Being someone who has a sweet tooth, I am partial to the occasional bar of chocolate. Unfortunately, my children are the same. So waiting to pay for groceries at the till in my local Asda can be a nightmare as a decent selection of chocolate bars and sweets are normally displayed in this area. I picked up three chocolate bars, one being this particular snack, costing £1.00 for 3 or 43p for one.
Why did I buy it?
I bought it because this was one of those bars I would buy regularly as a teenager, and since it was one I hadn't eaten for awhile, I thought it would make a nice treat.
What is this?
A caramel flavoured bar. Its not referred to as a ' chocolate ' bar and I can only assume this is the case because there is no cocoa solid/butter present in its ingredients. But I'm sure we all call this chocolate regardless!
How is it packaged?
Wrapped in the typical plastic covering most chocolate bars are in these days. Mainly orange and yellow in colouring, with all the relevant details you would require on the back e.g ingredients list, nutritional information, and company contact details etc. No mention of whether this is suitable for vegetarians so I assume no it isn't.
Vegetable Fat, Sugar, Lactose, Sweetened Condensed Skimmed Milk, Skimmed Milk Powder, Butterfat, Emulsifier (Sunflower Lecithin), Treacle, Flavouring, Salt
Typical values Per bar
Energy 726 kJ
Protein 1.8 g
Carbohydrate 16.9 g
of which sugars: 16.9 g
Fat 11.0 g
of which: saturates 9.1 g
Sodium 0.04 g
Salt equivalent 0.10 g
How does it look/taste?
Rectangular in shape, milky coffee in colour. Not very shiny in look, quite matt in fact. The bar is sectioned of into six, and in each section is an imprint of the word ' caramac', which allows easy separation of bar and allows you to eat piece by piece or even share rather than having to take bites out of the bar.
Taste is sweet but not too much ( for me that is! ). A little similar to the taste of white chocolate in regards to creaminess, but has a slight toffee/caramel note to it which strangely enough balances it out so its not sickly.
The chocolate does melt in the mouth, but I don't find it to be the smoothest I've ever had, in fact slightly gritty in texture. I do find that although the bar itself is very flat and there not being too much of it, the amount you get is quite satisfying in regards to keeping at bay the need for a sugar/chocolate rush. Nothing bitter about this bar, so perfect for people who don't like the taste of ' proper ' chocolate ( high cocoa content ).
Any negatives? This isn't the first thing to grab if your on a diet. The amount of sugar and fat per bar is scary, but I try to close my eyes and forget that information and just enjoy it for what it is!
Would I buy this again? Yes I would. This is a great alternative for someone who doesn't want to buy a traditional chocolate bar e.g dark/milk/plain or white, and wants something different, but sweet as well. They are readily available, and make a nice treat for the sweet toothed people out there!
Caramac is another one of those 'chocolates' I remember from my childhood - I use the inverted comma's as of course it isn't actually a chocolate bar in the conventional sense, and infact the description on the packaging calls it simply a 'caramel flavoured bar'.
The wrapper is old fashioned and looks exactly as I always remember it to be - the majority of it is bright red with yellow ends and a 'Caramac' written in yellow script across the middle, with a small nestle emblem above it.
Looking at the ingredients, anyone can tell it's not exactly good for you - on the plus side there aren't any E numbers, but it does contain things like treacle, sugar and butterfat. Yum! Not making it sound all that good am I? On the plus side it apparently doesn't have any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
Well if you don't have a real sweet tooth then you should pass this bar by, there's a good chance you won't like it. I'm not good at describing flavours, but there is a very strong caramel flavour and the treacle element is also quite imposing, however the edge is slightly taken off by the more mundane flavour of the milk. It's very unusual in the sense that the bar is smooth with a melt in the mouth texture, but as you chew it I can also detect a slight powdery sensation.
In appearance the bar is designed into breakable sections, each inscribed with 'caramac' and the colour is very creamy, much like very milky tea. It is only a few mm thick which is just as well because this gets pretty sickly very quickly and I'm saying that as someone who loves chocolate, cakes and the like.
You can probably get an idea of just who sweet and unhealthy this is from the sheer number of calories - a bar will set you back 174 which doesn't seem all that bad when comparing it to say a cadbury's caramel, but it is a smaller bar. Per 100g of this you'll consume 571 calories which is happily over 1/4 of most people's recommended daily intake.
Price wise I think I paid about 45p for one yesterday which is a pretty good price for a sweet fix nowadays.
