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      28.06.2013 20:55
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      yum yum give me more

      As a crazed chocoholic i am always on the quest for my next hit. I have been a fan of galaxy chocolate for years, its smooth and creamy taste is just so moreish that walking past this chocolate is practically impossible for me to do!

      I would love to say that these are a once in a blue moon treat for me, but as they are regularly under offer in my local Tesco for the extreeemely reasonable price of £1 i am ashamed to say they are not. I think these were designed to be shared, yeah right thats happening...

      Now i am not going to lie and say these things are good for your waistline, they are not. One portion of these little pieces of heaven contains 185 calories, and when you have the whole 140g bag like me.....yeah, its alot of calories.

      If however you have some restraint (well done you!) the bag actually has a handy peel off sticker on the back which you can use to seal the bag up again and save the rest for another day or whatever. I have NEVER used this!

      Now, onto the taste. These counters ( i won't call them buttons) have that silk like creamy texture that galaxy is well known for. I don't know if it is just me but i think the chocolate itself has got alot sweeter in the last few years, it really delivers the taste my sweet tooth craves. I particularly like sucking on a counter until the chocolate melts, yum! They remind me of minstrels but just without the shell, i suppose they are seeing as they are made by the same company.

      Whether you are giving yourself a treat, or sharing them out with the family (boo!) these are fab. I take them to the cinema, far cheaper than picknmix, only problem is that they are usually gone by the time the film actually starts.

      To sum it up: I LOVE THESE! I just wish they weren't so damn good. I would probably be about 2 stone lighter, but atleast they make me happy.

      Thanks for reading:)

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        10.06.2013 21:39

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        A delicious alternative to Minstrels

        I didn't realise that Galaxy Counters had been rerevived from the 1980's which is odd as I'm a child of the 80's but that aside I'm very glad they have been!

        For those who haven't tried them they're are basically Minstrels minus the crunchy shell which is perfect for me as I've never been a big fan of the Minstrels shell! I guess you could compare them to Cadbury's Buttons but they are more rounded and the chocolate is much smoother - definitely more for adults than kids!

        They come in a 140g bag which retails at around £2.00 a bag which is quite expensive especially as it is all too easy to finish the bag in one go - but they can be found on offer so I wait for offers to treat myself!

        I would recommend these to anyone who likes Galaxy chocolate and Minstrels but watch out they're are very moreish!!

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        09.03.2012 22:12
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        Minstels without the hard exterior shell coating

        I think that Galaxy counters may just be my all time favouite chocolate!

        Galaxy counters are basically the chocolate discs in a bag of Revels. Or Minstrels without the hard exterior shell coating. Apparently Galaxy Counters were initially available as a product in their own right, but since their discontinuation they were only sold as part of the Revels selection. In 2010, however, Galaxy Counters were relaunched under the Galaxy brand.

        I'm not a huge fan of Revels, in fact the only chocolates I eat out of a bag of Revels are the Galaxy Counters. I do like Minstels but my husband is really pedantic and if I'm eating a bag of Minstrels whilst we are watching a film, then he always says the crunching of the Minstrels shells is putting him off! So therefore Galaxy Counters solve the problem!

        Galaxy Counters are discs of smooth and creamy Galaxy chocolate, the packaging says 'pieces of pure chocolate pleasure', and I have to admit that they are! They just melt in your mouth and are absolutely delicious, they are really smooth and creamy and chocolatey, divine basically! They are way too good to resist. They are really moreish, and I find that I can eat a whole bag in one sitting, ooops! so I do have to ration myself!

        I suppose that you could just buy a bar of Galaxy chocolate and eat this, the chocolate is the same after all. I don't know though, these little discs taste different somehow, nicer, more indulgent somehow. I like sitting curled up on the sofa with the bag on my lap and helping myself to my pouch of Galaxy counters, yum!

        They come in 140g pouches - which are resealable (I can't say that I have much need for the resealing option!), and they are available in all good supermarkets and corner shops. They retail at around £2.00 per pouch, but more often than not they are on offer somewhere, they are currently on offer at £3.00 for 2 pouches in Sainsburys - so naturally I have stocked up!

