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Click pic to view comments International sighting: Mars Lava
Posted: 12:32 Tue 02-03-2004. Price: $1.20. Location: Melbourne, Australia. Sub-flavours: Mars Bar, Mars Midnight, etc. Nutritional unusualness: Orange!.
"Adrian" reports: It's a Mars Bar, but with orange-flavoured nougat, and chococlate caramel! I don't quite understand the packaging for this product which has a picture on it of the "Orange Planet" and an orange swirl through a galaxy of stars, and is then named "Lava". Something is not quite right there... Nevertheless, the bar itself is not too bad. It looks like a Mars Bar, but wider and flatter - perhaps 2/3rds the height of a normal Mars. The orange-flavoured nougat is quite nice - the orange doesn't get too overpowering, and the chocolate caramel (which looks a bit darker than the usual caramel) adds a nice bitterness to the whole thing. All in all, an interesting (though slightly perplexing) addition to the Mars range.

..."Adrian" confirms a previously unconfirmed sighting of this antipodean exotic - which, for some reason, reminded me of the year-2000 heyday of the Lemonade, Orange Tango and Champagne Cadbury Crunchie. But as "bob" points out, all we have to look forward to nowadays is Double Decker with Nuts (35p).

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Posted: 17:43 Tue 02-03-2004 by "Kaptain Korolev" # permalink comment
Comment: Still no Mars Christmas. Anger, anger is in the Kaptain!

What the Kaptain really wants though is a white chocolate Mars bar, a Mars Artic. Perhaps the Kaptain will create one in the spirit of kandy kreation.


Posted: 20:46 Tue 02-03-2004 by "JazzJazz" # permalink comment
Comment: I spotted this in a shop (in Melbourne) about a week ago. I imagine it'd taste like a Jaffa-esque Mars Bars, too bad I'm not fond of them (Mars Bars).
Posted: 12:47 Wed 03-03-2004 by "Commander Zorg" # permalink comment
Comment: Way to innovate, Mars. How many meetings do you think they went through to come up with the incredible idea of doing an orange flavour variant?

Crikey, if we're really lucky they might do a MINT one in a couple of years!

You need to look at what the Australians are doing right now with marshmallow and cereal to see what the future of snack bars holds. Lazy limited editions like this are just pointless and insulting.


Posted: 17:28 Wed 03-03-2004 by "Kaptain Korolev" # permalink comment
Comment: The Kaptain is puzzled as to why the Austrailians seem to get new kandy pie first. Is Austrailia the kandy birth canal of the world?
Posted: 17:33 Wed 03-03-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: we had some theories on this before K:

http://www.snackspot.org.uk/thread.php?story=0306191818sbc#20030620160800

- but now I think it's because the Aussies have such a cheery attitude towards the novel and/or potentially dangerous, as demonstrated by Steve "Crocodile Hunter" Irwin off the TV


Posted: 22:34 Wed 03-03-2004 by "Paul" # permalink comment
Comment: Had one of these the other day.

Alas, tasted like shit.

Aussies: if you want a tasty treat, right next to the Mars Lavas in my particular supermarket were the (as far as I know) equally new 'Honeycomb Picnics', which are vastly superior in every way. Don't taste THAT much unlike a regular Picnic, but still... phwoar.


Posted: 23:48 Wed 03-03-2004 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: steady on there jazzjazz, snackspot is not receptive to speculative reviews...
Posted: 09:01 Thu 04-03-2004 by "Neil" # permalink comment
Comment: I think a mint Mars would taste like a big After Eight with a Galaxy Caramel stuck to it.
Posted: 09:07 Thu 04-03-2004 by "charl" # permalink comment
Comment: i think it would have toothpaste instead of caramel and therefore create a good dental hygiene / bad dental hygiene juxtaposition.
Posted: 23:46 Thu 04-03-2004 by "Adrian" # permalink comment
Comment: Perhaps the Kaptain could have a crack at the Mars Easter Bar - it would have to have a cross on it like a hot cross bun, maybe made out of coconut.
Posted: 11:44 Fri 05-03-2004 by "Truth teller" # permalink comment
Comment: lets all talk about food how [DELETED] sad r u lot! my submiting is that ur lot are all sad [DELETED] [DELETED] who have no life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted: 12:18 Fri 05-03-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: sorry, another Ghostbusters quote: "You may as well get used to that, that's the kind of resentment that [our] ability is going to provoke in some people..."
Posted: 15:42 Fri 05-03-2004 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: I currently have Nestle Double Berry and Nestle Double Chocolate. They are 29p.
Posted: 15:50 Fri 05-03-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: oh yeah that's what i was going to put in the "awaiting sightings" column... are you going to send in a picture?

(i still have your lemon and lime cola one on file, though had hoped to verify the UK "diet coke with lime" rumours all at the same time)


Posted: 15:55 Fri 05-03-2004 by "Flameproof" # permalink comment
Comment: Did you censor Truth teller Snackspot, or did (s)he helpfully do it for you? :-)
Posted: 16:16 Fri 05-03-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: well, it would be easier if people could censor themselves (eg: i once saw the phrase "Bennett is a B*****d" engraved on one a desk at a posh public school, complete with asterisks and everything...)
Posted: 16:34 Fri 05-03-2004 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: Submitted with a picture!
Posted: 16:36 Fri 05-03-2004 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: got it, cheers, but what do you mean by

"but they should return to their original state but 'they've listened to us, and left this chocolate how it comes' from the back of the bar, also telling us how they made it"


Posted: 16:49 Fri 05-03-2004 by "Alex" # permalink comment
Comment: Replied.
Posted: 19:42 Sat 08-05-2004 by "Barry" # permalink comment
Comment: I bought some Mars lava bars at Woolworths in the Sydney central business district - the taste is excellent!
Posted: 12:03 Tue 19-Oct-2004 by "narcheska" # permalink comment
Comment: so just bought oen of these and foudn this site in the vain hunt for pics of the mars lava... all i can say is.. eeeuuucccchhhhh.. it seemed like a good idea at the time.. :(
Posted: 14:48 Wed 06-Jul-2005 by "Jan" # permalink comment
Comment: "You need to look at what the Australians are doing right now with marshmallow and cereal to see what the future of snack bars holds. Lazy limited editions like this are just pointless and insulting. "

the marshmallow and cereal bars, which are called LCM's, are awesome! the point of limited editions is to see if the public like them, and to keep up the public's interest in a product!


Posted: 15:36 Mon 11-Jul-2005 by "shellie" # permalink comment
Comment: Hey, Jan! You can't just make "awesome" statements like that, without backing them up with some sort of information. We could use some details here, seriously. What exactly are those LCM's? Is there any chocolate in them at all? 74953 2
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