The Chocolate Cult: MARS Easter Options 2012

Thursday, March 15, 2012

MARS Easter Options 2012

We've seen egg shaped and bunny shaped candies for Easter since probably before your Chocolate Priestess was born in 1969.  Today I want to look at two MARS treats that I have seen available in our local stores for years now.  This post was pre-written last Easter so that I've have things for you to read before the fabulous Sacraments we've been featuring as we approach Easter 2012.  As always, if you aren't Christian, don't worry you can still go buy to your heart's content but let's see if these two particular treats are worth your money and your body.

We'll start with Snickers Eggs which came in a 6 pack of 1oz eggs.  Each has 150 calories made of 4.5g saturated fat, 5mg cholesterol, 50mg sodium, 1g fiber, 15g sugars, and 2g protein.  It has peanuts, milk, soy and lots of added oils and some artificial flavors.  Hmmm... Immediately you know that I wish it was less preserved and less added ingredients but I'll try to give this a fair shake by trying one.  A half egg, and each of these is half of a solid treat we have seen from other companies, measures 2.5 X 1.5 X 0.75 inches.  As I hope you can see, it has three bands around it of etched and indented chocolate to suggest a decorated egg.  It has a very balanced scent of peanut and milk chocolate.  Inside is a solid, creamy nougat with a ribbon of semi-soft peanut butter at the top both of which easily over power the chocolate surrounding them making this exactly like most Snickers candy bars I've tried in the distant past.

Next we have the Milky Way Bunnies that also come in a 6 pack of 1oz bunnies this time.  Each has 160 calories made of 7g saturated fat (whoa!), 5mg cholesterol, 30mg sodium, 15g sugars and 1g protein.  This has dairy, soy, added oils and sugars, and artificial flavors.  This is a bunny who is looking very pleased with himself - waving at us, a toothy lope-sided grin, and holding an egg fast to his tummy.  He measures 2.5 X 1.5 X 5/8th inches so slightly smaller than the eggs.  He has a sweet, caramel like milk chocolate smell as you'd expect from Milk Way.  Inside are two layers of caramel, the lower one is firm and has kick to it while the top oozes out and delivers a very sweet tastes that turns a bit sour after a few moments.  I can taste the chocolate more here than in the eggs but that sour turn is a turn-off for me and seems very unlike the Milk Ways I recall.

Between the two of these choices which would you pick for taste?  Now which would you chose for a slightly healthier option?  That's why you have to practice Moderation and share these even if you want them all.


Wyrenth said...

I'm reminded of the Dove Truffle Eggs we used to get. The earlier ones were two egg halves, much like the Snickers one there. Lately, though, they seem to be slightly larger, but only half an egg, for less total product.

We always looked forward to them, though, as they were REALLY good.

TheChocolatePriestess said...

Thank you for the comment, Wyrenth. We've looked at DOVE Easter products in past years I know, though off the top of my head I can't recall if we did truffle eggs or not. Isn't this a common trend? Downsizing for the same price?

Guru Uru said...

Thanks for showing and describing all this variety - I have a full love for Lindt's easter bunnies myself :D
Or guylian praline... mmmm

Choc Chip Uru

TheChocolatePriestess said...

It is just going to keep rolling along here, Guru Uru. Lindt didn't send us bunnies this year but we're looking at an Italian bunny this Saturday and next Saturday something from Taraluna. Mass produced normal reviews between now and Easter.

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