IRN BRU bars

One of my favourites from childhood, the IRN BRU chew bar was such a treat, an orange bar of taffy-type chewiness. 

When me and my friends used to play football at the park, we’d stop off at the local SPAR for to pick up a few of these 10p IRN BRU bars. 

If you twisted them, you’d eventually find these little sour crystals inside which were absolutely delicious. 

Alongside Nerds, Dweebs and Tooty Frooties sweets, these were the beloved chew bars from the 90s. 



IRN BRU Bars on a stripy backgroung

For those that don’t know, IRN BRU was a staple treat in Scottish food history, it’s a national drink, which has a special place in the hearts of many. 

Some call them IRN BRU others called them iron brew chew bars but Iron Brew was actually the name of a South African soft drink unlike the orange one with a secret recipe that we had here.

You could call them a retro sweet but that makes us all feel a lot of older.

Ingredients / nutritional info

Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Dextrose, Citric Acid, Vegetable Oil( Palm Oil) Starch, Emulsifier: SOYA Lecthin. Colours: Carotene, Beetroot, Allergens: SOYA

It contained the following per 100g:

Energy (kj): 1560
Energy (kcal): 371
Fat (g): 3.9
Saturated Fat (g): 1.8
Carbohydrate (g): 79
of which Sugars (g): 55
Protein (g): 0.0
Salt (g): 0.25

They were only 11g per bar and both vegetarian and vegan.

The drink itself was a source of iron but not that much in the grand scheme of things and shouldn’t be considered healthy due to the masses of e numbers, sugars and ingredients.

Why were they discontinued?

They were discontinued as the Scottish sweetie company went out of business and IRN BRU themselves licensed the name and original recipe to the official IRN-BRU flavour to them.

Unfortunately, they’re no longer trading and it’s very unlikely they’ll be making a return. The same company made Wham bars and Highland Toffee.


They released quite a controversial advert as seen below. It’s not about the chew bars but the company themselves. It was taken from air due to a large amount of complaints:

It wasn’t really discontinued, but the company went out of business. It was banned in Canada along with many other treats for having added vitamins and minerals. 

Has anyone done a petition to get it brought back?

IRN-BRU fans are a committed bunch and there have been so many passionate individuals out there setting up petitions, campaigning for the return of their delicious, favourite sweet. 

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen as the recipe is officially owned by a company that’s gone out of business. 

Where can I buy IRN BRU bars?

They’re not officially available anymore though I have heard of people finding Irn Bru chew bars to buy online. 

If you do see any online, please approach them with scepticism as I’d imagine they might be on the hairy side by now.

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