Penis-shaped gummies shock NZ lolly lovers

Last updated 15:36 10/09/2014
gummy penis
HARD TO SWALLOW: While not offensive to consumers in China at all, NZ lolly lovers have complained about the appearance of the occasional penis gummy in the locally-sold, China-produced Dragon Sweets packets.
Opinion poll

Do you find the penis lollies offensive?

Not at all - they're lollies, they're hardly graphic

Yes! Imagine if kids came across them

I 100 per cent do not care

Vote Result

Related Links

Milkybar 'penis' similarity stuns lawyer The new cronut looks like a penis

Relevant offers

A confectionery company is dealing with a sticky situation after penis-shaped gummy lollies made their way into some of its packs, costing the company thousands of dollars in recalls.

Nelson-based confectionery company Dutch Rusk imported five pallets of the gummy lollies, called Dragon Sweets, from a Chinese manufacturer about six weeks ago.

Two weeks later the company started receiving complaints from people who discovered the phallic gummies in their mixed gummy pack.

Dutch Rusk managing director of sales Jack Van de Geest said the company immediately recalled the lollies once it started receiving complaints.

"When first someone told us we thought they were joking, it can't be right. 

"But they said no, it's honestly true so they sent us a bag. Then another phone call came a couple of days later and we thought, 'what's going on?' and got everything sent back."

One out of every 20 or 30 bags would have one or two little gummy penises in them, he said.

The company had apologised to the customers and compensated them with free lollies.

Collecting up all the bags of lollies and dumping them at the tip had cost the company thousands of dollars, Van de Geest said.

"We've done everything that could possibly have been done ... these things happen."

The manufacturer had also apologised and refunded the company some money, Van de Geest said.

The main concern now was that stockists of the company's lollies would cancel their orders as a result of the incident, he said.

"We want to put it to rest."

The lollies were not considered offensive in China, where the shape was a symbol of fertility and health. In fact, they are marketed and sold around the world as Penis Gummies.

Tom Cruise's young daughter, Suri, was pictured holding a pack of Penis Gummies in 2011, sparking quite the uproar. 

Many other confectionery companies have also courted genital-related controversy.

In July, a lawyer discovered a curious twist to the Nestle classic the Milky Bar, with a penis appearing midway through the bar

Ad Feedback

A United Kingdom company drew the ire of one parent last year when they started selling Camel Balls, complete with a cartoon picture of a camel and his rather large testicles. 

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Which memorial design do you like most?

Memorial Wall with a reflective pond

Table and Chairs

A Green and Peaceful Landscape

Call and Response

Riverside Promenade

A Curved and Inclusive Memorial Wall

Vote Result

Related story: Christchurch earthquake memorial designs unveiled

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content

Contact Us Press

• Newsroom 03-943 2827 or email reporters@press.co.nz
• Classified Ads: 03-3778778 or email goclassifieds@press.co.nz
• Display and Online Ads: 03-3648285 or email ad.sales@press.co.nz
• General inquiries: 03 379 0940
Subscribe to The Press
• Deliveries, subscriptions, holiday stop/starts: 03 364 8464, or email: news.sales@press.co.nz
• No paper or holiday stop/starts: action online
• Buy a photo
• Newspaper subscribers - register for the digital edition
• Make press.co.nz your homepage

Press supplements

At Home, I Do, Avenues, Winter Style

Read Press extras for Avenues, fashion, home design and weddings

Celebrations

Celebrations

Births, weddings, engagements

Death notices

Death notices

Death notices and in memoriam