“ Brand: Mars / Type: Bar „
I tried my first twix fino only the other day. I was interested to see how much mars had sacrificed taste for a lower calorie chocolate bar.
The bar is similar to the original twix with two twin sticks. The major difference is that the twix fino lacks the biscuity base and replaces it with a healthier wafer. the wafer is topped with caramel and covered in chocolate. I believe the standard bar has 142 calories and the fino just 94. So there is an obvious reason to chose the 'healthier option'.
It taste really good. However you can't help but compare it to the original Twix because of the naming. In all honestly I would rather have the shortbread biscuit, fattier version. Had it been created as a bar in its own right then I wouldn't have compared it to the original Twix.
The packaging is the same as the original but with a silver packet instead of gold. It still contains the bright red lettering of TWIX just with the addition of a smaller fino.
Sometimes for a dessert I will chop up the twix fino and serve as a topping with yogurt. Again I do this as a healthier option.
It just can't shake off that its original father the Twix is tastier. I just wish mars had branded this as its own creation. Still, a tasty, light, chocolate option!
I was in Boots the other day getting myself some lunch, and fancied some chocolate as an afternoon treat in work. I didn't want anything too heavy or calorific, having just bought myself a huge sandwich and bag of crisps, and my eye was drawn to these Twix Finos. I've never really noticed them before, but the packaging is quite eye-catching as the wrapper is silver, and seeing that they are lower in calories than most chocolate bars I thought they were worth a try.
The Twix Fino is similar to a traditional Twix bar, but the biscuit base is replaced by wafers. The pack contains two fingers, each finger contains just 94 calories compared to the traditional Twix where each finger contains 142 caloires. The fingers look very similar to the traditional Twix bar, and when you open the packet you can see the wavy rippled chocolate covering the fingers.
These fingers actually feel quite light as you're eating them, so you get the chocolate hit without the guilt. The bars are made up of wafer and caramel and covered in milk chocolate. When you bite into the bar it does tend to crumble everywhere so it's quite messy to eat. I took a look inside the bar and could see that rather than being layer after layer of wafer, the wafer part was wavy which meant there was quite a lot of air inside the bar. This is probably why it feels light to eat and costs you fewer calories.
I thought these bars were quite tasty, although not a patch on the real thing. The wafer, caramel and chocolate taste nice when combined together in your mouth, although I was surprised that it wasn't very chewy in texture. I think this is because there's not as much caramel as you'd get with a proper Twix, so there's nothing holding the wafer layers together. There are also big gaps between the wafer layers so the result is that it's more crumbly than chewy. The taste didn't really remind me of Twix though to be honest. It tasted quite different so I wouldn't recommend buying this and expecting it to taste like a Twix but just without the biscuit base. To me, it was completely different.
I'd probably buy this chocolate bar again, especially during times I'm trying to go easy on the calories, but generally I think I'd rather have the real thing less frequently to save on calories rather than having a less tasty version of it.
Twix Fino is made by Mars, and when you think of Twix you probably think of the biscuit, caramel and chocolate fingers in gold packaging. Twix released this new chocolate bar a few months ago which is meant to be a lighter version of the Twix biscuit fingers we are used to seeing and eating. Twix fino has less more calories than a Twix bar and contains wafer layers instead of the yummy biscuit layer you would find in a normal Twix bar. I know there have been mixed reviews and feelings about this chocolate bar, and a lot of people say it's nothing compared to a Twix bar which is what everyone is used to.
One Finger contains the following:
* Calories - 94kcal (5% RDA)
* Fat 4.4g (6% RDA)
Twix Fino comes in a foil silver wrapper which still has the large Twix writing in big Red letters. It states on the front of the wrapper that this is a new product and on the front you can also see what the wafer fingers look like. The packaging doesn't really stand out as much as the Gold Twix packaging, which is what we all recognise. I'm guessing they have used the silver foil wrapper, as Twix is in a Gold wrapper so they wanted something different but also eye-catching which stood out. You get 2 wafer fingers in a pack which is 38.0g in total. This has a lot less calories than a Twix bar so may be quite popular with those who fancy some chocolate without as many calories. On the back of the packaging you will find a list of ingredients and also nutritional information and contact information should you have any problems with the product. It states that this product is suitable for Vegetarians and has traces of Hazelnut.
