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Nestle Animal Bar was launched in 1983, each with a fun, different game on the inside of the wrapper. There are a total of 8 different animals which feature on the wrapper of the bars and the actual chocolate bar itself. I remember having these bars as a treat when I was a child and I used to love them. The bars are made by Nestlé and are called Animal Bar; this is due to the picture on the front of the wrapper and the pictures on the actual chocolate bar itself as well. I haven't seen these bars around for years and I had to have one when I saw it to bring me back memories of my child-hood.
I purchased a single bar from my local One Stop shop for 25p, how-ever you can purchase these in a pack of 4 for Asda for just £1.00 and I have also seen these in my local Pound shop as well.
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The following information is per bar and the RDA's are a child's recommended daily allowance.
* Calories - 100 (6% RDA)
* Energy - 419Kcal (6% RDA)
* Protein - 1.0g (4% RDA)
* Carbohydrate - 12.0g (5% RDA)
* Fat - 5.3g (8% RDA)
This product may contain traces of nuts.
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The chocolate bar comes wrapped in a silver foil wrapper and this is then covered with a brightly coloured paper wrapper which has an animal on the front. There are different animals to choose from and I happened to pick up one with a Lion on. The front of the wrapper is very colourful with what looks like a jungle scene with lots of grass and green colour. The writing saying 'animal bar' is in bright red and there is a yellow star on the wrapping stating that the bar costs 25p. You can also see that the bar is made by Nestlé and contains no artificial colour, flavour or preservatives. On the back of the wrapper is a best before end date and a list of ingredients, nutritional information and contact information. When you take the paper wrapper off the bar there is a small game on the other side of it. On the bar I had the game was to find the 2 leaves which are the same. Each bar has a different game on it which makes the chocolate bar fun. The foil was easy to unwrap to reveal the chocolate bar.
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The bar is a lovely milk chocolate colour and has a flat back to it when you open the foil wrapper. When you turn the chocolate over the bar is split in half and on each half is a different animal. On my bar there was Iggy Iguana and Percy Parrot. The chocolate looks lovely to eat and there is a nice very sweet chocolate smell to the bar as well.
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The bar breaks in half easily and I bit a piece off one half of the bar. It was a warm day anyway so the chocolate was a little softer than what it would normally be. There wasn't a great taste of chocolate when the piece started to melt on my tongue, how-ever when I started to chew and bite into the chocolate the taste got sweeter and stronger and my mouth was filled with a nice chocolate taste. The chocolate was very smooth in my mouth and was creamy; how-ever it definitely wasn't cream as other brands such as Dairy Milk. The overall taste of the chocolate was satisfying and as the bar wasn't too big or thick I didn't feel bloated or sick after eating the bar. There was a very slight sweet after taste in my mouth, but it wasn't really a chocolatey after taste. As soon as I drank some water this taste pretty much disappeared. The bar was enough to help with any sweet cravings I was having and I didn't crave anything else sweet for the rest of the day.
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I have to admit that I don't think these taste as good as they used to, although it was a very long time ago since I've had one of these bars so maybe I just don't really remember how they tasted before. I personally prefer Cadburys or Galaxy chocolate anyway as I think their chocolate is much creamier and tastes better. The bar still looks exactly how I remember it with the animals on the bar itself and being able to choose what animal you wanted on the wrapper. The bar wasn't too sickly and wasn't too sweet so is perfect if you haven't really got much of a sweet tooth as this isn't nearly as sweet and other branded chocolate bars. This is a great sized bar to give a treat to your child and their friends. I probably won't buy this bar again as I do prefer Cadbury chocolate, how-ever it was great to take me back to my childhood for a few minutes whilst I ate the bar. In terms of value I think these are very good, and are great for putting in children's party bags for birthdays. If you have children I am sure they will love these bars as much as I did when I was a child.
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So, here I go again with another confectionery review, and this time I thought I'd take a trip down nostalgia avenue into the chocolate realm. There's something about the combination of aroma, taste and aesthetics of sweets from your childhood that have a very powerful trigger for memories and a feeling of unexplained happiness. Here is my review of one of my favourites from the past, and they are still produced today, Nestle Animal Bars.
--Last orders at the Animal Bar!--
When my girlfriend brought home some snacks for our daughter, I was surprised to see that she had got these bars, as I never knew they were still in production. Animal bars are a basic milk chocolate flat bar, moulded with fun animal designs on the top. In my childhood growing up in Lincolnshire, these bars were originally made by Rowntree, but the company was acquired by Nestle in 1988. Since then, I always thought they stopped making this bar, but it seems I was wrong.
