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Revels: It's too tense
Member Name: m_illie
Advantages: Great variety, good taste, large size
Disadvantages: Some flavours may not be to some people's liking
Revels come under the Mars name which is known for making chocolate bars such as Galaxy, Milky Way, M&Ms and other popular treats.
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.
Each pack has 168 calories, 1.9g Protein, 23.4g Carbohydrates and 7.5g Fat.
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!
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.
Summary: A nice varied packet of chocolate