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      17.06.2013 21:16
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      A good treat

      Re-living my childhood this weekend I bought myself a pack of Revels (on offer at £1 for a 100g bag at the moment at Mr Ts!)

      They are a mixed bag of small chocolates that include Maltesers, chocolate coated orange fondant, choc covered raisins, chocolate covered coffee fondant, choc covered toffee, and chocolate covered...well, chocolate!

      For me they are a dream - I love all of the flavours and love anything that involves chocolate, but if you are not a fan of all of them then these really aren't as fun! My boyfriend hates the coffee ones, and while the raisin / chocolate revels are easy to identify, it's often hard to tell which ones are orange, toffee or coffee! I would say one negative is that the toffee is sometimes a bit too hard, and always makes me worry I'm about to lose a tooth!!

      What I think is the best thing about Revels is the variety - one mouthful is crunchy chocolate malteser, the next chewy toffee or citrus-y fondant, so you don't get bored tasting the same flavour all the time.

      The new 100g bags are also really handy for taking to the cinema - the bags are soft plastic (so not loads of noisy rustling to annoy your neighbours, and it comes with a sticky pad to re-seal (...a bit redundant for me as there's never any left!)

      All in all a great confectionary item, recommended to anyone who wants a bit of variety in their chocolate!

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        A nice varied packet of chocolate

        The Brand:
        Revels come under the Mars name which is known for making chocolate bars such as Galaxy, Milky Way, M&Ms and other popular treats.

        The product:
        Revels come in a standard bag (as shown in the picture) which is 35g. There are six flavours: Chocolate, Raisin, Coffee, Malteser, Caramel and Orange. My favourite is probably either the caramel flavour or the simple chocolate disks (much like chocolate buttons) because they tend to be less common in the pack and so make for a nice surprised, and the caramel flavour is always extra chewy which is something I enjoy out of certain foods. Coffee flavour is pretty self explanatory, as is orange, and malteser is the same as the brand 'Maltesers' which also comes under the 'Mars Inc.' name.

        The packet is orange with accents of brown, red, yellows and black, which in my opinion is pretty inviting. On the front there is simply 'revels' written in lower case which is neither childish nor adult in font. Revels seem to cater to all markets as they aren't particularly overlty-sugary (which perhaps younger children would like) and aren't too dark/rich which some older audiences would prefer. The mix of the bag is what makes them so interesting, as even if you don't like a particularly flavour, you can always share them out with friends and nothing goes to waste.

        The chocolates themselves are pretty large which is rare these days, as every time I open up a pack of a sweet I once enjoyed as a child, they tend to be getting smaller and smaller, and yet the price just continues to hike up! So Revels are definitely a nice suprise, in particular, the orange and coffee flavour which are very difficult to decipher and I tend to get half bitten into ones off of my boyfriend, who can't stand either flavour, as he hopes he'd found a Malteser one! The light chocolate casing on each flavours is therefore great as with each bite it's a kind of chocolate Russian Roulette which my Boyfriend jokingly claims makes them "too tense" to eat.

        Other:
        Each pack has 168 calories, 1.9g Protein, 23.4g Carbohydrates and 7.5g Fat.

        Ingredients:
        Sugar,Skimmed Milk Powder ,Cocoa Butter ,Cocoa Mass ,Raisins ,Glucose Syrup ,Lactose ,Hydrogenated Vegetable Fat ,Vegetable Fat ,Sweetened Condensed Skimmed Milk ,Demineralised Whey Powder ,Milk Fat ,Invert sugar ,Barley Malt Extract ,Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin, E442, E492) ,Modified Starch ,Wheat Flour ,Salt ,Invertase ,Flavourings ,Citric Acid ,Pectin ,Raising Agents (E501, E500, E341) ,Acidity Regulator (E331) ,Starch ,Colours (E104, E110, E132, E122, E124) ,Glazing Agent (Carnauba Wax) ,Vegetable Oil ,(Traces: peanut) ,Milk Chocolate contains Milk Solids 14% minimum ,Milk chocolate contains vegetable fats in addition to cocoa butter

        Price and availability:
        You can buy bags of revels in the standard size in most shops and the price ranges from 60-80p from what I've observed. A grab bag, which they tend to be affectionately called now, can be bought for around the £1 mark and is a larger kind of the standard packet, except it contains 140g worth. This variety is much better for sharing and I would definitely recommend if you are planning on handing them out to friends, especially while watching a film for example, where at least in my household, they're eaten up fast!

