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      20.10.2005 13:55
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      All the taste of a Mars bar in a biscuit

      I always find Mars bars a bit strange. It's a 'blokey' bar of chocolate like a Snickers or a Yorkie, but the taste is quite nice if you see what I mean - I can manage a funsize Mars bar and enjoy it but how the hell do people eat a King Size one??? wow, if you can do that I take my hat off to you. So I arrive at a new (to me anyway) version on the Mars bar - Bisc & Mars. Described on the packet as 'a unique snack experience combining the goodness of crunchy, crumbly biscuit and the famous taste of Mars.' This is a description made for me - the taste of Mars in a biscuit. I bought some. Opening the striking gold wrapper I'm confronted with a strange looking biscuit. The first thing I notice is how thin it is - it's the supermodel of chocolate biscuits! It's got a layer of milk chocolate on the top and the whole thing just looks horribly dry. The top of the biccie is a fair copy of what the top of a Mars bar looks like, with all the ridges and knobbles on the chocolate. The bar just looks uniformly dull brown - dark brown chocolate and a slightly lighter brown biscuit base. OK, what you've basically got is a biscuit base topped with a thin layer of Mars bar. The biscuit is lovely and crunchy and tastes really malty. There's a slight synthetic chocolate taste to the biscuit, but I only picked this up when I nibbled a bit of biccie from the end. If you eat the whole biscuit as you're supposed to (ie. just bite the thing instead of trying to capture all the different flavours by nibbling at bits separately) you can still taste the biscuit but it tastes more naturally chocolatey. The Mars bar topping is what really makes it for me. You've got a very thin layer of milk chocolate and caramel on top of the biscuit and it's lovely. It tastes exactly how I imagined it would. The Mars bar flavour is there but because the layers are so thin, it isn't overpowering. It's still incredibly sweet (think ever so slightly less sweet than a normal size Mars bar) but this is complimented really well by the blandness of the biscuit base. The chocolate on the Bisc & Mars is very sweet too and layered quite thickly compared to the caramel. All in all, the biscuit is still a bit too 'Mars bar like' for me - the taste is too sugary and cloyingly sweet. I suppose it'll do for a quick choccie fix, and I DO quite like the taste, but my loathing of Mars bars comes through too strongly and all I can imagine is the nasty (in my eyes) sensation in my teeth when I eat 10 tablespoons of pure sugar that is marketed as a Mars bar! I paid 99p for this multipack of 6 Bisc & Mars from Asda (although I’ve since spotted them in Tesco and Londis) but you can also buy them in snack sized packs containing 2 biscuits for around 45p. The other varieties available are Bisc & Twix, Bisc & M&M's and Bisc & Bounty. I think I'd probably like the others more as the chocolate bars they're modelled are more to my taste.

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        19.01.2004 04:02
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But this is one of the new products available that might be worth a try (at the very least), as these new 'Bisc &...' chocolate bars are an intriguing idea, almost experimental. 'Bisc &...' is actually a range of new chocolate bars, made by Masterfoods (who make all the chocolate bars/products that have been used) - the combinations currently available are Bounty, M & M's, Twix, and Mars. They are all individually combined with a crunchy (but crumbly) biscuit bar (basically like a long strip of digestive biscuit, and similar in taste). Not too unusual, but perhaps not to everyone's taste. Bisc & Mars has quite an unusual taste - even trying to imagine what a Mars bar would taste like with biscuit in it doesn't really come close! The biscuit in Bisc & Mars is quite sweet tasting, but also a bit bland and samey, and the appearance of it is quite dark for digestive biscuit (which is just what I assume the type of biscuit is - don't take my word for it!). The Mars topping works quite well, and is surprisingly smooth in consistency, but is also a bit overly sweet. This is one of those chocolate bars which tastes nice enough, but isn't without it's flaws. Bisc & Mars can be bought in twin packs (two small bars in one pack), or packs of six individual bars. A twin pack can be bought for as little as 25p, but aren't very widely available. The six packs are, and retail for about 99p. That works out at least 16p per bar, which (on the pack) is 26.8g in weight, compared to a twin pack which is 37g. Bisc & Mars are packaged similarly to other chocolate bars, and the wrapping on them is yellow/orange, with 'Bisc & Mars' in large lettering on the pack (the 'Mars' bit is in it's well-known logo). They haven't been available for long - although most have been well promoted, and launched some time in 2002. Nutrition Information Each bar (26.8g) gives you: Energy - 586kj/140kcal Protein - 1.4g Carbohydrate - 16.5g Fat - 7.6g Ingredients Sugar, wheat flour, hydrogenated vegetable fat, glucose syrup, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, skimmed milk powder, milk fat, humectant (E420, E422), lactose vegetable fat, malt extract, whey powder, fat reduced cocoa, raising agent (Sodium Bicarbonate), salt, emulsifiers (E442, Soya lecithin), stabilizer (E407), flavouring. (Traces: peanut, hazelnut, and almond). Like all chocolate, they're not very nutritious, but there is more biscuit in the product than chocolate/whatever topping is used, it has to be said. As an overall product, I give Bisc & Mars the thumbs up (just), as it is quite a unique and intriguing idea. The other 'Bisc &...' products are bound to be fairly similar (I haven't tried them all yet), but are equally worth a try if you like the sound of them - and if you like the chocolate bars I mentioned earlier. The main advantage of Bisc & Mars is the price - as little as 25p for a chocolate bar that may not be as big as a standard-sized chocolate bar, but still a reasonable snack. And some supermarkets do offers on the 'Bisc &...' range - 2 packs of six for 99p, is one I've heard of. So give them a try if what I've mentioned appeals to you, and discover a new snack.

