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There are usually a few of these floating around in our freezer as they are one of my girlfriend's favourites. I like them too but usually find them frustratingly tiny; even eaten slowly they are unlikely to last over a minute.
They are similar to a Mars bar in construction, but instead of a layer of nougat the chocolate shell is filled with a toffee flavoured ice-cream, above which is the usual caramel layer which is actually pleasantly generous. The result does taste like an iced version of a Mars bar, so it seems somewhat more legitimate than, for example, the Malteser and Fruit Pastille ice-creams.
They can be bought individually from newsagents, ice-cream vans and the like, but are likely to set you back something in the region of 70p. It is far more economical to buy a multi-pack from the freezer section of the supermarket, which cost £2 and contain 6 (albeit slightly smaller) bars.
I have recently discovered how good they are as a sandwich filling, but I don't necessarily recommend that as it's probably extremely unhealthy!
Until recently I used to get strange cravings for these things at 3am. They have been around for a long time but I am just finding out about them. Its simply a mars bar but without the nouget stuff they use a toffee ice cream instead. Sitting on top of this is the caramel layer and its all covered in chocolate. Which will melt quite quickly in your hand when your eating.
Generally its quite a messy thing to eat but that is part of the fun. I find though that they are finished all to quickly. I generally have two but they are seriously fatty products with a lot of fat and therefore calories so this is probably not a good idea. The other bad point is that once they melt and get into your clothes they will make them absolutely skint. It is a horrible smell and I cant work out what it is about the product which gives it that smell but its not something you want to do anyway.
They are for sale in supermarkets in the ice cream cabinet for around a pound for 4 although some packs also include a 5th one for free.
Mars Ice Cream
If you haven't eaten one of these before, then they are a similar size to a normal Mars bar and contain yummy Mars flavour (which tastes a bit like toffee flavour) dairy ice cream and a strip of caramel, all contained in a chocolate shell.
They sound like they may be a little sickly but in fact, they are really tasty and one bar is just enough. Though I am sure that kids would love them, they are actually quite a grown up taste, creamy and indulgent with the caramel being just enough to add a different flavour without being overpowering. The texture is also good, not too hard and not too runny, meaning that it doesn't fall apart in your hand or melt before you have finished eating it.
I had a look at their website and was surprised to see it state that you had to be over 12 to enter, asking for your date of birth as confirmation! I couldn't work out why this was as the site only contains lists of the products, but apparently it is because "their websites are intended primarily for adult consumers". I must admit that I found this a little strange but there you go!
Each bar contains;
Calories - 143 which is 7.2% of the "GDA"
Fat - 8.3g which is 11.9% of the "GDA"
So, these bars are not particularly good for you, but I guess that is to be expected with something which tastes this good. I bought these on offer from my local Supermarket for £1 for a box of 4, which is a definite bargain, and made them taste even sweeter!
I definitely recommend this product, they are tasty and feel like a treat, get a box and stash them in the freezer now. I have awarded them 4 stars simply because of the fat content, but the taste deserves a full 5.
Now, the first thing to make you aware of is that I dont like regular mars bars! Not sure why - but im guessing its because of the Nougat! Ice Cream Mars bars on the other hand are a whole different experience!
Ok, so it looks like a mars bar, it has the same chocolate outer coating and the same strip or caramel but the thing is - its missing the nougat which is what I dont like about the regular ones! Instead it has been replaced by deliciously soft and tasty dairy ice cream (if you buy them from a shop for some reason the ice cream is always soft, but if you leave them in the freezer at home, the icecream is hard and could do with a few mintutes to soften up) not sure why that is. But yes, this is a taste sesation that you have to try!
The only problem with them is that the are a bit on the small side - I could easily sit 4 or 5 of them in one sitting and i'm not a big guy - my advice is that this can be dangerous so they are best enjoyed as a quick, cheap and easy dessert after a meal - when you wont be able to fit any more than one in!
"The things that caught my eye about the packaging where"
The peel back lid in the centre which is similar to that of McCain microwave chips and the lid can be resealed. The inviting picture of a Mars bar which looks sort of like it has been cut in half and only half of it is being shown, "revealing all the ingredients inside" including the ice cream and the delicious caramel centre.
