Mars - Maltesers

Posted by Linda on 16. 2012 0 comments
Staying on the western side of the world's overwhelming confectionery market, here's another famous confection manufactured by Mars Inc., for me to review about the 'Bounty' chocolate coconut bar several days ago, anyone who is familiar with the western world of sweets would expect me to review another product from Mars Inc. which is probably so much more renown & popular than the 'Bounty', yes, I am referring to 'Maltesers'!
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Maltesers are one of my favorite non-Japanese confectionery brands, and that's perhaps understandable to anyone who has ever tasted these yummy balls of chocolaty malt goodnesssoft honeycomb malt fillings covered with rich smooth milk chocolate. The smooth sweet milk choc was melty in my mouth and the honeycomb malts helps to add texture to the chocolate as you savour each ball. The makers at Mars Inc. claims that the malt centers of these Maltesers contains less saturated fats than regular chocolate centers, defining these Maltesers as a more healthier option compared to most other chocolate confections, which is all the more reason to love these little malt choc balls!
Overall, for me personally these Maltesers are just irresistible! It's one of the few non-Japanese confections that has me coming back for more time and time again, there is really nothing I can fault about Maltesers as a product itself. Although, I do wish the makers at Mars Inc. would be more creative with the variants of Maltesers. Apart from the regular milk chocolate and white choc flavors, I don't recall Mars Inc. ever releasing any other kinds of flavors. Come on, just 2 flavors is hardly enough, how about strawberry chocolate Maltesers? Or Caramel choc?
Aside from the very limited variant, there's nothing I can complain about the product itself.

My rating (overall):

Mars - 'Bounty' coconut chocolate bar

Posted by Linda on 12. 2012 0 comments
It's not often I review about sweets & snacks that are not from Japan, and this is one of those rare occasions when I take a break from exploring the vast Japanese junk food wonderland and turn my attention to sweets from other parts of the world.

I was grocery shopping yesterday and came across these 'Bounty' coconut chocolate bars on sale at the supermarket for only $1 each. I have to admit I'm not a big fan of coconut and neither do I pay any attention to confectionery made with coconut most of the time (but that's not to say I don't like coconut either), but this was such a sweet deal I felt too good to pass, it's not everyday you come across whole chocolate bars on sale for just $1.

originating in the UK and sold almost everywhere in the world, these Bounty bars have a long history. Milk chocolate coating was rich and melty in your mouth and with a very substantial amount of sweetened coconut filling. This was actually not my first experience with these Bounty coconut bars from Mars Inc, I remember very vaguely the first and only other time I tried these Bounty bars was when I was still in junior grade school, which felt like a lifetime ago (and I'm glad I put those years behind me)! I had forgotten just how sweet the coconut fillings were in these Bounty bars, and indeed the overload of sweetness from the coconut feeling was quite confronting for me. But nonetheless the experience did somewhat bring back some nostalgic feelings for me about that first ever experience I had with the Bounty bar many years ago. I felt the sweetening of the coconut was unnecessary because there was already a substantial amount of sweetness from the milk choc coating. With the amount of overall sweetness further enhanced with the sweetened coconut feeling, it was basically just an overload of sweetness that was way too much for my liking. However on the upside, I liked the rich milk choc coating, the soft texture of the coconut filling and the fact that these Bounty bars came in 2 individual halves so you can share it with others, indeed, I gave the other half of my Bounty bar to my mum...she seemed to have enjoyed savoring it better than I did.
Overall not a bad chocolate bar, just a bit too sweet for my liking, and that's just my personal preference. If the makers at Mars Inc had laid off the sweetening of the coconut filling, then I probably would've liked these Bounty bars a bit more.
But if you like coconut and don't mind an overload of sweetness, then you'd probably like these Bounty coconut choc bars more than I do.

My rating (overall):



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