The wrapper tears easily from either end to reveal 2 chocolate fingers. The fingers look a lot thinner than they are in a normal, standard Twix Bar. You can smell the milk chocolate coming from inside the wrapper. Each finger is about 10cm in length and it has a wavy like texture on the top of the fingers where they have been covered in milk chocolate. They smell slightly different from a Twix bar as you can't really smell any caramel or the shortbread biscuit that you get in a Twix bar. On some areas of the chocolate finger it's quite thin and you can see the wafer through the chocolate.
As I took my first bite, my teeth sank straight into the finger and through the wafer layers, easily biting off a small piece. The wafer layers were crunchy as I chewed them in my mouth and I got the taste of chocolate and a slight taste of caramel which made the texture slightly chewy. When you look into the finger after taking a bit you can see the wafer inside, ther isn't really a lot of wafer in here and it's not in layers but in a wavy layer, which doesn't really fill the inside of the finger much. The wafer looks like the same type of wafer that they sued in the Mars Delight when they were avaliable to buy. The caramel layer is on top of the wafer and there seems to be plenty of this. I love the crispy texture that the wafer gives to this when eating it. When biting into the finger, you will find that a fair bit of wafer will break off and fall onto the table/floor. This make the chocolate a little messy which cripsy bits falling off nearly everytime you take a bite. After finishing both fingers I felt satisfied. I had a strong sweet after-taste in my mouth of the chocolate and caramel and found this a little sickly, how-ever this was soon gone after having a drink of water.
I was never a huge fan of Twix's, how-ever I do really like the Twix Fino. It's probably not as filling as it contains wafer rather than biscuit but I think this gives it a slightly nicer texture and taste to it. I really enjoyed the taste of the caramel, wafer and chocolate together and this didn't taste like anything I had eaten before (this includes wafer snack biscuits). I have bought this chocolate bar more than once and enjoy it every time. I think also enjoy it more as it's a new product and I'm not quite bored of it yet, also there isn't any other chocolate bars which are similar to this. I will continue to buy this on a regular basis, maybe until I get bored of it or until someone brings out a new chocolate bar!!
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As a woman who is constantly on diets but has an addiction to all the food that arent in any diet books including chocolate, I was delighted to see another lower calorie chocolate bar in my local shop the Twix Fino, 48 calories lighter than the standard twix, after tasting it i can see why the bar itself is smaller flatter and clearly has less mass to it (this however is not reflected in the price) the taste is well honestly disappointing nothing like the standard twix as you would be lead to belive it mainly consists of wafer and air covered in chocolate which reminded me a little of cardboard. Whilst i understand the diet market is huge we still all have taste buds and it would be refreshing to have that taken into consideration, to sum it up the packaging is eye catching the chocolate bar is bland.....
Yum, what could be nicer than chocolate, biscuit and caramel to go along with your afternoon cup of tea. If this statement has you drooling at the mouth then you should get your self a TWIX.
I love chocolate and one of my favourite chocolate bars is a Twix. Twix is produced by Mars and has been available in Britain since 1967. Like I said it consists of two long butter flavour biscuits, topped with caramel and then covered in milk chocolate. There are also two sticks in one pack. It comes in the familiar shiny gold packaging with the world TWIX written in red letters on the front. However, now there is a new Twix on the block, new Twix Fino! This has only been out since about September I think and today was the first time I tried one.
The introduction of the Twix Fino is a marketing ploy by Mars to bring a new low( or should I say lower calorie snack) to the chocolate market. THis I would think is a very lucrative market as people are more conscious about their health and weight than ever before but still would like to indulge in their favourite snacks now and again, I know I do.
