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      03.11.2011 12:41
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      Not Luxurious, just Laborious brand mixing

      As the girlfriend is a big fan of Galaxy chocolate, various bars frequent the house regulary, and I've often wondered, why is it called Galaxy still? I cannot see the connection between a giant universal spiral of planets and stars, and a silky smooth and creamy milk chocolate bar? 'Silk' or 'Indulge' would have been a better title (It's called Dove in the states, and isn't the same chocolate either!), but as Mars produce it, the name stays along with the other flagship brands like Milky Way. I chanced upon the McVities cake bar variation of Galaxy, and thought I'd give them a try. Here are my thoughts on McVities Galaxy Cake Bars.

      --Do they Know About This Place?*--

      McVites are one of the most well known biscuit and cake brand names in the UK, They are a brand of United biscuits, their headquarters are based in Hayes, Middlesex. They were formed when Scottish biscuits companies McVitie & Price and Macfarlane, Lang & Co amalgamated in 1948 to become United Biscuits. Mars Inc., who produce the Galaxy branded chocolate bars, are a huge American food manufacturer owned by the Mars family since its foundation in Minneapolis, 1920. They export their products worldwide under sub-divisions and are a well-known name are in Britain under the name Mars Limited, with their headquarters based in Slough, Berkshire.

      When I was a wee boy, Mars chocolate was not to my taste, and to some degree still isn't, I aways preferred Cadburys or Nestle. However, I always had a fondness for Marathon bars, (Yes, MARATHON!) and Galaxy. Back then, Galaxy chocolate was sold as a simple segmented bar, as the Ripple bar and as the sugar shelled Minstrel sweets. It seems that to compete with Cadbury's endless variations of the Dairy Milk, Mars have done the same with Galaxy. Bubbles, Cookie Crumble, Buttons and Caramel are just some of the types you can now buy in the UK, and like many other highly branded chocolate bars, have been made into cake courtesy of McVities. Cake bars in my experience are somewhat hit and miss, with only the Jaffa Cake bar standing out from memory, but as McVities do make exceedingly good, (oh, that's Mr Kipling right?). I mean, very good cakes, surely a combination with tasty Galaxy chocolate should be a winner? Let's see.

      --Price and Packaging--

      Presented in a sealed plastic wrapper which keeps the cakes fresh, the outward design follows that of typical Galaxy products. Swaths of brown and orange tones in the style of a silk sheet draped over a cross-sectioned cake bar, with the title written in liquid chocolate. It's instantly recognisable as the classic brand, and therefore has a presence on the baked goods shelves. Inside the five individuel bars are wrapped with the same design, and placed inside a rather unnecessary card tray. I haven't come across this before with any other cake bar product, the bars are not that delicate and this seems like a waste of packaging material. Easy to open, but will split, and all the relevant dietary and company information is clearly printed on the reverse. The card insert is of course recyclable, but the plastic is not.

      I picked these up from Tesco for £1, but this was an introductory offer, and I expect the price to rise in supermarkets and even higher in local stores. I would think to around £1.49, maximum £2. This is fairly standard for this type of product, and is matching the Jaffa Cake bars cost, and as with them, you only get five in a pack, but that's all you need really.

      --Taste and Texture--

      After opening the wrapper of a single bar, it really looks appetising. Surrounded in chocolate completely, and with a boxed chocolate style pattern in the top, it looks tasty at least. Unfortunately, after biting into it you are in for a disappointment. The Galaxy chocolate is generously thick however, but immediately crumbles off the cake filling into your lap and not into your mouth. The chocolates consistency is that of the normal bars, and melts quickly away with a slight sticky after coating. This is only mildly detected though, because it blends with the cream filling and then becomes an overly chewy mess after the sponge part is incorporated. Not up to the usual light and dissolvable McVities cakes, its very stodgy and even slightly rubbery.

      Not only having the texture of a bath sponge, its taste is also very unsatisfactory. Its flat and floury, and with only the hint of sweetness. The taste of the smooth chocolate itself is there, and is nice at first, but the other parts of this bar don't leave it with a chance to hang around. To say that the bar is not sweet however would be incorrect. The cream filling takes this over with a sickly and far to sweet flavour, thus eliminating the nice chocolate and the dull sponge cake. Thankfully, there not a lot of the cream inside, the but overall taste is unbalanced and after a fair more chews than expected, all you are left with is an after taste of cake mix, sweeteners and a slightly artificial feeling. It becomes obvious quickly that the combination just doesn't work, and buying a normal Galaxy bar would have been a more satisfying option.