On the cover it tells you that in the box there are four individually wrapped bars. The part written on top of the picture of the mars ice cream says that its made of "Real Dairy Ice Cream". I also noticed how well designed the box is and that the lid is "very easy" to open. The recognizable mars design that anyone who has ever tried their products will be well acquainted with.The message which says " Real dairy ice cream " and deliciously soft caramel, wrapped in a coating with milk chocolate - " the true taste of mars"
Guided Daily Allowance
* Calories - 143 which is 7.2% of the "GDA"
* Fat - 8.3g which is 11.9% of the "GDA"
I first tried these when my mum bought them in for a change from what she usually gets and i remember assuming that i would not like them because i do not like ordinary mars bars. These however surprised me. I like the packaging they come in, they are all wrapped individually and easy to open and with these you can, "most often" avoid the annoying inevitable thing that seems to happen with a lot of ice cream's and lolly's where they end breaking in half and drop on top of you or on to the floor before you even get to finish them.
I love that when you open the packaging you see a lot of chocolate first which is always good and that when you bite it there is just enough ice cream and caramel and the two flavors blend well making them very tasty and enjoyable to eat. The cardboard box they come in is quite thin in width and of a reasonably small length considering that there is four bars inside it. This makes it handy in that they will most likely fit in your fridge even if there is a lot inside it.
I think these are great for any time of the year, even though ice cream is usually most popular in summer time. I prefer these to ice lolly's in my opinion they are nicer and they are sort of a perfect balance in-between chocolate and ice cream. They cost my mum just £1 on offer in Tesco. I think its great that they are also free of artificial colours and flavours and the real diary ice cream they use tastes really nice. In my opinion its nicer than a lot of the alternative ice creams that are available.
My favourite part of these is the caramel inside them. I think there is quite a lot of this included inside. The packaging is nice and overall "my opinion is" that they are great for a treat and anyone who likes the Mars range of products will probably like these and even some people like myself who maybe don't like other Mars products might warm to these after trying them.
They are almost always on offer every time that i go to Tesco and are always reasonably priced. I mean how much more reasonable can you get? Four of these for £1.
Mars ice creams are a fantastic product especially in summer, however they can be bought and eaten at any time really. They are I guess just an attempt at mars branching out into a new market however it is a very good products and it makes you wonder why they didn't think of them sooner.
I really like the chocolate mars bars anyway so perhaps y review on these is a bit biased and I guess if you didn't like mars bars then you may also not bee keen on these, as although there not exactly the same, they do still taste similar.
The ice cream bar is built in a similar way to the real mars bar. there is a soft bit at the bottom, instead of being nougat its ice cream which tastes fairly chocolaty but really creamy, and even looks similar to the mars bar.
Then on top of that if the caramel, it seems to have been made a bit thinner for the ice cream however it makes it easier to eat which is good. The whole thing is coated in the mars chocolate too which holds it together. These taste really good, very similar to the mars bar, and are very refreshing in the summer time.
It's a shame we haven't really had much of a summer to enjoy ice-creams outside, but Mars ice-creams are something I like whatever the weather when I want something that's rich in chocolate, creamy and chilled.
Mars Ice-creams are, unsurprisingly, produced by Mars. If you like Mars bars you're more than likely to love these. Being made by Mars you expect quality and a taste that rivals their regular chocolate, and that's what you get with their ice-cream.
These are typically sold in a box of 6 x 51ml bars, which currently seem to have a design on the box saying they're a special purchase at £2. This is about average, and actually a good buy if you consider the price of individual ice-creams these days can be over £1 each.
The box has the classic black packaging and red 'Mars' text on the front so it's easily recognisable. They seem to be fairly popular too, so you shouldn't have a problem coming across them in your local supermarket.
Each ice-cream bar is individually wrapped, and at 51ml they're just the right portion size for something that's as rich and sweet as they are.
In terms of nutrition, each bar contains 143 calories and 8.3g fat, which I think is fairly good for these. Less than the average regular mars, and less than a large Magnum for example, they're just right for a sweet treat.
These are similar to Mars bars in the sense the nougat base inside is replaced by ice-cream, so what you're getting is ice-cream, topped with a thick layer of caramel and covered in thick Mars chocolate.
It's best to eat these in the wrapper as there's no stick, and they're easy to eat usually unless your bar is broken somewhere because then it can get a little messy.
