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I'm not really a fan of milkshakes, I stopped drinking them years ago when I wanted to lose weight but occasionally enjoy one if I fancy one now. I'd noticed these in the shop and wanted to try one for a while as I'm a big fan of Mars bars.
The Milkshake can bought in a 400ml bottle which has a sports cap on making it ideal for your bag when you're on the go. You'll pay about £1.29 but look out for offers as they're often reduced to £1 or on a two for £2 offer. You can also get a larger 1L bottle or carton. They're easily identifiable by being black and red and having the large Mars logo on the front.
It says on the bottle that that cyclists who drank Mars Refuel after exercise were able to continue up to 50% longer during a second exercise session than when they took other specialised sports drinks making Mars a good choice for athetic or sporty people. The drink contains 3.1g of protein and only 2g of fat, again making it good for active people wanting a healthier chocolate milkshake option. It's not quite a protein shake but is somewhat similar.
Upon opening the bottle you get a strong smell of chocolate. It smells quite rich and delicious. It isn't as thick as other milkshakes that I've had, it's more like chocolate milk. It's got a lovely rich chocolatey taste that is very enjoyable and quite refreshing on a warm day if you drink it chilled. I find it quite filling, perhaps its just the chocolate taste, so don't tend to drink this whilst I'm eating food or before a meal.
I've never drank this before exercising or after a hard training session so can't comment on it's ability to make you able to exercise more but I didn't feel paticularly energetic after drinking it. I also don't think it'd be the best thing to drink if you're feeling dehydrated i.e. after running as the chocolate taste lingers in your mouth. It is very nice as a convenience drink when you're out or something to keep in the fridge as a change from tea or pop.
I've seen this avaiable at Tesco express stores, small newsagents and all big supermarkets so it's not too hard to find. I spotted a skittles one the other day which is next on my list to try! I'd definitely recommend this as I find it really delicious and it's not as gloopy or filling as a thicker milkshake. Give it a try but remember to look out for the offers!
My lovely partner got me a bottle of this today... needless to say it was probably because the bottle had a big sticker on the front saying 2 for £2. But hey it's the thought that counts.
A bottle contains 440ml of the drink and comes in a plastic bottle with the distinct Mars black, red and gold packaging. The bottle also features a sports cap.
The drink needs to be kept refrigerated.
The nutritional value is listed as;
of which sugars 13.7g
Salt Equivalent 0.2g
On the back of the bottle it tells you that 'research shows that cyclists who took Mars Refuel after exercise were able to continue up to 50% longer during a further exercise session than when they took specialised sports drinks, and for more than 40% longer than when they took the equivalent volume of isotonic sports drinks' It also tells you that the drink has just the right ingredients to restore your energy levels quickly.
When you open the bottle it smells like a chocolate milkshake, which is what I thought it was it doesn't seem to be appealling as a sports drink. The drink has a pale brown colour. It is thinner than I expected it has the consistency of milk, I thought it would be thicker because I thought this was a milkshake. The taste is exactly like a Mars bar, it is rich and you can really taste the caramel and nogart. It was so moreish, what puzzled me though was that the back of the bottle stated that a serving was 200ml, this means that a bottle contains 2 and a bit servings. I found this a bit odd. Anyway it was so nice I drank the whole bottle. I have to admit that afterwards I felt a little sick.
I would definately buy this again but I certainly wouldn't drink the whole bottle. I think this is best enjoyed as a rare treat as it is really high in sugar and can't be good for your teeth. I would also be reluctant to try this as a sports drink. I go to the gym quite frequently and I can't imaging this being refreshing when you are sweating it out on a treadmill, i'll stick to my water thanks.
This gets 4 out of 5 from me.
My son has had a few of these recently, and although I haven't really given them a second glance I had a sip of one the other day, curious as to how a liquid Mars Bar might taste. Retailing at around the 70p or 80p mark, they're a bit gloopy and have a very subtle hint of malty taste about them.
The tagline for the Mars Bar is that a Mars a day helps you work, rest and play. The idea behind this is the energy a malty soft toffee chocolate bar can give you with glucose, sugar and choc to provide the buzz. While this is true in some ways, you also have to be careful due to just how much sugar is in them. As a drink, calling it 'refuel' gives it the impression that it's an energy drink, and sort of replace the work, rest and play tagline of the actual bar.
Does it give you energy? Well, it certainly tastes nice. I find it important to get a gloopiness when making something that is to all intents and purposes a milkshake, and that is exactly what this is, make no mistake about it. It's slightly richer than your average milkshake, but it's almost like a more indulgent chocolate milkshake, and one that tastes really nice. It asks you to chill it well and shake it well before you drink it, and that is to make sure that any separation of contents due to resting get mixed back up again so you can get the full benefits of taste from the drink. It'll give you energy just like anything with chocolate and glucose in would, the natural effects of these parts giving you that initial boost your body with things it can convert in a short space of time to give you more get up and go.