      --Ingredients and Nutritional Information--

      Each bar has a rather high saturated fat content, nearly 23% of the recommended daily amount, so the entire packet potentially makes up your fat intake for the day. Not surprisingly, also not the lowest in sugar either, but nothing to bad. Also contains several E numbers and preservatives.

      Milk Choclate (43%, Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Dried Skimmed Milk, Cocoa Mass, Milk Fat, Lactose, Dried Whey, Vegetable Fat, Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin, E442, E476), Water, Flavouring), Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Water, Wheat Flour, Humectants (Glycerine, Sorbitol), Glucose Syrup, Emulsifiers (E471, E475), Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Milk Protein, Dried Whole Egg, Dried Egg White, Raising Agent (Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Salt, Flavourings, Modified Starch, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate).

      Allergy Information: Contains Milk, Soya, Gluten, and egg. Produced in a factory which handles Nuts, Cannot to guaranteed nut free.
      Quantity per Cake Bar.
      Energy - 644 kj / 154 kcal
      Protein - 1.5g
      Fat in total - 8.8g
      Of Saturates - 4.4g
      Carbohydrate in total - 17.2g
      Of Sugars - 13.7g
      Fibre - 0.4g
      Sodium - 0.1g

      --Conclusion--

      Turning famous chocolate bar brands into cakes and Ice creams has been going for many years, and I doubt this trend will change in the near future, but this is an example of how it shouldn't be done. The cake and filling are not complimentary to each other, and neither is of the high(ish) quality you would expect from McVities. The only part which is pleasant id the chocolate, so avoid this stodgy fat high sweet snack and stick with a regular bar of Galaxy, or even a tried and tested McVities cake bar like Jaffa Cakes. It's not disgusting or nasty to eat, but not as tasty or indulgent as you would anticipate. Very average and not really worth buying unless its the only thing left on the shelf.

      *Watch Galaxy bar TV advert. :)

      Thanks For Reading. © Novabug

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        07.10.2011 14:22
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        Worth a try for something different

        I picked up a multipack of 5 Galaxy cake bars a few days ago whilst I was picking up milk from the local Co-op. I try to avoid shops outside of the weekly "big shop" for this reason, but I knew the cupboard was a bit bare so although times are hard I decided we shouldn't go hungry and so I picked up one of the cheapest treats which were these bars.

        The bars were on offer at £1 for a pack of 5. This isn't bad value when you think you can't buy many snack sized chocolates or cakes for just 20p each these days! At full price they were nearer the £2 mark, but you can get them from Tesco for less than this and they're the kind of thing that's often on offer in the supermarkets so keep your eyes peeled.

        The bars come individually wrapped which makes them excellent for lunchboxes for work or school. The bars are made by McVities, and the packaging is brown with images of the cake bar, it looks very inviting which is what drew me towards these bars. On opening the wrapper, you don't really notice the smell of chocolate as much as I'd like, and this made me suspect it wasn't going to taste very chocolately. I was wrong though, as it gives you a chocolate hit without being overly intense or overpowering.

        The cake bar is made of chocolate flavoured sponge which is very light and airy. This is covered in a light coating of smooth and creamy Galaxy chocolate which, lets face it, you can't really go wrong with! Galaxy know their chocolate. I like the contrasting textures of the soft sponge and the firmer chocolate layer, it makes you feel like you're getting two treats in one.

        The taste of this is, as mentioned earlier, probably the right level of chocolate for me. Proper dedicated chocolate lovers might not find it strong enough, in which case you'd be better off with a full on chocolate bar.

        The only issue I had eating this is that it can be a bit messy if you've carried it to work, as the outer chocolate layer can break a bit so when you open the wrapper you end up with chocolate all over the place. It's probably not best suited for eating at your desk as you'll be finding crumbs of evidence for the rest of the day!

        Overall, these are a nice little snack to have in your lunchbox or in the cupboard at home. The only thing I found was that it didn't really fill me for long and I was thinking about food again not long afterwards. I don't usually have this issue with larger snacks but then I guess you pay the price with calories for something more filling, although for 163 calories I would expect these to fill me more.

        Nutritional information for each bar is:

        Calories - 163
        Sugar - 15g
        Fat - 9g
        Saturates - 5g
        Salt - 0.3g

        These bars are suitable for vegetarians.