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          05.02.2012 00:00
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          A yummy bag of galaxy chocolate that you just keep eating

          We had several friends and family around to our house for dinner over the Christmas period and people were very kind and brought little gifts when they visited. One such gift was this bag of Galaxy counters, which to be honest, I had never seen before - I had tried galaxy chocolate but I didn't realise they had other products such as this one. These chocolate counters come in a handy tear pouch, with a resealable tab if you decide to keep some for later - quite difficult and something we certainly didn't manage to do!

          A 140g bag/pouch of these Galaxy counters usually costs around the £2 mark, however I think they are currently on offer in Tesco for £1. The bag that these counters come in uses the same brown chocolately colours that a bar of galaxy comes in. These counters are advertised as 'smooth and creamy milk chocolate pieces'. On the front of the pack, it states that these counters are 'pieces of pure chocolate pleasure'. There is also nutritional information on the front stating that per portion ie a 35g bag, there are 185 calories.

          When we received this bag of counters, because it was at Christmas and we already had plenty of sweet treats to use up, we put them away in the cupboard, however, last night, with both of us feeling slightly peckish and wanting some chocolate to munch on, my husband remembered we had this bag to use, and so out it came. The bag is rather deceptive in that there aren't as many counters within the bag as you might think. Since each counter isn't that large, between the size of a 5p and a 10p piece, it is very difficult to just reach for one, so you end up pouring out two or three into you hand. You can really taste the richness of the galaxy chocolate as you eat these, or suck on them, whatever you choose. These counters are completely chocolate throughout and so within each counter, you are getting a full piece of galaxy chocolate, meaning that they really are quite moreish.

          Despite the high calorie content, my husband and I very ashamedly managed to get through a whole bagful of these counters in one evening, nibbling as we relaxed in front of the television. It wasn't until we finished the last one that we realised just how many calories we had consumed between us, but to be honest, it was incredibly hard, especially with the size of each counter, to stop eating these. You find yourself pouring a handful out of the bag.

          All in all, I would definitely buy these again, I just have to try and restrain myself from eating them all in one go. They are perfect for an evening in front of the telly or for sharing when friends are round. At full price they are quite costly for the amount in the pack, but I would certainly buy a pack again when I see them on offer. Very addictive, but delicious.

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            05.07.2011 13:55
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            not as good as minstrels

            Galaxy is a range of chocolates from Mars. The range includes chocolate bars such as Galaxy Caramel, Ripple and Cookie Crumble.

            ~Galaxy Counters~

            Galaxy Counters are described as being "smooth and creamy milk chocolate pieces". They are basically in the shape of round counters and made from Galaxy chocolate. They are suitable for vegetarians.

            The counters come in either a small, individual size packet or a large, share size bag which can be resealed. Each packet contains the relevant information and the packets can be recycled.

            A 35g pack (equal to 1/4 of a larger pack) contains 185calories, 20.6g of sugar and 10.2g of fat. The smaller bags can be picked up for around 50p whilst the 140g pack can be picked up in Poundland.

            ~My Thoughts~

            I have a sweet tooth and although I try to eat healthy foods, I cannot resist some chocolate from time to time. I picked up a pack of Galaxy Counters in my local Poundland and considering the price of chocolate bars these days, £1.00 is rather cheap for a share bag. I love Galaxy chocolate moreso than Cadbury and my fiance loves it too so we could share this bag over a DVD.

            The reseal doesn't work all that well but the chocolates don't last long anyway! There is plenty of sweet smelling chocolate pieces inside the bag and ideal for sharing with friends or family at the cinema or whilst chilling at home. I first tried these a few months ago and as far as I know, they were discontinued and then re-released recently.

            The counters are a decent size and perfectly smooth and rather thick. The chocolate melts very quickly. They resemble Galaxy Minstrels but without the sugary coating so aren't as harsh on the teeth and are simply, pure indulgent chocolate! Each counter can be devoured in a matter of seconds. I like to place one under my tongue and allow the heat to slowly melt the chocolate to the point that it turns into a thick, smooth chocolate river..mmm!

