Product Type: Mars Snacks
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I'm forever chewing bubbles
Mars Galaxy Bubbles
Member Name: davidbuttery
Mars Galaxy Bubbles
Advantages: Tastes nice as you'd expect with Galaxy, low in calories, veggie
Disadvantages: Aerated texture isn't quite right, not much chocolate for the money
The Galaxy Bubbles bar is clearly Mars' answer to Nestlé's Aero and Cadbury's Wispa. As such, I'm a bit surprised that it has taken them as long as it has to come up with it, especially given that Galaxy itself is such a well established brand. The wrapper is a slightly odd mix of light brown and white with pink(!) ends. I believe that Mars think this is a bar for the female market, so presumably that's why it has been given a fairly soft design. (I know, I know, ridiculous isn't it? But you know what marketing people are like...) There's nothing very startling on the back of the wrapper, so let's move on to the nutrition info.
There's not all that much to report here either, to be honest. A bar, which is a startlingly light 31 grams in weight, works out at 169 kcal. Yes, that's quite a bit less than you'd find in a more chunky chocolate bar, but then it's also considerably less likely to fill you up! The chocolate contains 25% cocoa solids and 14% solids, which is standard for Mars bars (including Mars Bars!) and tends to tilt the taste in a slightly darker direction than the milkier balance that characterises some of Cadbury's products. It contains milk (shock, horror!) but is suitable for vegetarians; it seems that Mars have learnt their lesson on that!
Enough of this babbling, let's get to the bubbling. So, when you rip off the wrapper, what you will see is a stick of five rounded chunks, each separated by a curve rather than a straight line. (Is this supposed to be "aimed at women" as well? Blimey, these people are shallow.) The smell is very sweet, perhaps too much so, but I have to admit that it did make my mouth water. Texture is obviously important in a bubbly bar, but unfortunately Mars haven't really got it right: the chocolate melts too quickly, not only is there little satisfying bite to it, but the air bubbles stick together as soon as you put it in your mouth and thus don't have as much lightness as they should. It's more caramelly in texture, I think.
The taste, however, is a good bit better: it's very nice, as you'd expect given that it's straightforward Galaxy chocolate,. That said, I do prefer a simple Galaxy bar, which after all gives you more actual chocolate for about the same price! (Talking of which: my test bar cost 49p in a B&M discount shop, though to be honest that's not much of a discount seeing as Tesco sell them for 51p all the time!) Personally I don't find the Bubbles a satisfying enough bar for me to want to buy it on a regular basis, but those with a lighter appetite might care for a look. Not bad, and I'm happy to eat them sometimes, but the flavour is nowhere near as good as that of a Wispa, and an Aero walks all over it in the texture department. Three stars seems about right.
Summary: Competent, but that's not enough to compete with the Wispa