        I'd buy these again, but only if they were on offer.

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          05.06.2010 10:49
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          nice treat for someone with a sweet tooth!

          I usually go for the 'Milky Way' cake bars but I thought I would try something different so I went for the 'Galaxy' cake bars instead.

          I bought mine from a supermarket and it cost me £1.50. However sometimes you can be lucky and get them when they are on offer. I find that the price is a little steep because you only get 5 in a pack!

          The cake bars come in a cardboard box with a brown plastic, easy open wrapper around it. The cake bars inside are all indiviually wrapped which I found keeps them nice and fresh. This is a good idea because you can have them in your packed lunch box or take them places with you without them going stale and dry.

          The cakes are quite wide but relatively flat which makes them a little easier to eat. The Galaxy cake bar is a very sweet chocolate sponge. The sponge is very soft and fluffy and it was maybe a little too sweet. On top of the chocolate sponge there is a layer of hard chocolate moose of some sort and then the whole cake is covered in chocolate. The chocolat, of course, is Galaxy chocolate, which is very smooth, creamy and sweet.

          I found that this cake bar is very nice and a good treat. However it was a little too sweet and sickly for me. If you love 'really' sweet things then you would enjoy this!

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          05.06.2010 09:55
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          These Cake bars are so nice. They are a bit sickening I would say, but I could still eat 2 of them and be quite happy. You get these in a 5 pack and they cost around £1.40. In Tesco sometimes you can get 2 for £2 and we often get a pack of these ones and 1 of the Caramel ones.

          These are individually wrapped, in a cardboard box and in an outer wrapper. The main colour is brown on this and this reminds me of Galaxy Chocolate.

          These Chocolate bars are quite wide and not too high. They are more flat and easy to eat. All these are are Chocolate flavoured sponge. The sponge tastes a bit Chocolatey but not too much. It is more a nice subtle taste which goes nice with the Chocolate on the outer part. The Chocolate is quite thin but it is tasty as well. The Chocolate is Galaxy Chocolate as you would expect from the name of the Cakes. The Chocolate is nice and sweet and milky as Galaxy Chocolate is.

          Per cake bar these have 140 calories and make a nice sweet treat that should take care of your sweet tooth.

          Perhaps not my most favourite Cake Bars, but high up on the list. They taste great and like a brand named Bar should.

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            17.05.2010 12:58
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            Great cake for all galaxy lovers!!

            I was looking to buy some cakes over the weekend and came across Galaxy Cake Bars. They are made by McVities and come in a brown packet with a picture of a half eaten chocolate cake bar on the front.

            Inside the packet, you are met with a cardboard tray with 5 individually wrapped cakes. They usually retail at about £1.35 but I got mine on offer by buying 2 packs for £2.00. Quite a bargain I thought.

            Upon opening the wrapper you are met with a chocolate covered sponge cake, topped with lots of real galaxy milk chocolate cream.

            Each cake weighs in at 154 calories, along with 13.7g of sugar. There is also 0.1g of salt along with 8.8g of fat. It also contains milk, egg, soya, gluten and is produced in a factory handling peanuts and nuts. However there is no hydrogenerated vegetable oils or dairy cream used.

            Personally I love Galaxy Chocolate, and the thought of having it in cake form was a bit of a dream. On the top of the cake you will find a ripple type effect, and upon biting into the cake, you will find it so soft. The sponge compliments the galaxy very nicely.

            It really will melt in your mouth, and is ideal for both young and old alike. I didn't find it sickly at all, and am sad to say I ate 2 in quick succession as they are quite morish.

            They left a lovely taste in my mouth, and although I have been less than complimentary to companies who have tried making cakes, from the success of their chocolate bar, this is nt the case here. McVities need congratulating on making such a divine cake. I will be buying them again, and recommend you do the same!!

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              05.03.2010 21:06
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              Ok for a treat

              I'm often on the lookout for a quick sweet snack, and these fit the bill perfectly. The Galaxy cake bar is great for taking with you for lunch, or for a quick dessert snack after dinner.

              ~~ The product ~~
              The Galaxy cake bar is basically a tasty sponge cake bar, with a layer of chocolate cream on the top, and then the whole thing is coated in a thick layer of gorgeous galaxy milk chocolate.

              ~~ Packaging ~~
              The cake comes in a Galaxy chocolate bar look wrapper. The main colours being browns, and creamy orange colours. On the front of the wrapper it has Galaxy cake bar in the brown galaxy logo. On the back is all of the nutritional information, and the ingredients list.