I only tend to eat a couple of these a year - partially because of the sickly factor and partly because it's not massively available. Yes you're likely to find it in large supermarkets, but a large portion of corner shop type places are unlikely to keep it in stock. I would guess this is because the market this bar appeals to is quite small in comparison to most chocolate bars and space is usually at a premium. I think alot of purchasers of this bar, buy it just to remind them of their childhood!
Caramac has been around for years! Actually since 1959! (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caramac). Caramac comes in a Red and Golden wrapper. I remember loving these tasty bars as a child. I would often buy these at my local corner shop. The taste really is unique. It is very buttery and a great alternative to chocolate. The colour of the Caramac bar itself is like a golden beige.
Whilst the taste is really nice and sugary; if you were to eat too much, it would become a bit sickly. For this reason, even though its tempting to want more, i would only recommend eating one bar at a time! My kids love these, but they have to be rationed!
You can buy Caramac in single bars or in packs. A 30g bar at Asda currently only costs 43pence, but you can buy 3 x 30g bars for only a £1.00 at Asda too. I think this is well worth it; great value for money when you consider the price of other sweet bars.
Vegetable fat, Sugar, Lactose, Sweetened condensed skimmed Milk, Skimmed Milk powder, Butter, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Treacle, Salt, Flavouring.
Caramac may contain traces of Wheat Gluten
Each 30g bar contains 173kcals
Caramac has no artificial flavourings, colours or preservatives
If you have never tried these, give them a go.... you will be pleasantly surprised! Worthy of 4 Dooyoo stars in my view.
This has to be one of my favourite confectionary bars and I challenge anyone that I could eat them under the table with these although I guess they are not too good for you in terms of the fat content and sugar content. I use the word chocolate very loosely because I do not think it is chocolate at all but rather a confectionary bar but for the purpose of ease I will refer to it as chocolate!
Caramac has been on the market since 1959 so have been around since before I was born. They were a familiar brand of chocolate all the way through my childhood and were originally made by Mackintosh. They got their name because the bar was caramel flavoured and because of the manufacturers name Mackintosh. = CARA+MAC
They used to be wrapped in gold foil and then the familiar gold and red paper wrapping around the outside. Today however they are still sold in the familiar red and gold colours but the wrapping has been replaced by a plastic covering. They are sold for between 45-50P depending on where you buy them.
This bar of chocolate is very sweet indeed hence it only being sold in very thin bars. I am sure I would love to eat a half pound bar if they should ever make one. They are not sold in all shops and sometimes they are quite difficult to track down.
Each bar is miniscule in my opinion weighing in at only a mere 2oz in weight but they are extremely tasty and moreish.
The company amalgamated with Rowntrees another confectionary company and eventually succumbed and were swallowed up by the mega big company Nestle. It is now produced and sold by them.
So what are they like?
The bar of chocolate is very thin and is a light tan brown/ yellow colour it has the word caramac moulded in the bar. The smell of the chocolate bar is very sweet indeed. Taste: This bar tastes delightful of creamy yummy caramel and is quite cloying in the mouth. It is made with condensed milk sugar and butter with added flavourings. You can get the taste of caramel and the lovely buttery sweet taste.
Sadly your treat is quickly over and always leaves you wanting more due to its meagre size. I absolutely adore these chocolate bars and if anyone wants to please me all they would have to do is give me one of these bars. I am reliably informed that Tesco sells these which is typical as I rarely shop in Tesco if ever. My idea of heaven would be a half pound bar of Caramac!
There have been some variant productions of Caramac in as much as they have been sold in the guise of Easter Eggs and just recently covered the kit Kat bar as a special edition.
The taste is a wonderfully sweet creamy caramel taste and a bit cloying whilst being eaten. However you do not get that much in a bar and I am always left wanting more...
Nutritionally they are not very healthy but if eaten once in a while as a treat will do you no harm unless of course you are diabetic.
Fat content. 10.8g
Would I recommend them!
Does the sun rise every morning in the East?
Oh boy yes I would and in my opinion these have gone off the dooyoo star scale. By the way while you are at it getting one for yourself remember me and get one for me too if you please!
For roughly forty or fifty pence you can purchase a really unique flavoured chocolate bar compared to some of its contemporaries on the shelves, this being the Caramac. It has very distinctive packaging of red and yellow and as I far as I remember it has been that way since I was a young child.
Once opened the bar inside is much thinner than a bar of Cadburys Dairy Milk for example but it cracks beautifully either when done with your fingers or with your teeth. The chocolate gives of a wonderful aroma and is golden mustard like in colour. However the most amazing characteristic of this brand is the fantastic taste which is caramel like. It is not chocolate with caramel in and it is not white chocolate, it is just caramel flavoured chocolate and so offers something completely different from other manufacturers of confectionery. Both children and adults will really appreciate this product and even when chilled as the bar is thin it is not too bad for someone's teeth to bite.
