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My lovely mother is obsessed with 'treating' me and my brother. Hurrah! As such, when she returns from a Tesco trip there's usually something good to be found amongst the boring nutritious stuff. Yesterday as I helped her offload the shopping (I must earn my treats you see) I spied two mars eggs peaking from all the veg and meat and whatnot, like shiney beacons of hope amongst a sea of gloom and otherwise dull foodstuffs. Ha-di-ha thankyou mum!
I like Easter eggs. Chocolate always seems to taste better when it's in a shape. It just does! We must accept this. One of those strange psychlogical phenomenons that I fully intend on conducting elaborate experiments over at some point in my life. Or not, because that's more than a tad wierd..
The egg! A mars egg no less. It seems rather small actually, heavy but small. Still, I'm quite small too so I won't judge it. Encased in foil, yes. I'm not so sure I agree with the use of foil to wrap these eggs, sometimes you'll buy one and realise that it is not fully shrouded so some of the chocolate has actually BEEN EXPOSED to the elements for who knows how long? Touched by who? It's a bit worrying. Well be that as it may, the foil adequately depicts the mars-y theme, with the logo and black and red-ness, so let us not be too harsh.
The egg is a tale of two cities (oh yes I'm even going to get some Dickens in here!). One half contains caramel, the other holds the chocolate 'nougat' (can I just add here, I'm never totally sure what 'nougat' is, I mean really wtf? Seems to change depending on circumstance, I don't get it! I need stability in my chocolate!). This is the kind of thing I'd only eat in the privacy of my own home, because I have the rather childish habit of dismantling/playing with my food, and the mars egg provides marvellous oppurtunity for such tomfoolery.
First, the egg must be split, easily done by the seams. I usually involve a plate at this point, so I don't have to hold the one section while eating the other, lest it get all melty. The half with the caramel is the better one I think. All gold and glistening, it's soft and flowy and not super-sweet. It tastes of butterscotch and toffee, and just a little hint of salt to take the edge off the sweetness. Excellent. The 'nougat' substance of wtf-ery is a bit odd. It has that malty, hot-chocolate powder taste of the traditional mars but the texture is a little lighter, almost moussey but not completely smooth like the caramel, a little grainy or pastey perhaps. It'll melt down on the tongue, but I wouldn't describe it as creamy. It has a slightly lingering bitterness to it as well. It's not bad at all, but not as sweetly delightful as the caramel. Maybe it's cruel to compare? Nice but odd, I'd say, kind of like that random uncle Eddie who turns up and forces you to dance with him at weddings etc is nice but odd.
The chocolate shells you are left with are fantastic, really thick and creamy with the rich galaxy-like flavour giving full satiety to a chocolate craving. Yummers.
I left the experience with a serene, satisfied feeling, pleasantly full but not with the ick-factor that usual mars bar beasts leave you with. These tick all the boxes for me, they are satisfying, fun to eat, and richly delicious. I imagine these not just appealing to mars bar fans, but galaxy lovers, caramel lovers, food molester lovers, lovers of any kind! Anyone can join the part-ay. Get with the mars egg crowd, I say, take a chance on life and reap the rewards!
I know not the calories, the foil told me nothing, but any fool will know these are not going to be on the rice cake side of things. As far as chocolate treats go these are just the right size, and favourable nutritionally to a full-size mars I'm reckoning.
Apparentely these were two for a £1 in tesco, which is actually quite expensive, but since I didn't pay for them,, I do not care. Ha!
In sum I would recommend these, if you find yourself craving either a mars or a creme egg and feel like going a little crazy (but not too crazy, you understand) then these fit right into that situation. So yes, flirt with danger, these are really nice for a change.
Although at Easter time it is basically Chocolate in an Egg shape. But there is just something about the whole Easter Egg time that makes everything seem that much nicer.
You get these in normal sized Eggs which seem tiny, but cost about 45p or you get a bag of mini ones of these which cost about £1. They are covered in a thin foil wrapper.
This is a bit rippled Chocolate outside but it is also quite smooth. When you bite into this the Chocolate appears to be in 2 parts, so made up of 2 halfs and they stay joined together well enough. In here is just the ingredients that make up a Mars Bar which is the Chocolate Nougat and Caramel. The Caramel is a nice thick golden sticky one and although I can find the original Mars Bar quite sickly, I oddly enough don't find these as sickly. Perhaps it is because these aren't as large as a Mars Bar, but this is just a nice compact taster of a Mars.
As nice a Chocolate treat as any others out there.
Well with Christmas out the way manufacturers can now turn to that other great religious festival known as Easter, to rip us off.
One great example of this is the Mars egg which is no more than a smaller version of a mars bar, made egg shaped.
Not only is it smaller than the typical Mars bar but as it is Easter and this is an egg, the nice people at Mars see fit to charge us a fortune for it.
I saw one yesterday in my local Spar shop and it was priced at 59p whilst just above it on the shelf were original Mars bars with about 16g more to them, priced at 47p.
I have no idea why we allow ourselves to be conned into buying this rubbish and letting big companies get away with ripping us off but for some reason we always do.
I have to be fair to both Mars and this product and tell you that having had one last year (which was bought for me and not buy me I must stress) they do taste good and just like a Mars bar, my only problem with the whole thing is the fact that Easter is simply being used by a huge company to once again rip off the public.
I have given this one star because it is a rip off not because it tastes bad!!
Isn't it funny how silly gimmicks and certain times of the year can make us part with our hard earned money without giving real thought to what we are buying, I refer to the Mars egg and Easter.
At any other time of the year we would all be stuffing our faces with proper Mars bars (well those who like them would) but at Easter time or for about 2 months prior to Easter we are spending roughly the same amount on tiny eggs that are basically mini versions of the same sweet.
Wrapped in the famous black and red colours and consisting of the exact same filling as a Mars bar these tiny eggs are a complete rip off, yes they taste as good as a Mars bar but they are less than half the size and cost roughly just as much.
Peel back the foil wrapper and take a bite and what have you got? You have got a small amount of creamy nougat on one side and a small helping of caramel on the other.
The outside of the egg is of course made with Mars chocolate and the egg tastes exactly like any other Mars bar. I paid 55p for mine with a full size Mars bar costing only a few pence more, I have no idea why I bought this egg but I do know I will never be buying another. These may appear to be a cute Easter treat but in fact they are an absolute rip off and we really should not be silly enough to be buying them.
They will of course have less calories than a Mars bar being that they are smaller but they are still packed with sugar and calories and hardly a low fat option to our beloved treats. I really see no point in these at all and cannot believe I was stupid enough to part with money for one of them.
All said and done these eggs do taste lovely, of course they do, but I give them only one star as they are such a con and I fell for it!
The mars egg.... What can I say. This is a brilliant new chocolate treat for all Mars bar fans! It has only hit a few shops that I have noticed. My mum bought us all one when we were all stuck at home because of the snow and I really enjoyed it with my cup of tea. To be honest I love Mars bars and so knew I would love the egg. My sister did not like it and so I would say that it depends whether you like actual mars bars.
It is better than a crème egg as it's not so sickly and you get a nice tasty trademark mars chocolate shell.
A word of advice - Make sure you buy a few of these as they are very morish and will really make you consider buying a massive Easter egg version in the forthcoming season. Watch out Easter Bunny!!
Overall a nice egg and my favourite part is the chocolate outside. The wrapper makes the egg look appealing and I think most children would love it as a treat.