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          05.10.2003 02:10
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          Another saturday evening and Im sitting by the computer trying to think of something to write an opinion about on Dooyoo. Im hungry. I'll think I'll have a Bisc & Mars.... Euruka!!!!!!!!!!! I'll review that! Right now. Where to start? Hmmm. I know. Bisc &. A marvel in chocolate development. There are four (I think) different varities in this product, Bisc & Mars, Twix, Bounty and M&M. They consist of a flat biscuit with a thin layer of one of the above sweet on top covered in layer of Mars chocolate. Fourtunatly, these are just starting to sell these separately. They also come in a packet of six. Each is individually wrapped in a simple yellow foil with the name on each bar. Now the biscuits themselves are approximately 4 inches lonh by an inch and a half wide, which in my opinion is just enough for a decent size snack, or ideal for a lunch box. And so, Bisc and Mars. This is the important part...the taste testing....my mouth is watering with the thought. Now, in the time its taken me to write this Ive eaten the first bar that I got out so I'll have to get another. Poor me eh? The things you have to do for dooyou. Anyway, so Im peeling back the foil. Yep, easy enough, I can see the chocolate on the top. You know, I feel like Charlie from the chocolate factory. Sorry, I digress. So, the first bite. Mmmmmmmm... a lovely fresh biscuit is the first thing you notice. Its lovely and buttery, but not as over powering as say shortcake biscuits. Next, the chocolate hits you as it blends into the biscuit. The chocolate is very creamy and considering its part of a thin bar, its really quite thick. The caramel is now blending in adding to the creaminess. I can't really taste the nougart although I can tell that it is adding bulk to the whole bar (I can tell this after extensive research involving the Bisc & Twix which is basically the same but without the nougart). And so Im on the last bite...in it goes...mmmm m. ..just as good as the first.....mmmmm...... So, Ive licked my fingers cleans and then some. Personally I was a bit put off by the whole idea of Mars chocolate with a biscuit but now that Ive tried them Im hooked. Well, Ive tried The Twix, Mars and M&M one's but have yet to summon up the courage to try the Bounty one. Im not that keen on Mars chocolate as its not a creamy as Galaxy or Lindtt, but Im surprised that it is really creamy in this format. And another thing is that I HATE Mars bars with a passion. They are way too sickly and I detest the nougart (makes me gag) but this is the first time Ive eaten anything Mars bar like and loved it. Now for the boring stuff. As Ive said some where up there they are available in packs of six of the same varity (Mars might do some varity packs some time in the future, you never know). These six packs are about 88p depending where you get them from and to be frank, they are bloody good value, especially form the likes of pack lunches, working out about 14p per bar. Nutrition wise for the 26.7g per bar you get....hang on....oh pants! My mothers thrown the outer packet in the bin! Well... Im lost... what do I put down here now? Oh, hang on, theres some info on the foil wrapper. "Not for individual resale" Blah, blah, blah "Loada waffle in every lanuage possible, Oh yes. This is important. "Contains traces of Nuts" Be Warned those with nut allerges!!!! Unfortunatly you cant try the delights of these wonderful Biscuits/choccy bars/whatever they are. Oh, pants again! Just realised! If Mum's thrown the outer pack away, that means there's none left... Oh! Thats not fair! Im going now. Going to hunt down a shop that that sells them. Wish me luck!

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            05.07.2003 04:57
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            I do like a good BOGOF, so when I saw one on some new biscuity-chocolatey things in Tesco recently, I snapped it up. The biscuity-chocolatey things in question were Masterfoods Bisc&, which came in four different varieties: Bisc&Twix, Bisc&M&Ms, Bisc&Bounty and Bisc&Mars. Being a Mars lover, I grabbed two six-packs of the Bisc&Mars and rushed them home. To tell the truth, I would probably have bought them - or at least been drawn to them - even if they weren't a BOGOF as their bright yellowy packaging was positively beaming on the shelves. Packaging ripped off, the first thing that gets you about these biscuits is their looks. They're very hard to describe, but I'll do my best. Imagine an oblong narrow trough made of a taupe coloured biscuit with ridges on the long sides but not on the short. Then imagine the trough cavity filled with a very thin layer of Mars (i.e. nougat, caramel and chocolate). They looked unfinished. Cheap. Like factory seconds. And I must return to the colour of that biscuit. Not beige, not yellowy, but definitely taupe. The biscuit part of Bisc&Mars looks exactly like a piece of cardboard that's got wet and discoloured. A quick sniff then only reinforced the cardboard theme, and mixed it with a sickly oversweetness to boot. Not promising, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating, so I took a good big chomp without qualms. After all, what was there to have qualms about? Biscuit is lovely, Mars is even lovelier - this product couldn't fail but be gorgeous. How wrong I was. The biscuit tasted just like the cardboard it resembled with a texture to match, and the taste of Mars was non-existent. Instead, I got only the taste of much-too-sugary, chocolate coated horse pellets (as a child I did indeed once taste horse pellets). Or dog biscuits. Take a Bonio, spread it with a bit of sticky goo and melted chocolate and you'll have a fair approxi mation of what I'm talking about. Bisc&Mars are without doubt the most disgusting biscuits I could possibly imagine. Currently 88p for a six-pack at Tesco and they can damn well stay there. NOT RECOMMENDED AT ALL.

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            Combination of shortcake biscuit and Mars bar.