Sheffield girl writes to Nestlé after finding spelling mistake on Smarties packet

Eva Ball, aged seven, with a tube of smarties which featured a spelling mistake

Eva Ball, aged seven, with a tube of smarties which featured a spelling mistake

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An eagle-eyed Sheffield youngsters showed she was the smart one – when she found a spelling mistake on her packet of Smarties.

Keen reader Eva Ball, aged seven, was tucking into her chocolate treat at home in Greenhill when she noticed something not quite right.

Eva Ball's tube of Smarties with the spelling mistake

Eva Ball's tube of Smarties with the spelling mistake

On the packet it asked: “What T might you look at the stars trough?”

Mum Alison said: “She came running in saying I’ve found a spelling mistake.

“I thought she couldn’t be right but when I looked she was.

“It should be through they’ve missed the ‘h’ out. Not a good advert for spelling on children’s sweets.

“Eva loves her Smarties and she also loves to read. She is fantastic at it and reads above her age level. She reads all kinds of packaging including things like the tomato sauce bottle.

“She was overjoyed when she found. She was so chuffed with herself. She has still got the tube and won’t eat the Smarties.”

The Greenhill Primary pupil penned a letter to Nestlé about her discovery.

Alison added: “They sent a very corporate letter back.

“I thought they might have taken a bit more time and written it more for a seven-year-old.”

A spokesman for Nestlé said: “A good spot from Eva. The tube was corrected at the end of last year and the updated packs should be in stores now.

“Smarties may have all the answers but not necessarily the right questions.”