I wouldn't say it does any more than any other choc milkshake I've had though, and I certainly don't notice the effects in comparison. The slightly malty aftertaste is subtle enough to not put people off, as it can, and the goodness is promoted by saying not only the usual protein, calcium and vitamins that most drinks like this do, but also by pointing out that there's a low 2% fat content for this drink, something that most chocolate bars or milkshakes can't do. This was good for me, as I need to regulate the amount of fat I consumer.
The bottle it comes in is well designed. Ergonomic and comfortable to hold, it's also easy to pour the drink from. The lid rescrews somewhat securely, certainly better than those on Yazoo drinks do, once the foil airtight cover has been taken off. The colours reflect that of the mars bar, and I suppose it's good that they haven't tried to make it that different, using the familiar brand logo and colours of black and white with some red in the lettering in order to focus on what it is. The bottle is recyclable as well, which is pretty much standard these days.
At the moment, Mars are also running a cash for your club promo to entice you to buy them, and this is designed to promote exercise in kids. I like it when companies do this, especially with food and drink which can result in kids and even adults putting on weight. Giving potential energy and encouraging exercise can often be the difference between thinking this is a good product and thinking it's just another way for kids to get fatter.
As with all things, this is used more as a treat to us than anything else. Our son has one every now and then, and I've only tried them a couple of times. I do recommend them as they taste nice and are gloopy, which is ideal for me. One interesting point is in the ingredients, in that the Mars Bar itself hints at a warning of traces of nuts, whereas this drink doesn't even mention it. Just an interesting comparison is all, no more. Recommended.
Both of my kids are milkshake mad at the minute and I usually end up indulging them as it's a good way to increase their milk intake if nothing else. This Mars Refuel drink found its way into our trolley the other day, although it didn't last very long in the fridge, thanks to the human locusts in our household!
I haven't seen this particular Mars product for sale before but it appears to have been around for a while as, according to the packaging, a Mars Refuel drinks fund has been going since 2008. We found this in the chilled aisle alongside other milk based drinks, although this is actually a UHT product so technically doesn't need refrigerating until it is open. It then needs using up within three days, although that certainly wasn't an issue for us! The packaging of our 1 litre version is totally different from the image shown above. Ours comes in a slimline tetrapak, making it the ideal size to slot inside the fridge door and become a target for everybody that opens the fridge!
Like the original Mars chocolate bar, much is made of this drink's ability to give you energy, citing the combination of 'glucose, malt and the balance of carbs and protein' as the key to the usual Mars tagline of 'work, rest and play.' Personally, I think this is just a bit of marketing spin to make us believe that was is, essentially, a very sugary chocolate milkshake is actually beneficial to our health.
The crucial factor is whether this actually tastes nice. As far as the kids were concerned this was a chocolate milkshake and that in itself made them gulp the stuff down like desert nomads at an oasis! I was a bit dubious about this myself. I had noticed that this contained malt and, even though I know the stuff is supposed to be good for you, I'm not overly keen on the taste. When it comes to overtly malted drinks such as Ovaltine, I'm not so much 'take it or leave it' as 'leave it.' Thankfully, I found the malted taste within this drink to be pretty subtle. I didn't even notice it on first tasting but it did leave a slight but distinctive malty aftertaste but not enough to put me off the taste. The major impact was just the overpowering sweetness of the drink. It was incredibly sweet - reminding me of a Nestle milkshake when my seven year old has gone overboard with the powder! I only had a small glass of this stuff and that was plenty for me as I couldn't have drunk a large amount of this in one go. I also prefer my milkshake to be nice thick and creamy whereas this drink was fairly thin and runny, although the chocolate taste was pleasant enough. I even caught a (very) slight hint of Mars bar when drinking this, finding a hint of the nougat filling somewhere in amongst the sweetness and malt. If you're expecting this to provide the liquidised essence of a Mars bar, I think you'll be disappointed but as a fairly average chocolate milkshake this will do the job.
I dare say we'll purchase this again at some point, preferably when it's on offer as we paid £1.79 for a 1 litre carton which is pretty pricey. The kids loved it meaning I don't really get a look in, even though this would be far too sweet and not creamy enough for me to enjoy on a regular basis.
Ingredients: Semi skimmed Milk (74%), Water, Glucose Powder, Whey Powder, Sugar, Cocoa Powder, Flavouring, Emulsifier (E471), Barley Malt Extract, Salt, Cane Molasses, Stabilisers (Carrageenan, Guar Gum)
Contains Barley Malt Extract, Gluten, Milk, Whey Powder.
