Product Type: Asda Snacks
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Watch out Mars, Caramel Bites are here!
Asda Caramel Bites
Member Name: loopy-lou33
Asda Caramel Bites
Advantages: Indistinguishable from a real Mars bar, and cheaper!
Disadvantages: High in sugar!
Since Asda have offered me free delivery on my online shop, I have been shopping with them a lot more lately. Some of their own brand products have really impressed me. One such product is "Hands off my caramel bites!", which is Asda's take on the humble Mars bar.
I think caramel bites is a slightly misleading name, as the bars are more than a bite sized snack. For the reasonable price of £1, you get a pack of 8x40g snack sized bars. As I have said, the bars are based on the same concept as mars bars, a chunky chocolate outer layer with a fluffy nougat centre covered in a layer of smooth caramel.
I am sure that if I did a blind taste test, I would not be able to distinguish these bars from an actual snack sized Mars bar. The outer layer of chocolate is thicker than you would expect, and doesn't taste cheap or inferior. The nougat inside the bar is lovely and light, with a soft chewy texture, and the caramel is absolutely divine, not too runny or too hard, the perfect consistency and an appropriate amount for the bar. Asda have not skimped or cut corners on anything here.
I find these bars perfect in the afternoon when I get a chocolate craving. Because they are snack sized, you are not committing to a full sized chocolate bar.Be warned though, I have been known to scoff two down one after another!
Another good thing about them is the fact that they are quite substantial and filling for a small bar. Some chocolate bars are so light, they leave you feeling hungry again straight after eating them, but caramel bites definitely fill a hole in your tum!
The bars come in a dark yellow outer packet, which features a large picture of a bar, with a cartoon man taking a big bite out of it. The product is suitable for vegetarians, and contains no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fats. Asda have a "Try me, love me" policy, which means that if you don't like the bars, you can have a refund or replacement. The allergy warnings on the pack state that the product contains gluten, milk, barley, egg and soya, and may contain traces of nuts and seeds, although i personally have had no problem with these as a nut allergy sufferer.
The nutritional information is on the back of the packet and is as follows per bar:
Of which sugars 23.1g
I find the sugar content a bit of a worrying statistic, as over half a 40g bar consists of sugar. However, as I love them so much, I am not going to mark them down a star for this, as obviously, it is up to the consumer to be sensible about what we eat, and to balance it out with a healthy diet. I can't see the danger in having these as an occasional treat.
Due to the fact that the bars are individually wrapped, they are ideal for day trips and taking out and about, although they must be kept in a cool place, or they will melt! My kids like eating these as an after school snack, although if parents put them in lunchboxes, they may be confiscated (or eaten) by the PC lunchbox police. Best keep them for mums only!
5 dooyoo stars for sheer chocolatey pleasure. Well done Asda!
Summary: Mmmmmmmm. Sorry, I had my mouth full!