Like most people I am rather fond of chocolate and one blast from the past I have vastly enjoyed eating recently is the nutty, nougat, niceness that is the Topic bar, brought to us by our good old friend Mars.
This particular tasty treat comes in chunky 47g bars that you can buy singularly or in packs of 4; the outer packaging is a distinct red with a pattern of orange circles and clearly emblazoned on the front is the word "Topic" in big white letters, in the middle of the letter "O" is a picture of a hazelnut, illustrating what is within the product.
The filling of a Topic bar is smooth nougat with a rich caramel centre and a scattering of hazelnuts, all of which are encased in milk chocolate. My own personal opinion of the flavour is that the bar is balanced perfectly with just the right amount of caramel, any more and I think it would be verging on the sickly side. The taste is rich but I can happily eat a bar in one go without feeling ill afterwards.
A bar contains 232 calories, 25.6g of sugar, 11.7g of fat of which 3.6g is saturated fat and 0.2g of salt. Due to the quite high sugar and fat content it perhaps isn't something for those watching their weight but as a treat every now and then it's perfect. If you want something sweet but not overly chocolatey then I would definately recommend you take a chomp on a Topic.
These have been on offer recently in Tesco for £1 for a pack of 4, though usually they cost around £1.75 which I think is a tad expensive. Overall I think they are very tasty and make a nice change from chocolatey chocolate if you get my drift, well done Mars for bringing us another delicious delight!
I have not had a topic for donkeys years, I remember my mum buying them for me as a child, I can also remember the advertisements on tv for Topic with the very catchy whats got a hazelnut in every bite song!
When I saw them in sainsbury's the other day on offer at £1 for a pack of four, I sensed nostalgia in a packet!! Generally priced anything from 40p to 60p a bar these were a bargain.
So I am going to share my nostalgic experience with you....
The multipack contains four full sized bars, I am sure they were bigger than this when I was a kid. The bar weighs 46g the packet is a bright red with the Topic logo with hazelnuts scattered around.
Now for the bad stuff... 232 calories and 11.7g of fat. OOOPPPPssss
The packet is really easy to open and the chocolate bar itself just looks like any other mars brand, creamy even milk chocolate with a slight ripple to the top, although still much smaller than I remebered!
Now to taste....I bite through a lovely thick chocolate shell to reveal my favourite...a lovely sweet chewy nougat, with a caramel topping. The bar is filled with chopped hazelnuts throughout, just enough to taste and not be overpowering.
Oh dear it has all gone and all I am left with is an empty packet and caramel covered hazlenuts stuck in my teeth.
All in all a lovely sweet treat, that is just the right size, to not get sickly.
Well I have just experienced a tad of nostalgia from a choccy bar.
I had never eaten a Topic until today! I was in the shop and wanted to have some chocolate, I wanted to try something different so I ended up with this.
It comes in a bright red, easy open wrapper with 'Topic' written across the middle in bold, white writing.
Most people explain the Topic as an 'over-glorified' Mars. However, I begg to differ! The Topic is made of the same ingredients of the Mars except it contains hazel nuts. The Topic is a light and fluffy white nougat, smooth golden caramel and hazel nuts. I found that the taste is completely different to a Mars and it is a lot lighter too. The Topic is also not as sweet as a Mars so if you like Mars' but think that they are too sweet then this would be a good choice for you, if you like nuts.
The Topic chocolate bar is made by 'Mars' and is incorporated in France but sold throughtout Europe. I bought my Topic from the local news agents and it cost me 40p but the price will vary depending on where you buy it.
I'm glad that I chose this chocolate bar as I enjoyed it thurally. However I wish that I had put it in the fridge when I got it before I ate it because the chocolate had started to melt. Therefore I wouldn't recommend you to leave it on the kitchen side for a while before eating it when it is a sunny day, else you will end up licking the chocolate off the wrapper!
Over all this is another nice chocolate bar to enjoy as a snack. I wouldn't recommend anyone to eat too many of these as they are quite fattening!