        My thoughts:
        I would recommend these if you have any interest in the flavours it offers, but otherwise its a bit of a waste of money because you aren't guarenteed you favourite flavour will dominate most of the packet. For example, I'm always on the search for my two favourite flavours, and yet they are so rare that I am often left wanting as I can get anywhere from 5 of each to 1. For this reason I'm only rating them 3/5. However, for quality and taste they are pretty good.

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          12.03.2012 15:36
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          Chocolate should NOT be confusing!

          One of my earliest memories as a kid is going to my uncles massive cottage (we're not that posh of a family really, my Aunt and Uncle were just renting it as they were employed as caretakers to the next door stately home for a little while) and being offered these... and pulling out a peanut one, a nut I despised as a child in all forms and despise now in any kind of chocolate.

          Gone now from the selection bag of Revels, I no longer live in fear of eating my mortal enemy the peanut when I dip into the bag (No, I'm not allergic, I just really hate them). The original bag of Mars Revels had orange creme, coconut (this one I don't remember), toffee or peanut centres coated in Mars chocolate. Later on, Mars realised that not many people like coconuts in their sweet bags and replaced them with raisins, and presumably in a bid for the allergic population, later again replaced the peanuts with a coffee coating. The addition of the fake 'Minstrel' sweet missing it's sugary shell called a 'counter' brings us to the current day and a long way from the terror I experienced as a child. There's also now Malteasers in the bag which my boyfriend hates but I find tolerable so I get to nom on those.

          The modern Revels are packaged in an eyecatching stripy orange, yellow and brown bag. I really dislike the look of the packaging if I'm honest, it just screams 70s chic to me. As well as this, a lot of the advertising for Revels centres around the fact that most people don't like the coffee or orange flavours, which begs the question as to why they even bother to make them. I don't really get half of the things that Revels do or stand for. They're a bit weird in my eyes.

          Enough about my hatred for 70s decour. Inside the bag you get about 10 - 15 chocolates, in all the different flavours noted above. I seem to remember there was a lot of advertising around 'which one will you get?' and some mystery about not knowing what chocolate you've got until you bite into it (my idea of hell to be perfectly frank) but it seems irrelevant when you consider that each individual variety - apart from maybe the orange and coffee ones - have their own distinctive shape and smell. The counters are Minstrel shaped, the malteasers are giant balls next to the smaller coffee and orange cremes, the raisins are oddly shaped. It is really impossible to not know which chocolate you're eating unless you're blindfolded and it's being fed to you I guess.

          The biggest gripe I have with these is that even the counters and malteasers taste weird. Why? Because of those sneaky little coffee and orange cremes. Both of them 'leak' their scent and taste into the other chocolates and you can't escape it. It's not very nice. It also again leaves me a little confused until I realise that the malteaser I'm eating tastes like my morning brew because of the blighters.

          Nutrition wise, a 35g bag of these about 168 calories. It's not too bad considering that a Mars bar is nearly double that, that they take about the same time to eat. They'll cost you around 50p (56p in Tesco) for a small bag, or about £2 for a bigger 'sharing' pack. Though I don't know anyone who actually shares those bags... Overall, these are not a chocolate I instinctively reach for or even find myself craving, and if they went off the shelf I would not be fussed at all.

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            03.11.2010 01:59
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            Okay.

            REVELS
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            I have recently started buying Revels after many years of not primarily due to the current promotion running on the packaging in collaboration with Blockbuster films called "Bag A Free Film". When buying a pack of Revels you can gain credits towards a free film rental at Blockbusters, which is a rather inticing promotion for me as I love films! Three 35g bags will entitle you to one free rental.


