Here's why Irn Bru bars won't be making a return any time soon

They were a favourite sweet of many Scots during childhood and beyond, but sadly Irn Bru bars won't be making a come back.

Published 5th Oct 2020
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

Combining the love of two of Scotland’s favourite things – sweets and Irn Bru, the Irn Bru bar was every child’s dream (and every dentist’s nightmare).

Judging by the amount of groups there are on social media dedicated to bringing this sweet back, it’s lost none of its popularity.

Recently Instagram star Jamie Genevieve restarted the debate over the sweets by tweeting: "Hi @irnbru, long time fan.

“I think I speak on behalf of the masses we I beg you to bring back Irn Bru bars.

“We’ve all had a tough year but I think this would make 2020 not so bad. Thanks in advance”.

The official Irn Bru account directed Jamie to a response that they gave to comedian Daniel Sloss, when he asked the same thing last year.

In August 2019, Daniel tweeted: “What do I have to do for you to bring Irn-Bru bars back?

“They were the greatest thing in existence. I’ll fund it, I swear to god.”

In response, Scotland’s other national drink broke hearts of Irn Bru bars fans by admitting the bars are “lost forever”.

They tweeted: "Confession time. We never made Irn-Bru Bars ourselves and don't own the recipe to the bars. We licensed out our flavor and name to a now no longer trading Scottish sweetie company."

It turns out that the tangy, chewy bars were made by the same company that produced other childhood favourites - Wham Bars and Highland Toffee.

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As that company is no longer around, the Irn Bru bar remains gone for good.


Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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