At £1.68 for four, this is one blast from the past you won't want to miss out on. For some reason I haven't had a Topic for years (a fact I find quite incredible now that we've been reunited!) so when I saw these in my local Asda I snapped them up. I'm always on the lookout for snacks to store in my bottom drawer in work (helps to fight the mid afternoon energy slump) and I was quite eager to try them again.
Made by the Mars company, each Topic is presented in a striking red wrapper. The only clue to the nature of it's contents is the image of a sole hazlenut conveniently filling the centre of the 'o' in the product name. So other than nuts, very little to go on there then.
Upon taking that first, ever so delicious bite, my memory was jogged and I was soon privy to the secret contents that make up a Topic. Each bar consists of nougat, soft caramel and hazlenuts, all encased in a layer of thick milk chocolate. What particularly impressed me was the make up of these ingredients. I had anticipated it being full of nougat with a thin layer of caramel and a small smattering of nuts. Instead I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was almost an even amount of each. The packet advises that the bar consists of 15% hazlenuts, 19% nougat and 27% caramel. I think it is safe to assume (although it is not stated) that the other 39% is the chocolate. This means that when eating the Topic you are almost guaranteed to have a mixture of each ingredient in every mouthful.
And so to taste. These bars are delicious!!! A gooey centre which feels very sticky and sumptous in the mouth. You will have to lick your teeth after every mouthful to remove the sticky caramel which makes this treat last even longer. Providing an interesting contrast to this smoothness are the large chunks of crunchy hazlenut. One of the best features of this chocolate bar is undoubtedly the smooth caramel which stretches provocatively with each decadent mouthful. Be careful or it will dribble all over your chin!
As with any chocolate bar, Topics are high in fat, sugar and calories. With a whopping 234 calories in each 47g bar, these bars are not going to do you any favours if you're trying to lose the pounds. But if you're simply looking for an occasional treat then these are well worth a try.
A delicious chocolate bar that tastes even better than I remember, I would reccomend this to anyone. It's possibly aimed at adults more than children due to the large amount of nuts but my son loves them so I suppose it depends on the child. Next time you are out and about pop one in your trolley and experience it's yumminess for yourself!
In the past I have been a big fan of Cadbury but with prices seemingly heading upwards, I have decided to try some other well known brands. This included Mars, the manufacturer of the Topic Bar.
I remember the Topic as a youngster. I particularly remember the adverts in relation to it. I remember the songs that we used to sing around the school yard. You know the ones, 'what has a hazelnut in every bite ...............' :-)
Well I had real fond memories of Topic and thought I'd give it another go.
I bought 3 packs of 4 from Asda for the bargain price of £4.00. So you are talking 12 bars of 47g of delicious mars chocolate, complete with hazelnuts, soft nougat and caramel for a bargain price. I'm not sure if this offer is still on, but if it is be like a squirrel and hoard some away. I have.
So what does it look and taste like. Well the bar is on the smaller side and to be honest I could understand if you wanted to eat 2 in one go. The chocolate compliments the soft nougat and caramel very nicely, and the hazelnuts are in plentiful supply. In my opinion it isn't sickly and I have on more than one occasion eaten more than one, straight after each other!!
You really won't get bored with this bar, as the taste is coming from all directions. Personally I don't think it is one for the children. It is very nutty in my opinion and it can be quite hard and chewy, but for those who want to get 'stuck in' to a chocolate bar (like me), this really is the Mother of them all, even if it is only small. Good things come in small parcels, don't forget!!
Nutrition per 47g
Saturated Fat 4.9g
I thoroughly recommend the Topic experience, but drop one star for not making them bigger!!!
These are lovely, but why are they so small? They are also quite expensive as well, and cost me 51p out of the shop at work for one of these. Think they are only 46g's or theseabouts.
These are manufacturered by Mars, and you get the nice Mars Chocolate taste from these. All they are are a layer of White Nougat which has some Hazelnuts on top, They are coated in a quite thick caramel and the whole lot is covered in Milk Chocolate. They have a great taste, but why can't Mars pump these up a bit and make them larger?
I like these as I love Nuts. The Hazelnuts taste slightly roasted and a large chunks of them. The caramel is quite a dark brown colour and nice and sweet but not in the same sickly way that the Cadbury's caramel is. The Chocolate isn't that thick a covering, but it is a good enough cover.
