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Click pic to view comments - Semi-international sighting: Mars Snickers Dark bar Semi-international sighting: Mars Snickers Dark bar
Posted: 21:37 Wed 13-May-2009. Price: 60p. Location: Mercury News, Leicester. Nutritional unusualness: 250 calories, of which 120 are from fat. Gulp.
"Nick T" reports: Dark chocolate is one of those things which, like Marmite, has the power to divide nations. Eyewateringly expensive brands like Valrhona and Amedei are the domain of noncey TV chefs trilling on about how the beans are gathered by Guatemalan virgins at midnight, etc, whilst the slightly less outrageously priced - and my goodness, hasn't the price of chocolate rocketed in the last year? - Bournville and its ilk steadfastly remain pensioner territory.

Me, I like a bit of dark meat for a change, so I was delighted to spot this Marathon Dark (don't bother giving me any of that Snickers codswallop; it's a Marathon and it always will be). Sporting a US-centric wrapper I suspect it's an American grey import but a colleague has seen them in another shop locally too, so perhaps there's some manner of direct lard importer circulating the area. From a couple of business trips Stateside I had already concluded that American food falls into three camps. 1) Savoury foods, which contain deep fried meat and cheese, which is fluorescent orange, 2) Snacks, which contain peanuts, and 3) Chocolate which, if it's Hersheys, contains no chocolate.

But this new bar seems to have heralded a welcome new food sector; it's really delicious. Not too sweet, not too bitter and containing a satisfying nut crunch, one of these with a mid-morning coffee really hits the spot. Yum!

...A quick midweek sighting here from "Nick T" - while, in other odd chocs: Cadbury has created more "vibrant" packaging for the new Boost and Double Decker Duos; also hoping to appeal to purchasers beyond their "older consumer base" are Bendicks Bittertubes (in bitter mint, bitter orange and bitter ginger flavours); and my local Sainsbury is still selling Original Source's external-use-only Winter Vanilla Milk And Cocoa Shower Cream, though sadly not as the ideal accompaniment to the equally edible-looking Andrex enriched with Shea Butter (1.75/4 rolls, Tesco).

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Posted: 22:18 Wed 13-May-2009 by Zeddy # permalink comment
Comment: Great find Nick! I adored Mars Midnight bars and now have to rely on US Milky Way Midnights for my fix. Peanuts aren't my favourite but, hey! You gotta kiss a few frogs and all that.

Shower gel and bog roll!?? I hear the sound of a barrel being scraped.


Posted: 17:12 Fri 15-May-2009 by "Phill"
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Comment: Saw the Double-Decker and Boost Duo's in Margiotta on Dundas Street in Edinburgh. They're noted as being 80g for both, and as the normal bars are 60g it means that they're a third smaller than the regular ones. Nobody's going to share them, they'll just eat both themselves. Anyway they were listed as 2 for £1.10 with a regular price of 68p.
Posted: 05:38 Fri 22-May-2009 by "Steve" # permalink comment
Comment: I like this Snickers Dark bar but still bars with nuts is better! [URL deleted]
Posted: 08:28 Fri 22-May-2009 by Zeddy # permalink comment
Comment: You love spam too?
Posted: 14:47 Fri 22-May-2009 by "Nick T" # permalink comment
Comment: Speaking of spam, the Age Concern shop in Blaby near Leicester has what looks like an unread copy of Fast Food Nation on the shelves for a bargain £1. Er, not that I go in there of course...
Posted: 04:51 Mon 21-Sep-2009 by "snapper racing" # permalink comment
Comment: 99p stores is the place to find these easily as well as other gems - i also check home bargains weekly.


Posted: 19:41 Mon 28-Sep-2009 by Zeddy # permalink comment
Comment: I love Mars Dark but I don't like Marathons. Will I like this? What's a person to do?
Posted: 07:20 Thu 01-Oct-2009 by "Magnetic Ham Sandwich" # permalink comment
Comment: go to Wilkinsons and buy a load of Mars Dark bars. They're 44p each there - back as a limited edition.
Posted: 17:33 Tue 27-Oct-2009 by "Jeangenie"
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Comment: I quite like snickers and love dark chocolate (i could eat loads of 95% cocoa!) but not together. Ewwww! Nasty!
Posted: 06:54 Fri 25-Jun-2010 by "All 24/7 News" # permalink comment
Comment: Many people like dark chocolates and this is especially true with the children. However, too much intake of this kind of food is not even advisable. Everyone should consider these new guidelines for food intakes Let's take care of our health as most epidemics are attacking now through food intakes to our body. [URL deleted]
Posted: 09:49 Fri 25-Jun-2010 by "Nick T" # permalink comment
Comment: Snackspot - can't you set up some kind of filter against this seditious talk? It's worse than spam or that SEO stuff from India. Food consists of five important vitamin groups: salt, sugar, lard, alcohol and crisps. Campaigning AGAINST these essential items leaves us with nothing to eat at all. Jesus, I mean think about it won't you?
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