Twix Fino has a wafer base rather than a biscuit base and each finger contains less than 100 calories, compared to the normal Twix biscuit fingers which contain 130 calories per finger. According to an article I read, the product is looking to be marketed towards the female, health conscious market, competing with other brands lower calorie chocolate products, such as KitKat Senses.
So, what did I make of this new chocolate bar? Well, I liked it but it lacked a bit of substance for me. The outside of the fingers were still covered in that lovely textured thickish chocolate which has a lovely taste and still has a nice layer of caramel although to me this layer seemed a bit thinner than the usual Twix bars. What I wasn't so keen on was the wafer layer. It was nice and as wafers go was kind of tasty but for me this bar lacked substance, it was quite light and thin and didn't pack the same punch as the biscuit layer does usually. I think if you wanted a light chocolate snack then this would be a perfect chocolate bar for you but for me I missed my usual thick, chocolatey comfort in a Twix bar!
I've always been a fan of Twix so when I spotted the new Twix Fino at the airport I had to give it a try, even at the extortionate price of 72p! Things are always more expensive at the airport and normally this retails at the more reasonable price of around 50p.
The chocolate comes in a silver packet, about two-thirds of the length of a normal twix bar. Each packet contains two sticks of chocolate, as in the case of a normal twix bar. The front of the packet shows a picture of the bars, which contain wafer and caramel instead of biscuit and caramel. Each bar contains only 94 calories and so this is a much lighter and according to the website, healthier(!) version of the normal twix bar which contains a third more calories per bar. The product is also suitable for vegetarians.
The bars themselves look like a much flatter version of the normal twix bar. It has a very thin layer of caramel covering the wafer, which in turn is covered by milk chocolate. As I took my first bite there was a satisfying crunch as I broke the wafer. The wafer had a slightly malty taste, which worked really nicely against the sweet caramel and chocolate. It was a little messy to eat as the wafer was quite flaky and I had to catch it in my hand to stop it going everywhere. I also thought that the bar could have done with a slightly thicker layer of caramel, but then that would add to the calories!
When I eat a normal twix bar I like to eat it in a certain way, scraping off the caramel first before devouring the biscuit (weird I know!) With the Twix Fino this is no longer possible as the wafer is so light and it is the caramel that holds it all together. Eating it in this way would cause the bar to crumble to pieces and would prove to be rather messy.
After eating one bar I was left feeling quite unsatisfied as the bar was so light and so I started on the second bar as well. Having finished that I still felt like I hadn't quite had my chocolate fix. It might be less calorific but as an occasional treat I much prefer the normal twix bar. Usually I can have one of the bars and be more than satisfied, leaving the other one for another time. This is certainly less calorific that eating two Twix Fino bars! Overall I felt quite indifferent to the bars - they were tasty but a little messy to eat and they also left me wanting more which is not a good sign! I don't think I would go out of my way to buy these again.
Twix fino is a new product, I didn't actually buy one myself but tried some of a friends bar.
I think that you are able to get them basically anywhere as she got hers in the small corner shop next to our school, and I've seen them in supermarkets like Asda. It has a similar wrapper to the normal twix except it is white rather than gold and has a red triangle on the side of it that proclaims that it is 'new!'
It is the same as a normal twix bar apart from that it has wafer in it rather than shortbread, so it is chocolate with caramel and wafer in. This means that it is a lot lighter than the normal twix and so a lot less filling than the normal ones also, it does have less calories to compensate for this but I don't really see the point. It was also quite hard to eat because of the wafer kept snapping! It was average but I don't think I'd really buy it again, but this is probably something to do with the fact that I don't particularly love normal twix's.
A great advantage of being a member of Dooyoo is that you have an excuse to purchase things you like in order to write a review. So when I saw the Twix fino, whilst standing in a queue, my immediate thought was "I've not seen that before, I could write a review". I reallly don't need to eat any more chocolate, but this is in a good cause!
