Product Type: Nestle Chocolate
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Chocolate, a Game and a Lesson in Zoology in One Product
Nestle Animal Bar
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Nestle Animal Bar
Advantages: Pure, simple chocolate
When I was younger, the rule was that you came in from school and had some orange juice and a chocolate snack - not a full chocolate bar, but something smallish like a two-finger KitKat, or one of these, an Animal Bar. The habit stuck, but the problem now is that I "come in from school" two, three, sometimes four times per day since my classes run from 7am until 9pm with many breaks in between. Although generally I have progressed to eating proper sized chocolate bars now I am a fully fledged grown up, eating two, three or sometimes four of these every day is something even I, a seasoned chocoholic, would admit is a bad idea, so I was thrilled when Big Sis came to visit recently and brought me two packs of Animal Bars. At just 97 calories per bar, I can get my chocolate fix at regular intervals during the day without feeling too guilty.
Animal Bars have changed little over the years, except in their availability - they disappeared for awhile, following years of being found everywhere, but now they are readily available again in most supermarkets, and cost under £1 for a pack of 4 bars.
The fun starts with Animal Bars before you even get to the eating part. They come with two wrappings - a silver foil covered by a paper sleeve. The latter includes a game or puzzle on the inside, and these vary from bar to bar though, like Christmas cracker jokes, you do get some repetition after a while. These are aimed at children, but I still tend to have a go too. I'm quite good at spotting "How many parrots are flying to the left, and how many to the right" and I'm even better at spotting the lack of punctuation in most of their instructions.
Once you've exhausted the mild brain training, you get to the chocolate itself. I love bars wrapped in foil - there's something about opening it up and carefully trying not to rip it, and feeling it crinkling beneath your fingers. From a more scientific point of view, I like how it keeps chocolate crisp and fresh, something Mexican chocolatiers clearly do not think is important. The bars have two pieces, each embossed with an animal motif - in front of me I have Bertha Bear and Ron Rhino. These animals are 3D, adding a little something to what is essentially just a plain bar of chocolate. The other animals in the series include an Antelope, an Iguana and a Leopard among others - not your usual animal selection. Perhaps you could even count these as educational, given that they introduce children to less common species?
Animal bars are pure milk chocolate. They do not make nutty or flavoured varieties - it's simple, back to basics chocolate, with nothing to complicate them, and this is why I love them. Masterfoods have Galaxy, and Cadbury's have Dairy Milk, but Nestle have never had a big name in your regular straight up chocolate bars - they tried with Yorkie, but these are so chunky they don't really fit into the same category as the other two. The chocolate they use in Animal Bars is delicious. It is not too sweet, even though it is milk chocolate, and it melts on your tongue easily, without leaving an after taste. The animal images add texture, without resorting to including raisins or peanuts or anything icky like that. These bars are great kept in the fridge. This stops them melting and the animal motif getting blurred (not to make you jealous, or anything, but November in Mexico is roasting hot) but because the chocolate is quite thin, it still doesn't make them too hard to bite into.
My one gripe with these bars is the calorie content per size ratio. One bar is good - just 97 calories. However, sometimes one is not enough. Eating two of these gives you more calories than a full-sized Wispa (which Big Sis also brought over for me) which is odd since a Wispa seems much more satisfying.
These bars are perfect for children's lunchboxes, giving a sweet treat that is not too bad for them (compare it to a Mars bar, and these look positively saintly) or for grown-ups wanting a short, sharp chocolate hit. If white chocolate is more your thing, Nestle also make Milky Bars which are essentially a paler version of Animal Bars.
Summary: A nice small chocolate bar for when you need a quick fix