            The chocolate has the classic Galaxy taste..very creamy and sweet but only in small quantities. I find myself feeling a bit over indulged after eating around 10 or so of these counters and anymore than that I feel sick. This makes it difficult as they are rather addictive and I find it difficult to limit myself despite the calories and sugar content! They leave a sweet chocolate trace on my tongue and I am satisfied after consuming a portion of these counters.

            ~Conclusion~

            I quite like these as the chocolate is of a high quality and they are perfect even for children as they don't have the shell of a Minstrel to tackle. Perfectly smooth, tasty and cheap enough. These share bags are ideal for parties and film nights. I prefer Minstels though but that is down to personal preference.

            Thanks for reading x

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              23.06.2011 22:54
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              The best chocolate in the world!

              I love Galaxy chocolate in any form! I saw these in Tesco 2 packets for £2. They come in a resealable bag so they are perfect for sharing or for the cinema. Each bag contains 140g of chocolate.

              The front of the packet describes them as 'pieces of pure chocolate pleasure' unfortunately the front of the packet also tells you that a serving is only 35g and contains 185 kcal which is 9% of your daily allowance. The rest of the nutritional information is on the back of the packet each serviong contains;
              20.6g of sugar
              10.2g of fat
              6.0g of which is saturates

              The back of the packet describes the contents as smooth and creamy milk chocolate pieces.

              The packet is resealable, to open it you simply tear a strip along the top and then to reseal you just need to fold the packet and use the sticky label.

              When I opened the packet I was delighted to find that these 'counters' are in fact the same ones found in Revels! they were always my favourite and there were never enough in a packet of Revels.

              The chocolate when you eat it is really sweet and it simply melts in your mouth. I find Galaxy a lot sweeter than other chocolates and it can be quite sickly after a while.

              Unfortunately I never got to resealing the packet as both myself and my partner finished them off. The problem with these are that they are so moreish and you could if you have a sweet tooth quite easily eat the whole packet!

              I would definately recommend these, I wouldn't however buy them for myself again as I could quite easily eat the lot I don't think my waistline would thank me for it!

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                14.02.2011 16:36
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                Not for me!

                As most of my family would tell you, I am a complete chocoholic (as long as no fruit or nuts are involved!). I also have a really bad munching habit, which gets worse when I'm working on an essay - which seems like every week at the moment. With a deadline looming I nipped out to my local shop to get munching supplies.
                I think the only reason I ended up with Galaxy Counters as there was an offer for 2 for £2.50 on certain bags of sweets; there was only these and Minstrels left so I bought one of each to ensure variety. I try to avoid buying individual big bags of sweets, as in the case of Galaxy Counters they can cost about £1.89 for a 140g pouch - a bit of a luxury, especially when a student! So, munchies bought, I headed home to get on with my work. The chocolate are contained in a re-sealable bag (well a bag with a sticker attached) which consists of the traditional colours of Galaxy chocolate, rather than the Minstrels colours.

                So onto the Counters themselves. It's quite hard to describe, but I'd say they are about the size of Cadbury Buttons, but 3D. Or to put it another way, it's the insides of a Minstrel, but smoother and the chocolate seems a lighter colour - it's the same taste and consistency as Galaxy chocolate bars. I think that they would have been better being flat like Buttons as it would have meant less chocolate per counter, but perhaps this would have made them too much like the Cadbury's equivalent. On the bright side there are a lot in a bag, perhaps even more than in a Button's bag, but this could be considered a bad thing when you consider the calories (not that I do, but I know some people like to keep an eye on their calorie intake).

