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Smarties have always been one of my favourite chocolate sweets, there's just no questioning about it. Now as a hge smarties fan I'm sure you must be able to guess how amazed I was when i found out there was now a smarties bar! You can get multiple packs of them from supermarets which are just perfect to take out with me and in my lunch or just to snack on when I'm a bit peckish.
I was worried that being smarties this chocolate bar might have more calories and a higher fat content. It is sugary and probably not at all healthy, but then again what chocolate bar is? It's about the same amount of calories as any ordinary bar of chocolate and so if it's a choice and there's no extra calories, why not give it a go eh?
They are not sold everywhere but to be honest I thin they should be :)
I love Smarties; I have fond memories as a child of getting the now-outlawed cylindrical tubes and chugging almost the entire thing down my throat in search of that epic sugar rush. I was startled upon seeing that Smarties had sought to branch out with a chocolate bar version of their beloved finger food, and while it doesn't really innovate in terms of taste, texture or form, it is just as tasty as the sweet we all know and love!
This is a bar that's incredibly simple to grasp: it's a regular, if rather tasty, bar of chocolate that has Smarties peppered inside it. Smarties, if somehow you don't know, are oval-shaped masses of chocolate that are coated in a crispy, crunchy shell coating, which is coloured one of several shades. This combines with the milk chocolate bar to form a delicious retread of the Smarties taste.
Upon opening the wrapper, the gorgeous Smarties aroma just hits you, and is utterly intoxicating you. Like a starcrossed lover, it'll make you tear all of the wrapping off and just start devouring the bar with extreme haste. It manages a good middle-ground between smoothness and crunchiness, all too apt because the original Smarties have to balance that dynamic themselves. The chocolate bar itself is nice and smooth, and interacts well in your mouth with the crunchiness of the Smarties' shell, swirling around like a delicious concrete mixer.
It's a bit passe to say, but this is not healthy: each rather small bar packs 238 calories, and is tetra-loaded with sugar and fat, but it is a nice treat as long as you can restrain yourself from buying three packs and ploughing through them all over lunch (may be a slight tinge of confession there!).
Although it's not a huge innovation or anything, it is as delicious as the normal brand.
Q:What do you get when you cross a pack of smarties and some milk chocolate?
A: the smarties chocolate bar.
So, the Smarties Chocolate bar is basically what is described above. Nestle milk chocolate which has smarties mixed in with it. Smarties chocolate was first introduced only around 4 years ago despite the brand Smarties being around for ages. Since then, I have noticed that it is showing up in less and less stores which is a real shame. In fact, the only place I can find it now is Farm Foods. And thats only in big packs...
The taste of the smarties chocolate bar is truly outstanding. It is by far my favourite confectionery item out in the UK today. Well maybe apart from the Galaxy Ripple. But anyway, despite having a really simple idea, Smarties chocolate is awesome. For starters, the chocolate itself tastes better than any other I have had in the past. The smarties inside are as good as ever so when all of this combines together. The result is unbelievable. So there is definetely no faults on the taste front.
Appearance and Price
On appearance of the bar itself, it is split up into 5 squares, all of which are quite a good size. From the first look you are able to see the smarties engraved into the chocolate too. The packaging still has the typical Smarties logo written in big writing and the blue theme around it. So nothing much has changed there. On the price side of things, Nestle have priced the Smarties chocolate bar right in the middle of all it's competitors prices. This is around 50p in most shops. Personally, I think this is not bad value for money as there is a decent amount of chocolate inside each bar. No mentioning that it tastes amazing too! If you are a Smarties addict, then Nestle also over the large versions of the standard bar. These contain around 10x as much chocolate and I managed to get it for 99p at Farmfoods. I don't know if this was just a one off deal, but even so, its still good value for money.
So overall I very strongly recommend Smarties Chocolate. This is because all of the key components in it taste great and when they are combined together, the result is truly magnificient.
