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A close-up of assorted Starburst candies.
Photograph: Christina B Castro

In sad news for lolly lovers, Starburst has been discontinued in Australia

We hate to be the bearer of bad news – here's everything we know so far

Adena Maier
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Adena Maier
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If you've been struggling to find these beloved fruity chews at your local supermarket, we want to let you know that you're not going crazy. After a TikTok questioning where Starburst had gone went viral, Mars Wrigley came forward to reveal that they had discontinued the lolly in Australia back in June.

You heard that right: two months ago, the American candy manufacturer quietly pulled the lolly from the shelves, without saying a peep. A spokesperson for the company confirmed that the decision was a result of supply chain issues and rising import costs and that the company would be shifting its focus toward locally made products like Snickers and M&Ms. 

Hoping all was not lost, we rang up USA Foods to see if they had been hit by the same conundrum. Sadly, the answer is yes — so if you happen to come across a rogue packet, nab it before there's nary a Starburst to be found in Australia.

In good news: we found a cute message in a bottle on a beach in Sydney Harbour, but in bad news: there were no Starburst pink chews in it .

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