‘Red Skins’ and ‘Chicos’ lollies renamed due to racist undertones


New names for ‘racist’ Red Skins and Chicos lollies revealed

New names have been announced for Red Skins and Chicos after activists put pressure on Nestle to do away with the original names. 

Multiple brands have announced their decision to rebrand or rename products with "racist" or "offensive" packaging and labelling.

Nestle’s Allens Red Skins and Chicos lollies will be rebranded after the confectionery brand announced it would rename the products due to undertones that are “out of step with the company’s values”.

Under their new titles, Red Skins will be known as Red Ripper and Chicos will become Cheekies.

Nestle general manager confectionery Chris O’Donnell said the renamed products would appear on shelves early next year.

“Nestle has an unwavering commitment to upholding respect for our friends, neighbours and colleagues,” he said.

“We hope Australians will support the evolution of these two much-loved lollies – while the names are new, the lollies themselves remain unchanged.

“We will keep pack changes simple to help lolly lovers find their favourites easily.”

The intention to change the names of the popular sweets was announced on June 20, with Nestle vowing to “move quickly” on the issue.

The word “Redskins” has previously been used as a derogatory term for Native Americans, while Chico, which in lolly form is a brown, chocolate-flavoured jelly baby, is a Spanish word that means boy or kid.

Nestle is not the only company under pressure to rid themselves of names that are now considered outdated.

Advocacy groups are also putting pressure on the makers of Coon cheese, as the word is also used as a derogatory term for black people.


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