U.S. Couple Caught Smuggling Suitcases Filled with Hundreds of Pounds of Fruit Roll-Ups Into Israel Due to Shortages from Viral TikTok Trend

Photo Credit:Twitter/ Amy Spiro

Two U.S. couples were stopped at customs at an airport in Israel after trying to smuggle pounds of Fruit Roll-Ups into the country, Insider reported. 

The strange attempt comes as users on TikTok revealed the shortage of the sugary snack in the country after a viral TikTok trend promoted filling the candy with ice cream. Airport officials discovered 375 pounds of candy in one couple’s luggage and 72 pounds of Fruit Roll-Ups in a second couple’s bags.

Twitter user, Amy Spiro, posted a video showing the wads of candy filled in the traveler’s bags at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv.

“It has something to do with ice cream,”

a voice says in the background according to The Times of Israel. 

Over the past week,

“a total of more than 650 pounds of the candy has been seized by Israeli customs,”

reports reveal. Haaretz journalist claim due to the shortage of the treat prices of individually-wrapped Fruit Roll-Ups have spiked up to $5 or $6 each in Israel. In the US, a box of 10 Fruit Roll-Ups usually amounts to $3, reports note. 

Earlier this week, the viral TikTok craze of filling Fruit-Roll Ups with ice cream prompted Israel’s Health Ministry to caution citizens about the snack, saying

“People should think twice about that amount of sugar consumption,”

Insider reports. 

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