Late last year, Mars announced somewhat triumphantly that they would be discontinuing their king sized ‘Big One’ Mars and Snickers bars due to public concerns about obesity. But what they did next was a master stroke – they simply chopped the bars in two and called them ‘Duo’ instead. Inspired.
The idea, so they say, is that you’re meant to “share” the two halves. So you won’t get fat.
Yeah, right. Like I’m going to share my Snickers!
Snickers is one of those chocolate bars that you just buy when you’re hungry and want something to satisfy the chocolate cravings and fill you up. You don’t necessarily think about it, you just know you’re going to be left satisfied.
I never really had an issue with the ‘Big One’ bars – if people are stupid enough to think they can eat nothing but chocolate all day and not get fat, well it’s their own fault. But I actually prefer the Duo format. It allows you to eat half, put the kettle on, then settle down with a nice cup of tea and have the other half without leaving messy half eaten chocolate bars lying around.
Snickers itself is simply wonderful. The peanuts and thick nougat make it one of the chewiest bars you can get, and I’m sure that the extra effort you have to put into eating it just adds to the experience. Although best if slightly chilled, this isn’t one of those bars you want to leave in the fridge all day like Bounty, or it will become too difficult to chew and you’ll end up just getting frustrated and throwing it at the wall.
Properly cooled to just below room temperature, the caramel is yummy, if slightly sticky and the choclate is thick and breaks into nice chunks when you bite into it. The very slightly salty peanuts just bring the whole thing together into one delicious bar. Or two bars, in this case.
Chewy, tasty, unpretentious and filling. I love it.