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Click pic to view comments - Confirmed sighting: Masterfoods Snickers Duo Confirmed sighting: Masterfoods Snickers Duo
Posted: 20:14 Fri 03-Feb-2006. Price: 55-59p. Location: Chilworth snack van, Southampton; kiosk, London underground. Sub-flavours: Mars Duo, Twix 'Xtra. Nutritional unusualness: Same as Snickers "King Size".
"greg thurtle" reports: This is the equivalent of a double Milky Way, but, with Snickers. It's a variant on King Size and double the amount of Snickers, but with a new name. Delicious and peanuty. Yum!

..."greg" got in first with this, "Magnetic Ham Sandwich" doesn't seem to have been so easily taken in, but "Lee Maguire" provides the historical context, reminiscing: Remember when Mars announced it would get rid of the "King Size" bars in order to help turn the tide of British obesity? Well this is the "fruit" of that. They've taken the big Snickers bar and cut it in half. Genius. Same with the Mars bar. Although the Big Twix seems unchanged, rather than being sold in some kind of four-fingered "Quintix" configuration. While, in other ostensibly-healthier hilarity, Nestle are next week adding a Chocolate Truffle bar to their ever-inventive Aero range, and the The Grocer magazine claims that one of the noble aims behind the launch of Milk or White Dipping Chocolate (1.79, from Humdinger Foods) is to "encourage children to eat fruit by making it more fun".


Posted: 22:39 Fri 03-Feb-2006 by "Lee Maguire " # permalink comment
Comment: Can you imagine the all-night brainstorming session they had when working out how to replace King Size bars.

"Think people, think. We need to phase out our unhealthy one-and-a-half size bar without negatively affecting sales."

"Why don't we develop a three-quarters size bar..."

"Go on..."

"And sell them in packs of two!"

Posted: 09:42 Sat 04-Feb-2006 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: Same has happened with Kitkat Chunky kingsize, it now comes in chunks that you can break apart.
Posted: 10:50 Sat 04-Feb-2006 by "choccieman"
(apparently posting from 85-210-129-107.dsl.pipex.com) # permalink comment
Comment: Yeah, KitKat Chunky Big Breaks. Although as I understand it the health police aren't very happy with these moves: Cadbury for dairy milk 8 chunk, Masterfoods for Mars duo, and Nestle for the aformentioned KitKat. I guess they won't be satisfied until they've driven larger products off the market (one can only hope that it might mean an increase in higher quality products instead). Ah I remember the days of Mars Mega 125g of decadence :-)
Posted: 13:28 Sat 04-Feb-2006 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: Ironic then that Nestle recently made their large bars of Aero BIGGER and Cadbury's are soon to increase the size of their large Dairy Milk range.
Posted: 11:19 Wed 01-Mar-2006 by "Cloud Strife" # permalink comment
Comment: One bad thing for us consumers is that it's going to encourage people to ask for some... :(
Posted: 19:08 Mon 17-Apr-2006 by "jennifer" # permalink comment
Comment: why dont you just cut a king size in half?
Posted: 02:03 Tue 18-Apr-2006 by "polarbear" # permalink comment
Comment: ive just finished eating my first one of these snickers duo bars.......what's the bloody point in these instead of king size? there was nothing wrong with snickers king size
Posted: 09:15 Tue 18-Apr-2006 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: The Snickers Duo is meant to help fat people lose weight.
Posted: 11:53 Tue 18-Apr-2006 by "jb" # permalink comment
Comment: In much the same way cigarettes are meant to help people stop smoking because how can you stop if you never start?
Posted: 13:07 Tue 18-Apr-2006 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: According to the chocolate companies, things like Snickers Duo encourage people to share or to leave the second half "for later".
Posted: 19:14 Tue 18-Apr-2006 by "clerk" # permalink comment
Comment: Five minutes later, yes.
Posted: 20:09 Tue 18-Apr-2006 by "Stevie Nicks" # permalink comment
Comment: Do chocolate companies not realise people are only human?

The whole concept of 'buy more chocolate, get less fat' does not wash. To be honest if folk could control their eating, portions etc, they wouldn't be overweight. This is just a cheap attempt to recapture the 'king size' market without having to go back on their promise not to make king size bars anymore. Fair game, just make the same thing, split it in two and give it a different name. Duo sounds so much less threatening than king size anyway (and less honest than Double, Two, Twice, More, You Know You'll Eat It All In One Go etc)

Posted: 21:28 Tue 18-Apr-2006 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: that's exactly what shocked me about Mr Kipling's "Less than 10% fat" range - surely they need to be individually wrapped or something to count as proper "portion control"? http://www.snackspot.org.uk/thread.php?story=0604072214sbc#upcoming
Posted: 09:16 Wed 19-Apr-2006 by "polarbear" # permalink comment
Comment: well, i used to stroll into my newsagents and pick up a KING SIZE snickers bar and that satisfied me nicely, and now i've got some snickers-cum-bounty bar that's named after an intel laptop processor
Posted: 13:49 Wed 19-Apr-2006 by "jennifer" # permalink comment
Comment: On many occasions i have opened a packet intending to save the other half for later. But once the packet is open the temptation is to eat the whole lot. Its the 'once you pop, you cant stop' theory
Posted: 16:31 Wed 19-Apr-2006 by "polarbear" # permalink comment
Comment: no that's pringles love

PS: where's phillerena hiding?

Posted: 16:48 Wed 19-Apr-2006 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: i'm here why?
Posted: 14:19 Thu 20-Apr-2006 by "jennifer" # permalink comment
Comment: yes i know that pringles but its the same principle
Posted: 16:25 Thu 20-Apr-2006 by "eggman" # permalink comment
Comment: carefull there jennifer you know what a loose cannon polarbear is.
Posted: 14:59 Tue 25-Apr-2006 by "polarbear" # permalink comment
Comment: loose cannon?
Posted: 19:15 Fri 06-Oct-2006 by "Welshy"
(apparently posting from 88-106-99-61.dynamic.dsl.as9105.com) # permalink comment
Comment: I have abolutely no idea what the hell the point of these so called "Duo" bars is. I bought one yesterday with my friends, and STILL ate bought parts. In fact, it was a concious effort to keep both portions for myself by hiding the second for "later".

Exactly "clerk": Five minutes later =P 71651 2 44

Posted: 17:28 Mon 28-Jan-2008 by "neverstop" # permalink comment
Comment: I think the Snickers Duo is brilliant! I like the fact that you can save half for later without the end being exposed and drying out. And if someone is going to over eat don't you think they will just buy two regular size bars if the Duo goes away?
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