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Does anyone remember the advert jingle?
"What has a hazelnut in every bite? Thick milk chocolate for your delight? Nougat and caramel, golden light and don't forget the hazelnut in every bite." Topic. That sweet, nutty, chocolate covered bar of caramel loveliness ( oh, Lord, I sound like the Hairy Bikers)
I've loved Topic bars for a long time and am convinced that they have not changed in flavour at all. OK they are smaller than I remember as a child, but virtually all sweet and snacks have been bastardised in size over the last twenty years. The standard bar or bag of any snack has got smaller to reap bigger margins for the multinational corporations who now own them. Also, they have diversified and got bigger with ubiquitous Duo or Sharing packs.... and these companies say they are not complicit in the obesity problem in the UK.
Back to the humble but wonderful Topic Bar. Essentially, thick milk chocolate covers a bar of hazelnut nougat covered in soft caramel. Yes, it is packed with hazelnuts and the chocolate and caramel are delicious but the great joy of this sweet is that every mouthful is packed with that nutty, toffee hazelnut flavour.
Topic Bars do seem to be a retro sweet. Admittedly, you can't find them everywhere. Anyone with a desperate Topic craving is likely to be badly disappointed unless they venture into a Wilko or massive, open 24 hrs supermarket. You don't find them in every corner shop or garage which is a shame because they are one of the few chocolate bars on the market which actually have a natural taste.
Would I recommend you try one? Yes, of course. Hazelnuts are a national native crop and have a wonderful sweet flavour. If you have never had one before, try it if you see it.
I don't know what has happened to the Topics I used to love when I was younger, but they are definately not as tasty these days!
I'm also not sure why the description says they have fruit in, they definitely don't. They have soft white nougat, hazelnuts, caramel and are covered in chocolate.
Firstly I will say that this is still a pleasant chocolate bar, the chocolate is lovely and the hazlenuts are scrummy and are in big chunks which is nice.
They just don't taste as nice as they used to somehow! Maybe it is because I am older and years ago when I was a child any chocolate bars tasted good but I think it is to do with the fact that the caramel just doesn't taste as, well, caramelly!
Also, the bar itself seems to be a lot smaller, this might be again due to me being bigger! But, there is no denying that it is quite a tiny chocolate bar - nowehere near as big as a Mars bar for instance and yet it is the same price as a Mars at around 50p or so.
Topic on the other hand is also made by Mars but Mars France, however it is still sold in the UK and throughout much of Europe. It contains white nougat, hazelnut and caramel and is coated in delicious milk chocolate, the Topic gets an unfair wrap often dubbed as the nutty Mars, it is substantially different though, the nougat seems much tastier and it's altogether a little less sweet than a Mars bar. Topic remains traditional, as people have become greedier and fatter, chocolate bars have enlarged to king size and bigger versions, the Topic remains small and can therefore be picked up for around 35p. I'm a big fan of Topics and the creamy rich flavour of the chocolate shows that it's quality not quantity that matters.
It comes in a red wrapper with the word Topic in a white font with a sun to the right of it and a hazelnut in the O. They were once mentioned in Red Dwarf, Rimmer is trying to get Lister to stop thinking about food and says that he can't think of another topic, Rimmer replies "Don't talk about Topics, they're food!"
Topic is another bar from the mars corporation, created from a combination of chocalate (obviously), hazelnuts, nougat and caramel, a very similair makeup to the mars bar with the hazelnuts added. With a very similair taste to the snickers bar but with many more nuts which make it both more crunchy and enjoyable.
Another bar from mars to use the same chocolate covering as the original mars bar, which is very creamy and rich and definately one of the best cheap milk chocolate's available especially since a topic bar only costs about 35p. The next feature of a topic is the light fluffy nougat similair to that in a milky way. This sweat fluffy concoction adds greatly to the taste and probably the calorie count. Again mars has stolen from the original mars bar here with its caramel layer in the topic, another sweet layer that adds to the flavour. Finally the layer that sets topics apart from other chocolate bars, the beatiful crunchy nut layer. Made of hazelnuts this layer sets the topic apart as a unique bar. For 35p the topic is a bargain and something you should enjoy as part of a healthy diet as it has high saturated fat and calorie counts as you may expect from a chocolate bar
I am trying very hard to stay off chocolate for a while now but, you know what its like, not easy!
So I couldnt help myself whilst in the shop and somehow a Topic found its way into my basket.
The cost of my Topic bar was 40p. This was from a corner shop and I think is pretty average. Compared with a Mars & Snickers bars at 33p each from Tesco, I think perhaps, my Topic is a bit pricey. Lets see if its worth the cost.
The packet is a nice red packet with very minimal fuss. It is just a simple Topic logo in clear white writing with just one hazelnut showing in the letter O.
I feel it is an easy chocolate bar to spot on the shelf, perhaps designed so simply to catch your attention in amongst so much other choice.
From the packet I am informed that a Topic is Milk chocolate, Hazlenuts, Soft Nougat and Smooth Caramel Centre. There is a list of ingredients and calorie info on the underside.
I have to say, if you hell bent on studying this info, it is in the smallest writing possible and I admit I couldnt make any of it out so at least, I wont have to bore anybody with the info. I mean, if you are going to eat chocolate, you know you are taking on excess calories!
Inside is a bar approx 4 long, covered in milk chocolate with a whipped top finish. The smell is predominantly chocolate, lovely.
After taking a bit, I find a very light soft nougat centre which has hazlenuts hidden in the soft nougat. Over the top of the nougat is a layer of caramel. I can now smell the hazlenuts and a hint of caramel which is not overly strong.
I think the hazlenuts arent as crunchy as I would like them, but then they are encased in nougat. I am enjoying eating this, the chocolate and caramel together with nougat and hazlenuts make for a pleasant indulgence, but I dont think this could become a favourite though.
I dont think I feel totally satisfied having finished eating my Topic, I feel as though I could eat more, whereas with a Snickers packed with nuts, I feel its more of a filling bar and certainly couldnt eat more than one. Im not totally disappointed but I would buy this again, but perhaps next time I would save myself 7p and go for a Snickers bar with far more nuts, crunchier and more substantial at a cost of only 7p more.
Topics are made by Masterfoods, I couldnt find any info on the net about Masterfoods other than a site that linked to a comment form where you could submit your details and comments.
What has a hazelnut in every bite, that was the advert, as for the chocolate bar itself, it seems to have been forgotten, all the other bars got bigger versions of them such as snickers and mars and even the kit-kat got chunky, but poor old Topic is still far too small, i guess it was never popular enough for them to enlarge it. once upon a time i'd always look for one whenever i was hungry but nowadays i go for value for money and try something more filling instead.
Oh well heres hoping one day it gets a little bigger !
Fruit, nut and biscuit pieces with toffee - all covered in milk chocolate.