                The nutritional information (taken from www.ocado.com) is as follows: A standard 35g portion contains Calories 185kcal 9%, Sugars 20.6g 23%, Fat 10.2g 15%, Saturates 6.0g 30%, Salt 0.10g 2% (the percentages are of an adult's Guideline Daily Amount). And as this is a 140g bag - well I'm sure those of you that are good at math's can work that out, but basically there are a LOT of calories.
                The ingredients include: Sugar, Cocoa Ingredients (Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass), Skimmed Milk Powder, Lactose, Vegetable Fat, Whey Powder, Milk fat, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Dextrin, Glazing Agent (Pectin), Starch, Natural Vanilla Extract, Vegetable Oil, Natural Flavour, Milk Chocolate contains Milk Solids 14% minimum and Cocoa Solids 25% minimum. One thing I have noticed with this chocolate is that it is both Kosher and suitable of Vegetarians. I think that this is really good, especially as I had a Vegetarian friend who used to have problems finding chocolate and sweets suitable for her to eat - so this would definitely be up her street.

                Now usually I am a Cadbury girl, mainly because I like the chocolate, but I do occasionally like branching out to other brands. For some reason, more than 2 or 3 pieces of any Galaxy chocolate makes me feel rather ill. I'm not too sure why, apart from I think that Galaxy is sweeter than Cadbury and this could be why too much makes me ill. However Minstrels don't seem to have this effect, so I thought that I'd be safe with Counters. How wrong I was! The Counters had the same effect on me as the original chocolate bar, meaning that I could only eat about 5 before having to push them aside. I didn't bin them as I didn't want to waste money, so I left them for a day to give them a fair chance. However, my second attempt at eating them produced the same queasy feeling and they got promptly handed to my housemates. Now I don't want to put you off the Counters too much because although they do make me feel ill, I like the taste up until that point (which is why sometimes I buy a small bar of Galaxy). And to be honest, my housemates rather enjoyed them, so I think it's just me with this odd aversion to Galaxy.

                Overall I enjoyed these in very very small portions, but considering the price and the fact that I cannot eat an entire bag I will not be buying these again. The concept behind the chocolate is good (the size, shape and simplicity) but they definitely are not my cup of tea, so I shall be sticking to Buttons and Minstrels.

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                  18.10.2010 21:51
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                  Like Minstrels but without the hard shells

                  I have to admit that these fantastically smooth chocolate pieces are ridiculously overpriced: £1.89 for 140g. They make the bag look so much bigger than what they are, but I still buy them time and time again. I have once got them on offer in Blockbusters for 2 bags for £3.00 which was quite a good saving and they occasionally do this in petrol stations.

                  According to the packet these are brand new... but I've been told otherwise from my dad who believes that they were around many years ago and phased out in the 1980s. But of course I am far too young to remember that so to me they are brand new!

                  A little bit of history about Galaxy chocolate for those who do not regularly indulge in it like me... Galaxy chocolate is a brand of milk chocolate manufactured by Mars Incorporated (a leading confectioner manufacture in the UK).... All of Galaxy's produced chocolate is covered with the Galaxy milk chocolate and similar to Cadbury chocolate bars they include many different centres like caramel, fruit & nut and truffle. Some better known launches from Galaxy include Galaxy Minstrels, Galaxy Ripple, Galaxy Vanilla, Galaxy Cookie Crumble and Galaxy Snacktime. Galaxy is called 'Dove' chocolate outside the UK and Ireland which is something that I cannot understand the reasoning for at all. Mars Incorporated did at one point have a massive controversy about where their palm oil was coming from which is of course used in Galaxy chocolate. It was found that is was taken from Boneo jungles taking away the homes of Orang-utans. But Mars Incorporated has now promised to take palm oil from sustainable sources. From 2010 Galaxy chocolate wrappers will now be seen to have the Rainforest Alliance Certified Cocoa logo meaning that cocoa is now being taken from Rainforest Alliance Certificated farms.

