Galaxy Counters – a blast from the past, reincarnated in sexy new packaging. Well, I say ‘sexy’. It’s really just a plastic pouch, but it’s a step up from what we used to have in the seventies.
Clearly they were aimed squarely at kids back then, which hasn’t been true of anything with the Galaxy name on it for quite some time. I’d dearly love to have a time machine to go back in time to compare them to the new, relaunched Counters, but unfortunately they haven’t been invented yet. So you’ll just have to make do with my impressions of this updated version.
First off, in case you’re wondering what they are, I can sum them up in two words: Naked Minstrels.
In case you’re still none the wiser, they’re simply Galaxy milk chocolate buttons. Rather than the sugar coating of Minstrels, these have a thin coating of glazing agent (pectin rather than shellac, thankfully), giving them a slightly glossy finish, but not too much.
If you’ve ever had any Galaxy chocolate, you’ll know exactly how they taste. It’s a little sweet and creamy for me, but I know many people love it. The button shape makes a big difference here though.
Any button-shaped chocolate has a large surface area, meaning there’s more of it in contact with the heat of your mouth – and so it melts more quickly and pick up on the flavours differently than a thicker chunk of chocolate. It’s the reason many people swear that Cadbury Buttons just taste better.
There’s no doubt that these do melt quickly and release that sweet creaminess quickly and efficiently to your gob. Although I’m not the worlds biggest Galaxy fan, I did find them quite moreish – despite the low (25%) cocoa solids and high sugar content. I’d certainly rather have a bag of these that I could pick at through the day – and share – than a big bar.