Lion Bar is another of those childhood favourites that brings back all sorts of good memories every time I buy it. It was introduced in the 1970s by Rowntree’s (makers of KitKat, Smarties and Aero amongst other things), who were taken over by Nestlé in 1988.
Lion Bar is not a sophisticated chocolate bar, and has no pretentions of being so. It’s just a good old-fashioned chocolate bar with loads of stuff crammed inside!
The bar consists of a wafer, filled with creamy stuff, covered in caramel, topped with crisped rice and coated in milk chocolate.
As you probably know, I’m not a big fan of wafers, but it does work here. Partly because it’s only a small amount of wafer, but mainly because there’s so much other stuff squeezed into the bar that you hardly notice it.
The result is a chewy, crispy chocolate bar that’s really quite satisfying. The ratio of crispyness to chewyness is just right, the caramel is tasty and the chocolate is nice enough, if nothing special. But the overall effect is just right, and a mid-morning Lion Bar will fill you up just enough to keep you going until lunch time.
All in all, an unpretentious and yummy chocolate bar. One word of advice though – don’t keep this one in the fridge overnight. If you do, the caramel becomes rock hard and you lose all the chewyness.
I find, this is best served at 19.4°C with a nice cup of tea. But then, I’m British, so I would.