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I am trying to eat more healthily, but some days the vending machine in work can prove too tempting. On one of those days, I was tempted by Lion Bars. I don't often eat Lion bars, mainly because I don't like them that much, but I keep forgetting this fact and buying more. I think it was because when I was younger, I loved these bars, and keep expecting them to taste the same, but there has been something changed along the way (similar to a lot of other bars on the market).
Lion bars have been around since the 1970's and the initial recipe contained Special K cereal, rather than the crisped rice that the bar contains now. It was initially marketed by Rowntree's, although the company was taken over by Nestle in 1998, and most of the Rowntree's chocolates are now marketed as Nestle products. I know a lot of people who avoid Nestle for ethical reasons. And while I would like to say I did, but I keep finding that I buy their products almost without thinking about it, if I am totally honest.
The bar is made up of a filling of a cream filled wafer, caramel (30%), cereals (5%) and is coated in chocolate. The bar itself looks quite thick and the cereal gives it a rough appearance. It also makes it harder to bite off a chunk to eat. The combination of the wafer, caramel and chocolate does mean that this is a very sweet bar.
While I do like all of the components that are within this bar, I find that the bar all together is too sweet and I struggle to finish a bar. The thickness and the nobbly texture makes the bar harder to bite, and the chewiness of the caramel and the wafer seems to also prove a problem for my teeth. Combined with the sweetness of the elements of the bar, this is a tough bar to eat. In this bar's favour though, the chocolate isn't as sweet as some of Cadbury's chocolate, which means that it's not just as sweet as it could be. My teeth don't thank me for eating this bar though!
This bar has no artificial colours, preservatives or colours but may contain traces of nuts and soya.
Each bar contains:
Calories 256kcal (13% of a female's GDA)
Sugars 27.6g (31% of a female's GDA)
Fat 11.9g (17% of a female's GDA)
Saturates 7.4g (37% of a female's GDA)
Salt 0.18g (8% of a female's GDA)
You can also now buy a Lion bar cereal, but the very thought of it seems to put my teeth on edge, as I can imagine it would be too sweet to the point of being inedible. There is also a 75g 'King Size' bar available, but this would prove too much for me. I used to buy the mini bars (I'm not sure these are still available?) and these were nice and not as sweet as eating a full bar.
My bar cost me 65p for a 52g bar, and they are available in most grocery stores and corner shops for a similar price.
Working my way cheerfully along the wonderful world of chocolate bars in the high street stores not so long ago, a batch of Lion bars caught my eye. As they say, try anything once, except incest and Morris dancing.
The Lion bar was introduced around 1977 by Rowntree of York, which was acquired by Nestle in 1988. Under its new owners the recipe and packaging were changed slightly.
SIZE, APPEARANCE AND TASTE
For 89p I picked up a 75g bar at a local newsagent. The wrapper is a distinctive shiny dark brown, with the image of a lion's head (well, a woodpecker's head might have looked a bit silly with a name like that) alongside the name in yellow, outlined in red and beside a cross-section of a bar, the insides of which I'll come to shortly.
Measuring about 6½" x 1", or 13cm x 2.5 cm, it has a knobbly appearance, due to the crisp rice cereal used in the milk chocolate covering. It's not divided into visible chunks, and if it was it would be pretty hard to break. Instead, take a bite and you will find that inside are three layers of thick wafer, with caramel in between. It's more one to chew rather than to allow to melt in the mouth, and therefore lasts longer than a pure chocolate bar of the same size which could easily be scoffed in a few seconds. It leaves quite a filling but very pleasant aftertaste.
The only slight downside is that like a biscuit it tends to leave a few crumbs, so if you don't have a plate handy, remember to tidy up afterwards. Also the common wisdom is that you should generally keep chocolate bars in the fridge, particularly in warm weather. (I remember years ago having a Wispa bar in my lunch box at work one hot summer's day, and having to scrape it off the wrapper with a spoon is not quite the same). Make an exception in this case. By all means keep it somewhere cool between purchase and eating, but a refrigerated Lion bar - or so they say, as I haven't tried - would be extremely hard and probably test even the strongest of teeth. No lion - I mean lyin' - you have been warned.
