A CHUPA Chups lolly has defeated all attempts to remove its plastic wrapping.
The apple-flavoured sweet is currently being held in laboratory conditions as experts work to remove the wrapper, which is effectively fused to its stick.
Professor Henry Brubaker of the Institute for Studies said: “It’s impossible to unwrap manually, and the plastic is so tight that scissors are not an option.
“Other bladed instruments and lasers simply glance off the granite-hard boiled exterior of the Chup.
“Indeed we lost a technician last night when a weapons-grade laser beam reflected off the Chupa Chup and went straight through his torso.
“Possibly we could put it in a particle accelerator in the hope that the lolly atoms would somehow be displaced to the outside of the wrapper.
“You have to wonder what Chupa Chups were thinking when they designed these things.”
However Professor Brubaker added: “Chupa Chups are fascinating.
“They have built a successful brand on something that is both impossible to get into and very difficult to pronounce.
“Personally I say it ‘Choo-pa Choop’ but I’ve heard lots of variations from a short ‘u’ sound to a yeti-like double growl.”