As a child in the UK, I grew up on Bounty bars and Marathon (now known as Snickers), and it’s only in the last few years that my tastes have changed to the point where I feel slightly ill when I look at the confectionery-stacked newsagent shelves.
But I still have fond memories of how all that cheap chocolate used to make me feel as a child. The exotic coconut filling in a Bounty and the satisfying nougat in a Marathon. So I was particularly excited when I learned that one of the world’s greatest chocolatiers was recreating some of my childhood memories using real ingredients.
I picked these up from the recent Easter Chocolate Festival and stashed them carefully in my bag to take home to review. Unfortunately, I stashed everything else I bought carefully on top of them during the course of the day and as a result, my Bounty bar became a little… distressed.
I paid £3 each for these bars, which would be rather a lot for an ‘original’ Bounty or Snickers, so I was interested to see if they could recapture some of those childhood memories and still be worth the money.
In the case of the Bounty bar at least, the answer is a resounding yes. The 70% Amedei chocolate is maybe a little thin for my preference, but it works so well with the fresh, creamy coconut. It’s definitely a Bounty, but it’s a million miles away from the original. The off-white colour of the coconut immediately looks more natural and the texture is soft and smooth. I could eat these all day.
The Marathon bar is a little less like the original, primarily because the nougat actually tastes of nougat. In fact, it brings back memories of buying huge blocks of pink nougat in my local sweet shop as a child, something I have equally fond memories of.
The peanuts are fresh and crunchy, and the caramel adds a nice chewy element without bombarding your senses with sugar. So despite not being quite as close to the original, I enjoyed it just as much as the Bounty.
So now all that’s left for William to do is recreate the TV ads…