Suitable for vegetarians.
I love milky chocolate drinks whether they are hot or cold so I've been in my element while Morrisons had an offer on for this 'Mars Refuel drink recently!
They have been nearly half price on offer for a pound for a litre carton of the most gorgeous chocolate, malt and caramel drink, yum yum!
I remember these coming out and begging for one to try but they were really expensive but every so often they become a bargain then I simply have to have one, lol!
Sold is a classy black carton with the famous Mars name in red, the refuel name is trademarked and it's done really well. On the front of the cardboard pack (recycle please!) it says there are 160 calories in a 200ml glass but there are no artificial colours or preservatives plus it's made with fresh British milk.
There is 2% fat and it is a natural source of calcium for strong teeth and bones plus a natural source of protein and some B vitamins.
The advertising pushes the fact that there's malt and glucose energy for helping with exercise while the write up says how unique the mars taste inside is.
I must admit I was curious when I was younger to see if it tastes like a melted Mars bar but of course it didn't, lol!
The smell when you break the seal on the bright red plastic lid is really familiar though, like liquid Mars and the colour is a light brown.
You can definitely taste the sugar and maltiness in it, like Maltesers would be almost in liquid form.
The milk is really refreshing and cold as obviously you have to keep this drink in the fridge, although it wasn't as thick as I expected it to be. I imagined a milkshake consistency but it's thinner in texture than that...
I have to say I loved it! The taste is really natural and the flavour really reminded me on the original Mars Bars with the scent.
It is expensive normally but worth it on special offer, five stars from me, slurp! ;-p
I saw this advertised on TV on the other day and it immediately made me want to go out and buy it, after all who wouldn't want their favourite chocolate bar in a drink. Nevertheless I resisted, I eat far too much rubbish as it is, I don't need to drink chocolate too!! But when I did my weekly shop in Morrisons I was surprised to see the 1 litre carton on special offer, at only £1 I had to give into temptation.
The packaginig for this drink is a Tetra Pakl as a lot of other milk drinks are and looks very familiar, just about everyone will recognise the well known colours of the Mars bar brand making this cartpn stand out from the rest of the milk shake drinks in the fridge.
Boasting no artificial colours or preservatives, fresh british milk and only 2% fat this is probably one of the better milkshake options out there health wise, with approximately 160 calories per 200ml glass. However I find it hard to believe that sports people would really think a chocolate based drink could be good for them - unless they use up so many calories that they need to bulk up!
When I first poured this into a glass I noticed that the drink was a little light in colour for a chocolate drink, however as it is supposed to be a liquid form of a mars bar I wasn't too concerned - there is after all more than one ingredient in a mars bar. It smelt delicious and sweet and I was pleased to see that it wasn't too thick a consistency. On first taste I was pleased by the sugary hit I had, I could definitely taste the caramel and not just the chocolate and would say this is the closest you could get to a liquid mars bar. However before I was even half way through the glass, the sweetness was just too much for me and I couldn't finish it. Once upon a time I would have loved this drink but I think over the last few years I've lost my sweet tooth. I couldn't finish my first glass and the rest has gone to waste as I couldn't face it again.
At £1 for a litre I didn't think this was too pricey, however if like me you can only manage a small amount then most of it will go to waste, in which case £1 for a small glass is pretty expensive. That is not to say that this is a bad tasting drink, a few years ago I would have managed the full carton without too many problems. If you have a sweet tooth and love mars bars then you will love this but if like me you only like a taste then it's probably not worth the money.
I didn't realise that this was supposed to be some kind of sports style drink to be consumed to give you extra energy till I looked up this drink and found that it was named Mars Refuel rather than just Mars.
According to the bottle information, research carried out showed that cyclists who drank Mars Refuel were able to carry on for 50% longer than those who had traditional sports drinks. Now I don't know who carried out the reasearch but this would be quite surprising were it to be true. From a personal perspective, I can't imagine this helping me much were I thirsty after doing sport, all I would want is water.
I drink this because I like milkshake and flavoured milk drinks and becuase I have tried and enjoyed the Galaxy drink several times. So I thought this might be nice. It comes in typical Mars colours; black gold and red with a bright red screw top. The slogan is 'work, rest, play longer' playing on their old ad tag line of 'work, rest, play'. This is quite high in calories, coming in at just under 300 calories.
The liquid is mid brown in colour but doesn't look as thick as I had anticipated. I suppose this may be because I am used to the Frijj range. The taste is reminiscent of Mars to an extent with a sweet milk chocolate taste with a hint of caramel. However, it has a slightly powdery edge to it, not as bad as other milkshake drinks though to be air, but there was nothing about it that particularly stood out. Had it been placed into a glass, I would probably not realised that it was a Mars drink.