Per bag these have about 260 calories, and I have to think that most of the calories come from the Caramel and Nuts.
I like to eat these just out the fridge when everything is that bit more solid, but I think at room temperature is that bit better. Just when the Caramel is that bit runnier and everything is a bit softer.
A really nice Chocolate Bar, but just wished they were larger and for the same price.
I've just had 1 of these for Breakfast. Not the healithiest start to the day, but before leaving for work I didn't have anything to eat, and when I saw this in the shop at work I decided I hadn't had 1 of these for ages, so just finished it. It was alright. I do like these, but they aren't that filling, and perhaps are a bit expensive for what you get.
These are made by Mars, and you get the taste of the Mars Chocolate in these. They are quite sweet, but not an overpowering sweetness.
This bar is 47g and cost me 51p. The shop here is a bit more expensive than other places, but i'm sure you'll be talking 45p for these anyway.
the wrapper is a bright red colour with Topic in white over it. There is a couple of pictures of Hazelnuts on here as well, so you get the idea that this has Nuts in it.
All this is is a Whipped White Nougat base with some Hazelnuts on top and some Sweet thick Caramel on top as well. The whole lot is covered in Milk Chocolate. The Nuts are nice. They are big chunks and taste slightly roasted. The Caramel is a dark brown, and not the runny yellow stuff you get in Cadbury's Caramel.
This little bar has 234 calories and 12.3g of fat in it.
A nice Chocolate bar for a change but you would be more filled after having a Snickers and it is cheaper as well.
Coming in a rather boring red wrapper with the word "Topic" across it in white is, well, a topic, the wrapper has a few hazelnuts on it, but looks rather boring in a market where wrappers can be used almost to help sell the products to children who's eyes are caught by bright colours. So the wrapper is unimpressive but what about the actual bar, and what is a topic?
Read the description on the wrapper a topic is "Milk Chocolate, Hazelnut soft nougat and smooth caramel centre", to me that sounds like a Hazelnut Snickers and funnily enough it's Mars that produces them, like the Snickers bar. In fact when compared directly to a Snickers bar, it's about 3mm shorter but roughly the same size, just a much more boring packet.
When out of the wrapper the bar has ridges down it much like the Mars and Snickers bars whilst biting into it is more of a Mars bar experience than a Snickers on. In fact the easiest way to describe the bar is as a Mars bar with hazelnuts in, it's got the soft centre and the caramel under the Mars coating of chocolate, just like the Mars, however the hazelnuts, that seem to only kick in as you chew, take the taste in a whole new direction. As everyone should know, hazelnuts in chocolate should be the law, they taste far superior to peanuts and add a much nicer taste than the salty peanuts.
Sadly as is the case with Mars (to a lesser extent than Nestle I will admit) is that their chocolate isn't really all that good, so a dependency on the the centre of Caramel, Nougat and Hazelnut is quite high. Although it's a nice enough as hazelnut always is, it's nothing new or mind blowing.
Nutritional information (per 47g bar)
They contain milk, soya, peanuts, whey powder, barley malt extract, egg white and traces of peanut and almond. Which brings me to a whole new question, are we going to be getting Mars with almonds soon? As they would be delightful too.
Overall it really is a nutty Mars, a very edible bar with out a doubt, the hazelnuts, as they do when ever they are used in chocolate, add a lot to it. Things like Kinder Bueno, Toffifee, Ferrero Rocher, Kit Kat Senses all prove this easily enough, however maybe the problem is that the topic doesn't really stand out amongst the hazelnut chocolate. It's not as great tasting as a Bueno, or as a chewy as a toffifee or as "up market" as the rocher. It seems more like Mars have done a hazelnut Mars bar and were scared that it might go wrong, so didn't put the Mars name next to it in a "Mars Hazelnut" branding, instead naming it a topic. And sadly as likeable as the bar is, it just doesn't compare with any of it's rivals that are all far better.
Fair enough it's nice enough when the shops don't have any of the other bars, and I only paid 33.3p (part of a 3 for £1 deal the shop was doing) so it was considerably cheaper than some others, but it just didn't compare.