Although you can purchase Animal Bars in a 76 gram pack of four, I have never seen them sold separately as before. They typically cost 99p for the multi-pack at the common supermarket chains, but I have seen them on offers in various places too. Each bar weighs 19 grammes, and is approximately 8 centimetres by 5 centimetres in size. Each bar is moulded with two different animals that have been characterised into cartoon form and given names. This adds a bit of fun to the bar, and can be nice to educate your child about animals whilst eating the chocolate treat.
The bars come in a foil wrap with a paper surround, decorated with bright cartoon designs of animals, with large red bubble style text against a backdrop of green cartoon foliage. They certainly stand out from many other similar fun-size chocolate bars. The paper and foil are easy to remove, but be wary of your child with the foil, as it will scrunch up to a small ball that may be swallowed. All the relevant information about the chocolate is printed in a small typeface on the reverse of the wrapper. In the multi-pack, the outer wrapper is also presented in the same way, and is made if a thin plastic, which seals well and keeps the bars fresh and protected.
--Taste and Texture--
As this is a basic, bottom of the line milk chocolate bar, don't expect a taste frenzy here. The chocolate taste reminds me of the small, cheap Easter eggs that Nestle make. Its pleasant to taste and smell, there is no strong cocoa flavour however, mostly of that of creamy milk. The sweetness is not all that prevalent either, which is nice to see in a bars aimed at children. The milky taste is nice but kind of bland, with a very slight sugary after-taste.
The chocolate is nice and thick in texture though, the does have a nice 'snap' to it. It melts rather rapidly on your mouth as well, and can be a little messy with children sucking and partially chewing at them.
Maybe my childhood love for these bars makes me a little bias and my mind wants to think they are the same, but they do seem to taste exactly how they did before. Not the best chocolate you will ever experience, but as a child's candy bar, not the cardboard-block taste that you may expect.
--Ingredients and Nutritional Information--
Cocoa Solids: 25% minimum
Milk Solids: 14% minimum
Sugar, Whole Milk Powder, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass,
Lactose and proteins from Whey, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin),
Allergy Information: This product may contain traces of nuts
Contains no artificial flavours.
Average quantity per Bar
Energy - 411kj / 98 kcal (5% of Child GDA)
Protein - 1.0g (4% of Child GDA)
Fat in total - 5.0g (7% of Child GDA)
Of Saturates - 2.9g (14% of Child GDA)
Carbohydrate in total - 12.3g (6% of Child GDA)
Of Sugars - 12.1g (14% of Child GDA)
Fibre - 0.2g (1% of Child GDA)
Sodium - Trace (1% of Child GDA)
Salt Equivalent - Trace (1% of Child GDA)
The saturated fat content seems about average here, but is lower than adult size milk chocolate bars.
For 99p for 4 fun-size chocolate bars, at 25p per bar, this could be seen as a little expensive, but they are of a higher quality than many other small chocolate snacks. The designs are fun and possibly educational, they are nice to eat as a treat without filling you or your children up. I find them handy to have in the fridge, as they are particularly nice when almost frozen, and for me bring a small smile to my face of happy memories and are a bit of a guilty pleasure. I really should stop eating them though, my daughter seems to always miss out. Oops...
Thanks for Reading. © Novabug.
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I used to have animal bars as a child in the 1970's but my biggest memory is saving one of my precious bars till Christmas day .I remembered at lunchtime and was unable to find it .I was then told that Santa must have eaten it. I must have been the only child who hated Santa on Christmas day.
I have been buying my son these animal bars on occasions for about six months. They cost 75p for a pack of four76g.
Each bar contains
Trace of salt.
It contains a warning that it may contain traces of nuts
There are a variety of covers on each bar which feature either a monkey, Zebra, leopard, snake parrot and lion while the choice is random I found two parrot pictures in this pack.
This is one bar I am sampling purely for review purposes and then I shall never eat another animal bar of my son's. The paper wrapper is covered by a silver foil wrapper. Inside the paper wrapper is a small quiz which is aimed at children. The one I have unwrapped wants to know how many parrots are facing to the left and right.
The chocolate itself looks like non distinctive milk chocolate it does have an imprint of two different animals which divides the bar. The one I am consuming features as weird looking fawn and lion.
The chocolate does not have the creamy taste that I love from Cadbury's. It does remind me of cheap chocolate and has a little bit of aftertaste that means I will definitely not be eating more of my son's chocolate even when desperate.
My son does like these chocolate bars and now after tasting them it must be due to the pictures and not the taste
After tasting these I probably would be reluctant to buy them again unless he was with me and requested them.
I can't recommend these but pester power is a powerful tool.
I think Santa should get more taste than to steal such a cheap tasting bar of chocolate.
The animal bar was first made back in 1963, and is made of milk chocolate. I actually remember having them as a child in the 1970's so they have certainly managed the test of time.