                  Back to Galaxy Counters...The only way I can describe these counters is by comparing them to Galaxy Minstrels. They are basically Galaxy Minstrels without the hard shell around them. So they are purely small round pieces of Galaxy chocolate. They are the perfect size to drop into your mouth to go to heaven for a few seconds. I love Galaxy chocolate but I find that bars of Galaxy chocolate are far too big when I break off the pieces. I have to bite into them and then I lose all the goodness of just purely sucking them and letting all the spectacular flavours take you to heaven.
                  Now for the more negative part of my review.... the calories. There are a whopping 740 calories per 140g bag and I can munch through one of these bags in one evening... not good! There is also a large percentage (23%) of sugar and saturated fats (30%) in the bag too... if I put weight on any time soon I know why!

                  Ingredients present: sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa solids, skimmed milk powder, vegetable fat, milk fat, starch, natural vanilla extract, pectin and whey powder. Also suitable for vegetarians.

                  They come in a re-sealable bag which I can never get to grips with. It has a small sticker on the back of the packet which you peel off to seal where you have broken the bag. But whenever I try and do this the sticker pops back off... so it is not really very good at its job. The bag has the classic colours of Galaxy chocolate bars with the dark brown outer rim to the packet which phases out slightly to a light brown colour into the middle of the bag which is a beige colour.

                  I bought these for a friend when I rented Law Abiding Citizen from Blockbuster for us to watch one night. I enthusiastically opened the bag of Galaxy Counters and offered him one. His response was "no thank you". I said to him "these are new, they are so nice" and he said "I don't really eat a lot of chocolate". Of course that didn't bother me I had a whole packet to myself once again, but it would have been nice to share the experience with him!My dad's girlfriend lives about an hour away from us and whenever she leaves our house to go home she leaves him a note and packet of sweets or bar of chocolate on the kitchen table. One morning I wondered down to the kitchen to see these in a heart shape on the kitchen table with a card in the middle. Very sweet!

                  Well there is not a lot more that I can tell you about these wondering round pieces of Galaxy chocolate... but Galaxy have got it right again! I am now waiting to see them in the shops in small packets so I do not continue to devour such a massive bag in one evening.

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                    11.09.2010 18:04
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                    A nice product to share when guests are over

                    What are they?
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                    These are small circuler pieces of chocolate, their very similar to galaxy mistrals, however the one thing I don't like on mistrals is their hard shell, which these don't have and thus make me really like these. They are made by the brand Galaxy which I think is the best chocolate brand anyways. They have been out for a while now, I thought they may have just been a promotional item, but they seem to have stuck around.



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                    Ok so at the moment they only come in 'sharing' bags at 140g, at one point I could eat these alone, however not now. Despite them being in them larger bags, their only about 1/3 full and so could easily get eaten without realising it. Their prices at approx £1.75 or 2 for £2.50, which is the standard price for this Varity of product; yet they can sometimes be picked up on the even better promotional offer of £1.

                    A portion of (35g) = 185 Calories, 20.66 sugars, 10.2g fat, 6.0g saturates & 0.10g salt.

                    Now what I tend to do is 1 portion of 35g x 4 which totals 140g (full bag), this then makes the entire bag consist of 740 calories which is whopping!!!
                    These are extremely high stats I feel considering that I personally can easily go through a bag and not realise however they are extremely indulgent particularly with a glass of milk afterwards.



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                    These come in a squishy plastic 'sharing' style bag. These sharing bags comes complete with a resealable sticker, which is always good to help prevent waste and allow you to stop and control yourself to not eat them all. They are suitable for vegetarians, and can often be purchased at all major supermarkets'. At the moment also these sharing bags tend to always have a promotion on where if you buy 2 bags you can trade in the top tabs to hire a film at blockbusters, or can get into the cinema for free, which we all like a freebie I'm sure.



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                    * Great to share
                    * Ideal for picnics / cinema nights / guests over ect
                    * Shop around for the best offer



                    Overall Opinion
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                    Overall I am in 2 halves about buying these again. On one hand I did re-purchase today (which is what prompted this review of mine). They taste yummy and are very sooth and creamy and just glide when you eat them, having no hard shell is definitely the selling point for myself. I enjoy the product, but personally I have been getting back into M&M's more so don't think I'd necessarily choose this option again from a selection, but thats purely just my preference.

