There will likely be thousands of people across the UK today picking up a Magnum from the shops to cool themselves down.
But apparently, many of those people also don’t believe that the Magnum is even an ice lolly.
This is despite the fact that, in 2018, it was voted the nation’s favourite ice lolly by more than one in four Britons.
The recent YouGov survey revealed: ‘Almost six in ten (59%) say the ice cream covered in chocolate – famously ‘invented’ by James Bond actor Roger Moore – is not an ice lolly, compared to 41% who disagree.’
Cornettos were also defined in the poll as definitely not an ice lolly, with Feast, Funny Feet, and Solero only just making the cut.
The most legit and correctly-named as an ice lolly is the Fruit Pastille, closely followed by a lemonade lolly and a Fab.
In between was Calippo, Twister, Mini Milk, and Strawberry Split (in that order).
This begs the question, what makes an ice lolly?
Back when YouGov shared that Magnum had top the charts as best ice lolly, there was outrage. Broadcaster James O’Brien tweeted ‘Magnum’s not a lolly. It’s a choc-ice. If you stuck a stick in a frozen apple, it would still be an apple. #TeamFab.’
Another person wrote: ‘It’s not an ice lolly if it has chocolate. Soleros are only just an ice lolly. Fight me.’
So what would a chocolate Mini Milk be, then? Or the high-scoring on the ice lolly test Fab, which has both ice cream and chocolate?
Could it be posited that it isn’t Brexit or mask wearing or cyclists’ rights that divide us as a nation, but these arbitrary rules on what makes an ice lolly?
Apparently there are also age-based factors at play. For example, older Brits are split 48/51 on whether a Magnum is an ice lolly, but 72% of younger folks say it doesn’t count.
Younger people are also more likely to say that Calippos (97% vs 78%) and Twisters (87% vs 72%) are ice lollies than older people.
Please, we can’t handle another Boomers vs Zoomers fight. We just want to enjoy our Magnum.
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