              ~~ Taste ~~
              The taste is really rich and chocolatey. The sponge cake is really moist, and it not at all dry. The outer layer of galaxy chocolate is really quite thick, so it is great to bite into that, then come across the softer inside, which is the sponge cake and the chocolate cream. The chocolate cream is really rich, but thankfully there isn't too much of it, it seems just the right amount.
              These cakes are great because they give you that chocolate fix, and I am not left wanting another one, as one is enough - so it satisfies those cravings well.

              ~~ Nutritional information ~~
              Per cake:
              Calories - 154
              Fat - 8.8g

              These are also suitable for vegetarians.
              For allergy sufferers, these contain: Milk, egg, soya & gluten.
              They are also produced in a factory handling nuts.

              ~~ Cost ~~
              They are sold usually in a multipack of 5 cakes, which usually cost around £1.25, but they are often on special offer (2 for £2 etc)
              Each cake is individually packed which keeps it fresh and this also means it is perfect for taking with you.

              ~~ My verdict ~~
              These bars are really great tasting, they are really sweet and hit that spot. However, I don't think I would buy them again, as they are not very good for you, and them being there is just causing temptation!
              I think they would make a good little snack for a lunch box though, as they are so handy to just pop one in your bag for your lunch.

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                25.01.2010 17:51
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                My Hubby newest Cake interest is these bars. They cost about £1.35 for the 5 pack in Tesco, or 2 for £2 just now. So we picked up a pack of each of them. Should have got more than that, as we got them about 24 hours ago and there is only 3 Cakes left out of the 10 of them.

                These were just at the Cake bit in Tesco, which is nearby to the Bread.

                The 5 Cakes are individually wrapped and sit in a cardboard tray which is wrapped in an outer wrapper. I can understand the purpose of the tray, so that the Cakes don't get bashed, but it always made me think it was un nessesary. Then again as long as it goes in your Paper bin, then it is recyclable.

                The wrapper is mostly a lighter brown colour with darker brown bits on it. The inside wrapper on the Cakes is just a lighter brown with the Galaxy branding on it.

                Each Cake has 154 calories and 8.8g of fat in it. The best before date on the pack is pretty good since my pack is the 18th of April.

                On the pack it says that these have delicious Sponge with a Smooth Chocolate Cream centre covered in Galaxy Milk Chocolate.

                The Cake bars are kinda thick and not that long. Long enough, but they aren't long and thin or that..

                These are lovely. The Cake part which is what there is most of is Moist and a good Chocolate Sponge taste to it. There is a good hint of Cocoa in this as well. The Chocolate Cream is on top of the Sponge, and there is a thick enough covering of this. It isn't too strong tasting, but you get a nice Milky taste from this. The Mlk Chocolate covering is quite thin, but thick enough to do the job. It is just the same Chocolate as a Galaxy Bar.

                These are nice Cake Bars, which are just that bit nicer than other Chocolate Bars out there. We will continue to have these in the house.

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                26.10.2009 16:16
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                A good all-rounder as there's not much to dislike about these, especially if you're a caramel fan :)

                I'm not normally a huge fan of sponge cakes, but I do love Galaxy chocolate so these make their way into the shopping trolly every now and again.

                Galaxy makes these cake bars (which are baked by McVities) and so you expect good quality and their luscious creamy chocolate, which you do get.

                These are sold in a multipack of 5 and can be found in the bakery section of most supermarkets and many convenience stores as they're quite popular. At around £1.35 (Tesco) there are cheaper alternatives available, but these are good quality and very tasty. They're also often on offer, such as two for £2.30, in case you want to stock up on a few as they seem to go quite quickly when you live with fellow sweet-toothed people.

                The packaging has 'Galaxy' on the front with a brown design to reflect yummy chocolate, plus a picture of the cake so you know what to expect. The packaging also notes that no hydrogenated vegetable oil is used, which is always good to know.

                Each cake is individually wrapped so they're good for lunch boxes or taking out with you, and they sit inside a cardboard tray to prevent too much damage to them before you get your goodies home.

                These are described as 'delicious chocolate sponge cakes with chocolate cream and covered in smooth creamy Galaxy milk chocolate'. Sounds very tempting! For this chocolate goodness, each cake will set you back 163 calories and 9.3g fat, so whilst they're not the healthiest of snacks, they're not the worst either, and worth it for the rich, sweet taste.

