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31st Aug 2022

‘National disaster’ declared in Scotland over fears of a battered Mars Bar shortage

Jack Peat

Shortages have been caused by ‘high levels of demand’ 

A ”national disaster” has been declared in Scotland – over fears of a battered Mars Bar shortage.

The warnings come after a top chip shop in Edinburgh said a lack in supply of the chocolate bar was threatening the infamous deep fried snack.

Major UK supermarkets have been hit with a shortage of Mars Bars following supply issues and an increase in demand.

Clamshell Takeaway in Edinburgh has sparked further fears the shortage will mean battered Mars Bars won’t be available.

It said they ran out last week and were unable to make the Scottish delicacy which has proved popular with tourists.

Asda, Tesco and Morrisons shoppers have found gaps on the shelves and ‘out of stock’ messages for Mars Bars on some supermarket’s websites.

Mars Wrigley, owners of Mars Bars, said the shortages have been caused by ‘high levels of demand’.

Locals in Scotland had a mixed reaction to the news today

One said: ”No Mars bars – it’s a crime against humanity…????”

Another added: ”This is a national disaster”.

Another said: ”Oh no, life as we know it is over.”

But others on social media joked the shortage would be good for people’s health.

One said: “Would not think that they would be good for your health”, while another said: “That might be a good thing.”

Some else labelled the treat: “Heart attack food.”

Another said: “Maybe this ‘crisis’ is a good thing for a nation which is killing itself through terrible diet.”

One local claimed Scots don’t eat deep-friend Mars bars and put the shortage down to tourists.

She said: “I feel like this is mostly due to tourists as opposed to actual Scots.

“We don’t really eat fried Mars Bar, or at least I don’t know anyone who’s had one, but for some reason folk outside UK are told by media that we love it.”

Someone else said: “I have lived in Edinburgh all my 74 years and have never heard anyone say that they have ever eaten or seen one.”

Another added: “Deep fried Mars Bars? Who actually sells these? It’s just the city centre chippies that sell them for the tourists and visitors, isn’t it?”

Takeaway bosses said they were relieved to have the bars in stock again after running out last week.

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