Product Type: Mars Chocolate
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Mars, the best bar on the planet (Earth)
Member Name: Matheson80
Date: 12/09/12, updated on 12/09/12 (98 review reads)
Advantages: Its sooo sweet......
Disadvantages: ......maybe too sweet for some
Ahh Mars, we met again, my long time love affair. You have always been there for me from the start. Sure, I know I have played about with Twix's from time to time, and I can admit to a weakness for Matlesers, but I have always come back to you...
Ahem...sorry I was miles away there. I should start this by saying I have a sweet tooth, a very sweet tooth in fact. I've had to tone it down over the years, but I still can't resist the occasional treat (I certainly don't have one-a-day regardless of how much I wish to work rest or play). However, when the notion takes me for something sweet, Cadburys may be the UK's most popular chocolate brand, but for me it's always been Mars, and the ubiquitous Mars Bar.
As far as I know, or at least as long as I can remember, Mars Bars have always had the same wrapper: a simple black background, with red and gold handwritten style text, simply saying 'Mars'. They are surely one of the most recognisable sweets, simply because they have never really changed this style much (it was changed temporarily to 'Believe' during 2006 world cup, and a few other such events have had custom wrappers).
You don't want me to give the ingredients list do you? Ok...it's made from chewy goodness. Or more accurately, nougat, soft caramel, and covered in milk chocolate. If you are at all worried about healthy eating in a big way, look away now - a standard UK 58g Bar contains 260 calories, 10g of fat, and 35g of sugar. Ouch, but let's be honest, if you have already made the decision to eat a Mars Bar, you already know they (along with most chocolate sweets) are not good for you.
The main flavours of a Mars Bars are chocolate and caramel, and the texture, apart from the chocolate coating, is very soft and chewy. Don't leave one out in the sun for more than a few minutes, or it will turn into a gooey mass of brown paste very quickly.
To some people, and I can understand why, the Mars is simply too stodgy and sweet to eat in one sitting. They are very sweet, and this can make them a bit sickly. Thankfully, trained professionals such as me are able to overcome such issues, and simply enjoy them. King-size Mars Bars though: suicide, pure and simple, they will make even the most hard-core Mars fan sick. Best stick to the normal bar.
There have been various limited editions over the years, such as Mars Dark, which was a dark chocolate version, and the current edition, Mars Caramel, which is basically a Mars Bar...but without the nougat...I felt cheated when I tried one last night. Again best stick to the original.
Other than simply eating them as they are, you can melt them down to be used in cakes, crispy bakes, and other such nice things. If you are feeling particularly lacking in fat, then you could try the famous Scottish invention (which originated about 20 miles from where I sit now) deep fried Mars Bar, oh yes Scotland, wear that badge with pride...
Anyway, I think I have said the words 'Mars', and 'sweet' enough for you to get the gist of this snack by now. You either love them or hate them, but to me they will always be the best!
Summary: Best sweet ever