                The chocolate covering is smooth, with a rippled effect on top, and is fairly delicate when you bite into it. The sponge is soft and almost melts in your mouth, which compliments the reasonably thick layer of chocolate cream on top.

                The overall texture is smooth and creamy, but also quite light so they're not too filling. The chocolate is rich and delicious, as you'd expect from Galaxy, and it's sweet without being sickly.

                I can't quite put my finger on why, but I think I prefer the Cadbury's Caramel cake bars. Perhaps it's because the Cadbury's ones seem generally slightly softer in terms of texture, and so they're a bit more melt-in-your-mouth.

                Each cake is a seems to be just the right size; whilst they may not be enough to satisfy a big appetite, they're enough to satisfy a chocolately craving and indulge yourself in for a minute or two.

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                  08.09.2009 17:37
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                  Galaxy Cake Bar

                  I spotted these for a reasonable price a while back so I decided to grab a pack of them and see what they were like compared to other cake bars I've tried in the past.


                  Packaging:

                  The cake bars are individually wrapped in a predominantly brownish wrapper which keeps them isolated from the air once the wrapper covering the main carton has been opened. The cake bars are laid in the carton which has part of the top missing & is wrapped with a plastic covering. Again this is predominantly brown, with the Galaxy logo written on an off-white background. The back of the pack lists the Customer Care details, the ingredients & the nutritional information. The product is described as:- "Delicious sponge cake bars with a smooth cream centre, covered in real Galaxy milk chocolate.

                  Ingredients: Milk Chocolate (43%) [sugar, Cocoa Butter, Dried Skimmed Milk, Cocoa Mass, Milk Fat, Lactose, Dried Whey, Vegetable Fat, Emulsifiers (Soya Lechithin, E442, E476), Water, Flavouring], Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Water, Wheat Flour, Humectants (Glycerine, Sorbitol), Glucose Syrup, Emulsifiers (E471, E475, Lechithin), Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Milk Protein, Dried Whole Egg, Dried Egg White, Raising Agents (Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Salt, Flavourings, Modified Starch, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate)


                  Nutritional Information per mini roll {per 100g in brackets}

                  Energy kJ: 644kJ {2057kJ}
                  kcal: 154kcal {492kcal}
                  Protein: 1.5g {4.7g}
                  Carbohydrate: 17.2g {54.9g}
                  of which sugars: 13.7g {43.6g}
                  Fat: 8.8g {28.2g}
                  (of which saturates): 4.4g {14.2g}
                  Fibre: 0.4g {1.4g}
                  Sodium: 0.1g {0.2g}
                  Equivalent as salt: 0.1g {0.5g}

                  Allergy information: Contains milk, soya, egg gluten
                  Produced in a factory handling peanuts, nuts
                  Does not contain dairy cream. No Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil

                  The cake bar:
                  The bar is completely covered in Galaxy chocolate. The first thing you notice when you open the wrapper is the smell of the chocolate. On biting into it you'll notice that about two thirds of the interior of the roll is chocolate sponge & the remaining third is the cream centre.


                  Taste:
                  The overriding taste is of the Galaxy chocolate. The cake layer tastes no different to cake layers in any other cake bar and the cream filling has a slight caramel taste to it. Overall it's a very sweet cake bar but, as I said, the overriding taste is of the Galaxy Chocolate


                  Price:
                  At the time of writing, I paid the princely sum of 79p for these in my local corner shop.


                  Opinion:
                  A very handy size to pop into a lunchbox or if you need a chocolate hit. They're pleasant enough, but, as I said, the taste is predominantly of Galaxy chocolate so there isn't really the same sort of contrast between flavours that you might get with the Cadbury's Caramel Cake Bar or the Jaffa Cake Bar for example. If you like Galaxy Chocolate then you'll probably like these but overall I found them a little bland. You may just as well buy a bar of Galaxy Chocolate and be done with it
                  Once again, the sugar & fat content is quite high. One cake bar will provide an adult with 13.7% of their Recommended Daily Amount of sugar and 8.8% of their RDA for fat so these are perhaps best avoided by dieters or those watching their weight.

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                    04.02.2009 15:55
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                    I would rather just have the chocolate!

                    I like chocolate. I admit it. There isn't much (or any I can think of) chocolate that I don't like, so when a colleague from work offered me a Galaxy cake bar, I wasn't going to turn it down.