What is the Twix Fino?
The Twix Fino is a new offering from the chocolate giant Mars and is the first permanent extension of the Twix brand in its 40-year history.
Mars launched this new bar earlier this month (only avaiable in smaller retailers) and I think they are looking to sell this to the more health conscious. The Twix Fino has a wafer base rather than a biscuit base and each finger contains 94 calories, compared to the normal Twix biscuit fingers which contain 130 calories per finger.
Like the traditional Twix, there are two fingers in the packet. Each 19g finger has a light, wafer like biscuit topped with caramel and then covered in milk chocolate.
The chocolate fingers are wrapped in a silver packet that is the same in design to the original Twix. Across the front in large red lettering is the brand name - Twix (in red outlined in white) fino (in white outlined in red). Diagonally across the top right had corner is the word NEW!
There is a small sign that says 94KCal and above it in fine writing it says 'per Piece'. I feel that this could be misleading as the purchaser may think that the whole packet contains 94 cals not just one finger. In fact if you eat both fingers you are consuming 188cal (I can do my maths!!).
The reverse of the packaging contains all the usual ingredients and nutritional information.
The taste test
I think the bar felt lighter as I removed it from the packet, but that could just be my imagination. I haven't eaten an original Twix for some time, and I was surprised that my brain told me there was something wrong when I bit into this bar. It looked and smelled like a Twix but the biscuit layer is so light and crispy the bite wasn't right!
The outer coating of chocolate seemed quite thick, however the biscuit is quite crumbly and didn't really taste of much. I felt the caramel was the redeeming feature. It had a soft chewy texture and was sweet and delicious.
Ultimately I think I quite enjoyed this. It wasn't what I expected, but on balance it tasted good and as a 'lite' version of the original, I think it will sell well. I definitely prefer it to the Mars Delight.
Selling at a RRP of 52p this is a similar price to every other chocolate bar on the market and in my opinion far too expensive!! When the bar is available in supermarkets maybe there will be some bargains around.
Thank you for reading! :o)
Twix Fino is the new bar from Mars and is a lighter version of the ever-popular Twix bar. It is a response to demand for lower-calorie treats, and as such the original Twix bar has been adapted to meet this criteria.
Noticeably the image of the Fino is adapted from that of the Twix. The read, bold logo is present however is accompanied by the word "Fino" in smaller, white text. The most obvious adaption is that the famous gold wrapper has gone - instead the Fino uses silver foil which makes it stand out from is sister-bar. Next to the name is an image of the product. The two fingers of Fino are present, in a X shape (to symbolise Twix), one broken to clearly show the inside of the product. Immediately the product jumped out to me because of the colour, as it was unfamiliar.
The most important thing about Fino is the lack of biscuit which is a Twix bar's focal point. Instead the Fino contains wafer, a more diet-friendly substitute. As such the bar contains just 94 calories per piece. This is a third less than a standard Twix which contains 142 calories per piece. Because of this I expected some of the taste would also have to be sacrificed however I was glad to see this is not the case! Whilst the wafer may not be as "heavy" and as filling as the biscuit it did provide a nice change. It made the bar softer in texture and almost taste like a luxury. The caramel (which I consider to be the best part of a Twix!) was ever as smooth and complimented the wafer well.
I had the chance recently to speak to one of the Mars representatives whilst at work - I work in a local newsagents which stocks the bars. She informed me that the nearest competition for the Fino was the KitKat Senses. I was therefore unsure what to expect from the Fino, as I find KitKat Senses to be rather sickly, however this is not the case. Fino is merely satisfying without going to the extreme. There is no sickly filling like the Sense's hazelnut. Whilst some may see this as a disadvantage (mostly lovers of Senses and Kinder Bueno), I much preferred having a lighter snack. There was the ever present thick Mars chocolate which usually coats the fingers, and the caramel, which made up for lack of substance. Whilst it won't do much to curb your appetite, it is great for a little 11 O'Clock snack, or for a treat after lunch. It just does the job.