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                      28.08.2010 23:21
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                      A great chocolate treat

                      **Introduction**

                      Over the past few years there have been a number of Chocolate comebacks and one such chocolate treat which has made a comeback is something that I didn't even realise had been here before, Galaxy Counters were first released in 1967 but were a kids line in the 1980's. With the return of Galaxy Counters they have changed into a more adult marketed treat. When I saw these in their Pouches in the shops and supermarkets I was really looking forward to try them so picked a pack up as part of an introductory offer and I have had them a few times more since they were re-introduced.

                      **Galaxy Counters**

                      These Galaxy chocolate treats are the size and shape of counters, hence their name. These are basically a larger version of Dairy Milk Buttons with the added bonus of the chocolate cream filling. I prefer Galaxy Chocolate to Dairy Milk and for me it's the same here as these are nicer than their similar rivals. These have been likened to Galaxy Minstrels as they are both similar shaped chocolate treats but I much prefer these Galaxy Counters as the shell of the Minstrels can be a bit annoying and overall these are just very nice indeed.

                      **Eating them**

                      You can of course eat them out of the packet either yourself or share them with friends or family which they are great for or you can of course add these to ice cream for an extra treat simple yet very effective. They are quite high in calories so bare that in mind when eating these as they are rather morish and you may realise you are near the end of the pack in just a few minutes. Eat these in moderation and they are great.

                      **Overall**

                      I would recommend these to anyone who likes Chocolate and especially those who like Galaxy Chocolate in particular. They are available in all Supermarkets and most newsagents and you will be able to find them on offer for between £2-£3 for two bags with usually other chocolate treats available within this offer. I would recommend at least trying these and if you remember these from your childhood then I'm sure you will still love them and may even find them to be even nicer than before.

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                        28.08.2010 22:51
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                        Won't leave you disappointed!

                        Galaxy Counters are one of Mars newest products, and are so far proving to be quite popular. They are not as readily available as other Galaxy products, but they should be!

                        When I first saw the packet (a brown pouch with Galaxy Counters clearly written on), I though it might be like Cadburys buttons that taste of Galaxy chocolate. So therefore I was quite surprised, when it felt like a soft Minstrel.

                        So yeah, the Galaxy Counter is a Minstrel but without the crispy shell. Therefore you get the immediate taste of the creamy chocolate (like tasting the dairy milk in a Cadburys button) but its shaped like a Minstrel.

                        The chocolate tastes like traditional Galaxy chocolate - 'smooth and creamy milk chocolate'.

                        The pouch it comes holds 140g of chocolatey pieces and are sold in most supermarkets, newsagents and petrol stations.

                        Nutrional Information:

                        A portion (35g standard bag) contains
                        Calories - 185kcal
                        Sugars - 20.6g
                        Fat - 10.2g
                        Saturates - 6.0g
                        Salt - 0.10g

                        Galaxy Counters are certainly the flavour of my month. I find them very easy to eat and the taste of chocolate is strong but not too overpowering. The texture of the chocolate is like no other chocolate - very silky smooth! If you want something different and just as tasty, I suggest you try Galaxy Counters!

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                        13.08.2010 13:28
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                        Delicious and luxurious pieces of chocolate

                        The product is easily recognisable as Galaxy as the packet not only features the logo put is of similar design to their other products. It looks as if it was intended to appeal to ladies although this shouldn't put off any men who enjoy the smooth galaxy taste.

                        The description on the bag reads 'pieces of pure chocolate pleasure' and is very apt.

                        The counters are of a smooth disk shape and pleasant on the tongue. They are softer than minstrels to bit into but I think that the greatest pleasure comes from letting them melt slowly in the mouth. The flavour is the same as for other Galaxy products and just as smooth as the shape. I also find that the taste tends to linger in my mouth for longer than it takes to eat the counters and this of course makes the bag last longer as I do not reach for another one quite so quickly as I might otherwise have done.

