Hershey’s Sued For Underfilling Candy Boxes


By Cooking Panda

Instead of kisses, Hershey’s just got slapped with a federal lawsuit. Who could hold a grudge against the chocolate manufacturer that brought us Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Kit Kats and Hershey’s syrup?

Apparently, someone who loves Hershey’s products a little too much. A man in Missouri filed a federal class action lawsuit against Hershey’s for “slack-fill,” or the empty space inside the packaging. Now, here’s a guy who really cares about his candy. 

The complaint he filed even includes nifty photographs of Reese’s Pieces and Whoppers boxes he cut open to show just how underfilled they are.

 According to the plaintiff, the Reese’s box he photographed is underfilled by 29 percent, while the Whoppers box is underfilled by a whopping 41 percent. 

Not sure how he came up with those very precise figures; but in his defense, there really is quite a bit of space left in those boxes. 

He claims that the size of the boxes misleads shoppers by making them think there’s more candy inside than is actually the case. 

We’ve all felt our hearts break just a little when that bag of chips we rip open is only a third full. But this guy is taking popular resentment of slack-fill to the next level. 

Slack-fill sometimes has a justifiable purpose, like keeping extra air in a bag to preserve the contents. However, the extra space in the Reese’s and Whoppers packaging isn’t necessary to protect the candy, according to Consumerist. 

Hershey’s doesn’t deny that the packages are underfilled, but sees no problem with this since the number of candies and the weight of the product is printed on the box.

“It is not possible to view the product packaging without also seeing the net weight and quantity disclosures,” Hershey’s motion to dismiss the case argues. 

Moreover, even customers who don’t know how much 113 grams of candy actually is can pick up the box and feel the weight. The motion to dismiss also argues that the fact that candy rattles inside the box should make it obvious that the box is not filled all the way. 

“Consumers are well aware of the fact that substantially all commercial packaging contains some empty space,” Hershey’s attorneys said, according to Consumerist. 

Still, Hershey’s defense did not persuade the judge, who said that the cases cited by the Hershey’s attorneys did not apply in Missouri. 

Perhaps this case will have a happy ending for the chocolate lovers out there who want their box of candy 100 percent full. In fact, who doesn’t want this? 

Sources: Consumerist , Hershey's Defense   / Photo credit: Ged Caroll/Flickr

Tags: Class Action Lawsuit, Hershey's, Reese's Pieces, whoppers
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Burger King’s New Adult Happy Meal Comes With Adult Toy (Video)


By Cooking Panda

When we were kids, one of the most magical fast food experiences (lol) that we always looked forward to was the Happy Meal from good ol’ McDonald’s.

Receiving a small, cheap toy in the midst of our food never failed to put a smile on our faces.

Of course, there is something still charming about the entire notion, but as we aged, we found ourselves moving on from McDonald’s to other dining establishments, replacing that little toy with a different kind of treat to make us smile. If you’re us, we’re talking about a glass of wine with dinner, but to each their own.

That hasn’t stopped different fast food chains from trying to play on that sense of nostalgia, however. For instance, one of McDonald’s biggest competitors has stepped up to the plate to try and appeal to an older audience this Valentine’s Day (video below).

As a special that will only occur on Feb. 14, Burger King Israel has decided to offer a sort of play on the Happy Meal. The chain is calling it a kids-meal-style Adult Meal, and it will also feature an “adult toy” rather than a little trinket for kids.

Ooh la la.

Adweek reports that the Adult Meal will include:

  • 2 Whoppers
  • 2 French fry orders
  • 2 beers
  • A single “romantic adult toy”

You can only get the Adult Meal after 6 p.m. on Feb. 14, and the meals will only be sold to customers who are 18 years of age or older.

Check out the promotional video below to get an idea of what Burger King Israel has in store for those who decide to buy the Adult Meal:

Sources: AdweekLeo Burnett Israel/YouTube / Photo Credit: Burger King Israel via Adweek

Tags: Adult Meal, Burger King, burger king israel, whoppers
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