            Now concerning the Revels. They come in a standard single 35g pack with a recognisable orange, yellow and brown striped packaging, with Revels written across the front in a bold white font. Not that hard to miss on the sweet counter. You can also find revels in a number of different size packages including, 85g 'Treat Bag, 140g, 240g and 4 x 35g Multi-pack.

            Revels are quite a long standing company, first coming to the UK in 1967 and I for one can remember then from a very young age being a possible choice at the sweetie counter! However they have changed slightly from the original offerings of flavours which originally consisted of orange creme, coconut, toffee, peanut, galaxy counters and maltesers.

            I was happy to see that the coconut was replaced with coffee, a firm fravourite of mine personally. Additionally, peanut has been replaced with raisin and galaxy counters are only in certain packs.

            The packs now contain six varieties of assorted centered chocolates which should include orange, coffee, raisin, maltesers, chocolate and toffee. However, I do find that not all varieties may be included in every pack, especially the smaller 35g packs, a disadvantage for me.

            I find the chocolate orange soft centered, sweet and tangy. The coffee is similar in shape, round and soft, with a rich and true coffee flavour (my favourite). The chocolate only variety is disked shaped, quite solid and milk chocolate, similar to a minstrel in texture and taste. The malteser is well a malteser, quite light and crispy. The toffee chocolate is small and rounded and hard in texture and the raisin choclate is soft and moist.


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            For a single 35g pack, the nutritional information is clearly displayed on the reverse of the packaging as follows:

            Per 100g

            Energy KJ= 2014KJ
            KCal= 480KCal
            Protein= 5.1g
            Carbohydrates=67.4g
            Fat=21.1g


            Overall an okay option. Interseting "lucky dip" selection, makes it fun to eat, unless you get all the oranges and not much else, which unfortunately can happen and is a disadvantage for me. Quite low in calories at 168 for a 35g back so not too bad in that regard. I would buy it again, especially if on promotion, but not my first choice.

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              28.09.2010 20:53
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              Loverly Chocolate and flavours!

              These are one of my favourites. Me and my family have fun picking out a chocolate and guessing what we would get this time!

              The packaging:
              The bag or pouch, (whichever size you may have bought) is striped orange, brown, orangey red and yellow. upon each coloured stripe is a picture of a chocolate, some round and toher flat. in big white outlined letters is the name of the choccies - 'Revels'

              The Chocolates:
              There are SEVERAL different flavours you can get in a bag of Revels.
              Coffee - this is a great flavour. It comes across really nice and sweet and you can tell what the flavour is clearly. It is almost like a creme but thicker. I find with this flavour (as well as the Orange) if you eat too many, they WILL get a bit sickly though.
              Orange - the flavour, again, is really clear and the creme type substance is still there. I find its almost like a Terry's Chocolate orange.
              Maltesers - Can't say much. This is just a Malteasers. Melts in the mouth and tastes lovely.
              Caramel - i would say this is also a slight toffee. It tastes like careml and the colour is a light caramel colour, but MAN, this is certainly chewy! The flavour is great though and if you don't like chewing toffee you could suck it and still get a great flavour!
              Raisin - There used to be peanut but i think this was replaced with chocolate coated raisins. i love chocolate raisins so this is a great one for me. Some people don't like them, and some peope also don't like peanuts! This one really depends on your taste. Still, the raisin is plump and chewy and not at all dried!
              Chocolate - This (and the raisins) are the only one you can tell more clearly what the Chocolate is going to be. This the the flat disk shaped one. It is a but like a Mintrel but without the crunchy outer! Yummy Chocolate and melts nicely!

              Rating:
              Overal, i give this product a 5 out of 5 rating, just because we all love the flavours. Some of them might not be to some people tastes, but it really is a matter of opinion!

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                25.06.2010 18:06
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                chocolates of different flavours that are good for a treat

                There is an advert for these which implies that there may be some flavours within that you will not like. Firstly, it seems odd they would tell you that as a selling point, but secondly I find that I really like all the flavours: plain, orange, coffee, toffee and Maltesers (although, if I wanted Maltesers, then I would have bought a packet of them, right?) Oh, and there's raisin ones now, as well, which I do feel are a bit unnecessary. The mix is marvellous, and I enjoy that some of them are hard to tell apart until you bight into them. In the olden days, I am told, there used to be a coconut one, which I really think they ought to bring back. I tend to have Revels as an indulgence. I am not sparing when it comes to the rationing of chocolate to myself, but there is a little something special about Revels that makes them a treat. They could really do with making a medium sized bag, though, because they seem to either come in huge ones or tiny ones.

