Buckfast tablet sold in shops is ‘irresponsible’, claim campaigners

Wonka Chocolate's Bucky Tablet has been accused of being 'irresponsible'
Wonka Chocolate's Bucky Tablet has been accused of being 'irresponsible'
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A sweet maker is under pressure to withdraw one of its products from shops after facing criticism over a fudge tablet with an unusual ingredient - Buckfast.

• Tablet containing Buckfast criticised for being allegedly aimed at children

• Manufacturer producing tablet on trial run denies aiming product at under-18s

The Bucky Tablet, sold by Wonka Chocolate, contains 2 per cent of the controversial tonic wine.

Critics claim the tablet is marketed at children and might encourage an association between thet tablet and alcohol consumption.

The tablet, which is being sold on a trial run, was also branded “irresponsible” by an alcohol awareness campaign group.

“It is very irresponsible for a product aimed at children to promote alcohol in this manner.

Evelyn Gillian, chief executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland, said: “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’s chocolates denied the tablet was aimed at children, claiming that tablet and fudge products are “very middle-aged products”, and also said there was no alcohol in the tablet.

“The boiling process takes away the alcohol and there is no illegal alcohol content.

“Tablet and fudge are very middle-aged producgs. Tablet is not aimed at kids because the sugar content is so high.”

Buckfast distributors J Chandler & Co said that they did not endorse the product.