I genuinely really love this brand and the taste is out of this world, so rich and creamy and makes a great change from milk, dark or white varieties of chocolate. Like many popular confectionery items these are now also available as a choc ice type bar which is also very good. One of the standard bars contains roughly 169 calories and 11g of fat and so is a little better than many bars you would find in the stores along with this one. A great bar of caramel flavoured chocolate that is always extremely enjoyable as regards taste and texture.
Whilst shopping yesterday in the local food store I had an absolute nightmare that led to me being reacquainted with an old friend.
The nightmare? The store's card reader declined both my cards and I had no cash on me - fortunately the problem turned out to be their equipment rather than my finances.
The old friend? Whilst trying to cover my embarrassment from the queue of shuffling customers behind me I looked down at the confectionery rack straight at a bar of Caramac, something that I hadn't eaten for at least 20 years.
Caramac was initially launched in 1959 by Mackintosh (caramac is a contraction of caramel and mackintosh) and after 50+ years is still going strong. This is one of the few bars you can buy off of the sweet rack that isn't made from cocoa or its derivatives, instead its ingredients include sweetened condensed milk, sugar, butter and treacle.
Given the ingredients it's hardly surprising that the finished product is extremely sweet. When I was younger this seemed heavenly but after a 20 year gap it came as a bit of a shock to the system, initially the sweetness put my teeth on edge. Then there's the flavour, it comes across as artificial (the strap line on the wrapping is "the caramel flavour bar" rather than "the caramel bar" after all). Rather than building slowly like the taste of chocolate does, Caramac is there immediately hammering on your taste buds.
None of the above is necessarily a bad thing however. The size of the bar at 30gr is just enough to get the hit of sweetness without it being too overpowering - there used to be a Caramac Easter Egg apparently, I can't think of anything more horrific.
Again given the ingredients this is never going to be the healthiest of bars. This is borne out by the nutritional information supplied on the bar, 30gr contains 173 calories, 16.7gr carbohydrates (16.4gr are sugars) and 11gr fat of which 9.7gr is saturates. On the plus side it should be added that Caramac is suitable for vegetarians and is free from eggs and nuts.
And so how do I feel about my old friend after all these years? Well my tastes have definitely changed and I don't think I could eat this as often as I used to (I can hear the waistband on my trousers sighing with relief as I type that). My occasional treat list will however have Caramac added to it - at 43p per bar a treat I can afford even if the card reader breaks down again.
I got 2 bars of Nestle Caramacs for my birthday. I gave one half of a bar to a member of my family.
The packaging is nice and simple: red and yellow. The background is red with the 'Nestle' logo at the top and 'caramac' written on the front in yellow.
the sides where you open the bar up are also printed yellow.
You get 6 thinish, longish chunks in 1 bars of a Caramac. As i was spliting up the bar to share, some of the pieces shattered easily. This makes it difficult to eat as when you hold it to bite, there is a risk of it snapping into small pieces and dropping on the ground. Each square has the words 'caramac' in bumpy letters. I also realised that the bar was slightly a lighter colour than it used to be.
The taste wasn't as strong as it used to be and took me and my family member a few of our pieces to get the full flavour. I swear they used to be a LITTLE bit stronger. Still, the Chocolate was creamy and light and i thought it tasted like Caramel after i ate a few of my share.
Over all i give the Caramac bar 3 out of 5 beacause of the design of it shattering very easily and the flavour not being quite as powerfull. Still lovely Chocolate and the caramel flavour was not at all synthetic and came across well after 2 pieces.
Chocolate is one of my major vices and I love white chocolate in particular. Caramac is a really unique bar that is produced by Nestle. You can buy individual bars at most good supermarkets, it costs 43p for a bar from Tesco's.
The Caramac bar has a plastic wrapper and there is a strong retro feel to the packaging. The bright yellow and orange packet make it stand out on the shelf, and I've been buying these since I was a child. Nestle describe this as "the caramel flavour bar".
The bar itself is thin and formed of rectangular blocks with Caramac printed on them. It has a pale beige colour and smells yummy. The chocolate melts in your mouth and has a super sweet taste that is similar to white chocolate but has a rich caramel flavour. It has a thick creamy texture that is gorgeous and smooth.
One bar contains a whopping 173 calories so this is not diet friendly! It's also packed full of sugar, with over half of the contents of the bar being sugar. But they are super tasty and work well if you eat them as an occasional treat. Sometimes I find they can bcome a bit sickly and I end up having just half a bar to satisfy my sugar cravings and keep my calorie intake that little bit lower.
