Take a tour of Made.com founder’s chic London pad
Take a tour of Made.com founder’s chic London pad

IMAGE Interiors & Living

The benefits of batch cooking, from more time to more money
The benefits of batch cooking, from more time to more money

IMAGE

It’s time to learn your attachment style…and how it’s impacting your relationship
It’s time to learn your attachment style…and how it’s impacting your relationship

Mairead Heffron

Maisie Williams, Jennette McCurdy, Drew Barrymore and the plight of abusive parents
Maisie Williams, Jennette McCurdy, Drew Barrymore and the plight of abusive parents

Sarah Gill

Supper Club: This delicious French Onion Soup makes for a seriously tasty lunch
Supper Club: This delicious French Onion Soup makes for a seriously tasty lunch

Jennifer McShane

October Event Guide: Festivals of food, art, comedy, jazz, and all things Halloween are on the horizon
October Event Guide: Festivals of food, art, comedy, jazz, and all things Halloween are on...

Sarah Gill

Duvet Day: Sustainable Irish sleepwear brands to help you sleep well
Duvet Day: Sustainable Irish sleepwear brands to help you sleep well

Sarah Finnan

Member competition: WIN a six-week mentorship with the Mentor Her programme
Member competition: WIN a six-week mentorship with the Mentor Her programme

IMAGE

Does glycolic acid work as deodorant?
Does glycolic acid work as deodorant?

Holly O'Neill

Have you tried… the Wim Hof Method?
Have you tried… the Wim Hof Method?

Holly O'Neill

Image / Agenda / Breaking Stories

I scream, you scream: Global shortage of Cadbury flakes spells trouble for 99 ice creams


By Sarah Finnan
18th May 2021
I scream, you scream: Global shortage of Cadbury flakes spells trouble for 99 ice creams

We got 99 problems and a global flake shortage is supposedly one of them... so, bad news for 99s this summer.

If you’re not sitting down as you read this, then I recommend you do so before proceeding. Ready? I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news but I’m afraid the rumours are true – apparently, our beloved 99s could be at risk this summer as there’s a global shortage of flakes. Bet you weren’t expecting me to say that. 

Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Claire Byrne earlier this week, Yasmin Khan, co-owner of Teddy’s Ice Cream in Dun Laoghaire confirmed the news, commenting that supplies are dangerously low at the minute and “it will be tough” to get one this summer (she forecasts the shortage will be noticeable by mid-July). 

Receiving prior warning of the “worldwide shortage” from Mondelez (the company that owns Cadbury) at the beginning of April, Yasmin was quick to assure customers that “Teddy’s has enough 99s, we will always supply you with a 99”. Squirrelling supplies away since they were first made aware of the shortage, she said “I even have them hidden under my bed. Honest to God, we’ve had to stockpile and just be really tough, saying ‘sorry we cannot supply anyone else with them’. I have them hidden in my house, I have them hidden in storerooms, I have them everywhere.”

Also hypothesising as to the reason behind the shortage, Yasmin thinks that it’s probably because Cadbury didn’t expect ice cream shops to be open and so chocolate factories didn’t account for there being much demand for 99s as a result.  

The top-selling ice cream cone any time there’s a bit of sunshine, it’s hard to beat a classic. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it as the saying goes, and somehow we just don’t think anything else would work in place of a flake… so let’s hope supplies recover fairly lively.