The animal bars these days come in a pack of 4. I'm not sure if they still sell them separately. The thin chocolate bars are very tasty milk chocolate, and are in silver foil, encased in a paper wrapper for extra freshness. The other reason is that they have little pictures/games on the interior of the paper wrapper. On the bar itself you have a picture of an animal.
My little boy loves these. He likes especially Micky Monkey and Leo Lion but there are other animals, such as Ziggy Zebra, Lucy Leopard, Sid Snake and Percy Parrot.
Whole Milk Powder
Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin)
May contain traces of nuts
Nutrition Per Bar
of which sugars 12.0g
of which saturates 3.1g
Salt Equivalent Trace
These are aimed at small children, which I think they are very suitable for. They are not very filling and are ideal as a little snack. They taste lovely, aren't too messy and there aren't many kids who don't like the really soft and creamy milk chocolate. I can really recommend these bars. I think we picked our last pack up from Iceland for about a £1.
These are one of those "Oh Wow, I remember those" products anyone born in the 1970's or 1980's will remember fondly- myself included.
I recently noticed them again in Morrisons supermarket at the very generous price of 4 bars for 79p. Each bar is a small solid milk chocolate bar which features two animals on it such as: "Lucy Lion" or "Fiona Fawn". Each bar is wrapped in thick tin foil and comes with a wrapper which has a puzzle on the reverse to keep you occupied whilst you are eating the chocolate.
As far as chocolate goes, Nestle chocolate tastes different to Cadburys chocolate. Animal Bars really do hit the spot as far as taste goes, the chocolate is smooth and not oily like some chocolate bars. Each bar is only 97 calories so it is a good thing to buy if you are watching your (or your kids') waistlines. It is a satisfying treat with benefits- the puzzle on the wrapper and the animals printed on the bars.
The only thing missing is some nice Nestle promotions where you can send off tokens for some Animal products (I recently saw a Nestle Animal Bars fabric hand puppet of Lucy Lion from a token collect promotion in the 1990s!). That is the only thing I can possibly think of as a disadvantage and it isn't anything to do with the chocolate bar itself...
A good snack, nice to have in the house and they cheer you up as they are retro and EVERYONE will atleast mentally work out the puzzle from the wrapper irrespective of your age!
I had never seen animal bars for years but then on a trip to Asda with my daughter there they were as large as life, I remember buying them for my first grandson around 7 years ago and how much he enjoyed them so I grabbed a pack containing four bars and looked forward to finding out if the rest of my grandkids enjoyed them as much as he had.
Animal bars are made by Nestle, they are basically a chocolate bar like any other but they have pictures of various types on animals on the bars and they have either games on the inside of the wrappers or pictures for the kids to colour.
The pack of four bars cost me 89p but they were on offer so I am guessing they are usually a bit more expensive but probably not much. Each bar weighs around 18g so they are just the perfect size as a treat for younger kids.
Each 18g bar contains 97 calories and 4.9g of fat so it is just as well they are not any bigger really.
All of my grandkids enjoyed these bars and I have to admit when I went back to asda and bought two more four packs I had to try one myself and although I usually go for only Cadbury chocolate or Thornton's, I really enjoyed these too.!
When I was younger, the rule was that you came in from school and had some orange juice and a chocolate snack - not a full chocolate bar, but something smallish like a two-finger KitKat, or one of these, an Animal Bar. The habit stuck, but the problem now is that I "come in from school" two, three, sometimes four times per day since my classes run from 7am until 9pm with many breaks in between. Although generally I have progressed to eating proper sized chocolate bars now I am a fully fledged grown up, eating two, three or sometimes four of these every day is something even I, a seasoned chocoholic, would admit is a bad idea, so I was thrilled when Big Sis came to visit recently and brought me two packs of Animal Bars. At just 97 calories per bar, I can get my chocolate fix at regular intervals during the day without feeling too guilty.
Animal Bars have changed little over the years, except in their availability - they disappeared for awhile, following years of being found everywhere, but now they are readily available again in most supermarkets, and cost under £1 for a pack of 4 bars.
The fun starts with Animal Bars before you even get to the eating part. They come with two wrappings - a silver foil covered by a paper sleeve. The latter includes a game or puzzle on the inside, and these vary from bar to bar though, like Christmas cracker jokes, you do get some repetition after a while. These are aimed at children, but I still tend to have a go too. I'm quite good at spotting "How many parrots are flying to the left, and how many to the right" and I'm even better at spotting the lack of punctuation in most of their instructions.