Summary: Average bar, or a poor hazelnut one, your choice.
Topic is a crunchy, nutty, chocolate coated snack which has been around for a while and I have only tried it recently.
I was in a local newsagent buying newspaper when my sight drifts to the sweet corner. The red wrapping with the word Topic attracts my attention. I decided to succumb to my chocolate craving, after all, it's only 35p and as it is quite a small bar.
Topic is made by Mars Inc. It has the same texture like Mars bar except the caramel content is lesser, which is probably why it is not as sweet. The snack also contains nougat and hazelnut. There is a slight similarity in taste to snickers.
I would usually buy Mars bar as I like the chewy caramel but I was pleasantly surprised that Topic taste just as good. In fact, the reduced amount of caramel makes this snack less sickly, I usually get that feeling after eating a Mars bar at one go.
I am sure that this is not my last Topic bar but the beginning of many to come.
I had not eaten a topic for a few years but recently I noticed an offer in my local Morrison 5 topics for £1 at 20p each I had to get some!
Topics are wrapped in a bright red wrapper with some orange circles and a picture of hazelnuts with the word topic in front the text in white bold print, which stands out well on the shelf. The topic is about 4 inches long and containing 47 grams of chocolate. Topic is soft nougat with smooth caramel over the top surrounded by lovely milk chocolate.
The taste is unbelievably good the nougat is very sweet tasting there is also a spread of hazelnuts scattered thought the bar. I find topic very filling although they are not the biggest bar of chocolate it does fill me up. I find the taste a bit too sweet and a bit sickly the caramel is very gooey and a bit messy. I love the texture the hazelnuts give tot he chocolate bar.
Topics have a lovely after taste once the sticky caramel has left there is a nice nutty flavour left to linger. I enjoy the nougat, which is very light and fluffy. I think topics would taste better with a bit less caramel as it is to sticky and sickly.
Overall, I would recommend topics as a nice filling snack. They are unhealthy but taste great. Topic is a lovely chocolate bar with nougat, hazelnuts, caramel and chocolate.
Nutritional information per bar
Energy 979 kj
I had forgotten all about Topic bars until they were on offer in our local newsagent and I decided to remind myself about them.
A Topic bar contains a really soft and chewy white nougat centre with hazelnuts and caramel on the top of it. There are plenty of hazelnuts. In fact I find the overall taste of this chocolate bar is really nutty.
The best thing about this chocolate bar is the nougart that is really very chewy. It can sometimes get a bit stuck on your teeth but this small inconvenience is worth it!
They are pretty rich tasting and very sweet, and I find a bar is a little bit too much for me. I really like the tiny ones that you get in Celebrations!! Although obviously I even manage to overindulge on those!
Nutritional Info per bar:
12.3g of fat
That is not healthy but then what choclate bars are these days?
These Topic bars are 47 grams and cost about 50 pence. They are inline with other chocolate bars.
Overall I like them. Although they are not my favourite, they are worth a try every so often for a change! The nougart is delicious!
So there I was the other day walking round town emptying my lifeboat collecting boxes in various hotels and shops and I lost track of time until I suddenly realised just how hungry I was feeling. My tummy was rumbling and I was starting to feel a bit dizzy so I decided that a good healthy lunch was in order.
So I did the only thing that seemed appropriate in the circumstances - I treated myself to a Topic bar! I bought it from the local paper shop and it cost me 45p for a 47g bar, although as with all these sorts of chocolate bars they are available in the supermarket in multi packs which makes the price per bar slightly less.
I do occasionally have a chocolate bar as a treat, although I know I really shouldn't! My favourites are Topic, Picnic and Crunchie and as I say this particular day was definitely a Topic day!
By the way - is it just me or are Topic bars smaller than they used to be? Maybe it is just my imagination.
Topic is made by Mars and the wrapper is pretty much the same as it always has been. It's a bright orangey red with the word Topic in white across the front with a hazelnut in the middle of the letter 'o'.
The description on the wrapper tells us that the contents are 'milk chocolate, hazelnuts, soft nougat and smooth caramel centre'.