                        A 140g bag currently costs £1.73 in the main supermarkets (August 2010) although Asda and Sainsburys have a 3 for £3 offer at the moment. An ordinary Galaxy bar represents better value for money in terms of the amount paid per 100g of chocolate. An advantage of the counters however is that with them it is easier to control how much chocolate you have without having to handle and break up a bigger bar.

                        The packs at present come with free DVD rental vouchers which I have not used but might appeal to some. The offer runs into next year but the promotional packs probably won't.

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                        Delicious. Absolutely worth trying.

                        Mars Galaxy Counters - 140g hanging bag.

                        This is the newest addition to the Galaxy family. A very welcome addition if I may say so myself.
                        The bag is not completely unlike the Minstrels bag in that it's brown and cream and has the sort of ripple effect in the top left corner. Also in the top left corner is the Galaxy logo. Underneath that is the Counters logo which is a sort of dark pink colour, and the lettering is a nice rounded font, which goes well with Counters, as they are round too! Written just underneath the Counters logo is; "Pieces of pure chocolate pleasure". (Well if Galaxy are going to be right about one thing...!) Then finally beneath all that is a nice little picture of 2 Counters, with a sparkle inbetween them. Aw, Cute.

                        On the back of the packet comes the Nutrition Information - yeah, because we all want to know that! - which tells us that, per each 100g, Galaxy Counters has....
                        Calories - 529
                        Protien - 6.8g
                        Carbohydrate - 59.4g
                        of which sugars - 58.8g
                        Fat - 29.1g
                        of which saturates - 17.0g
                        Fibre - 1.4g
                        Sodium - 0.11g
                        Salt - 0.28g
                        (Sorry to depress all you chocolate lovers there!)

                        The chocolate itself is just super. If you want to know what it looks like... well think of Revels. The chocolate button thingies you get with Revels. Or perhaps a Minstrel without the sugar coat. All that matters is they taste amazing, and they look really cute. I'd actually decorate a cake with these babies!
                        They're certainly going to be part of my shopping list every once in a while!

                        A 140g hanging bag retails at around £1.70 - £2. They are currently on offer at Co-Operative - 2 for £2.50 which I reckon is a pretty good deal!

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                          17.05.2010 20:44
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                          Excellent chocolately snack

                          When I saw Galaxy's new confectionary 'Counters' a couple of weeks back, my first thought was, "oh, they've given 'Minstrels' a new name", as the chocolate discs look almost identical to their better established creamy brethren. However, I later found out that Counters weren't merely a rebranded Minstrel, but actually a re-appearance of a chocolate that was first seen back in the 80's.

                          Basically, the Counter is a Minstrel without the crunchy shell - you could say that it's the Galaxy version of the 'Cadbury's Button', but it tastes better than the Button due to its creamier nature. Currently, the 140g pouch of Counters is available for £2, which is actually a bit pricier than Minstrels - but hey, you pay more for novelty value these days.

                          In terms of their ingredients, Counters contain;
                          Sugar, cocoa ingredients (cocoa butter, cocoa mass), skimmed milk powder, lactose, vegetable fat, whey powder, milk fat, emulsifier (soya lecithin), dextrin, glazing agent (pectin), starch, natural vanilla extract, vegetable oil, and natural flavour.

                          The counters melt quickly in the mouth, and their texture is soft and smooth. I actually felt that the flavour wasn't quite as sweet as Minstrels, and certainly less sugary. This may have merely been my imagination, but I honestly felt that they didn't get to that nasty sickly stage quite as fast as the Minstrels do.

                          So in essence then, Galaxy Counters are Minstrels for lazy people - people who can't be bothered to crunch through the chocolate shell, and want the creamy centre straight away. Personally I found them really tasty, and a great accompaniment to a trip to the cinema (although don't actually buy them at the cinema, or you'll end up paying twice as much!). Highly Recommended.