Like all kids in the Universe, my daughter Gemma can?t go past a shop without begging to go in to buy a bag of sweets of some sort. Although I am cautious about buying too many sweets for her, as she gets plenty from other sources, like grandparents and friends, I must admit that she can display that look on her face that would melt the Antarctic, so I always end up giving in. While in Woolworth?s buying yet another birthday present for another birthday party, there seems to be a spate of them in February alone, we happened to pass the sweetie display. Gemma of course, had now forgotten our reason for being there, and ran straight over to the shelves with eyes glazed over in a manic expression and tongue hanging out of her mouth. She tried the old chestnut that Craig might want a sweet, but not being gullible at all in that department I said alright she could choose one for herself. She had taken on the characteristics of Charlie Bucket from Willy Wonka?s Chocolate factory and was behaving like she?d never seen any sweets in her whole life before, so I hurried her on. She finally settled on a Smarties bar. This was the first time I had clapped eyes on this particular chocolate bar, I had heard through the grapevine that they had been put on the market, but that was ages ago and as there wasn?t any big fuss made about their appearance, I wasn?t urged to rush out and buy one. As a child I grew up with Smarties and I always remember my grandfather keeping a large supply for me any my cousins when we went to visit, so it?s no surprise that Gemma would like them herself. Despite their popularity with many children today I guess Nestle felt that they should bring out a new product to fight off the competition so they came up with the Smartie bar. Basically a bar of milk chocolate with mini smarties dotted throughout. Not original, but the kids are still going to want them. There were two to choose from Milk Chocolate and White chocolate, but Gem
ma chose the latter. The packaging is nothing outlandish, or spectacular. Just a simple foil wrapper that most chocolate bars are covered in to seal in the freshness. The background is bright blue and flashing across it are mouth-watering images of the chocolate bar and smarties. Just so you know that you are buying the real McCoy, the Nestle logo is clear for all eyes to see and the word Smarties stands out a mile so that you can?t miss it. If looking for the White version, then the wrapper is a creamy colour to help differentiate the two. The wrapper is a wealth of information telling you all there is to know about the chocolate bar, and believe me it makes stark reading. They are full of rubbish, so you have been warned. Just one measly 45g bar contains 238 calories and an overwhelming 13.4g of fat. But wait for it, there?s worst to come, this bar also contains 7 E numbers, which I guess would be the colours for the smarties, but come on, that?s far too many. It?s no wondering most kids fly after eating these, so best to avoid if you or your kids have a tendency to become hyperactive after eating these. I tried to get Gemma to choose something else, but without the help of a negotiator this was a fight I would lose, despite my reasoning. So, in the basket it went. At least I managed to persuade her to wait until we got home before she devoured it so that was one point for me, but Gemma was still very much in the lead. Doh! Finally, Gemma couldn?t wait any longer so she started to tear off the wrapper. As it was made from foil it was relatively easy. Just a slight tug down one of the zigzag edges and mission accomplished. Almost immediately wafts of sweet milk chocolate came out of the wrapper. Not an overly sweet smell, but pleasant none the less. The bar is made up of 6 pieces of chocolate similar to Galaxy Bars, but much thinner. Smothered across the top of each segment are loads of mini smarties, so the packaging was telling
the truth in that aspect. Embedded in each piece of chocolate is the word Smartest, so there?s no getting away from them is there? Although Gemma loves chocolate and sweets, she does like to share, so I did manage to sample a taste. Biting into the chocolate was a joy. My teeth slid through the top layer of chocolate while striking the hard, crispy shell before meeting up with the smooth milk chocolate again. My first thought was that the bar looked like it was laden with smarties, but I soon realised the opposite as I came to eat it. Although they could be found, there just weren?t enough to go round. The chocolate itself was quite creamy and not as sweet as I like chocolate to be, but the smarties make up for this. The combination of slightly bitter, creamy milk chocolate and sweet crunchy smarties is a match made in heaven that would satisfy any serious chocolate craving. Right? Well, no. The bar of chocolate isn?t as satisfying as one would think, so if you want a real chocolate kick then I would try something else. I suppose for kids, the ones this bar was invented for, and then it?s fine. It?ll keep them quiet for as long as it takes them to eat it. Gemma was quite happy, and so far both her feet were on the ground, so the E numbers hadn?t yet affected her in anyway. Although I bought the Smarties Bar from Woolworth?s I have since seen them pop up in a few supermarkets, garage forecourts and paper shops. Funny that, as I?d never seen them before, but now they?re everywhere. You can expect to pay about 43 pence for a bar, which I feel is quite expensive for what you get, and I wouldn?t say in this case that you get what you pay for. I have tasted better chocolate bars, and if I had the choice I wouldn?t buy another of these again in a hurry. I wouldn?t say this was a disastrous experience, as the chocolate bar wasn?t particularly nasty, but I was expecting something of higher quality and Nestle failed to deliver this time. Nestle d
o have a UK website, but there isn?t any information on the Smarties Bar, but you can find out about other products in their range. Simply log onto www.nestle.co.uk to get started.
