British Twitter users were sent into meltdown after Magnums were classed as an ‘ice lolly’ and not an ‘ice cream’ in an online poll, which has resurfaced online.
Taking to Twitter, YouGov penned: ‘When we reminded the country that the Magnum won our favourite ice lollies survey, many people got in touch disputing the treat’s eligibility in the first place, saying they’re not really an ice lolly! We put this theory to the public to see…’
The 2018 survey caused controversy, with many arguing that several of the winners were not eligible in the first place.
‘Magnum and feast aren’t juice based so they are ice creams not ice lollies and I will defend that fact forever,’ wrote one, while a second argued: ‘Magnum is chocolate on a stick not ice lolly.’
New YouGov research shows six in 10 people say a Magnum (pictured) is not an ice lolly (59%), despite it being named the country’s favourite in 2018
Taking to Twitter, one person penned: ‘it’s not an ice lolly if it has chocolate’ (pictured)
A third added: ‘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, ‘while a fourth penned: ‘It’s not an ice lolly if it has chocolate. Soleros are only just an ice lolly. fight me.’
However, a new poll was recently conducted to settle the debate, and found that most Brits believe a Magnum is not an ice lolly.
The YouGov research shows six in 10 people say a Magnum is not an ice lolly (59%), despite it being named the country’s favourite in 2018.
More than one in four Britons named a Magnum as their favourite ice lolly in a previous YouGov poll two years ago (28%), followed by a Fab (8%) and a Solero (8%).
Britons aged between 18 and 24 are far more convinced than other generations that a Magnum is not an ice lolly, with 72% saying it doesn’t count.
Those aged over 65 are split down the middle. The poll also discovered that half of people consider a Feast to be an ice lolly, while 47% think it is not.
Most Britons agree a Cornetto is not an ice lolly (87%), though one in eight disagree (13%).
Another person penned: ‘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’ (pictured)
Younger people are also far less likely to say that a Solero is an ice lolly, at 53% of 18 to 24-year-olds, compared to 81% of those aged 65 and above.
But they are also more likely to consider Calippos (97% vs 78%) and Twisters (87% vs 72%) ice lollies than those over 65.
Rowntrees Fruit Pastille lolly (97%) and R Whites lemonade ice lollies (96%) are considered the most archetypal ice lollies.
Matt Smith, research manager at YouGov, commented: ‘YouGov’s previous survey on the nation’s five favourite ice lollies caused controversy as many felt that several of the winners were not eligible in the first place.
‘Now, with temperatures predicted to reach 38C in some parts of the country, new YouGov research shows that most people think the Magnum – which romped to victory in the favourite lollies contest – isn’t an ice lolly at all.’