                          Nutritional Info Per 35g
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                          Calories: 185
                          Sugars: 20.6g
                          Fat: 10.2g
                          Saturates: 6.0g (30%
                          Salt: 0.10g

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                            ***GALAXY COUNTERS***
                            After my mum telling me that they used to sell these sweets a few years back I decided to investigate. According to information taken from various websites on the internet Galaxy Counters phased out in the 1980's and were sold as part of the Revels selection, how-ever now by popular demand Galaxy Counters have been relaunched in 2010 under the Galaxy name. When looking on various sweet websites where you can buy sweet's from the 80's era these look as though they were very highly in demand which may be the reason Galaxy decided to re-introduce these sweets. Galaxy counters are yummy pieces of chocolate which are made to look like counters. They are the same size as Galaxy Minstrels but don't have the crispy shell, instead it's smooth and creamy galaxy chocolate.

                            ***PRICE/AVALIABILITY***
                            These are available to buy from local shops and some supermarkets. I believe they are quite expensive to buy and will cost you around at least £2.00 or more for a bag. How-ever they do have these on offer in some local shops along with pouches of MilkyWay Magic Stars for 2 for £2.50, so I would advise to get some and try them whilst they are on offer.

                            ***NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION***
                            A portion (35g standard bag) contains the following:

                            * Calories - 185kcal (9% RDA)
                            * Sugars - 20.6g (23% RDA)
                            * Fat - 10.2g (15% RDA)
                            * Saturates - 6.0g (30% RDA)
                            * Salt - 0.10g (2% RDA)

                            Suitable for vegetarians.

                            Milk Chocolate contains vegetable fats in addition to cocoa butter.

                            ***PACKAGING***
                            These yummy galaxy chocolate counters come in a big pouch which is perfect for sharing . . . or not! You gate 140g in one pouch and you open it by simply tearing the top of the plastic pouch off. There is a sticker on the back of the pack which can be used to seal the bag after-wards. On the back of the bag you will find a list of ingredients and nutritional information. The packaging is typical galaxy colours which is a mixture of shades of brown and the writing on the front of the pouch is a dark pink/purple colour and then it has an image of 2 of the counters on the front stating 'Pieces of pure chocolate pleasure'. I haven't yet seen these available to buy in smaller packets but this may be something Galaxy introduces if the big pouches are popular. The fact that the packet can be re-sealed using the sticky tab is a great idea as there is no chance of them falling out all over the packet if you take them on the move with you.

                            ***SMELL/APPEARANCE***
                            When you open the back and take a peek inside you can see lots of little counter shaped chocolate pieces which look very smooth. They look just like Galaxy Minstrels but are lighter in colour, more of a milky chocolate colour and they don't have the hard sugar shell on them either. The counters don't even fill half of the bag so don't expect a nice big ball full of these chocolate sweets. When you smell inside the bag you will notice a lovely mouth-watering, creamy chocolate smell and it smells just like a bar of galaxy chocolate which makes my mouth water. The counters are light and very smooth to hold in your hand.

                            ***TASTE TEST***
                            When putting one into my mouth the counter feels very smooth against my tongue and it soon starts to soften on my tongue, releasing a creamy, chocolate taste that fills my mouth with chocolate pleasure. The counter takes a small time to fully melt on your tongue and it leaves a creamy chocolate after-taste. These are very satisfying chocolate treats but are also very more-ish and I kept finding myself popping another counter onto my tongue. You can of course just bite straight into the counters but you won't experience the same taste as you would when it slowly melts and softens on your tongue. After eating a few they can get quite sickly and you do feel very thirsty as well.

                            ***OVERALL OPINION***
                            These are so addictive and very more-ish. Although they are only small counters of galaxy chocolate this makes then even more more-ish and once I start eating them I find it very hard to stop. The smooth texture makes them melt on your tongue so you can taste the smooth, creamy galaxy chocolate. I would highly recommend any chocolate lover's to try this and they are just delicious. These also make a great idea for putting on top of ice cream (not too many though) or even for use on top of home-made cakes. I would like to see these avaliable to buy in smaller packets as I think the puchers are quite pricey, how-ever, I will definitely be eating my way through another packet of these!



                            (review also on ciao)

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