Caramac is a unique tasting chocolate bar that stands out from the crowd and I've not found anything else that matches up to it. 5 stars for Nestle on this one!
Ingredients: Vegetable Fat, Sugar, Lactose, Sweetened Condensed Skimmed Milk, Skimmed Milk Powder, Butter, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Treacle, Salt, Flavouring
Nutritional values per 100g:
Energy 2355 kJ - 565 kcal
Carbohydrate 54.4g - of which sugars 54.4g
Fat 36.0g - of which saturates 31.6g
The Caramac chocolate bar reminds me of childhood! I would be allowed a treat at the weekend and I would quite often choose the Caramac. My sister went to the shop to buy some munch for us both and came back with one of these! I was very excited as I havn't eaten one of these chocolate bars since I was very little.
The Caramac is one of the many items that is made from 'Nestle'. It comes in a very bright red and yellow packet, which seemed to catch my eye as it stood out from the rest of the sweets and chocolate.
The bar itself is very thin but quite long. I think that this is good because I find that Caramacs can be quite sickening. If the bar was chunky like a a bar of Galaxy then it would simply be to much! The bar is divided into rectangular sections; each section has 'Caramac' pressed into it. Me and my sister shared this bar of chocolate so the rectangular sections made it easy to divide equally and share.
The taste of the Caramac bar is quite rich and sweet! It has a very unique taste and is definately now one of my favourite chocolate bars. You can purchase these bars for around 35p in most shops but the price will vary depending on where you buy it. If you are not too fond on very sweet things then this is not the right chocolate for you. On the other hand if you have a sweet tooth, then it is perfect!
Caramac bars are amongst the oldest I can remember from my childhood. They have been around for decades, and still remain popular to this day.
Their long lasting success probably lies in their unique taste, shape and appareance. The chocolate bar is very thin and quite long, with a striking red and yellow packaging. Inside, the chocolate itself is light gold in colour, and is split into rectangles with the logo 'Caramac' on each piece.
The taste is smooth, and rich, but honestly not to my liking.
It's alright as an occassional treat, but it's very sugary and I always find myself seeking a large glass of water afterwards. I think eating too many Caramac's in one go, or the easter egg, would lead to extreme nausia. I already find myself feeling sickish after eating a whole bar.
Don't get me wrong, they're pleasurable enough to eat - but because of their unique taste and ingredients, I find it's probably best to do so in small doses. I find the 'Gold Bar' by McVities a lot more bearable for some reason - maybe because the dry taste is broken up with crunch biscuit - as opposed to the Caramac bar which is just pure gold chocolate.
I think this is one of those chocolate bars that you either love or hate depending on your taste buds. I love the Caramac bar and it's taste is like no other chocolate bar around.
Caramac bars have been around for ages, since 1959 in fact, so I do see them as a slightly old fashioned chocolate bar.
The bar is very smooth only very very thin - the same thickness as a Milky Bar - which really isn't enough to satisfy any sweet craving in my opinion and I always seem to want more whenever I'm finished with the one. It has a kind of pale yellowy-brown colour, similar to the colour of caramel or toffee.
It has a very sweet smell and it's taste is even sweeter, with a sweet and creamy caramel flavour. It's more like a candy bar than a chocolate bar actually as there's no chocolate in it. This is why the thinness of the bar is such a good thing as it's far too sickly sweet to be any thicker. I don't find them overly sickly personally, but I do know that some people will definitely find them too sickly for their taste buds.
I remember that this used to be one of my favourite chocolate bars when I was little but I haven't had one in ages now. This may be because they're probably not as popular as most of today's favourite chocolate bars which means that they aren't sold everywhere so are quite hard to find. Whenever I do see one being sold anywhere though, I always have very good memories of eating them and have to buy one again.
For those who like caramel flavoured treats and for those with a very sweet tooth, I'd thoroughly recommend trying a Caramac bar if you haven't already, as they are so good.
I can't believe I haven't written about a Caramac before, they're wicked chocolate bars and like an adult version of a Milky Way because it's what you have when you fancy chocolate but can't face anything too strong.
It's a long thin bar of chocolate that weighs 30g, it's dead flat and you get about 6 wide pieces of chocolate out of it. It's one of them bars that I wouldn't bother breaking off though because it's dead easy to bite into and just munch away off the bar! lol
A Caramac is caramel flavoured chocolate, the bar is solid chocolate and there is no filling in it because it's the actual chocolate that has been given a caramel flavour. It's a pale golden colour and looks like a cross between normal and white chocolate, the colour of it isn't very nice actually even though it's dead unusual because I'm not mad keen on white chocolate and it always reminds me of that.