Moreover, it is really expensive. This 388ml bottle, the size of a Ribena carton, cost £1.48 which pro-rata is roughly twice the cost of any other drink. I just didn't think it was special enough to justify that price and would probably not re-purchase.
I do like milkshakes, although I don't let myself have them very often. I also like chocolate, malt, nougat and caramel. So a mars drink sounded like a good idea to me - it gets rid of the main annoying thing I find with mars bars which is the heavy texture and overwhelming sweetness.
And this stuff doesn't disappoint on the taste front. It's pleasantly creamy without being really gloopy. It has a nice balance of all the flavours (if anything the nougat/malty flavour comes through better than in the bar). It's not quite as lethally bad for you as the bar either - presumably they use some starch to thicken up the liquid rather than just fat, and there appears to be less sugar. In fact, because it lasts for longer than the bar it's a nicer experience.
Downsides? They bill this as a sports drink these days, and I can't imagine anything less appropriate for drinking after sport. Yes, it has protein and energy, but so does roast chicken and potatoes and I wouldn't want to eat that straight after exercise. When you are hot and sweaty it's nice to have something cool and refreshing rather than creamy and comforting.
The other problem is the cap - it has a foil seal which, if you pull too much, can cause you to spill some out of the wide neck of the bottle.
Mars refuel is a gorgeous tasting drink. Yeah it's meant to give you energy and boasts a load of stuff about providing rapid recovery for athletes due to it's 4:1 carbohydrate:protein ratio, but let me explain, I'm a lazy bum and me drinking this has nothing to do with sports, so I can't comment from that perspective.
I love milkshakes but not thick ones. They feel a bit claggy and gloopy, and I don't enjoy the texture. Mars refuel is perfect for me, from this perspective. It's not too thick at all, but still has a lovely rich mars chocolate/caramel taste. Very sweet but not sickly. I am a chocolate enthusiast mind you, so sickly to me would probably be a pile of chocolate the size of the empire state building.
Calorie wise, it's a bit of a nightmare. Very good if you're indulging in sports activities and need that energy, but for me sat here writing my dooyoo reviews, it's going to do nothing other than add padding to my afore mentioned lazy bum. Still, the taste is worth it. It contains 154 cals per 200ml, and the bottle is 388ml, so we're talking just under 300 cals a bottle?
This drink is definitely tastiest consumed cold, nice on a warm day like today. It's only 1.5% fat, which is not bad for a milk based drink and also contains no artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or sweeteners. It cost about £1 from our local corner shop, probably cheaper in your local supermarkets.
I bought a bottle of this last night in my local corner shop. I didnt realise it was an energy drink until after I had half the bottle!
This is a milkshake type drink, its quite thick, like frij but is apparently a lot better for you. I dont know what they put in it to make it an energy drink, but after half the bottle and reading that it was, I definately felt more awake, even though it was the end of the day. I still managed to get to sleep though, so it cant be that energetic.
On the bottle it says it has been tested on athletes, and that they could exercise longer when drinking this drink rather than other energy drinks. It seems a sort of unhealthy thing to drink whilst exercising, and I would definately prefer water.
This drink doesnt really taste like a mars bar, its more chocolatey and creamy. It tastes nicer than a real mars bar, and as it contains a lot less calories I will be buying this instead of the bar.
After half a bottle I felt full, so gave my boyfriend the other half. It was a small bottle, costing 89p from my local shop, but it watered 2 people so thats quite a good deal.
If you want a sweet tasting drink that gives you a boost then try this. Its very nice and I will be buying it again.
Do not confuse this with other Mars drinks - there are a plethora of them... or at least that's what I'm going to tell you. They look very similar and have confusing names e.g. Mars Chocolate Drink - extra thick, which has loads of calories and tastes that way too.
This is Mars REFUEL.
It's been created to provide energy and nutrition without excessive calories. Primary use is for fast-recovery after sports and exercise; I love it after a hectic day.
The texture is light with a lovely, just-right hint of chocolate. Most surprising of all for me is how it really does give a lift-me-up after only a few swigs. Of course, to really notice the difference you have to be a bit run down. You can experiment on yourself: how fast do you recover with water, isotonic drinks and then with Mars Refuel.
They have already tested this on athletes... and they say it works. I agree.
It isn't a chocolate milkshake - don't get confused! I can't drink milkshakes after this, I find them far too thick and 'fattening'.
Just try it...
I love the thought that's been put into creating such a well-balanced product.
Yep, one bottle is supposed to serve a number of people... I drank it all by myself. It's far too delicious... but I don't care!! I love it. I'm still not sharing it.