Chocolate - Hurrah! Smarties - Hurrah! Smarties Chocolate - a novelty! I'm convinced the manufacturers have an agenda, I can imagine them at their briefing meetings. Chap A - I've got this great new idea, chocolate filled with caramel and... Chap B - Nah, been done, lets get some coconut... Chap C - Something completely new.... Boss - Bugger that lads, too much cost, we've got Smarties, we've got chocolate, bung one in the other and promote it as new. They'll all fall for it. And on it goes..Personally I'm waiting for the Cadburys with Buttons in it, but I wont hold my breath on that one! On to the one in question. The packet just says 'Smarties' which could be quite confusing if you're used to the tube (Does about cover it though!). A bit of a closer look and we can see some chunks of chocolate with Smarties in it. Well I think that gives a pretty good idea of what's in it! And indeedy that's it! So there you go, several chunks of chocolate with Mini-Smarties stuck in it. I do think they are even slightly smaller than normal Mini-Smarties as they can just be seen underneath the surface of the chocolate. Oh dear you don't know what Smarties are? I'll fill you in! They are little sugar shells of many colours filled with chocolate, strangely only the orange ones taste of a different flavour (orange chocolate, don't you know!) I have actually written an op on Smarties if you would like to go and increase my account a little higher! Oh but the smell! Quite lovely, although not entirely chocolatey, you can smell the sugar shells. You know that cheap chocolate you can get? All sugar and very little cocoa? Well it smells like that. Good Lord, is tat what it tastes like? Certain reluctance to taste it now. I must admit. And I have to sat that isn't too far off the taste. Yes its chocolate but its got very, very sweet taste. Now this is the milk chocolate one and I happen to
know that the white chocolate one isn't as sweet strange as it may sound, well not as teeth-tingling sweet, anyway! The chocolate is lovely nonetheless, but disappointingly the orange Mini-Smarties taste the same as the rest. Lets get to the nitty gritty! Meltability factor: Very high, very smooth and leaves the Mini-Smarties almost intact. Sex factor: Low, doesn't exactly slip down you throat cos of the Mini Smarties, and crunching after doesn't sound very sexy Hormone factor: Disappointing, not really enough chocolate to satisfy those PMT urges. High factor: Enough sugar to make you feel you've kept the Tate sugar factory going for another year. Madness factor: So many e-numbers (7!)you'll only spot the kids when they fall over the sofa with exhaustion. Not recommended for a good nights sleep! Fatability factor: Packed full of sugar, cocoa butter and whole milk powder, at 238 calories for a 45 gm bar, those pounds will be piling on in no time! So there you are, they aren't going to do anything for your PMT, you're going to get fat if you eat too many but on the upside you'll never see the kids because they'll be running up and down the local road screaming their heads off due to the sugar and e-numbers. Amphetamines have less effect than this chocolate, and this chocolate will only set you back 45p! And giving this to someone with a nut allergy may not be too clever either! But apart from that its quite nice really.
It seems to me that there have been a lot of new products and changes in the chocolate business over the last year. Chocolate companies seem more and more determined to make more and more money, and make themselves even more popular. I was anything but surprised, when Smarties brought out their chocolate bar, with Cadbury’s Dairy Milk bringing out another chocolate bar, and adding a different taste to their range, it was surely going to happen to most of the chocolates at the end of the day! When this came out I was somewhat wary of what it would taste like. It was a bit like Cadbury with smarties in a way. I liked both, but would I like them together? Well, I did! In fact I loved them. With a lovely taste, good price, fantastic quantity, nice packaging, cool make, it’s something I’ll be going back to the shops to buy over and over and over again and again!! **The taste** Well, I was hoping it wouldn’t be a melt in your mouth feel – like Galaxy – but at the same time I didn’t want it to be totally hard in your mouth (watch it!!) – like Black Magic. So, I was thrilled to find it was in the middle of the two! I was shocked to find that the smarties inside were actually full. For some silly and stupid reason, I though they would be chopped up inside and not full. Don’t ask me why, but you know how stupid I am. The two chocolates compliment each other. It’s like taking a mouthful of smarties, whilst eating a Cadbury’s dairy milk. It’s sweet, it’s nice, and it’s heaven on earth people! The smarties are no different to them in the tube, and don’t expect them to be any more/less nice than they were. The chocolate outside is anything but sickly, and although is Nestle, it has a nice and rich taste, and certainly isn’t cheap tasting; anything but. The two chocolates work together to keep you hooked on