According to the wrapper, each 75g bar contains 370 calories, or 18% of an adult's GDA (Guideline Daily Amount). It may contain traces of nuts and soya.
White Lion and Peanut Lion bars have been made available in Europe. I have yet to see them in this country, except online, which hardly counts, although the pictures are particularly inviting. Amazon.co.uk sell them in bulk, though, a box of 40 x 43g White Lion bars at £13.78 (i.e. 34p each), and 40 x 41g Peanut Lion bars at £14.26 (36p each), prices including free delivery. By the way, they are advertised as limited editions, which I always think is a rather peculiar way of describing an item of food. It conjures up visions of each box being individually numbered like a screen print, which I don't think is the case.
There is also a rival version by Cadbury in Canada called Mr Big. The name doesn't seem the same as Lion somehow. For a start, it's spelt differently. Well done on spotting that.
I really enjoyed the standard bar. The caramel and wafer filling mean that it is chewy and doesn't dissolve inside your mouth in seconds, and so it lasts that little bit longer, which is a definite bonus. Some may find it a little on the sweet side, but I didn't find it so to the point of sickliness - it was just about right for me. In view of all that, and the taste, I'd certainly recommend this one. As for the White and Peanut variations - well, I might be tempted to order a box of one or the other, or even both, the next time I have enough Amazon vouchers to spare.
[Revised version of a review I originally posted on ciao]
I ate a Lion Bar for the first time in a while a few weeks ago and since then when I have gone to a shop to buy chocolate this brand has been my first choice as it reminded me of how good they taste. They are manufactured by Nestle and are presented to you in a brown wrapper with the head of a lion printed on as the logo a long with the name of the product in yellow with red trim.
They average at around sixty pence in price although if you buy them in a multi pack I'm sure you can make some good savings, I have bought several from a charity confectionery selection in a friend of mines workplace and they cost sixty pence and I am fairly certain they are the same give or take a few pence in stores all over the place.
The bar itself consists of wafer, caramel and cereals covered in milk chocolate and the taste and texture is fantastic although if it has been chilled or stored in the fridge I recommend you be careful when you bite in to it as you could hurt your teeth if you don't go steady. The caramel with the cereals and wafer complement each other perfectly and it makes a really nice change if you are inclined to often eat a Mars Bar or something like a Snickers. I am a massive fan of Cadbury chocolates but the milk chocolate on this bar although different is splendid and when eaten with the other components is so tasty and so enjoyable with a glass of milk or my own favourite a mug of tea.
Nutritionally it doesn't seem much worse than other confectionery items with each bar containing 269 calories and 12.7g of fat but because of this should probably be enjoyed as an occasional treat and as part of a balanced diet. This is currently one of my favourite chocolate bars and I am sure you would enjoy them to.
One bar I often seem to forget in favour of pure chocolate like Twirl, or something filling like Snickers, is Lion. These were four bars for £1 at Poundland so I took a handful.
The wrapper hasn't changed much from my memory. It's dark brown, with red and yellow words 'Lion' on the front and of course a picture of a roaring Lion. I rather like it.
This bar has a real mixture of ingredients in it. It contains wafer, caramel and crisp cereal covered in milk chocolate.
What makes this bar unusual is its shape. Most bars conform to the norm and are broken into five or six chunks or are one solid cuboid bar shape. This however, is different. It doesn't have smooth edges and it's all lumpy and bumpy all over. These is only one other bar I can think of like this, Picnic.
I bought mine on a hot day so put it in a fridge to stop it melting everywhere. Sadly, this does make a difference and unless you remember to get it out early, like me you'll find it loses its chewiness, and you have to snap it into bits or bite really hard.
The combination of ingredients work well together. The wafer and crisps are light, the caramel gives it a change of texture and chewiness and of course, the chocolate holds it all together.
