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The makers of Minstrels, M&Ms and Maltesers have made a secret change to their chocolate treats

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 27/03/2017 Nicola Oakley
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In these troubling times everyone needs something to rely upon - a steady source of goodness that remains unchanged despite the ebb and flow of time and change.

In short we all need chocolate.

But if you've found yourself finishing your chocolatey treats more quickly than usual of late - it might not be because your greedy.

Because something has happened to our chocolate - and you won't like it.

Chocolate manufacturers Mars have confirmed they have shrunk their products by as much as 15% - but kept prices the same.

It's the second time in six months that the number of Maltesers in packs has been reduced, and now it's also affecting other popular products made by the brand.

The trend, known as 'shrinkflation' is happening across the board as companies battle with rising production costs, choosing to reduce the weight of the product instead of hiking prices.

Cadbury has also announced it might have to start shrinking its chocolate or else charge customers more once Britain leaves the EU.

But Mars are already making their packs smaller as a result of ingredient and transport costs rising.

Presumably, they're hoping customers are less likely to notice smaller packs compared with higher prices in supermarkets.

The company is shrinking the pack size of Maltesers, M&M’s and Minstrels by up to 15%, the Mirror reports.

Family packs of M&Ms are now 25g lighter at 140g. Bags of Minstrels and Revels are almost 10% lighter, but prices have stayed the same.

It's the second time in less than six months Mars has decided to shrink the weight of their chocolate products to keep prices the same.

Late last year, eagle-eyed customers noticed the weight on the bags didn't match the weight advertised on the shelving labels - and quickly pointed it out on social media.

Mars told the Guardian: “We have been absorbing rising raw material and operational costs for some time, but the growing pressures mean that we can’t keep things as they are.

"Reducing the size of our products is not a decision that we take easily.”

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