I carefully peeled back the wrapper to reveal the chocolate bar. The chocolate looks nice and thick and has ridges along the top. As I bit into the bar I could then see how the inside was arranged. As I said the whole thing is covered in chocolate so there was chocolate on the top the bottom and both sides. The inside mainly consisted of the soft, white nougat with a generous sprinkling of hazelnuts and a layer of the caramel on the top of it.
The mixture of all the tastes is perfect. It is nice and sweet without being sickly. The texture is chewy but quite light and there are plenty of nice crunchy hazelnuts which I love. Incidentally I love all sorts of nuts and enjoy chocolates with nuts in but can't stand peanuts in chocolate, although I like peanuts by themselves - oh well, I have always been a bit strange!
The 47g bar is just the right size for me to enjoy without it being too much. I know there are those of you who would say that you cannot have too much chocolate but I do find too much is a bit sickly for me and it spoils my enjoyment.
Just a word of caution a bar of Topic contains 234 calories and 12.3g of fat.
Anyway in conclusion this is something that I only have occasionally but it's a treat I really enjoy!!
Topic was always one of my favourite chocolate bars as a teenager, and funnily enough I strayed to them again at the weekend while doing my lottery number's, It's been a while since I bought one and was a bit shocked at the price, I paid 41p for a 41g bar at my local costcutter store and once I had paid for my daughter's jelly tots I didn't have much change from a £1.
The chocolate bar comes in a red wrapper with white wording on the front, it's rectangular in shape and contains hazelnuts, nougat and caramel, and they are made by the well known brand mars.
I like mine straight from the fridge as I think the nougat tastes better a little hard and as I took my first bite It bought back all the memories I had of it. I eat mine in an unusual way as I suck it in my mouth until the chocolate, nougat and caramel have dissapeared and just the hazlenuts are left, then I get the full taste of the hazlenuts!!!I then get each individual flavour, I also do the same for snickers until I'm left with the peanuts, strange I know but true.
The other ingredients are :
sugar, glucose, syrup, hazlenuts, milk powder, cocoa, butter, vegetable fat, lactose, whey powder, milk fat, barley malt, salt, emulsifier, egg white, vanilla extract, milk protein, traces of peanut and almond.
Topic has 234 calories per bar and contains 12.3g of fat.
You can also enjoy topic bars in miniature as they come in the celebrations assorted chocolates too, I always buy these at christmas as most people enjoy one of the chocolates inside them.
Well I had my blast from the past while consuming my topic, my next will be at christmas when I buy my usual large tin of celebrations!!
The Topic may not be one of the most high profile or popular chocolate snacks manufactured by Mars, but that's not to say it's not a good one.
The Topic is currently made in France and is marketed all over Europ as well as the USA. The bar itself is rectangular shaped and consists of a bed of nougat mixed with hazelnut bits covered in caramel and wrapped inside a delicious coating of Mars chocolate.
The Topic is probably quite similar to another bar made by Mars, the Snickers bar, but would not be as popular as that heavyweight.
In my opinion, the topic is a cracking little snack and the mix of ingredients makes for a bar with a great texture and taste. A single bar will set you back around 40 pence and is available from all the usual confectionery retailers.
Perfect for chocolate fans that like a light and smoky treat.
In my personal opinion out of all of the chocolate bars that Mars make this had to be the favourite of the lot, there is no need for the Mars Bar when you have the topic.
It is just perfect with Mars milk chocolate covering a nougat centre topped in delicious hazelnuts and caramel. What more could anyone ask for. It has a perfect balance of everything and just tastes great. In my opinion it tastes better after a few hours in the fridge, not too long otherwise the caramel goes too hard.
Well surpisingly enough this is a hard chocolate bar to get hold of and i cannot get it in my local sainsburys store. Which is a nightmare as i need to stock up as and when i see them, which is not as often as you think.
What'a more the company i work for occassionally do work for the Mars factory so i can buy bags of sweets and even though they are a brand of chocolate they manufacture they are still impossible to get hold of.
So make sure you grab a topic and try one when you see it they are lovely. It a chocolate bar you would not want to miss !!
The Mars Topic bar contains milk chocolate, hazelnuts, soft nougat and a smooth caramel center.