The chocolate is thick and has a lovely rich flavour, as you'd expect from Mars chocolate. The ice-cream is very soft and seems to melt quite quickly, which compliments the overall creamy texture nicely. The caramel that is sandwhiched between the top of the ice-cream and the chocolate is thick and smooth, adding to the sweet, rich taste of the chocolate.
Overall, the taste and textures are just right if you want something smooth, creamy and delicious. They're quite rich and very chocolatey, but I think the portion size is just right so I can easily manage one without finding it sickly.
Overall I would definitely recommend these. Sometimes an ice-cream version of a popular brand isn't as good as you'd expect, but these ice-cream bars live up to the standards of Mars. Yum!
Anyone who has read any of my Cadbury's reviews knows that I am a huge fan of Cadbury's products. Thats not to say i don't like Mars products, its just that normally I far prefer Cadburys. I think its the whole dairy milk vs Galaxy thing, I just find Dairy Milk nicer. It may then surprise you to find out that mars ice cream is my absolute most favorite ice cream ever. It beats all the Cadburys ice cream, and all the Ben and Jerrys, this really is amazing ice cream!
Mars ice creams come in choc ice formats. They come in multipacks or single ice creams. The mulitpack ice creams are essentially the same as the single ones, just smaller. The multipack ice creams come in cardboard boxes ( this is great as they are recyclable). The usually contain four individually wrapped ice creams. The ice creams are wrapped in a type of foil wrapping, which is easy to remove without mashing up the whole ice cream. The ice cream inside is a long thin rectangular shape, coated in chocolate. This is of course galaxy flavoured chocolate, but adapted so it is freezeable. The chocolate is a fairly thin layer, but not so thin that there is not enough, they are not being stingy! As with all ice cream choc ices it is difficult to bit into without shattering the chocolate and making ice cream mess everywhere!
Inside the yummy chocolate the ice cream (as the name suggests) follows a similar format to the mars bar. There is ice cream on the bottom, which takes up approximately 95% of the bar and caramel on the top. The ice cream is creamy and caramelly in taste, and the sweet sticky caramel adds an extra fantastic taste to the bar. The texture is also delicious, with a crunchie outer chocolate shell and a smooth soft melt in the mouth inside.
This is my favorite ice cream, the taste is gorgeous and it is not too sickly. The only downsides are that the cost is a liottle higher than other brands of ice cream (but the taste makes it worthwhile!) and the calories are a little high if you are on a diet.
With the last few days seeing a bit of a burst of hot weather, it has seen the ice creams coming out of the freezer a bit more frequently.
I do like to indulge in an ice cream bar sometimes rather than having a bowl and a spoon, especially when I want to enjoy something to myself without having to share with a toddler. This way by eating a bar it's gone quicker and I get more to myself.
Mars Ice cream bars come in packs of four, which can usually be found on offer for around a pound. When they are much more expensive than this I tend to get something else, but I will admit to the Mars being one of my favourites. All the other varieties seem to base themselves on a Mars bar ice cream anyway and just tweak the ingredients slightly.
The box you'll buy them in is nice and sturdy which helps the flimsy packaged ice cream bars stay intact inside the box during transits. You will have to remember here that they will melt if you leave them in your trolley/car too long so it's best to get when you know you'll be getting home to the freezer soon.
The design on the box is done to look just like a mars bar, including all the colours that you'll find inside the chocolate bar of rich browns, gold and creams to incorporate the chocolate, caramel and nougat. It's nothing fancy but works well and lets the consumer know you're getting a Mars ice cream without any doubt.
Each bar is wrapped in an imitation Mars bar chocolate wrapper, but they appear a lot thinner and tear easier. I think this is probably a good thing in regards to eating ice cream as it would melt quicker and you need to remove the wrapping without any issue.
When you look at the actual ice cream bar it looks just like the chocolate version. The layer of chocolate around the outside imitates the chocolate bar perfectly.
Biting into the ice cream is another experience altogether. The chocolate coating is fairly thin and crispy when you bite through. Instantly you'll get a melting ooze of vanilla ice cream with a generous helping of thin caramel that oozes out of the chocolate.
It can be quite a messy experience eating an ice cream bar, especially if the ice cream is a little on the soft side, but the flavours here work together really well and give off a great taste bud explosion.
