“ Brand: Marks & Spencer's / Type: Nuts „
I couldn't believe my eyes in Marks and Spencer the other day. I have to admit that I rarely visit the store these days as I think a lot of it is expensive, and with the ready made meals dominating the shelves I prefer to make meals from scratch, so this store isn't my first port of call anymore.
However I went in the other day as one of my Persians has a love of their cat food, and so I pop in sometimes to get her a treat. By the sandwich section I spied a light blue wrapper and noticed the picture of a bar which very closely resembled a Bounty, and underneath the amazing price of 20P-now that is a bargain- so into my basket it went.
The first thing I did was the check the competition. Bounty single bars in Tesco for 57g are 46p so they are twice the cost and only slightly larger! The Marks one is 50g. A small note I do prefer the dark ones but never say no to milk ones, so the price was good, and the bar was tempting-all I had to do was to sit and indulge!
First of all I had better talk calories. The bar contains 242 calories and like Bounties they have two little pieces so for just over 100 calories you could have a tasty little pick me up. The bars also have 13.5 g fat for the two of which saturates are 7.5 so better munch with caution here. Bounty Bars are almost the same- so no difference there.
Sugar, dessicated coconut, glucose syrup, cocoa butter, dried whole milk, cocoa mass, lactose, salt, emulsifier, soya lecithin, milk protein, and natural flavouring.
So to the most important aspect the eating!
I took my first bite and I have to say I thought these were much moister, fresher and had a stronger coconut taste than Bounty Bars. The white coconut filling looked like little chunks of snowy granules of coconut, and the chocolate was a milky and thick, and utterly delicious casing for the filling. It was a real challenge not to eat both bars, but I resisted and halved the last piece to get some more pooling of resources from hubby and son. They agreed with me, it was nicer than Bounty in all aspects, it tasted fresh and as if it had only just left the factory. Maybe the coconut was newly picked from a palm somewhere tropical, but it was amazing.
So for me on price, taste, value for money, and freshness you can't fault it. It's a high class product for a low price, and I am going to stock up next time I go there.
The bar is vegetarian and it does contain cow's milk, so is not suitable for anyone with lactose intolerance or who is vegan. They are actually made in Germany so I think we can thank them for creating this superb bar.
I like these stored in the fridge as they firm up well, and the chocolate tastes really lovely if you do this but there is no need to!
I recently wrote about a lovely coconut bar made by Oskri which I really love as this is pure coconut -I called that review "Mutiny from the Bounty" but having tasted this I think M&S have really created a bar which is going to have a massive impact on the sales of Bounty Bars if they keep offering it at this price and at this quality.
I think these are a bargain and I am sure it won't be long before there is "mutiny from the Bounty" with these!
I'm more than just a bit of a choccy bar fan and always willing to try new products. I first saw the Marks and Spencer Coconut Bar on a promotional rack alongside the sandwich counter. The promotion was to buy a chocolate bar for 20p (normal price 35p) when bought with a sarnie. Great, I picked up my then current favourite, Taw Valley cheddar and celery (superb and only £1.30) and spent a couple of minutes deciding whether to go for the Dairy Milk, Snickers, Twix or Bounty copy (for M&S had one of each all named in a bland descriptive manner such as coconut bar, chocolate and caramel biscuit bar and the like). Eventually, over a number of visits I would try each of these and liked them all, with the milk chocolate bar being my first choice).
I have always been a big Bounty and Cabana (remember that Cadbury, moist cocunut with succulent fruit, cherry?, pieces from yesteryear?) fan so looked forward to sampling this pseudo-Bounty offering. Smaller than a Bounty, with a thinner coating of milk chocolate, it still tasted very good and I would certainly recommend it at 35p, let alone 20p.
In recent weeks these bars are being sold at 20p (not conditional on buying any other product).
I make no secret of the fact that I eat a lot of chocolate.....and no apology for it either. I think I am on a one-woman mission to keep confectionary companies afloat during these tough economic times........!
But of course the truth is that I eat more chocolate than is good for me, and as a result of that, I am a few lbs heavier than I should be......but on every diet and healthy lifestyle thing you read it says I should be able to control my craving for chocolate by eating just one or two squares of chocolate......
Yeah right!! One or two squares of chocolate? You must be joking - if a bar is there, it is there for eating! Whether a small Freddo Frog or a 100g bar of Green & Blacks, there has been no chance of a bar of chocolate lasting for more than the obligatory 5 nanoseconds, and of course there is no such thing as "diet chocolate".......although my search for a compromise continues.
So, when I was in Marks & Spencers the other day, I was very pleased to see, by the till as all good marketing experts would recommend, a selection of chocolate bars that look like our well recognised favourites like Bounty and Snickers, but are slightly smaller, and also half the price! At just 20p a bar, it had to be worth a taste.....well it would have been a shame not to.
Of course I had to try these out, pronto, so bought a couple......the Chocolate coconut bar was first. This is in a pale blue wrapper with a picture of a Bounty-esque delight on the front, so no doub about what you are buying.
Open it up and it looks just like a Bounty bar - two individual bars - but they are smaller than the "real thing".
Biting into the bar, you get a reasonably thick layer of milk chocolate that tastes perfectly fine, followed by a thick, sweet coconut filling. Coconut makes up 24% of the ingredients, so a good amount there. The taste is very sweet, so may not be to everyone's taste, but I have a very sweet tooth so this is fine for me, and if you are in need of a sugary "pick me up" this could be ideal!
The wrapper tells us that it is suitable for vegetarians but not for nut allergy sufferers. It also contains cow's milk and soya, for those that need to watch their intake of these things.
These little beauties, still contain calories and fat, obviously (and sadly), but due to the fact that the bar is smaller than the standard Bounty, you won't be eating as many calories as you would do with the normal bar.....
So, is my quest for diet chocolate over........nah, who am I trying to kid, but for 20p it gives me a decent fix of sweetness, and the bar IS smaller than normal, so I can eat it guilt free.
I would certainly recommend a try of these bars next time you are passing Marks & Spencers.