The nutritional values below are for BOTH pieces - beware that the information on the wrapper is for one piece only!
188 Calories (9% GDA)
8.8g Fat (14% GDA)
5g Saturated Fat (24% GDA)
So whilst this chocolate bar may be being promoted as a "healthier" option it is never-the-less still an unhealthy option. Compared to a Twix it is far better, however it is still relatively high in saturated fat.
In my opinion, I absolutely love Twix Fino. It preserves some of the great Twix taste however puts that added spin on it with the wafer. I have taken to eating one to cure my chocolate cravings and it works! I was excited to try the new bar and I was not let down. I think this is a great alternative for chocolate lovers looking for something slightly more weight friendly. I recommend you give it a go!
The 34g bar is currently available in independant retailers for 52p, with a supermarket launch occuring in early 2011.
As I scoured the shelves, in my local newsagents, for a chocolate to satisfy my sweet tooth I stumbled across Twix Fino. I had never seen this chocolate before and was intrigued by the silver wrapper, as I am more familiar with the gold wrappers on the standard Twix.
As I looked at the packet on closer inspection, I noticed that it stated on the bottom right hand corner that each Twix Fino stick contained 94 calories, compared to 142 calories for the regular variety. On the back of the packet, it also stated that it contained a wafer centre, rather than the biscuit centre I am familiar with in the regular variety.
When I opened the packet, I noticed that the Twix Fino stick was considerably thinner than the regular Twix variety although they both share the same shape. On the first bite, I noticed that the chocolate stick was much more crunchy than the regular Twix. Whilst the Twix Fino had a slightly thinner milk chocolate coating and the same caramel centre as its counterpart, it was considerably light and airy. Within three bites, the Twix Fino stick was finished whereas it usually takes me much longer to eat a stick of regular Twix.
The Twix Fino may appeal to those who are watching their calories, as it contains 96 calories less than regular Twix however I feel that there are many other chocolate bars on the market which can satisfy a sweet tooth for a similar amount of calories. In addition to this, the fact that the biscuit has been replaced with wafer means that it is a lot lighter and not as filling as regular Twix.
If I had to compare Twix Fino to other chocolate bars, I would say it is similar to Drifter or Tunnock's caramel wafer but not as tasty. I would not purchase this chocolate again as I did not find it satisfying and would much rather just have one stick of regular Twix to save calories.
I purchased Twix Fino for 45p my local newsagents and have not seen it in many other shops yet, however this may be due to the fact it has just been released.
Well I'm a person that can't resist trying something new that appears in the shops. I purchased this on Wednesday 1st September when they were officially released for sale. I then made the suggestion to Dooyoo to add which they have done, Thanks.
This twix cost 47p and comes in a silver rather then the usual gold coloured packet. Twix Fino is the new name for their new product and still comes in two sticks like the regular twix.
When you take one of the chocolate fingers out of the packet you'd be forgiven in to thinking it was a normal twix but slightly smaller. It is only when you take a bite that it comes to light that actually they have replaced the biscuit part with a wafer.
So now we have a wafer that is topped with caramel and coated in milk chocolate. They are lower in calories then the normal twix and I feel they are trying to promote this as a healthier lighter option. Of course wafer isn't solid so there are more gaps in between layers so they are lighter in weight not just calories. This twix boosts 94 calories per piece on the wrapper but marketing seems to be saying less then 100 calories in the whole thing. I think it is 188 calories for the whole pack, so really is less then the normal Twix but it isn't something I'll buy on a regular basis. Regular Twix has 142 calories per piece for your comparison.
The last major new product Mars brought out was the Mars delight if people remember that and I wasn't keen on that either.
If I had to compare this Twix Fino to a close alternative I'd have to go with Milky way crispy roll.
I brought mine in my local Coop store and I know they are due to hit main supermarkets in the new year.
I give this 3 stars as it was ok but not filling when eaten and change isn't always better.