There's nothing better than tucking into a delicious ice cream with a 99 Flake on a hot day, but this summertime staple could be in danger of disappearing temporarily. That's because the UK is facing a shortage of Cadbury 99 flakes.
Recent weeks have seen a huge increase in demand for the crumbly and choclately sweet treat, leaving ice cream vans short of supply. The iconic ice cream topper is half the size of a usual Flake sold in supermarkets and corner shops.
The sad news was confirmed by Cadbury's owner Mondelez in a statement to the BBC. A spokesperson said: "We are seeing a recent increase in demand for our Cadbury 99 Flake in the UK and Ireland that we had not expected."
Only the UK and Ireland are thought to have been affected by the shortage. Unfortunately, Mondelez did not say how long they think the shortage will last however the company said in a statement: "The product is still available to order and we're continuing to work closely with our customers."
Ice cream lovers and chocoholics across the country took to Twitter after the news of the 99 Flake shortage broke. One Twitter user said: "2020 was the great toilet roll shortage, looks like 2021 is the great Cadbury 99 Flake shortage."
While another person tweeted: "The 99 Flake shortage is the final nail in the coffin with this pandemic for me."
A third said: "Without 99 flakes, what is the point of summer? We might as well stay in lockdown until they're back. #FlakeShortage."
In an effort to solve the shortage problem, some Twitter users suggested some other chocolate treats that could temporarily take the place of the 99 Flake. "This Cadbury Flake shortage that's in the news would be a perfect opportunity to trial selling 99s with Freddos instead," one Twitter account suggested.
And the 99 Flake isn't the only shortage Brits are currently facing. Last week it was revealed that Britain is at risk of facing a major tea shortage too.
Let's all take a moment to appreciate the 99 Flake during this difficult time.