Not only is this tasty, but it's satisfying to eat and you get lots of flavours all in one. Will be getting this again soon.
Lion Bars seem to have gotten pretty slin thesedays. I'm sure I remember them being a lot thicker, and although I still enjoyed the one I had 2 days ago, I can't help but think that these were nicer when you got more for your money.
These are made by Nestle and have a nice coating of their Milk Chocolate on the bar.
I don't think the wrapper for these have changed. They are a medium brown colour and have the lettering in yellow on the front and a picture of a Lion's face. The pack looks ok and stands out well enough.
All this bar consists of is some Caramel flavoured wafers and a covering of Milk Chocolate. There is a good few layers of Wafer and you get a good chew from this. It isn't too messy either and doesn't seem to break off bits of wafer or that.
I think this works ok with it being Nestle Chocolate as it isn't quite as sweet and milky as Cadbury's. The flavours are nice and it is just a simple Chocolate bar, but quite tasty as well.
Per bar these have 260 calories and I think 11g of fat. Per bar they cost about 45p, or a 4 pack multipack costs about £1.60.
One of a long list of favourite Chocolate bars. I admit I hadn't had one in a while, but will be buying them more often although they are smaller.
Nestle Lion Bar
While out shopping with my daughters last weekend, my girls were browsing for their usual weekly munchies, they are both chocoholics and like to stock up for the week .......... when I saw this Lion Bar begging for my attention. I hadn't had one of these for years and I was keen to know if it was going to taste as good as I remembered it, so I bought one.
This chocolate bar comes in a very distinctive brown and yellow wrapping with 'Lion' in large bold lettering across the bar. The bar itself is quite big too, being around 5 inches long.
Now this bar is made by Nestle who to be honest don't make the best chocolate in my opinion, it is a little tasteless and in fact I don't think their chocolate on its own actually tastes like chocolate, but that's just my opinion. However they do seem to excel when it comes to these Lion Bars. The chocolate for this is just perfect and the bar is full of cereals, wafer and lovely thick, sticky caramel making the whole bar very chewy and crunchy to eat. It has a very thick and chewy texture to it and because of its size you feel very full and satisfied when you have finished it.
The only downside to this bar, and it is probably only my problem, is that you can spend a good ten minutes after you have eaten it just sucking the caramel out of your teeth. And at 277 calories per bar it isn't exactly good for the waistline either.
so now that I have satisfied my initial question of whether it would be as good as I remember I can answer that it is and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a nice, tasty and very filling snack.
These can be purchased in any good supermarket or newsagent at around 50p per bar or often on offer in the supermarkets for any 3 chocolate bars for £1.00.
Thank you for reading this review.
Summary: A great chocolate bar ~ 4/5 stars!
When I was a kid, Lion bars were always my favourite chocolate. There is so much to them they are a very satisfying snack and even though they've changed a bit a fair few times since I was a child, I do still often go for them remembering my fondness the crunchy chewiness of this chocolate bar.
The Lion bar has a rather distinctive packaging, the brown and yellow wrapping with a roaring lion and the 'Lion' logo written in yellow and red. It's quite a sizeable bar, about six inches long, which is why I think it is so satisfying as a snack, you definitely feel like you're getting your moneys worth.
Now, I'm not really a fan of Nestle chocolate by itself, I find it rather bland, but in the Lion bar it works excellently as there are several flavours to it and it's more the texture of the ingredients that make it such a pleasure to eat. Biting in to the bar you've got the chocolate, the cereal pieces, the caramel and the wafer which is how you get that first crunch followed by the chewiness as the chocolate starts to melt and the wafer breaks up until all you're left with a bit of the caramel.
I think the only thing I don't like about this chocolate bar is the fact that the caramel can get stuck in your teeth a little, so definitely not one if you've got to be showing off your teeth soon after. Nor is it one to be having if you're on a diet - at 277 calories a bar there are a lot of chocolate treats out there to be had out there that will do a lot less damage!
