Lolly giant Allen’s announces new names for old favourites Redskins and Chicos

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Lolly giant Allen’s announces new names for old favourites Redskins and Chicos after complaints they were offensive

  • Two of Allen’s Lollies most-loved treats will be renamed following backlash
  • Red Skins will now be known as Red Ripper while Chicos will become Cheekies
  • Parent company Nestle says rebranded lollies will be on shelves from early 2021 

Allen’s has unveiled the new names for two of its most-loved lollies.

The confectionery giant announced it was changing the names of the classic Red Skins and Chicos lollies earlier this year after public backlash.

Red Skins will now be known as Red Ripper while Chicos will become Cheekies.

Parent company Nestle announced on Monday the renamed products will begin appearing on shelves early next year.

Australia’s beloved Red Skins lollies (pictured) have been renamed Red Rippers

‘Nestle has an unwavering commitment to upholding respect for our friends, neighbours and colleagues,’ Nestle confectionery general manager Chris O’Donnell said in a statement.

‘We hope Australians will support the evolution of these two much loved lollies – while the names are new, the lollies themselves remain unchanged.

‘We will keep pack changes simple to help lolly lovers find their favourites easily.’

Nestle announced the name change earlier this year in an effort to not ‘marginalise’ consumers.

A redskin is a slang term for Native Americans in the US, where it it considered offensive, while chico, which is Spanish for ‘boy’, is also used in a derogatory way.

Nestle has announced the much-loved Chicos (pictured) will become Cheekies from next year

Nestle has announced the much-loved Chicos (pictured) will become Cheekies from next year

Nestle has announced the much-loved Chicos (pictured) will become Cheekies from next year

‘This decision acknowledges the need to ensure that nothing we do marginalises our friends, neighbours and colleagues,’ the company said in a statement.

‘These names have overtones which are out of step with Nestlé’s values, which are rooted in respect.’

‘This decision acknowledges the need to keep creating smiles, ensuring that nothing we do marginalises our friends, neighbours and colleagues, or is out of step with our values. 

The proposed name change of the much-loved lollies was slammed by One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson.

‘Pathetic… the only way to describe companies and politicians dealing with the cancel culture epidemic,’ she wrote on her Facebook page in June. 

‘I keep telling people that caving in to the hysterical left’s demands only makes things worse.’ 

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