Mars Confectionery, the producer of nice things we buy in public and consume in bouts of intense private shame, is the latest manufacturer to reduce portion sizes in some of its treats. This isn't to save us from ourselves or stop the nation turning obese -- it's so it can charge the same amount of money for giving us less.
The lightweight malted sphere that's aimed at the female demographic is the headline victim of the Mars cull, with each of the company's Malteser "sharing" bags now containing just 93g of product, compared with 103g previously and 121g before an earlier bag content cut.
Mars' M&M's, Minstrels and Revels now also contain less or fewer bits of sugar to eat as well, so you might want to start buying two packs of everything from now on to compensate.
A Mars spokesperson said: "We have been absorbing rising raw material and operational costs for some time, but the growing pressures mean that we can’t keep things as they are. Reducing the size of our products is not a decision that we take easily." [Guardian]