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                  A good variety bag that'll satisfy your sweet tooth

                  Revels

                  Packaged in their traditional orange, brown and slightly red livery, they really stand out from the crowd. The packet has "revels" written on it in white bubble writing and orange shading around the outside.

                  They come in the standard bags of 35g or you can purchase the large 140g bag, which is re-sealable and great for sharing. However, as they're so morish, they're also great for keeping to yourself; not so good for your waistline, mind you.

                  One 35g bag contains 168 kilocalories, which is 8% of your Guideline Daily Amount (GDA) based on a 2000kcal diet. One bag also contains 7.4g of fat, which is 11% of your GDA. Definitely try and refrain from eating too much of these!

                  I purchased my small bag for 55 pence in my local corner shop, so they're probably cheaper elsewhere. The larger bag of 140g are around £1.60, yet you can purchase them in Poundland and Home Bargains for £1 which is far more respectable price to pay. You can find these bags in all good shops and newsagents. There are even larger bags but I think these are only available in cinemas.

                  There are 6 varieties of sweets inside the bag. These are:-

                  * Coffee: a round, chocolate coated sweet with a soft, but strong tasting coffee centre. Many people dislike this, but it is my favourite since I love the flavour so much and I wish they'd do a bag of these on their own. For those of you who don't like it, there's not many of these, in fact I'd say it's the one that there is the least amount of.

                  * Orange: very similar in principle to the coffee one, the same size too. Definitely more of these, again a soft centre in the middle and a subtle orange flavour, gives a like kick when you bite into it.

                  * Chocolate; this is just a whole chocolate shape in the style of the "minstrel" sweets but without the crisp outer shell. I like them but I prefer "minstrels" because of the crispness of the shell, but it is a nice sweet in this set of combinations.

                  * Toffee: slightly smaller than the coffee/orange but nonetheless a very sweet confectionary item. It does get stuck in your teeth and it's very hard to chew but I do like it very much because it's something different, something for you to sink your teeth into. Sometimes I find that the toffee is slightly too hard and in those cases, very hard to chew.

                  * Raisin: your typical chocolate coated raisin, like you can get in the "pick n mix" ranges in shops. The raisins are always soft and they taste great, but there are always an awful lot of these in the bag, which is a big disappointment in my eyes, because if I wanted loads of these I would have bought a bag of them. Just by the size of it, you'll know what you're going to eat.

                  * Malteaser: the same as any other malteaser, the honeycomb centre and a very light chocolate. The largest of all so you know what you're going to be eating just from feeling it but I do like an odd malteaser so the inclusion of these is fantastic for revels. Lovely and crispy to bite into.

                  In previous versions there were coconut and peanut versions, which were replaced by the current coffee and raisin versions respectively. Although I never tried these, the coconut one sounds extremely appealing; I'm a big lover of Bounty!

                  A "Big Brother" eviction campaign was launched in July 2008, with Coffee receiving the majority of the votes. They were replaced with a strawberry crème version, but coffee returned by the turn of the New Year. I am glad that the coffee remains, I found the strawberry too sweet and vile to an extent.

                  4 stars from me, I love these sweets but there they're carlorie crazy and I'm fed up of so many raisin ones.

                  Thanks for reading.

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                    08.06.2010 16:36
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                    A fun bag of chocolate

                    I don't get out much, so often buy revels just to introduce a bit of excitement into my life!
                    Revels are chocolate based sweets made by Mars. They are available in various sized packets, but I usually buy the 140g hanging bags, which are priced at around £1.69 in most supermarkets, but can be bought for the much more reasonable price of £1 in Home and Bargain.

                    The 140g bag comes packaged in a thick type of cellophanne. The front of the pack has the revels logo written across in large letters, with a background of orange, yellow, red and brown stripes and 6 pictures - showing each type of revel.

