Nestlé has announced that it will cease production of Fantales, the chocolate covered caramels that have been adored by Australians for almost a century.
The iconic treat, which was once declared by The New York Times as Australia’s most defining lolly, will cease production in mid-July, with Fantales remaining available on shelves while stock lasts.
Fantales were first created in 1930 – and for generations the brand has been synonymous with the movies, with its famous ‘fan tales’ of actors and musicians on its wrappers.
Nestlé has said that the continued production of Fantales has become unviable following declining sales and the need for significant upgrades to equipment at Nestlé’s Melbourne confectionery factory.
Nestlé Oceania Confectionery General Manager Andrew Lawrey said he knows the decision to stop making Fantales will be sad news for many people.
“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.
“In addition, our Fantales equipment needs significant investment. It’s become increasingly difficult to get the parts we need to maintain it, and with declining sales, replacing it isn’t viable.
“While investment in the future of Fantales is not sustainable, we’re continuing to invest in our other Allen’s lollies, including fan favourites such as Snakes Alive, Party Mix and Minties.”
As the factory continues to grow, all staff from the Fantales production line will move to other roles within the factory.