Distributor of Himalaya Salt Candy Warns of Fake Candy; Netizens Focus on Grammar Instead

If you’re like XiaoBeach73 who goes for anything trendy, you’d know about the Himalaya Salt candy.

Image: tesco.com.my

When it was out a few months back, it was so popular that it got sold out almost everywhere. People were buying and reselling them online, and there were some hardcore fans who couldn’t last a day without sucking one.

For a start, I’ve tried it once and let’s just say that it’s just another salty candy. Maybe I’m just salty.

What you might not know is that it’s a brainchild of a Malaysia company, and its unique selling point isn’t its taste. Instead, it’s a “sports candy”; in the words of the founder of the company that made it, it’s “a handy ‘pick me up’ when you need some extra healthy natural salt and glucose after a good workout.”

Yah, that means it’s meant for people like BuffLord95, who goes to the gym every day and runs at least 30km a week.

And they’re serious about that: its ambassador is Malaysian chiobu lenglui Goh Liu Ying, who shot to fame after her performance in the Olympics in 2016.

Image: Facebook (BIG FOOT Malaysia)

But we don’t care, because fans here in Singapore like it for its taste. Take, for example, this winner in Hardwarezone: in March, he or she bought every single pack in two supermarkets:

Image: Hardwarezone Forums

With this fandom, someone has decided to make a clone of it, and it looks so real that unless you look deep at the packaging, you won’t be able to tell the difference.

Distributor / Maker of Himalaya Salt Candy Warns About Counterfeits

Fake products seem to be the bane of Malaysia food companies.

If you’re as old as me, you’d have eaten this:

Image: Lazada

And you didn’t read the packaging, because who does?

But if you do, you’d realise that they’ve taken imitation products so seriously, they warn you about it on its packaging…

Image: Lazada

…and even offer you RM50,000 if you can provide information about imitation products.

Image: Lazada

Wah, fierce.

And Himalaya Salt Candy seems to have its share of counterfeit problem, as they posted this yesterday:

In it, they warn us how to check if the Himalaya Salt candy is authentic or not with these helpful images. And it’s not just informative; it’s entertaining as well, though the entertainment comes from netizens’ comments.

Firstly…

Image: Facebook (BIG FOOT Malaysia)

Wah, how to tell the difference in font seh? Okay, nebermind, still got other warning signs.

Image: Facebook (BIG FOOT Malaysia)

Wah, spacing between lines? This one I won’t know if I’ve only the authentic version or the fake version leh. It’s okay, let’s delve deeper.

Image: Facebook (BIG FOOT Malaysia)

Okay, this is easy. It’s a clear-cut difference.

But netizens have a field day with this:


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Image: Facebook (BIG FOOT Malaysia)

Yeah, but in terms of grammar…at least the authentic version is the lesser of the two evils.

And next:

Image: Facebook (BIG FOOT Malaysia)

Okay, this is simple to spot, and once again, grammar polis comes in to help them out.

Image: Facebook (BIG FOOT Malaysia)

Should You Be Worried?

If you’re a fan and have always brought from the mainstream source like a supermarket, you shouldn’t be worried since they’d usually take their products from official distributors.

However, if you’re buying them online, then you’d need to check. But of course the question is this: how can you check the packaging when you’re buying online?


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So to be safe, just buy them off the shelf. Unlike months ago, this candy is no longer flying off the shelf, so you can find them easily.

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