The vanilla ice cream is sweet yet not a bad quality, and when mixed with the sweetness of all the other flavours, your mouth does explode.
Sadly you don't generally get to savour eating an ice cream bar as it's gone in a few mouths full, more so because it'll melt otherwise. It really is a case of enjoy while it lasts and don't worry about the nutritional content it'll provide you.
These ice creams aren't really big enough when you compare to the size of a Magnum for example, but do try to resist eating one after the other as at 201 calories and 11.6 grams of fat per ice cream; these aren't for anyone contemplating a diet.
Overall I would recommend these to anyone looking for something nice to eat on a hot day. If you can get them for a pound a box then they are a complete bargain so even more reason to treat yourselves.
Mars is one of the biggest chocolate brands in the UK so it seems right that they have their own ice cream as most other companies do e.g Galaxy, Smarties Pop up e.t.c Mars ice cream however my favourite out of all these chocolate brand ice creams is because it tastes delicious and I have never tasted better chocolate so I conclude it must of come from Mars!
Mars ice creams look like the chocolate bars and have similar ingredients. The smell is brilliant and you can smell the lovely chocolate and caramel filling as soon as you open the wrapper. The taste is even better though with the lovely chocolate, gorgeous caramel in the middle and creamy ice cream in the middle I can`t imagine a better recipe!
There are different packs available with different amounts of Mars ice cream bars so those on a diet can buy a smaller pack to resist temptation.
The packaging is similar to a normal Mars Bar with a black wrapper and red writing with "Mars Ice Cream" but the easiest way to tell the difference is that they are in freezers!
***Nutrition Per Bar***
Calories 143 - This is quite low for an ice cream like this.
Energy kJ 601kJ
***Price and Availability***
This currently costs £2.00 for a pack of six at Tesco.com and the Sainsbury`s websites but there are often special offers at nearly all supermarkets where you get these. Mars ice cream is available at nearly all supermarkets and should be no problem to find in shops.
A very nice ice cream that has quite low calories and I would recommend to anyone due to the lovely taste.
5/5 Must have come from another planet!
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What a gorgeous tasting ice cream!
It's made of really good dairy ice cream, and the chocolate that you come to expect from Mars. It also has the lovely caramel on the top, which is rather sweet, and i think a little bit sickly. I do find these a bit too sweet, but on a really hot day, it's nice to chilax with one (or two,) of these!
The downside to these is that they can be on the expensive side, but in this world you get what you pay for!
I really do enjoy these, and maybe Im just a bit fussy, but I do still feel that they are a little too sweet, the rest of my family however, can't get enough of them! I think we're keeping the Mars corporation in business, alone! Haha.
The dairy ice cream inside the bar, is really good quality though! I'm not sure if I can find the dairy ice cream on it's own, but if I can buy a tub, It will be absolutely delicious!
If you are after a treat for yourself, then give this a go, if you don't have a really sweet tooth, then maybe go for something different.
Oh my Goodness.... My most naughtiest and most favourite ice cream in the whole world!
I won't bother with the history, I shall just get on with my honest and unbiased review of this delicious moreish ice cream bar you must buy right now!!!! ;)
You can buy these bars for £2 at Tesco in a pack of 6, however I tend to buy them separately from my local garage. (The individual ones are Mars Extra which are bigger than the bulk buy.) So obviously I am good to my waistline and only buy the bigger ones very occasionally. (Okay... every week, but us girls deserve little treats!)
Standard Mars colours, black with the red chunky MARS outlined in gold. The same standard as the chocolate bar in terms of hastily ripping open!
Just like a Mars Bar (long, dark brown, smells yummy, and has folds of chocolate on top. Just like the choc, but ice cold!)
Oh good gravy. You bite into the sweet soft melting chocolate outer, and immediately get the cold nougaty flavour dairy ice cream and the warm caramel which compliments the ice cream perfectly! I often eat the ice cream first, the the chocolate and savour the sweet caramel which is defiantly the highlight of this ice cream!
Feel guilty as hell.
So, at £1.50 a pop, it's not cheap, not healthy, not good.... but oh so worth it!
Sooooooooo, don't delay, buy today! *Cue cheesy grin and music*
Thanks for reading guys. :)
After finishing my diet, the first thing I get from the supermarket (as a priority of course) is my Mars Ice Cream. It's always that first bite that I remember and the heavenly thoughts that you get when slowly working your way through it, and before i know it, the whole 4 pack is gone! The quality of the chocolate and the ice cream are like no other. This particular chocolate does not give you the bitter after taste that some chocolate ice creams give you.
