Product Type: Mars Chocolate
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Terrible for the health, sickly,etc, but better than Twix, ex lover of mars reviews mars
Member Name: TheSpaceBetween2
Date: 12/06/13, updated on 12/06/13 (92 review reads)
Advantages: Good value for money if you like it, excellent source of energy for extreme sports, better than Twix
Disadvantages: Very Sickly, Gloopy texture, Overly sweet, too much sugar, too much saturated fat and fat in general
These come in a dark black wrapper with the words "Mars Bar" written in red, with a gold outline. Round the back, on individual bars, is printed the nutritional information and ingredients, the text is really rather hard to make out but that's mainly due to space limitations so I cannot fault the product here!
~~~ Appearance, Smell, Taste and Texture ~~~
They are a moderately light shade of brown, on top. They are 10 cm long and just over 1 cm thick. They contain a thin top layer of caramel under the chocolate outer layer and then the rest of that 1 cm or so material is light brown, soft nougat material. When sniffing them they have a sweet, chocolaty aroma that is very appealing and inviting, it does get the taste buds salivating in anticipation of the mouthful that is to come; unfortunately this is where it all goes downhill for me, the taste does not, in my opinion, match the inviting and masterful smell.
It tastes too sweet for my tastes; it immediately dries my mouth out due to all the sugar, the caramel and the nougat acting as a triple action threat on the mouth. I am immediately made very thirsty with the sweetness of this taste and the gloopy, gluey texture makes this effect even more severe. Further my lack of saliva makes it hard to eat (radiotherapy to the jawline will do that to some), and sore on my teeth due to the caramel penetrating the teeth more than even just chocolate.
I find it overly sweet, dry and sickly, with the caramel (unlike in roses fondant sweets it does not flow smoothly, is quite gloopy and is far sweeter than I would like) being the main culprit but the nougat just makes it worse as it is also gloopy and nearly as sweet as the caramel. I am not averse to nougat, nor caramel but this product does deliver them in a manner I find pleasing, I prefer runnier, less sweet caramel fondants than the kind of gloopy, sickly caramel present in this product and Twix. Similarly, the nougat fails to deliver, as unlike in a milky way, it is not flowing and it sticks to my gums to a large extent and it does not just dissolve like a milky way does.
Per 58g Bar - Which is quite a decent size for a chocolate bar in today's ever smaller chocolate sizes (in 2020 a bar will probably be 1.5 bits of chocolate....)--it contains a massive 260 Kcal (that's over 10% of the average women's RDA, and is a figure that somewhat applies to smaller men) and it contains 9.9g of fat and 4.8 of those fats are unsaturated. These are just terrible numbers, yes this bar is a little bigger than the competition but even taking that into account it contains far more fat per gram than Cadbury's Dairy milk. It also contains a massive 40 g of carbs and 34.6 of those are sugars making it very bad for teeth, which is something to think about too. Finally it contains a mere 2.5g of protein making its Protein to fat ratio far less than one, indeed its fat to protein ratio is roughly 4 to 1, very unhealthy. Usually you'd say treats can be taken in moderation but the higher than average fats per gram of material in this product makes me question if that applies to this Mars Bar. From a health consideration point alone I'd say any consumer would seriously have to consider alternative sources.
I paid 64 p for it in my local co-op though it can be bought for 59p online on Sainsbury's and less in value packs. I bought one for the review (well really I was given the money by someone who likes them in my house so it served two purposes, I just had a small nibble), I used to love these but for years I have found them far too heavy and sickly. Sometimes we buy value packs, although they are not for me! Others in my household like them. I would say it does represent good value for money if you do actually like the product because 58 g is a fair bit more than say a Galaxy or Cadburies Dairy Milk yet it generally costs the same or a similar price in my local co-op.
~~~Would I recommend?~~~
I personally would not recommend this product as it is sickly, sweet and overly gloopy. It's not that caramel, nougat and chocolate are bad, it's that the implementation is bad, with the caramel not being runny and being far too sweet are the worst parts of this product but there were other problems as mentioned in the body of the review. Finally, from a nutritional stand point it is diabolical with high sugar, fat and calorie content, definitely not one of your five a day.
If there is anything positive to be said is that I can at least tolerate this which is more than can be said for Twix. Because there are products worse than this on the market, I give this product a rating of 2 Dooyoo stars. I know tastes will vary, and for some this product may be their thing, but even for those folks the sheer fattening nature of this product knocks some stars of the score any one could rate it. There are some circumstance it could be useful, like if you were going somewhere where a lot of energy was required then this would be ok such as if you were into extreme sports, this is another reason why I give this product 2 stars and not one, as all the things that make it bad for the regular person could be functional for certain niche markets. Summo wrestlers would probably find use for it too with all the fat in it! (attempt at a joke).
This review may appear on Ciao under my user name "newprideexperiadj2". I hope my review does not read too much like a spurned lover!
Summary: One to avoid if you are watching your weight, one to avoid if you don't have a mega sweet tooth.