Mars is a candy bar with a very confusing history. If you want to read the full story, I recommend you check out Wikipedia’s article on the Mars bar, but for here I’ll give you are more succinct version. Mars bar was originally a UK candy bar, which is essentially their version of our Milky Way: creamy nougat with a stripe of caramel covered in chocolate. There has been countless varieties and variations over the years, so it’s a little tricky to keep track of them.
So imagine my surprise when I see this Mars bar sitting in the checkout shelf in a Wal-Mart. The package is not the traditional UK style with the black background and the bright red lettering, so I realize this must be some version for the USA. I notice almonds decorating the packaging, which is an immediate tip off that this isn’t the traditional bar. Excited to try it, I nab one off the shelf and take it home with me.
Once the bar is out of the wrapper, it looks like any traditional candy bar: rectangular with a pretty chocolate enrobing pattern on top. It smells sweet and inviting.
I take a bite.
My first impression on the bar is the fresh crunchy almonds. They’re whole too, as far as I can tell. They’re the main flavor and texture of this bar, kinda like how the peanuts are for a Snickers bar. The caramel is not there at all, I hardly notice it and it doesn’t leave a trail at all when I bite into it. The nougat is sweet and fluffy, but doesn’t add much flavor. The milk chocolate is nice and sweet, and balances out the almonds.
Overall? It didn’t wow me in any way. The nuts were the nicest part, so if you’re into nutty candy bars or an almond lover. I suggest checking it out.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Mars Website