Jan 16 2013 by Ian Bunting, Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
A Monklands confectionery firm has been slammed for launching a Buckfast-flavoured sweet.
Dubbed “Bucky Tablet”, the controversial new product contains the popular tonic wine as one of its ingredients.
The firm behind the famous brew and a leading alcohol charity say the new sweet is “ very irresponsible” and fear it could be targeted at children.
Distributors J. Chandler & Company claimed Bucky Tablet sets a dangerous precedent and distanced themselves from the sweet made by Chapelhall-based Wonka Chocolate.
Sales manager Stewart Wilson said: “This product has not been endorsed by us at all.
“We do not support this product and are strongly against anything containing Buckfast that is aimed at minors under 18, and easy for this age group to get a hold of.”
Alcohol charity Alcohol Focus Scotland were also alarmed when they found out about the product.
Chief executive Evelyn Gillian said: “It is very irresponsible for a product aimed at children to promote alcohol in this manner.
“The issue with drinking Buckfast is a big thing on the west coast and we as a group focus on people drinking too much, but we would take a dim view on alcohol being included in any non-alcoholic goods, whether it’s Buckfast or something else. There is a suggestion here that this product could encourage youngsters to associate sweets with a product containing alcohol.”
Wonka Chocolate are selling their latest line in a number of outlets in Airdrie and Coatbridge including Tommy Tango’s newsagent in Whifflet where we bought a bar.
It’s ingredients list “Buckfast (fortified wine 2%)” alongside milk and sugar.
Wonka Chocolate stress that their tablet does not contain alcohol and insist it is not aimed at children.
A spokesman said: “The boiling process takes away the alcohol and there is no illegal alcohol content.
“The alcohol is burnt off and this product is no different to the likes ofthe widely available chocolate liqueurs and whisky tablet.
“We were a bit sceptical at first too but it’s just a bit of fun. Tablet and fudge are very middle-aged products.
“Tablet is not aimed at, or focused on, kidsbecause the sugar content is so high. Kids under 18 are more into things like popping candy.
“This is why we used tablet, because of the heightened age group and, again, the alcohol is burnt off anyway.”
Wonka Chocolate say that Bucky Tablet was launched on a trial basis and is being sold in only a few outlets.
The spokesman added: “This is very much a trial run for the product.
“Unless the take-up is significant then we won’t be mass producing the tablet.”