The flavour is yummy though, it's got a gorgeous caramel taste and even though it doesn't actually TASTE of chocolate you can tell by the feel of it that it's a nice creamy chocolate bar. And it deffo is creamy, a Caramac melts in your mouth as soon as you put a piece in your mouth and as it melts you get a the delish caramel flavour in the smooth melted chocolate. Lush!
Caramac's are majorly sweet, the first bite doesn't taste that sugary but the more you eat the sweeter it gets. I reckon that's why it's in such a thin bar because it would get mega sickly if you ate too much of it, you can deffo taste the sugar in this chocolate bar and it starts getting a bit overpowering by the time you've nearly finished it.
A bar costs about 45p and is worth that, it's always one of the cheapest chocolate bars in the shop and one you know you'll have enough for if you've only got 50p in your pocket! lol It's got to be cheaper because of it being so thin and really it should be EVEN cheaper because it doesn't take long to eat... but don't tell Nestle that or they'll hike the price up!!
Recently I started seeing these again after a bit of an absence, were they withdrawn for a while? If so, they should have never been brought back.
It's not a chocolate bar, as there's no chocolate in it, but in actual fact I suspect it's far unhealthier than your average chocolate bar. All it consists of is sweet, hardened caramel. It;s very sweet. It's like they've just melted the sugar and put it in a mould and not done anything else. It is also very hard. I don't like this kind of hard and crispy caramel at all. To me, this isn't caramel even.
However, if you like very sweet things or hardened caramel you probably won't have a problem with this bar.
Again, normally I don't bang on about nutrition, but with this I feel it is essential to post it so you know what you're eating:
16.3g sugar (I was suprised this wasn't higher)
10.8 g fat
This is per 30g, yes that's right - it basically just sugar and fat. Now does it seem so appealing? The sooner Nestle re-withdraws this product the better. Apparently it's not even suitable for people with gluten allergies, though why this should be I have no idea.
I cant remember the first time I tried a caramac bar however it was when I was really little and from then on, these Nestle caramac bars became my favourite chocolate bar throughout my childhood. They were probably the bar I ate the most through my childhood as well and I always looked forward to my next one as I was only allowed chocolate as a treat on few occasions so I couldn't wait to get another and another.
As I got older though I didn't really eat these much, or at all and there must have been about 5 years or so without even thinking about one let alone buying and eating one which is strange but I guess these bars kind of slipped my mind. They are also quite hard to find too though and I believe they are being sold less and less I'm not sure why that is though as there still a fantastic tasting product.
The caramac bar isn't really a massive bar but it is a bit bigger than most in length and width however it is really thin and so your not really getting a lot for your money as they are about the same price as other chocolate bars on the market as well. However caramac bars aren't about that there about the taste and boy do they taste good.
They have a really creamy and quite rich caramel flavour to them, there really sweet too though, a bit like white chocolate but with caramel is probably how I would best describe them and of course they are that amazing golden chocolate colour. Just a great chocolate bar that always reminds me of my childhood whenever I eat one.
Nestle Caramac is somewhat of an enigma. To all intents and purposes it's a chocolate bar but one which doesn't contain chocolate. Confused yet? It feels like a chocolate bar. It's the same thickness as a chocolate bar of the same size. Its even divided into segments like a chocolate bar. Only its not a chocolate bar.
A chocolate bar contains milk and sugar and most importantly cocoa or coco butter. Caramac contains condensed milk and theres not a cocoa bean in sight. It bills itself as the caramel flavoured bar.
Its most definitely an acquired taste and one I acquired way back in the 1970s when the original bar came wrapped in gold foil with a red paper outer. Its current vacuum packed easy tear plastic packaging is vaguely reminiscent of this with yellow end caps on the predominantly red packaging.
The contents look like a dark version of a white chocolate bar, the smell is vaguely like caramel but not overly so, definitely not as strong a fragrance as I remember. That said the flavour is very insipid too. I recall a blast of caramel goodness in each mouth-watering mouthful. Instead its all rather insipid, if I didn't know it was supposed to be caramel flavoured I wouldn't have had a clue. Theres a very mild flavour there but its more like creamy white chocolate than anything else.
That said its not unpleasant, in fact had I not had childhood memories to compare it to I wouldn't have been disappointed at all. Its an unusual flavour and one I like.
A 37p 30g bar contains 173 calories and is not suitable for consumption by those with wheat gluten allergies.