Lion Bar

Posted by in Chocolate Reviews on August 9 2006 | Leave A Comment

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.


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Comments On This Post

  1. Mmmm, feeling hungry now. Don’t you find that the more choice that is available in a shop the harder it is to choose. My husband went to Albania for a year, over there he had a choice of 5 decent bars to buy, occasionally in England the choice gets to him, and he has no idea what to get.

  2. big mouse


    Could someone tell me where I can get Lion Bar please.

    Thank you
    B. Mouse

  3. nat

    i like food
    do you?
    its a fit bar
    make it

  4. alover

    twcie I’ve been to Europe n both times I’ve come back with only chocolate
    only Lion bars
    I luv them!!!!
    hope I can go to Europe soon cause I’m craving them
    =) bye

  5. bonita

    well i love Lion bar and i would please u to tell me where i could find it (i’m from canada)

  6. Dom (Chocablog Staff)

    I’d suggest either seeing if you have a local “British food” shop, or trying one of the link on our chocolate shop page if you want to see if you can get it online:

  7. the fat person

    raaaaaaaaaahhhh !!! lion bar
    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmh !!

  8. Allover

    If you are in San Francisco, CA, they have Lion Bars at this place called Roxie Market & Deli on the corner of 9th Ave. and Kirkham St.

  9. Lucas

    That bar looks like the Australian version of Cadbury’s picnic bar. except the peanuts are missing. also i cant believe your picnic has raisins in it. eeeew.

  10. It’s a decent and cheap chocolate bar, still I think Mars Delight is better..or Bounty..or Crispy Snickers 😀

  11. Mmmmmmmmm

    Tastes so goooooooooood.
    Om nom nom. Make it cheaper in Norway! So I can eat it everyday.

  12. danica manlangit

    Yup you are right, this chocolate brings back a lot of my childhood days…I am looking for this chocolate here in the philippines but can’t find it.. do you know if they manufacture it in our country? thanks.. this really is my favorite chocolate ever…

  13. By far this is the BEST energy bar/chocolate in the world.

  14. Zack

    19.4 degrees centigrade? That’s pure insanity! It’s much, much better at 19.635 degrees. 🙂 Anyways, this is another fantastic British candy bar that joins the ranks of such legends as Coffee Crisp and Aero. Oh, and the douchey temperature comment? I’m just an American pointing out the ridiculousness of the the metric system 😀

  15. Ibrahim

    I remember i used to eat this chocolate back when i was like 5-7 years old that was the mid-late 80s, back then the lion bar was half the size and had a beige plastic cover, i still remember it after all those years because my brother and i used to be so obsessed about lion bar over any other chocolate,i remember my mum used to get so upset coz we kept finishing whole boxes in like 2 days.She always found new places to hide it from us :<. The ones that are sold these days taste a lot different and a lot worse.

  16. Rotten Atom

    I love Lion candy bars. I discovered them in Oslo, Norway and ate them like crazy when I was in Europe. In the USA you can find Lion candy bars in the store, World Market.


  17. lesley

    um, im eating a box of lion cereal at the moment

  18. I believe Lion bars (according to my Grandad, of course.) were launched in c.1936 by Cadbury’s Co. Ltd., Inc., and were originally chewy caramel in milk chocolate. They were taken over by Nestlé, it’s too bad, Cadbury’s were the BEST!

  19. Greg

    I’ve had a lion bar and they are what you get if you took a kitkat and shoved it up the ass of a 100 Grand Bar. Tasty!

  20. Great article. It’s fun to see how it’s changed over the years. We just tried the Lion Bar for the first time and posted a review on our international snack blog. Take a look!

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