                    The back of the packet has the nutritional information. Per 100g, revels contain 480 calories and 21.1g of fat

                    The back of the packet also lists more details about the sweets. Your bag of revels is a bit of a lucky dip as you will have a selection of maltesers, chocolate covered toffees, chocolate in a crunchy shell, chocolate covered raisins, and chocolate covered orange and coffee fondant creams.

                    The sweets vary in size, but the largest ones are usually the maltesers which are about 1.5cm in diameter and the smallest are the chocolate covered raisins - about half a cm wide and 1cm long.

                    The sweets themselves are all quite tasty. The toffee ones can be a bit hard, so it's probably not wise to give them to young children. The orange and coffee flavour sweets contain a type of hard but crumbly fondant cream and I like them both - even though I'm not normally a big fan of coffee creams.

                    I think I'm the only person I know who likes all the varieties of revel. My husband can't stand the coffee ones and it amuses me no end when he seems to pick those ones out repeatedly!

                    To open the 140g bag you tear across the top of the packet at the dotted line mark. To re-seal it there is a handy sticky tab half way down the back of the pack.

                    Revels won't be to everyone's taste, but I love them as it's like getting 6 bags of sweets in one.

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                    higly recommend as a snack

                    Mars Revels are a range of chocolates with assorted centres first launched in 1967 and still very popular today. Currently the chocolates include orange, coffee, raisin, maltesers, chocolate and toffee. In the past, there have also been peanut and coconut flavours. As part of an advertising campaign the divisive coffee flavour was also briefly replaced by strawberry. The range now includes not only the individual 35 gram bags, but also pouches, multi packs and treat bags. Expect to pay around 50p for a standard bag and £2 for a pouch.

                    Revels come in distinctive stripy packaging, with different shades of brown yellow and red. The word 'Revels' is shown clearly in the centre of the packet, surrounded by falling chocolates. The packet should be kept in a cool dark place or the fridge in the summer. Kept carefully they should last for several months.

                    In terms of nutrition, a standard 35 gram bag contains 168 calories (which compares favourably with most chocolate bars), 21 grams of sugar and 7.5 grams of fat, of which 4.1 grams are saturated. This makes revels a good option if you're trying to be (somewhat) good and don't want a denser full scale chocolate bar.

                    I highly recommend revels. Ever since I was a child I've enjoyed trying to guess what flavour the next chocolate will be, and I happen to like all of the flavours currently in the bags. However, if you happen to not like coffee or raisins it can be a little irritating to not be able to avoid them. The chocolate is good quality and smooth, while the soft centres mix well with the crunch of the malteser and the chewiness of the raisins.

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                    iLL HAVE A FLAKE!!

                    When visiting my local garage this morning to get some petrol, I noticed these packets of sweets on the counter. I hadn't noticed them around for a long time. But there they were staring at me from the shelf, bringing me out in beads of perspiration. Out of all the chocolate in the land why any one would want to choose a bag of revels is beyond me.

                    I remember being young and waiting with anticipation for my aunt to visit. She would always bring a bag of sweets for me and my sister and we would run around her ankles like two excited puppies. However one day this treat was to be marred forever, this was when she made the unforgivable choice of buying us revels.

                    I will never forget, the utter disgust I felt when biting into a coffee centred revel. Infact the other centres were only marginly more appealing. I hated the fact that you have no idea of the fate that awaits you until you bite into the milk chocolate covered sweet. Will your taste buds be tantalised by the pleasing enough orange creme or will you be pulling faces and hecking due to the awful coffee centre.

                    Now I fully understand that there are some strange people out there who think revels are the bees knees. Obviously there are millions as this brand of sweets would not have been on the market for so many years otherwise. But For me they are evil sweets. They lure you in and then just when you think you have a delicious treat it blasts your tatse buds with a overly sweet caramel or a horrendously bitter coffee flavour.

                    I think it is due to the fact that I am quite unadventurous with food. I don't mind giving things a try but I want to know what my taste buds are about to expect. I like to know that i am eating an orange sweet or a peanut sweet. Not wait until it is partially digested before I know what Im eating.