                    The Galaxy cake bars come in a pack of 5, or a great value 10 pack, and the wrapper is the familiar golden brown colour similar to the Galaxy chocolate bar. Across the front is says Galaxy Cake bars , and in smaller writing it informs you they have a smooth cream centre, covered in real Galaxy chocolate. It says that this is a 10 pack and that they are individually wrapped. Above the Galaxy banner is a small McVities logo, and the information that it is baked by them.

                    On the reverse of the packet it again describes the bars, adding the information that they are delicious sponge cake. There is also the encouragement to try Galaxy muffins and Galaxy Caramel cake bars, all made with real Galaxy chocolate and baked by Mcvities.

                    There are the ingredients, and a Mcvities quality statement, letting you know you can return them if you are not completely satisfied to their Customer Services Department. There is also a chart with nutritional information. Inside are 10 (in the pack I saw) individually wrapped bars which have the same information repeated, as on the main wrapper.

                    When you open the pack, there is a rich chocolatey aroma, sweet and smooth of galaxy chocolate. The bar is quite small, completely covered in chocolate with an iced swirl of the chocolate on the top. When you bite into it the chocolate coating is reasonably thick, but not excessive, just enough to cat it thoroughly. There is a layer about half an inch deep of cake, and a thick creamy layer on top of that, a bit like a mouse, but a but thicker than that. All of this is surrounded in the chocolate.

                    I took a bite and chewed. It was pleasant and tasted of galaxy chocolate. I tried each layer seperately. The cake was soft, but a bit dry, and the creamy mousse layer tasted of nothing at all really, so the next bite tried the whole lot together again. It was pleasant, and with the chocolate coating, just tasted of Galaxy. I don't know what I was expecting other than that, but I found myself a little disappointed. What I found was that although it tasted of Galaxy chocolate, the texture was wrong, because of the dry cake, and it didn't have the smooth creamy texture, that Galaxy should have. My taste buds were very confused, and so all in all the experience was not that wonderful. It was ok, but if I'm going to eat cake, I'd like it to taste like cake, and it didn't it tasted like chocolate. If I'm going to eat chocolate, and especially if I'm going to eat Galaxy, I expect it to have that smooth rich mouth feel, that I so much enjoy when eating Galaxy.

                    The 5 packs are on offer at Tesco at the moment, at 2 packs for £2.20.

                    Nutritional info per cake
                    Energy 154 kcal
                    Protein 1.5g
                    Carbohydrate 17.2g
                    Fat 8.8g
                    Salt equivalent 0.1g

                    For such a small bar I think these are quite high in calories, and I think you could find something more substantial, and more satisfying, both in amount and in flavour for that amount of calories.

                    They contain milk soya egg and gluten and are produced in a factory handling peanuts and nuts. They do not contain dairy cream, and have no hydrogenated vegetable oil.

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                      31.01.2009 18:53
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                      Overall nice cake

                      Galaxy cake bars. To be honest I was probably being a little unfair when expecting them to taste exactly like the "Galaxy chocolate". These bars are fairly nice, however do not compare to the actual chocolate. The caramel ones are even nicer ! :) ... Still definately worth a try however.

                      The cake bars are quite a nice size for a snack. I personally find them very dry and after eating them I need to have a drink. The chocolate covering the actual cake within the bar is lovely, it is fairly thick whick allows you to taste the chocolate.

                      The cakes are bought in packets which contain five cake bars. The cake bars are individually wrapped which makes it easy to take to work, school lunches etc. This keeps the cake bars fresher for longer & there is also no mess. The packaging is exactly as the image above this review show.They are packaged in a brown packet which uses various shades of brown. Once you open this you will see that the individual bars are also the same in colour.

                      I purchased my cake bars from Tesco's however, they can be bought at any leading supermarket such as Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury's ect.

                      I will now list the ingrediants that are in the cake bars! :)
                      INGREDIANTS in the cake bars :
                      Milk chocolate (44%) [ Sugar, Cocoa butter, Dried skimmed milk, Cocoa mass, Milk fat, Lactose, Dried whey, Vegetable fat, Emulsifiers (Soya lecithin E442, E476), Water, Flavouring]
                      Sugar, Vegetable oil, Wheat flour, Humectant (Glycerine), Glucose syrup, Emulsifiers (E471, E475, E322), Fat reduced cocoa powder, Milk protein, Dried whole egg, Dried egg white, Raising agents (Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium bicarbonate), Salt, Flavourings, Modified starch, Preservative (Potassium sorbate).
                      Nutritional info per cake -:

                      Energy - 681 kj / 163 kcal
                      Protein - 1.6 g
                      Carbohydrate - 18.3 g
                      Fat - 9.3 g

                      For 163 kcal these cake bars are definately not too bad as a treat now and again. Most chocolate bars are over this calorie amount. Definately for those who enjoy cake & galaxy chocolate.

