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Marks & Spencer Chocolate, Caramel & Biscuit Bar

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Brand: Marks & Spencer / Type: Caramel

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      02.04.2010 21:41
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      Marks and Spencer's own version of a Twix bar, a richer version which can be slightly sickly.

      Two shortbread biscuits covered in a layer of sticky caramel and coated in milk chocolate from Marks & Spencer. If it sounds familiar it's because it's their version of a Twix bar. They come in single packs of 58g costing 40p each (1p cheaper than a Twix in Tesco). The packaging is in the same style as the older Twix packages without the foil which you tear open. The wrapper is red and features photograph of the actual chocolate bar. Currently the wrapper is not recyclable.
      The packaging and size make it very handy to eat whether on the go or sat at home. It's also ideal for lunchboxes.
      Compared to a Twix there is not a lot of difference in the taste here. The biscuit is more buttery and tastes much more like real shortenin bread. This buttery taste is very common in a lot of Marks and Spencer products such as cookies. The caramel is lighter but sweeter and slightly more runny. I left mine in the fridge and the caramel had become more solid. The thin layer of chocolate tastes pretty similar to a Twix but a little creamier (again it's very similar typical Marks and Spencer chocolate). This sounds delicious right? But it's just too sweet. I love buttery biscuits, I love shortenin bread, but combined with caramel and chocolate I felt a little bit sick after I had finished. The difference is there, but only slight. Without the Marks & Spencer wrapper I may have even been fooled into believing that I was eating an actual Twix. So what is the point of this if they are so similar? Twix bars are very easy to find, they are sold in newsagents and supermarkets. You can only find Marks & Spencer food in Marks & Spencer stores, so I would not bother buying this product again unless it was on offer.
      A typical 58g bar contains 270 calories and 14.5g of fat. A 58g Twix in comparison contains 284 calories and 14g of fat, making the Marks & Spencer version the better option, but only just.
      The ingredients are as follows: sugar, wheatflour, vegetable fat, sweetened condensed skimmed milk, glucose syrup, cocoa butter, dried whole milk, cocoa mass, humectants, sorbitol, lactose, emulsifier, soya lecithin, fat reduced cocoa powder, salt, raising agent; sodium bicarbonate, natural flavouring.
      Sweet condensed milk contains sugar, dried skimmed milk, caramelised sugar syrup, salt, barley malt extract.
      Suitable for vegetarians.
      Not suitable for those with allergies to cow's milk, soya, wheat, barley, gluten. It's produced in a factory that uses nut ingredients.
      There are no artificial colours, artificial flavours or even preservatives.

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