                    In 1998 there was a great marketing campaign regarding these sweets. They asked the public to vote big brother stylee for which flavour they would like to have evicted. A huge majority of the public voted to boot out coffee and replace it with a strawberry fondent. While this was followed for a while the revel manufacturers soon changed their minds and reinstated the coffee flavour.

                    Not all of the revels in the packet are awful, infact some are quite nice. You have orange, raisin, malteser,caramel, smooth milk chocolate and of course coffee. Each 35g bag will give you a good variety of these flavours. These revels are widely available and cost around 50p a bag.

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                      Yummmy!

                      I bought a big packet of these the other day from my local 99p shop after not eating these for quite sometime it was a real treat for me and to get a big size one was a bonus. I thoroughly enjoyed eating these but I did not enjoy having to share them with my daughter who kept making me feel guilty about wanting one. (I think I will wait until she's sleeping next time :)

                      Revels are basically a chocolate with different chocolate buttons there is caramel, orange, coffee, a soft milk button one and Maltesers. Milk chocolates with nice assorted centre. I personally don't like eating the coffee ones but having said that I really enjoy eating all the others.

                      Whenever you pick one of these up and place it in your mouth you get a nice surprise as to which one it could be. It kind of reminds me of a lucky dip surprise.

                      The packaging is very noticeable as it comes in a three different colours in brown, bright orange and yellow with the logo revels printed on in big writing. There is a line up of some pictures of the chocolates buttons on the packet as well.

                      Each individual bag contains around 240 calories so it's not the best low calorie chocolate to eat.

                      The great thing about these chocolates is that it there are so many different flavours to choose from and all just in one bag. It's also great for those who like to have a surprise now again. I would recommend buying a pack of these. 5/5

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                      Mars Revels

                      I love taking my children to the cinema, especially now we can watch in 3D! No visit would be complete without a bag of something chocolate, preferably revels! Mars revels have been around for as long as I can remember and bring back memories of my own childhood visits to the cinema. Mars have been producing chocolate since 1932, so they have along history and should know what they are doing by now!

                      Revels come in a variety of sized bags from the large 140 gram pouch to the single sized 35 gram bag. All can be easily spotted by the difference shades of orange stripes down the bag. We always buy a bag from the local supermarket if we are going to the cinema and it is much cheaper. Tesco are selling 140 gram pouches for £1.73 whilst a single 35 gram bag will cost you 49p.Revels are of course not a healthy option and eating a 35 gram bag whilst watching a film will give you 168 calories,7.3 grams of fat and a massive 22.3grams of sugar!

                      The thing I love best about Revels is that you really don't know which flavour centre you are going to get until you bite into it. For those who don't know Revels are assorted chocolates each with a different centre. In fact there are six centres including, orange, coffee, maltesers.toffee, raisin and chocolate. I love them all but my favourite has to be the orange centre. The orange is not too sweet and lovely and soft with a great orange taste. The coffee centre is probably my least favourite as I'm not really a fan of coffee flavours. However it has no bitter aftertaste and is pleasant enough. The toffee centre has lovely chewy caramel toffee that takes a bit longer to eat than the other centres. The maltesers is another great centre and really needs little introduction. The raisin centre with its plump juicy raisin coated in thick chocolate is very moreish! The flat shaped chocolate centre is a bit boring compared with the other centres and I would have preferred more orange centres!

                      The outer coating of chocolate is quite thick and creamy and I like to suck this away to reveal the surprise inside. You really do have to eat Revels one at a time otherwise you lose the unique flavour of the centre.

                      Overall I can highly recommend Revels; they are great to eat whilst watching the latest release at the cinema!

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                        Revels are Chocolates that have different fillings. They aren't easily identifiable which one is what flavour, so that perhaps could put people off. I don't like all of them, the Coffee ones in particular and the orange ones aren't my favourite, but I like the rest of them and I try to leave the ones I don't like. Then again it is often only half sweets I end up leaving as i've usually bit into the ones that I don't like.

                        These cost around 45p for the individual bag and around £1.70 for the larger 170g bag. The bag is colourful enough. It is orange with brown on it and white writing. There is a line up of the Chocolates on the pack as well.