The aroma from the bar is a mixture of heavenly chocolate and decadent caramel, with the soft sumptuous ice cream in the centre.
It differs from normal Mars bars in that there's the accompaniment of melt in the mouth, cold chocolate, with the familiar caramel that you get in a bar. Apparently, a good cure for a sore throat - at long last, there's an excuse to eat chocolate!
They come in different pack sizes and different sized bars, something to bear in mind if you're counting the calories. Talking of size, I have noticed that Mars have cut the size of alot of their products in general, claiming that it's to help with the obesity epidemic. Surprisingly though, they haven't downsized the price, (funny that).
As well as the regular ice cream mars you can also get limited edition ones' such as dark chocolate, which I have not tried. Mars ice creams come in different sizes such as 4,6, 8 packs. They are well packaged and, should you wish to store them, long term, make sure they are put in the freezer as soon as you get in. I made the mistake of leaving them for too long, and refreezing didn't give the same memorable taste.
All the major supermarkets have special offers on this product at some time or other. In particular, Farmfoods and Iceland have a regular cheaper price on these beauties £1 for 4. Asda are currently selling 2 for £3, so grab yourself a bargain asap!
The nutritional information is as follows:
Typical Values Per 100ml Per 80ml
Energy (calories) 283 226
Protein (g) 3.6 2.9
Carbohydrate (g) 30.6 24.5
Total sugars (g) 23.8 19.0
Fat (g) 16.3 13.0
Saturated fat(g) 10.8 8.6
Up North there's a craze of having battered mars bar.....hmmm.....not really sure about that one myself, but just in case you want something a little different, it's out there. Not sure it would work with ice cream mars, although I have heard various stories. I would welcome any comments about the battered versions!
Mars Ice cream is not really anything like a mars bar, and more like a chunky choc ice with caramel in. This does not make it a delicious ice cream, but if this was not packaged with the Mars logo, you would not know that it was not a mars bar. If you have a regular freezer that does not deep freeze things, then the bar will be frozen but still soft. If you have a very cold deep freeze, the Mars Ice cream will come out quite hard and actually more like a cold Mars bar, making it a lot nicer to eat.
Mars Ice Cream was one of the first chocolate bars to become an Ice cream, and years later it is just as nice as it always was, and as a close second to Crunchie Ice Cream, this is my favourite Ice Cream Bar.
The Wrapper looks much like a normal Mars Bar, with the mars logo and sweep, but is distinctive from the regular Mars Bar because it has more cream colour and a picture of chocolate and caramel chunks on the wrapper.
The Mars bar the ice cream bars have the same tasty chocolate and the same delicious chewy carame. The nougat of the regular Mars bar has been replaced with a caramel flavoured ice cream. The ice cream is creamy and smooth and goes very well with the salty caramel and lovely Mars Chocolate.
The Mars Ice cream bars can be bought individually from most Newsagents from 65p to £1 and can also be bought in Multipacks of four or six for around £2 to £3.
These Mars Bars are very different from the original chocolate, but are still very delicious and well worth a try.
Mars Ice Cream bars are a real treat! if you haven't tried one yet, I really think you should!
The bars are the same sort of size and shape as a mars bar, and follow the same principal, but the whipped up bit in the centre of the mars bar is replaced by a delicious malty tasting ice cream. This is topped with runny caramel and all encased in a smooth milk chocolate shell. The combination of textures makes it all the more enjoyable. So, you see, the same, yet somehow different! if you like mars bars...you will love mars ice cream. I'm not a huge fan of ice cream, but I would near kill for one of these sometimes.
The ice creams come in different sizes, regular and xtra (just like mars bars...you are getting the connection now!) A regular one costs around 90p and the larger one around £1.30. This varies a lot.
One 79 ml mars ice cream provides you with 222 calories (yikes!) and 12.8g of fat (help!) it doesn't say how much of this is saturated fat, so I am wondering if it is the whole lot! Never mind, it's summer, and round here we have to take the bull by the horns.....There are no artificial colours or flavours (hurrah!)
These are divine. A real sweet, chocolate and ice cream hit in one shot.