I picked this up for just under 50p at Tesco last week, though I do recall it was also part of a buy 3 for £1 offer. I'd certainly recommend giving it a try, though I wouldn't say it's for everyone. That said, you don't know until you try - so go try it!
Lion is a chocolate bar made by Nestle.
The lion bar is made up of different layers. It contains caramel, chocolate and what I believe are a handful of rice crispies wedged between the caramel and the chocolate!
The taste is a delicious smooth chocolate with a shewy caramel and a crunchy biscuit. A little bit of everything!
The lion bar is filling and satisfying and is a man sized choc!
I haven't eaten these in a while but when I saw them on offer in my local Ada i decided to grab some and I recalled them being delicious. The memory was true and i enjoyed tucking into a lion bar earlier today. They are not considered to be a favourite chocolate any more nor are they one of the giants of the choccie bar choices.
But they are DELICIOUS and i would urge you all to try a lion bar if you havent recently.
Maybe one of the reasons they arent so popular is because they have been replaced by chocs such as toffee crisp. Sometimes choc companies cant think of new ideas for chocs so they just produce the same choc, slight twist and re brand it. The toffee crisp is very similar to the lion bar.
If you are a toffee or caramel fan then you'll like this choc. If you like toffee crisps you'l LOVE this choc!
I think they're filling like snickers tends to be with the different layers and not just choc but other elements in them to fill you up. This makes it good value for money because your choc craving and hunger craving get satisfied in one!
Err Lion Bars, what can I say when the only thing that comes to mind is chewy! Now as a general confectionary fan I like to give all sweets a fair crack of the whip. This usually involves me picking up a bar of chocolate, saying to myself "I dont really like that", and then convincing myself that I should try it because it may have miraculously changed.
The Lion Bar hasn't changed one bit and I have to be honest, I think I have to be 'in the mood' for a Lion Bar. First off they look the same as they always have (or that I can remember) with the Lion doing his best scary impression on the front. Nestle make the Lion Bar and this particular bar is 55g but there is a Kingsize available. Price varies and they can cost anything from 40 pence (on special in some Supermarkets) to 90 pence if you work in the extortionate town of London! The bar itself has 277 calories and 13.7 grams of fat in it and a huge 35.7 grams of Carbohydrates of which sugars account for 29 grams of it.
When you open the Lion Bar the first thing I notice is the size of the thing. Its smooth chocolate at the bottom and then all knobbly on the top. It has wafer, caramel and crisped rice inside all mixed up and to be honest it sometimes feels like you are chewing a wasp. Don't get me wrong the taste is nice, but there is absolutely no easy or delicate way to eat a Lion Bar, it's a case of open wide and do your best! I also find that the first bite is always the nicest, after that the chewing seems to become pretty intense.
Overall it's a nice chocolate bar, but it can be particularly messy and there are no 'fun' ways to eat them (a particular hobby of mine)!
The nestle lion bar is a chocolate bar that I hadn't really eaten in ages before the other week when I saw them on the shelves and decided to get one. I'm not sure why I haven't seen them in so long And I think they have still been in production but I have probably just skimmed past them and gone with something else.
They are made by the massive chocolate giant nestle and are a bit like the toffee crisp. In fact very similar indeed. It is made up of many different layers, it has a middle of a kind of biscuit cereal mixed with a caramel toffee which is a really chewy part and the nicest part of the bar in my opinion.
The centre is then wrapped in layers of wafer which has chocolate and caramel in the middle again and then the whole thing is dipped in milk chocolate to encase it all. The bar itself is in a kind of circular long shape and it's a fairly decent size for a bar.
They are the same price as most the other chocolate bars out there so they do tend to vary in price too, however they are a great tasting bar, if you like chocolate and like your toffee or caramel products then this is the one for you.