                        The flavours you get in here are Coffee, Orange, Malteaser, Toffee and Raisin. They used to have a Peanut one, but that was taken out a while ago. Not sure why.

                        The Orange one is just a solid Orange Cream which is a bit powdery tasting I think. The Chocolate coating is quite thin but nice enough. It is Mars Chocolate so not quite as milky tasting as Cadbury's but still nice.

                        Each individual bag has 240 calories.

                        These are nice enough and at least you get a few different sweets in here, but I don't think that anyone can honestly say that they love all the flavours the best. You will probably always like certain ones more than others.

                        A Chocolate treat that I buy quite often but just not my favourite thing.

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                        Groove on down and celebrate

                        Revels - Best medicine for PMT

                        Revel............Celebrate, have fun, whoop it up, paint the town red, hang loose and groove man!!!!

                        Once a month ladies I do exactly that, there seems to be this overwhelming urge to dive into the biggest bag of revels and truly let my hair down. Weird I know but every 28 days or so this private party is a must, or else!!!!

                        It always seems to be around 8pm when my husband settles down in front of the TV when I flutter my eyelashes and tell him that I NEED revels. Bless him of he pops to Tesco, no questions asked and arrives home with the biggest bag he can find. I love him so much xx

                        What is it about these sweeties that allow me to chill and come back down to earth?

                        Revels are simply milk chocolate coated sweeties produced by Galaxy Mars with 6 assorted centres. At present the centres are orange cream, coffee cream, toffee, raisin, honeycomb and a milk chocolate disc. Nothing amazing added to facilitate my craving but they work and allow me to cope with each monthly curse far better than evening primrose oil ever did.

                        It's always exciting opening a bag of revels because you are never sure what you are popping into your mouth, you can guess and sometimes I guess right but most of the time it is a huge surprise. Ha you thought I was toffee but I am a raisin!! The chocolate disc however is a bit of a give away it looks like a minstrel without the coating so can never be mistaken for anything else.

                        I love all the flavours, which is a bonus. The chocolate disc is what it says lovely creamy, milk chocolate sweet and satisfying which melts on your tongue. The toffee is hard so be careful on your teeth don't try and bite through a revel just in case it is a toffee. The toffee itself is delicious, reminds me of a curly wurly.

                        When I was little I used to bite a bit of the chocolate off to expose the flavour then put all these bitten sweets in order of my favourite and thus munch through them. What a disgusting pastime but then I reckon nobody would have wanted one of my sweeties. Now I just eat them as I take them out the bag.

                        The orange cream is lovely and orangey firm in texture not soft, squidgy and sickly like so many soft centres. The coffee is the same firm texture, a delicious coffee flavour, not strong, nice and sweet but not sickly sweet. The raisin is a raisin in galaxy milk chocolate, delicious. My only disappointment is the honeycomb but I still like them, so no you cannot have one. I think they are supposed to taste like maltesers but to me they are a wee bit bland not as good as a malteser per se. One little tip, they are often bigger than the other revels so most of the time I guess them correctly.

                        Over the years revels have changed, they used to have a coconut one which was like the bounty coconut only a little firmer. I think that is why I like revels, it is the firmness of the centres I don't like soft centres in regular boxes of chocolates they are always too soft and sickly for me. Anyway the coconut centre was replaced by the coffee. I don't know why they only have the 6 centres because I would happily welcome coconut back into my bag of revels. Another flavour which was replaced was a peanut, again just a peanut in lovely galaxy chocolate which was replaced by the raisin. I suppose with so many people having nut allergies it was a good idea to replace this sweet when it cannot be identified so easily.

                        In 2008 Revels housed a Big Brother Eviction Advertising Campaign in which consumers voted which flavour they would like to have evicted from the bag and would be replaced by another. The evicted flavour was coffee which was replaced by strawberry. There was an incredible amount of people who voted this poor flavour out of the bag. Nonetheless this new flavour didn't stay for long, I don't ever remember tasting one, and in 2009 coffee was allowed to return.

