If you’re a fan of Mars chocolate bars, then you’ll no doubt be sad to learn that they’ve gone the way of the dodo. However, you’ll be relieved to know that you can still find some Mars-themed products on sale.
For example, we’ve been able to buy Mars Bars in Australia and there is also a Mars Triple Chocolate bar on the market!
1. Mars Bars
Mars Bars are one of the most popular candy bars on the market. This is mainly due to the fact that it has a great combination of milk chocolate, soft nougat and caramel – all of which make it a tasty and satisfying treat.
The original UK version of the Mars bar was invented in 1932 by Forrest Mars, Sr, who was inspired by the American-famous Milky Way chocolate bars. In its original British form, it consisted of caramel and nougat covered in milk chocolate; the American version added toasted almonds to the recipe.
Today, the original Mars bar is still produced in Slough, England by Mars Inc. It is still a very popular candy bar and is available in many different countries.
There are several flavors of the Mars Bar available, including the original caramel and milk chocolate flavor. Other flavors include vanilla and honeycomb, which have been launched in Australia.
As well as the traditional Mars Bar, there are also a variety of spin-offs made by Mars. For example, there is a special edition of the original Mars bar called Mars Red that contains half the fat of the standard bar. There is also a Mars World Cup Mars Bar to celebrate England’s 2010 FIFA World Cup victory.
The ingredients for a Mars Bar are sugar, glucose syrup, cocoa butter, full cream milk powder, vegetable oil, cocoa mass, lactose, skimmed milk powder, demineralized whey powder, fat reduced cocoa, milk fat, barley malt extract, salt, soy lecithin emulsifier, egg white, hydrolyzed milk protein and flavouring. The bars are made with a lot of cocoa and sugar so it is important to keep an eye on the amount you are eating.
2. Mars Wrigley Crispy Rolls
Fans of the ‘crunchy biscuit’ chocolate bar are in a state of shock after discovering they can no longer find it on supermarket shelves. A petition has been launched to try and save the treat – which has been called ‘the best Mars product’ by some.
The Crispy Rolls are a delicious addition to the popular Milky Way bars, with a light crisp biscuit centre and whipped topping, enclosed in a creamy milk chocolate coating. They’ve been a popular favourite since they were first introduced back in 2007.
However, the product has now disappeared from shelves at several UK stores including B&M and Co-op. One shopper, Jack Taylor, set up the petition to try and get them back on store shelves.
He said: “Milky Way Crispy Rolls are a delicious low calorie snack that I’ve enjoyed for years. I’m very disappointed that they are no longer on sale in shops or online.”
Meanwhile, the Mars Wrigley UK brand has revealed new protein-packed versions of its iconic Mars and Snickers bars will hit stores early next year. The company says the new products will be aimed at a growing demand for healthier options.
The new reformulated versions of Mars and Snickers – called Mars More Protein and Snickers More Protein – will contain up to 40 percent less sugar per bar, and will also be available in smaller portion sizes. The move is part of a wider reshaping of the confectionery industry that’s seen Mars break away from its traditional core market, and look to appeal to a younger generation who want to experiment with different flavours and textures.
3. Mars Milky Way
There is no denying the fact that Mars bars have become some of the world’s most iconic confectionary treats. Whether they’re sitting on the shelves of your local supermarket, in a candy cart at the movies or in your pantry, it’s hard to ignore their popularity.
The classic chocolate-coated, nougat-centered confections, known simply as “mars bar” and “milky way”, have long been a favorite of chocolate lovers. Although they are made by the same company, these two brands have slight differences that can make them confusing to the uninitiated.
While the difference is minor, it does affect the taste of both. Milky Way contains more processed, artificial ingredients than Mars Bar, which means it tastes more like a chocolate bar rather than a caramel or nougat-based one.
If you’re looking for a similar flavor but with more health benefits, try the Milky Way Lite. It was the first candy bar to legally qualify for a “lite” label, under FDA guidelines, and quickly became an instant hit with diet-conscious consumers.
Another great alternative is 3 Musketeers, which is a chocolate bar with a coating of nougat. It’s also vegan, with no dairy or eggs. However, this may be a little too sweet for some people. You can also check out Galaxy, which is a brand with smaller chunks of granular nougat of honeycomb toffee.
5. Mars Shortbreads
Mars had a range of shortbreads that were a little bit more like biscuits than traditional cookies, but they were all tasty and a perfect treat to have at any time. However, after a few years they started to disappear from the shelves.
There were a few different versions of these, including one that was coated in chocolate and had a chewy caramel filling. Another had a crispy biscuit centre, and there was even an oozing caramel version!
But one of the most popular was a version that had a wafer layer in the middle. This bar was a hit, so much so that fans began a campaign to get it brought back.
Despite its popularity, this Mars product was pulled from shelves in 2008. It may have been due to lack of sales, but it still makes me sad that these delicious treats haven’t been around for a while now.
This shortbread is made with crystallised ginger (also known as stem ginger), which I think is so much better than the normal powdered ginger that you find in supermarkets! It also has a lovely flavour and texture and holds its shape really well.
The recipe is super easy to make, and the cookies can be made in half an hour. You can also make them into Christmas tree decorations by cutting a hole in the pre-bake dough and then tying them with a ribbon!
6. Mars Planets
Mars, also known as the Red Planet, has been a source of inspiration for science fiction writers since the 19th century. Despite the fact that astronomers have never found evidence of life on Mars, it remains the most promising spot in the solar system for human exploration and habitation.
There are a number of clues that Mars has once had liquid water and a habitable surface. Its polar caps are covered in snow, and radar reflections from areas under the south polar cap suggest that there was once a lake of water beneath its surface.
The tilt of the planet’s axis swings wildly, changing its climate throughout its history. This makes it possible for liquid water to flow on the Martian surface during temporary periods, as was the case billions of years ago.
Its surface has also been covered in dust, boulders and craters, making it hard to see. This has fooled a lot of people, and some have even believed they have seen gigantic face-like structures, tiny humanoids and hairy blue spiders on the surface.
Scientists say it is most likely that Mars once had a more Earth-like environment with more abundant liquid water and photosynthesising plants. However, because of its thin atmosphere, a lack of sunlight and icy surface, it is unlikely that any kind of microbial life can exist on the Red Planet today.
The only way humans could reach Mars would be through spacecraft, which have been launched from Earth in the past. The first successful mission was NASA’s Viking 1 lander, which touched down on the Red Planet successfully in 1976.