Whilst deciding eating random chocolate bars, I've decided to try some I've not had in years and can't really remember much about, one of those was the Lion bar by Nestle, which as far as I could remember similar to the Toffee Crisp bar. A chocolate coating of a cereal and caramel mixture, that's enjoyably chewy and rather nice, at least that's how I remembered it. Coming in a brown wrapper with the word Lion across it in yellow and a picture of a tiger (Nestle need to sack who ever decided to put a picture of a Tiger on the bar their calling a Lion) on the side. Although not as good looking a wrapper as the Bounty or the Boost it is quite unique and stands out on the shelf.
After opening the pack I saw a chocolate bar that looked like it was seriously suffering from the chocolate equivalent of Acne, it had spots and marks all over it, perhaps looking like it would make a fairly decent sandpaper or back scratcher. As well as looking rather ugly it also gives off a strong smell, though it is of chocolate, it's much more noticeable than any other bar I've had, it stands out incredibly.
So onto eating chocolate, nearly always the most enjoyable part of any review of the products. Biting into the leaves a chewy texture, the chocolate covered caramel is there, though nestle seemed to have put wafer into the bottom layers of the bar. When it comes to Nestle and wafers, the first thing I think about is the fresh wonderful and crunchy feeling of a Kit Kat sadly the Lion's wafer is a pale imitation and feels soft and soggy and worst of all salty. I don't put salt on my chips, so I don't want added salt in my chocolate bars. The taste is really tainted by the salt and and the bar feels like a poor version of a toffee crisp with a poor wafer layer in it.
Nutritional Information per 55g bar (a larger bar is available)
277 Calories (14%)
The product contains Wheat, Rice, Milk, Vegetable Fat, Whey Powder, E322, E476, E472, Yeast and Barley Extract.
May contain Peanuts, Nuts and Egg.
The wrapper has a section on it to show how the bar was made up "32% Caramel, 3% Crisped Cereal, 42% Milk Chocolate". This to me adds up to 77% so either Nestle are unwilling to tell us where the other 23% come from, or just failed maths.
At 45p I'm not going back for another one, the bar which has caramel (one of my favourite ingredients in a chocolate bar) and chocolate had a rather cheap and weak make up. The wafer doesn't really work when compared to the fresh wafers of Kit Kats and the Toffee Crisp does everything else better. If you want caramel taste and a wafer bar then the wonderful Kit Kat Chunky Caramel is perfect. If you want an salty bar that manages to take a handful of great concepts (caramel, chocolate, wafer) and manages to totally under achieve what it should be doing then the lion bar is ideal.
Believe it or not I had never tasted a Lion Bar before last week. They had never really appealed to me for reasons I don't really understand, but when my partner had one last week I decided to try it myself.
Lion Bars have brown wrappers with the word 'Lion' on the front in large yellow writing, next to a picture of a lion's head roaring. Unfortunately the packaging looks rather dull and old fashioned, though not in a cool retro way. I think it could do with updating.
Inside is a slightly knobbly looking chocolate bar. It consists of wafer and little bits of puffed up rice, like small Rice Krispies. Around this is a layer of caramel and then the whole bar is covered in quite thick Nestle chocolate.
I bit into the bar but found it to be really sticky and chewy. It was hard to chew as the parts all seemed to merge together into a lumpy, tough mess that got stuck in my teeth. This wasn't very pleasant at all and I couldn't enjoy the taste of the individual parts. I don't think all the ingredients complemented each other.
Lion bars can be bought for between 40 and 50 pence which is about average for a normal sized chocolate bar. They can also be bought in multipacks which work out cheaper per bar. I had a 55 gram bar but you can also get king sized bars.
Each normal sized bar contains a huge 277 calories and 13.7 grams of fat which means that it is not going to help anyone who is watching their weight or trying to eat healthily.
I'm not the biggest fan of Nastle Chocolate. It is nice and all that, but I rate Cadbury's, Mars and Galaxy above Nestle in the brand name Chocolate, so I guess that puts Nestle in the bottom slot. I just don't find there Chocolate as Milky and sweet as the others. I have to say I am partial to a Toffee Crisp and this, the lovely Lion Bar.
Not sure if it is just me growing up, but has the Lion Bar not got a bit skinnier than what I remember? Perhaps it was my little chubby hands that used to grab this when I was a kid, but it just doesn't look as fat as it was.