                        Revels come in a variety of packet sizes. The standard bag is 35g and costs around 49p, not really worth the effort of opening it you just get used to these wonderful flavours and start to relax when wham bam thankyou mam they are all gone. The next size is 140g pouch about £1.73 ideal for sharing so my advice is eat them on your own, or just bite a bit of chocolate of each one to reveal the centre!! There is a 240g pouch which I promise I have not sat alone with but I really don't like sharing my revels so I probably won't buy one. These sell for around £2.75 but it looks as though Tesco are selling them on offer at present for £2. I am just going to pop to Tesco won't be a minute. Sometimes you can also buy a tub of revels but I am not sure of the weight-age or price. Can't find anything online and think I have only seen them at the cinema.

                        In all seriousness revels must be an occasional treat, which is why I only have them once a month. The sugar and fat content is rather high and not good for our cholesterol. Here is the bad news:

                        --Nutritional Information (per100g)--

                        Energy kCal - 480kCal
                        Energy kJ - 2,015kJ
                        Protein - 5.1g
                        Carbohydrate - 67.5g
                        of which sugars - 63.8g
                        Fat - 21.1g
                        of which saturates - 11.6g
                        Fibre - 1.0g
                        Sodium - 0.1g
                        Salt - 0.3g


                        Ingredients
                        Sugar, Skimmed Milk Powder, Cocoa Butter, Glucose Syrup, Raisins, Cocoa Mass, Sweetened Condensed Skimmed Milk, Vegetable Fat, Hydrogenated Vegetable Fat, Lactose, Demineralised Whey Powder, Milk Fat, Barley Malt Extract, Dextrose, Fructose, Emulsifiers (E442, Soya Lecithin, E492), Pectin, Wheat Flour, Modified Starch, Salt, Invertase, Maltose, Flavourings (Celery), Citric Acid, Raising Agent (Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate, E341), Acidity Regulator (E331), Colours (E110, E132, E122),

                        Contains Celery, Barley Malt Extract, Wheat Flour, Milk, Lactose, Milk Fat, Milk Powder, Milk Solids, Whey Powder, Peanuts & Soya Lecithins


                        I can highly recommend these sweeties but if you don't fancy any of the flavours then don't bother because you are never sure what you will get in your bag.

                        Enjoy

                        Helen x

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                          These are a nice snack, as long as you like all the flavours!

                          Mars revels are made up of six different chocolates. You dont know what chocolate you are getting until you eat them, they are all similar in size and you can only really pick out the chocolate ones as they are very different in shape.

                          The chocolate ones are like a minstrel shape, but they dont have the outer shell, it is basically just mars chocolate. There are also orange, coffee, toffee, malteasers, and raison chocolates. My favourite are the orange ones, it is quite a tangy orange taste, but i like it.

                          The coffee ones arent the most popular, but i love coffee, and it isnt too strong a coffee taste in these.

                          The raison ones are nice, not really much to say about them! They are just a regular fruity raison covered in chocolate!

                          The ones with a honeycomb filling are basically malteasers. These taste exactly like malteasers you buy seperately.

                          Probably my least favourite one is the toffee flavour. The toffee is just too hard, it hurts your teeth trying to chew it. But once you get into it a bit, it is a nice toffee flavour.

                          Revels are very easy to find on the shelves in shops, as they are bright orange, yellow and brown striped. They really stand out, and they have the name revels in huge writing on the front.

                          These bags of revels come in individual bags which are roughly 49p. You can also buy a bigger bag to share which is roughly £1.70 for a 140g bag. If you love these and want a huge bag, you can buy the bumper size bag which is about £2.70 for a 240g bag! The bumper size bag is currently on offer for £2.00 in tesco which isnt bad.

                          The small individual bags contain 168 calories! For such a small size bag, imagine how many calories are going to be in the larger sizes! Well per 100g there are 480 calories! So eat these in moderation, as you have to with all chocolates anyway.

                          I highly recommend these chocolate revels if you like all the flavours, otherwise theres not point buying them as you cant pick out the ones you dont like! They all look the same!

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                          35g. A chocolate lucky dip with chocolate buttons, caramel, coffee, orange, peanut and Maltesers. Milk chocolates with assorted centres.