the chocolate and keep you coming back for more and more! You’ll make the shopkeeper a millionaire I tell you! **The Smell** Sometimes I find it rather worthless to add the information of the smell of a chocolate in a review. It’s not crucial, and sometimes not even relevant. But here, the smell of it is what makes it eve more like heaven. I have found very little chocolates that are strong in smell, and really give you an idea of what is in store for you. But in this, you will certainly be able to smell the tow chocolates and it will give you a total urge to eat it right there and then before buying it! The smell is very sweet, and has a very Easter egg feel to it. You know, when you wake up on Easter morning, and have the egg’s waiting for you, well that’s what it’s like. But, watch out! With these sort of one’s, they’ll get you hooked, and you’ll want more and more. You’ll be nabbing ‘em before you know it. And even the little old lady in front of you will, too. Oh yes, don’t let the blue rinse and stone anorak fool you; they’re capable of anything in front of these! **The Packaging** I love the smarites tube! It’s so colourful, eye-catching and cool, and I feel it’s a real big shame it’s in a tube, because it doesn’t give it the justice it absolutely deserves! So, I was glad to see they didn’t change the packaging here, and kept the same, and gave it to us in foil, and in a wrapper, where we can see it perfectly clear and totally well! It’s totally eye-catching, I feel, and because the bar is bigger, it has a wider area, and you really do get a chance to see it for once. Smarties, I love your wrapping, and I’m so glad that it’s been brought out of that tube, and can know be seen (Oh god, how sad am I?!) **The Price** Well, I was shocked to see th
at smarties was charging us 40p for the new bar. How could they do this, when most others are 30p? Well, all was explained to me afterwards! Well, you know when you eat a bar of chocolate that has six pieces? And you know the feeling that you want more and more, and even more? Well, with this you don’t feel that afterwards, because this comes in 8 pieces. Oh yes, I did say EIGHT pieces! So, you won’t be going hungry!! I think it’s a good price, because it is new, and it was a pretty popular chocolate before hand, and you do seem to get a lot more in it than most chocolate bars tend to give. **My Opinion** I wasn’t that chuffed Smarties was bringing another special offer out, and bringing something else to add to the ever-growing shelf in the petrol station! And in honesty, at the time I couldn’t care less they had brought out a new bar, for my liking they could keep it! But, now I’ve tried it, I do tend to like it! I really love it, in fact, and it’s a big change, because I haven’t tasted chocolate like it before, and I love smarties, so it’s a lovely combination. It’s like eating 2 chocolates in one really, because it’s like the non-smarties chocolate is supposed to be sold separately, and that smarties have fallen into the machinery by mistake! I’ll tell you one thing, though, it’s the best mistake, as the adorable chocolate really goes well with the smarties, and not only does it get you hooked big style, you enjoy it afterwards. But a disadvantage, like most chocolates, after 90 bars later, you go sick. Vomit. Puke. Whatever you want to call it’s disgusting, but sadly it happens after them, take my word for it! Maybe not physically, but you feel you will, and you say to yourself “If I only I’d left that last one, I wouldn’t be leaning over a toilet seat now!” **All in all
** A great new chocolate and it goes to show first impressions aren’t always right at all! Look at Shane Ritchie! A perfect chocolate, with tow great combinations. I’m so glad they made 2 into 1!! Written By: Matt Roberts.
Browsing the chocolate rack for something different I stumbled on a Smarties Bar I loved Smartis as a child and loved collecting the different lettered lids. I quite liked the mega Smarties too. How were they going to do a Smarties bar? Why does every chocolate bar have to be something else??? I think there might be a milk chocolate one but I had the white one. The Smarties bars are from Nestle not good old Rowntree。It is described as white chocolate with milk chocolate in a crisp sugar shell。 They are 45 grams in weight so a fairly normal sized bar。Included in these 45 grams are 35 calories and 12 grams of fat so not that good for you at all。 The wrappings are bright and eye catching using the Smaries trade mark logo （cream for the white chocolate） It has multi coloured Smaties on the wrapper and chunks of the bar。 I unwrapped it APPEARENCE Looked like a milky bar with mini smarties inside。 It almost looks like it has multi coloured measles。 It says Smarites on it。 TASTE Tasted like a Milky Bar with mini Smarties in it. It is a milky bar with smarties in it. Would I buy it again? Yes if I was in the mood? What will they think of next!! Edited a day later。 I have reresearched them。 I?ve tried both the white chocolate and he milk chocolate ones now and I must say they are both delicious but love the white ones more。