Product Type: Mars Chocolate
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Planets? Hardly more like space dust
Member Name: iamasadlittleboy
Disadvantages: Taste, idea, size, cost and everything else
Mars Planets are something that for whatever reason I've missed out on so far, probably more to do with the concept than anything else to be totally honest with you, I'm not a big fan of Mars bars I think their a bit sickly (that's coming from someone who is pretty much eating chocolate as a living now a days). So when the hoopla about Mars Planets came out I wasn't bothered, however as I struggle to find chocolate bars I've not tasted I've decided to finally try them.
Coming in a packet, similar to that of Revels, Malteasers, M&M's and Minstrels, the packet is black like a Mars wrapper and it features cross sections of the three types of planet in the packet (soft, Cripsy and Chewy). Funny I can't remembers Mars being crispy, just caramel, chocolate and nougat. The packets also come in a bigger family size but the packet I have is 37g and cost around 40p so it's competitive but by no means a great price (unless the product it's self is mind blowing).
The packet contained 19 unbroken balls (I refuse to call them planets seeing them) and a couple of smashed ones, so it'll be around 20 balls per packet. They come in a few sizes, but the biggest are no bigger than Malteasers and the smallest are peanut covered chocolate sized (tiny).
The tiny ones appear to be the chewy ones, which are OK but uninspiring it calls them chewy but they don't make you want to chew and I've ended up just swallowing them instead.
The medium ones are crunchy and are just chocolate covered rice, ooh how exciting, a thin layer of chocolate around something that shatters as you bit them and almost vaporises. These are more like rice crispies than anything I remember from a Mars bar.
Finally the other ones (soft) must be the big ones...correct-a-mundo these are the most Mars bar like of the packet but as often seems to be the problem throughout they don't really do much. You bite them, they fall to pieces, you swallow them. The taste is like half of a Mars bar.
So lets try one of each at the same time...OK that's better but still nothing special, sadly it's not enough to ever think of buying a second packet on the back of.
Nutritional Information (per 100g)
Per bag the packet gives the following.
179 Calories (9% RDA)
8.3g Fat (12% RDA)
Quite why the couldn't have given us all the details for the bag and RDA is rather peculiar, surely it'd take seconds to order a computer to do it.
The product contains: Milk, Lactose, Vegetable fat, Whey, Rice, Barley extract, Soya, E471, Egg White Powder and traces of Peanut, Hazelnut and almonds.
Sadly Mars planets seem to be a complete waste of time, it's too easy to predict which is in what (unlike the similar Revels) none of them catch your attention and make you want to savour them and in fact it's just lousy. Quite what the "crunchy" ones have got to do with Mars bars is beyond me, the soft ones are alright but still seem rather like they we're put in only to keep with the idea "this might be the parts of a real Mars bar". I'm feeling glad I stayed away when they were released or I'd be in constant arguments (much like I am now about the dreadful Wispa Golds). If you want balls of chocolate theirs better alternatives, Malteasers and Revels especially want a word with you, though M&M, Mintstrels, Poppet's and even Munchies (which aren't "balls") deserve to be higher up the line than this poor showing from Mars.
Summary: Seen tastier dust