Product Type: Mars Chocolate
Newest Review: ... £2.50 and in bags filled with mini bunnies (58g) for around £1.00. ~Packaging~ Mars malteaster bunnies in a little rectangular red packet... more
A vegetarian way to eat a bunny rabbit
Mars MaltEaster Bunny Bar
Member Name: ryeb
Mars MaltEaster Bunny Bar
Advantages: Looks cute and tastes delicious, nice treat size
Disadvantages: Relatively expensive for the amount of chocolate you get if not on offer
One of close friends is a Malteser fanatic, so she was horrified to doscover I had never eaten a chocolate Malteser bunny, oherwise known as the Malteaster.. She generously bought me one to try and I am now converted. I thought they were a bit expensive when I first saw them, but they do seem to be on price promotion quite often and I think they are nice enough to just about justify the cost.
The bunnies are little rabbit shaped milk chocolates with the classic Malteser malt filling and "crisp, light honeycomb pieces". You can buy an individually red wrapped bunny weighing 29g for around 60 - 70p, but nearly everywhere that I have seen selling then are offering them on a 2 for £1 offer. I think that this size would make a sweet little gift for a friend at Easter if you are not going to buy them an actual egg. I mainly give eggs to family but we have a sort of mini Easter secret santa at work and these will be the perfect size for that. I have noticed that Sainsbury's are offering a 4 pack of these for £2 at the moment, which is obviously better value and it isn't too early to buy them now for Easter as the best before dates are long past that. Those come in a cardboard tray which makes the packaging look a bit more substantial. I quite like the red package though - it instantly reminds me of the Maltesers bags. The rabbits I have in my cupboards at the moment are the mini version, which come in a bag of 5. They are called mini becuase they aren't as big or thick as the regular bunnies - they weigh 11.6g. I paid £1 for these in the Co-op, and I have seen them for £1.30 in my local convenience store. The reason why I have bought these is to use as a cake decoration - once they are out of their wrappers of course. I think the smaller size will mean that I could sit them up on a large cake without them being top heavy. Otherwise I will lie them flat on the icing surface as a quick decoration. The other bag will be making it's way to my nieces and nephews home to be used in their annual easter egg hunt. The fact that each rabbit is individually wrapped should keep the chocolates in a hygenic state while they are waiting to be found!
The ccocolate is proper delicious milky chocolate which is a nice surprise. You can tell it is good quality chocolate as soon as you get that nice smell on opening the pack. I have sometimes found that Easter eggs from sweet brands seem to use a cheaper and less tasty chocolate which I don't really see the excuse for if it is still baring the same branding. Anyway, I have no complaints about this because it is smooth and there is plenty of it. The actual bunny shape is clear too - it isn't one of those sweets that you will have to stare at a few times before you can tell what it actually is supposed to be. The rabbit is sitting down and is seen face on with ears erect, looking very cute. The centre is crispy and tastes exactly like a regular Malteser. I didn't get much taste of the honeycomb pieces but they probably add to the satisfying crunch. I like the fact this gives just the right amount of chocolate for you to feel that you have had a treat but it isn't so much that eating one in one go feels too sugary. I think it helps not to have a caramel or fondant centre like many of the mini eggs do such as the Cadbury Cream ones. One of my favourite little bunnies still contains 7% of an adults recommended maximum amount of sugar and 10% of the fat. Something like this is always going to be an occasional treat for me, but compared to the likes of a large Easter egg, it isn't going to be too naughty a one.
If you like Malltesers, I am sure you will like the bunnies. They are nice to eat whether you are feeling "Eastery" or not, but no doubt they will disappear after that until next year. Thank goodness we have the standard Maltesers to see us through until then! Buy the bunnies at most supermarkets and newsagents, and yes, they are suitable for vegetarians!
[Thi review is also under my user name on Ciao.]
Summary: A sweet little Easter treat in more ways than one!