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                        You have all been warned....

                        Ever a chocolate fan, I was certainly not going to just walk past this when it was on special offer for a £1.
                        Unfortunately, it doesn't quite live up to what I would call a decent piece of chocolate. Ok, to be fair this was meant to be a chocolate cake - however, one is buying this for the chocolate after all...

                        It's not really that bad, at least it uses it own real Galaxy brand of chocolate. For the chocolate experts out there (and I mean the ones who eat the stuff and not the PhD food science students ), you can certainly taste the difference between 'real' chocolate and the so called 'chocolate flavoured' cakes out there. My point is, the chocolate is certainly there, but nothing else...
                        My opinion of the original Galaxy chocolate has always been that it is 'too sweet'. And this is the same for the cake - so much that you can't really taste any of the sponge, or rather, you forget you're holding a cake and eating a chocolate bar instead.

                        If anything the bar is also pretty dry in the mouth, and it left me feeling the need for a glass of water afterwards.
                        I, myself have a very sweet tooth, and love (ok, 'need' is perhaps a better word...) chocolate, but this was just too much for me.

                        For £1 you get five individually wrapped cakes, and you cannot ask for any better packaging. Each cake is actually kept in tiptop fresh condition and I wouldn't prefer it any other way.
                        In terms of value for money, this could be called an absolute bargain, but with such high levels of sugar, one should perhaps think about the potential dental costs before they sink their precious teeth into these.

                        It would certainly be one to reach for during afternoons where you're in need of a good sugar boost - but this is so sweet, I think it would be a severe danger to diabetics.

                        You have all been warned...

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                          14.01.2008 23:42
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                          An alternative Galaxy idea.

                          A Galaxy Cake Bar consists of a chocolate sponge cake topped with chocolate cream and covered in smooth and creamy milk chocolate. I guess they could be considered a snack but only as an unhealthy choice. The bar is exceptionally modest in terms of sweetness and will not overpower the taste buds. The cake compartment is reasonably light but not over delicate and crumbles at the lower end of the scale. The melt factor on the other hand is impressive. The creamy layer does persist longer than the cake and chocolate cover. One bar is enough to diminish the hunger pangs for an hour or so.

                          Eating one in public is generally not embarrassing but neither does one feel totally socially secure. I only eat these alone and in secret on the back of a half empty bus. As a portable snack they will generally fit the bill but I do find that a single bar takes up far too much room in my trendy little handbag.

                          There are no nutritional benefits unless you've been lost in a desert for five days without food.

                          A pack of 5 will set you back around £1.20.

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                            15.05.2006 23:10
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                            I would definitely say that I am a cake person over chocolate. Don’t get me wrong, I love my chocolate but there is something nicer about eating cake, I feel more fulfilled and less sick. I love all kinds of Cake but my favourites are when classic chocolate bars go into cake form. The Bounty cake bars are nice as are many other buts I love the Galaxy Cake bars.

                            The Galaxy cake bars are quite easy to identify. They come in a multi pack of 5 and are in the usual Galaxy colours of a light brown swirl and then the McVities logo. When McVities do it you know it has to be good. The packaging is simple but I think classy.

                            So in the pack of 5 I reach for the cake bar on its own. It is of a decent size a usual mini cake size. It is approximately 11cm long, just enough but not too much. They are quite addictive these cake bars because the cake seems light but they are 165 calories per cake, 9.4g of fat which I suppose is less than some but you don’t want to go eating all 5 at once.

                            So the individual bars are a creamy light brown wrapper with the same nutritional facts on the wrapper. It is like a swirl of chocolate and light reflects of it giving a creamy look which makes you want the cake bar. I undress the cake bar and the nude bar lays there its milk chocolate coating with a wavy line covering its modesty.

                            The text on the front of the bar is very bold and stands out on the light background. They are easy to open and also are sealed well. It is definite that you must store in a cool place or obviously they will go hot and melt.

