanwhile Cadbury Dairy Milk bar containing 30 per cent less sugar hit shelves in 2019. Pictured: the amount of sugar in the original bar (left) versus the latest bar (right)

Meanwhile Cadbury Dairy Milk bar containing 30 per cent less sugar hit shelves in 2019. Pictured: the amount of sugar in the original bar (left) versus the latest bar (right)

Many companies have decided to reformulate their products, often taking out some of the sugar, in order to reduce the calorie count, however this was rejected by Mondelez for these products.  

At the time, the company claimed that the decision to shrink the products aimed at children, rather than introduce a healthier recipe, comes from its ‘commitment to taste’.

UK Managing Director at Cadbury’s parent firm Mondelez International, Louise Stigant, said: ‘We want to play our part in tackling childhood obesity and are focusing on the areas where we can make the greatest impact.

‘Our brands have been around for hundreds of years and play a special role in people’s lives as treats to be enjoyed in moderation.

‘We want to support parents when they choose to give their children a treat and introducing this calorie cap will make it simpler for them to find a treat under 100 calories that children will enjoy.’ 

As long ago as 2009, Mars in Australia ran a massive marketing campaign based on this theme to justify cutting the size of the Mars bar.

At the time, politicians described the move, which saw no corresponding price cut, as underhand. 

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