Chocolate-covered deception. Chocolate-covered scandal. Chocolate-covered lies!
Say it ain’t so, Raisinets. Say it ain’t so.
The ultimate movie theater candy, Raisinets, is the subject of a lawsuit that claims we’re all being cheated because Raisinet boxes are only about half full.
(Yes, we said “ultimate movie theater candy.” Sure, you may prefer your Junior Mints or your Twizzlers or your Sno-Caps. That’s fine. Some of us will stick with our Raisinets, thank you very much.)
A California woman, clearly on the leading edge of American confectionary justice, has filed a lawsuit claiming that she and other consumers have been tricked into buying Raisinets by candy-maker Nestle’s “deceptive packaging.”
Sandy Hafer, a Los Angeles moviegoer, claims Raisinets boxes are only 60% full and that Nestle is misleading movie theater customers into thinking they’re getting a full box of chewy, chocolatey goodness.
“At all relevant times,” her lawsuit says, “Defendant has packaged and sold the Products in opaque box packaging that conceals from consumers the amount of Raisinets candies inside the box packaging.”
Phooey, says Nestle. The candy-making giant tells The Wall Street Journal that these claims are baseless.
“All Nestle products and labels comply with FDA regulations and provide customers the information they need to make informed purchasing decisions,” a company spokeswoman said.
Hafer’s lawsuit, which aims to be a class-action lawsuit, seeks at least $5 million in damages, including refunds for moviegoers who were denied an appropriate portion of delicious chocolate-covered raisins. (But in all seriousness, don’t expect to get a fat check from Nestle in your mailbox. That’s generally not how these things work.)
The Journal notes that this is part of a growing trend of class-action lawsuits over portion sizes. Litigious consumers have sued over the empty space in Sour Patch Watermelon candy boxes, the true size of Subway’s “Footlong” sandwiches, and the crucial question of whether KFC is underfilling its eight-piece buckets of chicken.
What’s next? Is the FDA going to crack down on Milk Duds?
Your Turn: What food items do you suspect are deceptively undersized?
Mike Brassfield (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. Personally, he’s more of a chocolate-covered peanuts guy. Goobers — so good. Oh, so good.