                            The chocolate tastes good though. Biting into the bar, on the top layer is a light brown fluffy cream and under it the cake. Them both together it tastes really nice. I like the fact it really does taste like a Galaxy bar, it’s exactly the taste you would hope it would be. It’s nice and sweet without being overly sickeneing.

                            The Galaxy Cake bars can be bought in all good supermarkets although not all sell them. I bought mine at Tesco and they were surprisingly cheap costing £1 for the 5. They are on offer there currently at 2 for £1.60 but of course all stores have different offers.

                            There isn’t really a proper website officially for McVities. They are on the website www.unitedbiscuits.com . I find that they have good customer service. I once made a complaint about a product and got vouchers so I was happy with this. There is an address on the side of the packet which you can write to if anything goes wrong.

                            I would recommend the cake bar to all lovers of Galaxy. If you like milk chocolate then again this would suit you. It probably isn’t for anyone who doesn’t like sweet cake bars as it is quite sweet. Some might even prefer this to the Galaxy chocolate bar. I think I do personally as I feel it is more enjoyable than a plain solid chunk of chocolate.


                            These are not really advertised much as I don’t feel it is really necessary. Their reputation is well known so they don’t have any adverts for them. It also states on the wrapper that this cake bar is suitable for vegetarians and that it doesn’t contain dairy cream.

                            The chocolate on this bar does tend to melt quickly as I have noticed in the past. As nice as it is the bars can sometimes get a bit too soft but I suppose apart from that I have no faults on this particular product.

                            Now if you want to have more of the cake bars there is a Galaxy Muffin. It is of a similar idea and is a bigger version. The muffins aren’t always as easy to eat though as the cake bars. Being the shape they are they can be eaten easy without making a mess.

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                              28.10.2005 19:31
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                              Are these too good to be eaten?! Should I just look?!

                              Differently to many of my friends, I am not a big chocolate lover. I don't eat many sweets and even more rarely will you catch me eating a bar of chocolate. I am however a cake lover! Pastry, cake bars, slices, doughnuts- I love them all!

                              The first time I ate one of these bars, I know it sounds corny but not only did it melt on my tongue but it also made my mouth water with every bite. A combination I didn't even know was possible!

                              THE PACKAGING:
                              Galaxy Cake Bars come in multi-packs of five and are made by McVities. The image on the front is a combination of the image of a bar of glaxy chocolate being unravelled as well as a picture of one of the bars on it's own. The word Galaxy is swirled across the packet in what is supposed to be chocolate! The individual bars have similar packaging, only minus the picture of the cake bar on thr front. Lets just say that the packaging looks just a tempting as it's contents! The information on the bottom of the packet is clearly written and accesable, along with the easy to find sell-by date and nutritional information. The pack is also easy to open and allows the little tray holding the cakes to slide out effortlessly.

                              THE CAKE:
                              The description on the front of the package reads as follows:
                              "Uncover a delicious chocolate sponge cake topped with chocolate cream and covered in smooth and creamy GALAXY milk chocolate".
                              As you open the packet a hand sized bar slides out. The bar is covered in a thin layer of Galaxy chocolate, that folds into your mouth with no trouble at all. The chocolate isn't rock solid, but soft and easy to chew! On the top of the cake the chocolate has been swirled into a small pattern. Once again I wonder whether these are supposed to be eaten or looked at!
                              My first thoughts as I bite into the cake bar are...."MMMMMMM"! Im not going to lie and try and disguise my initial thoughts with posh lingo- my first thoughts really are ..."MMMMM"!
                              The cake that acts as the bottom layer is soft and light. Infact the cake is actually a little too light if Im honest. It melts too quickly and just doesn't feel like cake on your tongue, but it tastes great all the same!
                              The next layer is the layer of chocolate cream, probably thicker than the layer of cake! The cream doesn't melt like the chocolate it just sits there on your tongue waiting to be savored while the chocolate around the outside encourages you to swallow!

                              GENERAL INFORMATION:
                              For a pack of 5 you will pay between £1.06 and £1.10 from all good supermarkets. As yet these aren't available as travel bars ie: they aren't available individualy. But for the price of five they are well worth it, especially as two of my local supermarkets have recently had them on offer! Two packet for £1.60 is a total bargain!
                              However brace yourself, at 165 calories and 9.4g of fat PER BAR you may be forced to limit yourself!

                              I honestly recommend these as a little pick me up if ever you are down! They are a great price and taste amazing, they are my little piece of heaven!

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