Once you've exhausted the mild brain training, you get to the chocolate itself. I love bars wrapped in foil - there's something about opening it up and carefully trying not to rip it, and feeling it crinkling beneath your fingers. From a more scientific point of view, I like how it keeps chocolate crisp and fresh, something Mexican chocolatiers clearly do not think is important. The bars have two pieces, each embossed with an animal motif - in front of me I have Bertha Bear and Ron Rhino. These animals are 3D, adding a little something to what is essentially just a plain bar of chocolate. The other animals in the series include an Antelope, an Iguana and a Leopard among others - not your usual animal selection. Perhaps you could even count these as educational, given that they introduce children to less common species?
Animal bars are pure milk chocolate. They do not make nutty or flavoured varieties - it's simple, back to basics chocolate, with nothing to complicate them, and this is why I love them. Masterfoods have Galaxy, and Cadbury's have Dairy Milk, but Nestle have never had a big name in your regular straight up chocolate bars - they tried with Yorkie, but these are so chunky they don't really fit into the same category as the other two. The chocolate they use in Animal Bars is delicious. It is not too sweet, even though it is milk chocolate, and it melts on your tongue easily, without leaving an after taste. The animal images add texture, without resorting to including raisins or peanuts or anything icky like that. These bars are great kept in the fridge. This stops them melting and the animal motif getting blurred (not to make you jealous, or anything, but November in Mexico is roasting hot) but because the chocolate is quite thin, it still doesn't make them too hard to bite into.
My one gripe with these bars is the calorie content per size ratio. One bar is good - just 97 calories. However, sometimes one is not enough. Eating two of these gives you more calories than a full-sized Wispa (which Big Sis also brought over for me) which is odd since a Wispa seems much more satisfying.
These bars are perfect for children's lunchboxes, giving a sweet treat that is not too bad for them (compare it to a Mars bar, and these look positively saintly) or for grown-ups wanting a short, sharp chocolate hit. If white chocolate is more your thing, Nestle also make Milky Bars which are essentially a paler version of Animal Bars.
I forgot all about these chocolate bars until I was wandering about our newly refitted Asda store. Looking at the floor this caught my eye, yes a pack on the floor. Although I didn't buy the one left on the floor I located the shelf and bought a pack.
Animal bars are made by Nestle. They are Milk Chocolate and you get 4 bars in a pack. These cost 98p in Asda - no special offer this time. That's right I actually bought something for the right price!!
The weight of the pack is 76g, so each bar is 18g. "That's Tiny" I hear you shout, well yes, but no one said you could only eat the 1 bar at once. In fact I ate 3 bars at once. Hey I was hungry.
Each bar is in silver foil and has a paper label over it that you just pull off. The wrapper states each bar has 97 calories and it is a colourful picture of a park, blue sky and a bird on the front. The main wrapper for all the bars is more cellophane with the same park scene, but there is cartoon Lions, Snake, Zebra, Moneky and birds.
Nutritional information per bar
I would say the main market for these are little children due to the size, as they are ideal for a toddler to eat and mess all over their face.
The bars are rectangular and they are quite thin chocolate which is quite crisp and gives a good crack when you bite into it. Even better when they've been in the fridge. One side of the bar is flat and the other side has raised chocolate with an animal shape on it.
Great, tasty chocolate for any age
The good old Animal Bar from Nestle has long been a favourite in my house due to my son's intense love of all animal related products. This chocolate has no exceptions for him and as it has a picture of two animals etched into the face of the chocolate he loves it.
The Animal Bars come in packs of 4 from Sainsbury's and they cost 95p for a pack. This isn't too bad as the bars are a good size for a little snack and although I wouldn't put them in his lunch box for school, they make a good sweet treat for a lunch box when you go out for the day together.
The bar is just chocolate and nothing else. There are no nuts, fruit bits, honeycomb or anything else for them to turn their little noses up at and the chocolate is actually very tasty. It is smooth and quite creamy and melts easily in the mouth, leaving a satisfyingly sweet taste lingering around your tongue.
It is quite a thin bar of chocolate with raised edges and the "picture" part of the chocolate is even thinner, meaning when you bite into it, it does easily break and you can end up with bits falling out the side of your mouth which can be embarrassing in public, however most sensible adults will nibble little bits to avoid this happening. That's what I do anyway!
The animals featured on the flat surface vary from Parrots through to Lions but they do seem to be wild animals from other countries, rather than pet or farm animals. This is fine with my kids as they prefer zoo animals to other kinds.
The bar comes wrapped in silver foil and then a paper jacket around it. The kids like to keep the silver foil, smooth it out and then use it for sticking onto pictures to add some sparkle. We quite often keep sweet wrappers of one kind or another for sticking as it is a cheap way to get arty and is better than binning it!
Nutrition wise this little bar has 97 calories in it which is apparently 5% of the guide line daily amount for kids and I think this OK as long as there are not too many other sweet treats over the course of the day.
So for a smallish, sweet and delicious snack I think Animal Bars are a good one to choose.