The packaging is alright, but nothing all singing and dancing. The ack is a medium Brown colour and has looked the same the whole time I remember. It has a picture of a Lion on the front and the writing is in yellow across the middle. The colours stand out, but I think it looks a bit dated on the shelves against the other Chocolate Bars.
So what is the Chocolate bar? It is layers of Wafer which are crisp, chewy and a little moist. This is covered in Caramel which is quite thin, but it is the nice quite hard Chewy Caramel. Pretty sweet and not that sickly, There is crispy bit mixed in with this, and the whole lot is covered in Milk Chocolate. Oddly enough even though I don't find Nestle Chocolate that sweet, I find the whole bar kinda sweet and sickly. It is probably to do with the other ingredients to it as well though.
Each bar has 277 calories and 13.5g fat, so pretty average for a bar of Chocolate.
Although this bar is nothing new or exciting, it ticks all the boxes for me - Chocolate, Wafer, Caramel, Crispy and Chewy. A good treat to have and certainly yummy in my book!
Today all I wanted was chocolate so I decided to indulge myself but more importantly I wanted a bar of chocolate I hadn't tried before. I always go for my faithful favourites and never normal divert my attention elsewhere but today in my local Premier store I bought one of these for 42p!
Oblong brown plastic wrapper with a picture drawn on of a lion and in white and yellow writing I'm told it is Nestle Lion. Information on the back of the wrapper tells me ingredients used and allergy advice as well as nutritional information, the best before date is clearly stamped on, size is stated (55g), contact details for Nestle are given and finally there is a bar-code on there. It's ok packaging and informative enough but it doesn't stand out really on the shelf and that's why I think I've always passed it by!
Long and quite thick it has a knobbly texture to the top if that is covered with a rather thin layer of smooth milk chocolate. It has a pleasant chocolatey aroma to it (like most chocolate) and bite into it and the whole thing is rather chewy as it has a wafer to the middle to it which is encased with a small amount of sticky honey coloured caramel and around that pieces of puffed up rice that look like rice crispies are dotted about giving it a little bit of crispness against the otherwise moist density of the bar.
This tastes nice enough. The chocolate is the usual good quality from Nestle we expect though I'd personally like a bit more than what was on mine. The wafer was crunchy and the caremel was slightly toffeesque in flavour however I got bored of chewing this and the chocolate vanished quickly leaving me with a mouthful of wafer really.
It's simply an ok bar of chocolate really but it isn't going on my top ten choccy bar list! For me as I have said it lacks chocolate content and certainly missed fruit or nuts, or something!
May contain traces of peanuts, nuts and egg.
Nutritional Information Per Bar....
Energy: 277 Kcal
Available in all good supermarkets and corner shops etc!
Just popped out to get the evening paper and thought I'd take the opportunity to have a look at the chocolate stand in front of the shop keeper. Well as you would expect there were all the old favourites there including those I have done reviews on previous.
One chocolate bar I do like but have never written a review on before is the lion bar. This is another bar I remember from being a youngster (wow I must have eaten some chocolate back then), so I guess it must have been created back in the 1970's by Rowntrees (later to be taken over by Nestle).
The bar consists of a wafer covered in caramel and crisped rice and lashed with milky chocolate. As you bite into the bar you have to literally rip it apart with your teeth. It is absoloutely delicious. Personally I like something tochew on with my chocolate but for those who like to just savour your chocolate without a 'fight' along the way, this may not be for you.
The lion bar has been available in snack size and king size, as well as being available as an ice cream. I like my bar to be cold - maybe even a little frozen. That is how I like a lot of chocolate. Nothing is worse than a warm chocolate bar.
The calories in each bar are aprox 277 Kcal.
My lion bar set me back a mere 50p but I have often seen these available in a pack of 4 for about £1.00. I guess you pay extra at your local newsagents. Don't be a numpty like me. Make sure you have some in stock next time you pop into the Supermarket.