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Flyte is a chocolate bar produced by Mars, and was advertised as being a lighter chocolate bar, for those who wanted to enjoy chocolate, but keep an eye on what they were eating at the same time (never was as great as they said lol).
The Flyte bar has a light, fluffy chocolate mousse like centre, coated in a layer of milk chocolate. This is amazingly like the Milky Way of the 1980's, before they changed it to have a vanilla, and thus a white, centre. This is actually quite a nice tasting bar, and it does taste as if it should be lighter, but I doubt it ever was meant to be used as diet food, it is still chocolate after all!
Nutrition per 100 g
Energy 432 Calories
Protein 3.6 g
Carbohydrate 74.3 g
I haven't actually seen a bar of this for sale in a while, but that may just be because I have not been looking for it. If you do find a bar of this for sale anywhere, I recommend that you give this is a try, as I personally find it the adults version of a Milky Way, and Milky Way is awesome on its own!
Whilst this bar was meant to be lighter than ordinary chocolate bars, you can see from the nutritional information above that it really is not much different, and should still only be eated once in a while as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.
Review also on ciao under name of Hailee.
I remember when Milky Way`s used to have a light brown whipped centre instead of the white whipped centre they have today and funnily enough when they lost that brown centre and went all white on us, the Flyte bar appeared.
To me Flyte`s are basically the traditional Milky Way`s but slightly larger, not that I am saying there is anything wrong with them because I loved the traditional Milky Way but why give us all this guff about the new Flyte bar when it has been around under a different name for years?
Flytes are two piece bars and each piece is about 4 inches long and 22.5g in weight, the bars are as I say just like a Milky Way with a fluffy whipped centre that is brown in colour and slightly thicker than the Milky Way of today but exactly like the Milky Way of old.
Flyte would lead us to believe that it is a lower in calorie and fat snack than others but at 194 calories per bar and 6g of fat it is far from being any better for you than most chocolate bars and incidentally the Milky Way (made by the same people) has less calories and less fat!!
All that said Flytes are delicious and as long as you take them for their taste and not for their outlandish claims then they are a fine chocolate treat. They cost around 45p which is slightly less than most chocolate bars in its range so they are decent value for money too.
As you'll know if you've read any of my food reviews lately, I'm on a diet and while it's going very well I'm happy to report (1 1/2 stone gone!), I still do get the odd chocolate craving and am always looking for lower fat substitutes.
At work the other day I got a bit peckish and really fancied something sweet, and spotted Flyte bars on the shelf at Tesco Express. I had eaten them in the past - probably something like five years ago - and remembered them being a really nice treat when I was dieting, so picked one up and off I went, not really remembering much more about them than that.
Flyte are manufactured by Mars and come as two smaller bars packaged together lengthways, rather like a Bounty. I did check out the fat content before I bought the Flyte, and not realising they were in two bars was surprised at how low it was! Unfortunately this was for just one 22.5g bar, not the 45g total, so not as saintly as I'd initially thought. Each seperate bar is a decent size, a bit longer than a treat size Milky Way or Mars Bar, so the bar is pretty long when you buy it.
I used the comparison to the Milky Way just now because that's really what these taste like. There is a chocolate outer and a whipped chocolate centre, slightly thicker than the fluffy inside of a Milky Way. It is EXTREMELY sweet and almost sickly, but for me that's great when I fancy a chocolate fix. I wouldn't really eat just the one mini bar as that isn't enough for me, but both is just the right amount if you can handle a sickly chocolate overload, especially if you've been deprived of it for a while on a diet!
As I mentioned, the packaging gives nutritional info per half bar. As I doubt anyone would eat just the one, unless perhaps they were breaking it up to share between young children, I've doubled that to give this nutritional info: 194 cal, 33.4g carbs, 6g fat, 1.6g protein. As you can see, there are less calories than a lot of chocolate bars, and the high carbs total suggests a lot of sugar, but I was most interested to find that there's barely any difference between the Flyte and a standard Milky Way bar, made by the same company, less than 10 cals and 1g fat between them!
Further examination of the wrapper revealed in pretty small print that the bar only claims to have "half the fat than solid block milk chocolate". But this ISN'T solid block milk chocolate. That's like wrapping up an apple in a sweet wrapper and saying it has less fat than solid block milk chocolate.
Honestly, while I enjoy the bar and do feel better by choosing a "lighter" option, I think that it's a bit of a scam because it's really not much better than eating a Milky Way, which can be found a hell of a lot easier. I rarely see Flytes on the shelf anymore. If you can find one, they cost 48p and the taste is great, just don't expect to be doing your waistline as much good as you thought!