“ Brand: Asda / Type: Biscuits „
I love these.
One of the best things about them is that they are great value for money. They are only £1 a pack and you can get full size bars or smaller versions and they taste really good.
These are called Caramel Bites but as you can see from the packaging they are just Asda version of a Mars Bar. I have always loved Mars Bars and I cannot tell the difference between a Mars Bar and a Caramel Bite. The chocolate is lovely and creamy and very thick and chunky. The caramel is lovely and goey and soft. There is no point buying the more expensive brand version when you can get these instead for a cheaper price. They are lovely and filling and a really good treat. I think the chocolate on these is thicker than a Mars Bar so it tastes even better when you bite into it.
The packaging of them is a bit boring but it does stand out because it is bright yellow but for the price you pay for them you cannot complain. I would definately recommed these for anyone who likes Mars Bars as you won't be disappointed.
A taste of Heaven MMMMMMMMMMMMMM.... just lovely
Throughout the years spent working in the hills and mountains around the UK I ate well lots and lots of Mars bars, when Mars changed the contents about 8 - 10 years ago I went off them. My wife handed me one of Asda's Caramel bites, WOW! A blast from the past alright!
I said to my wife "they are mars bars", she said "I know I just had mine". "No" I said "they taste like the old mars bars".
They are about ¾ the size of the mars bars, but taste divine! Compared to the multipack mars bars (party size) they are about twice the size. One of these is enough for me who is nearly 40. If you are one of those who dips there biscuits in their coffee or tea and eats the biscuit whole, then like me you will probably find that there is more than one bite full in these caramel bites. No it is not a challenge to see if you can fit one into your mouth whole! Savour the taste MMMMMMMMMMM!
As for what they are made of and their nutritional values:
Of which sugars 23.1g
For me the priority is to know how much fat is in them for others it may be fat and sugar, well the fat content in it is OK for this type of bar, the sugar is a little high especially for those who react to high sugar content. So it really depends on who you are and what you are doing, for me I like a piece of chocolate a day, normally around lunchtime because I get the itches if I eat chocolate after tea time (weird I know, but that is me and my body!) When roaming the hills I might eat two or three of these a day, but I was burning it off if you know what I mean.
OK that is the selling point over with, well actually it's not, these cost £1 for 8 * 40g, that means that for £1 you get the equivalent of 6 normal sized Mars bars, by my estimations and a mars bar will set you back about 50p so a saving of about £2. 10 out of 10 to Asda!
To sum it up I would like to say that these mars bars wrapped in Asda's Carmel bites wrapper are probably the best thing out of Asda for a while.
Since Asda have offered me free delivery on my online shop, I have been shopping with them a lot more lately. Some of their own brand products have really impressed me. One such product is "Hands off my caramel bites!", which is Asda's take on the humble Mars bar.
I think caramel bites is a slightly misleading name, as the bars are more than a bite sized snack. For the reasonable price of £1, you get a pack of 8x40g snack sized bars. As I have said, the bars are based on the same concept as mars bars, a chunky chocolate outer layer with a fluffy nougat centre covered in a layer of smooth caramel.
I am sure that if I did a blind taste test, I would not be able to distinguish these bars from an actual snack sized Mars bar. The outer layer of chocolate is thicker than you would expect, and doesn't taste cheap or inferior. The nougat inside the bar is lovely and light, with a soft chewy texture, and the caramel is absolutely divine, not too runny or too hard, the perfect consistency and an appropriate amount for the bar. Asda have not skimped or cut corners on anything here.
I find these bars perfect in the afternoon when I get a chocolate craving. Because they are snack sized, you are not committing to a full sized chocolate bar.Be warned though, I have been known to scoff two down one after another!
Another good thing about them is the fact that they are quite substantial and filling for a small bar. Some chocolate bars are so light, they leave you feeling hungry again straight after eating them, but caramel bites definitely fill a hole in your tum!
The bars come in a dark yellow outer packet, which features a large picture of a bar, with a cartoon man taking a big bite out of it. The product is suitable for vegetarians, and contains no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fats. Asda have a "Try me, love me" policy, which means that if you don't like the bars, you can have a refund or replacement. The allergy warnings on the pack state that the product contains gluten, milk, barley, egg and soya, and may contain traces of nuts and seeds, although i personally have had no problem with these as a nut allergy sufferer.
The nutritional information is on the back of the packet and is as follows per bar:
Of which sugars 23.1g
I find the sugar content a bit of a worrying statistic, as over half a 40g bar consists of sugar. However, as I love them so much, I am not going to mark them down a star for this, as obviously, it is up to the consumer to be sensible about what we eat, and to balance it out with a healthy diet. I can't see the danger in having these as an occasional treat.
Due to the fact that the bars are individually wrapped, they are ideal for day trips and taking out and about, although they must be kept in a cool place, or they will melt! My kids like eating these as an after school snack, although if parents put them in lunchboxes, they may be confiscated (or eaten) by the PC lunchbox police. Best keep them for mums only!
5 dooyoo stars for sheer chocolatey pleasure. Well done Asda!
Asda Caramel Bites are essentially like smaller versions of the famous Mars bar but of course made by Asda rather than Mars and they cost a hell of a lot less.
These come in packs of 8 and they are slightly wider than a Mars bar but about 2 inches shorter in length, they are individually wrapped in bright yellow wrappers and the outer wrapper holding them all together is the same bright yellow.
I think these are almost exactly like a Mars bar only they do not seem to be so sickly and the chocolate if anything is better than the chocolate from Mars.
My grandkids would never choose a Mars bar from our sweet tin but they always reach for these and they love them as do my wife and I, and being that little bit smaller they are a perfect size for kids.
The other thing they have in common with Mars bars is of course that they are very fattening and in fact for such a small bar the nutritional values make scary reading as you can see below.
Calories - 181
Protein - 1.7g
Carbohydrate - 26.1g
Fat - 7.8g
Of which saturates - 4.5g
On the whole I would highly recommend these but I would have to say that you should go easy on them as they are a very fattening treat and obviously bad for the teeth too so extra care where kids are concerned.
Much as I try to diet I seem to keep eating rubbish! My family dont help when they have offerings such as these in the fridge! Caramel Bites are Asdas own version of the Mars Bar. They are however quite a bit smaller. They come in packs of 8 in Asda for £1. They are easy to spot as they are in bright yellow wrapping and sit in the confectionary aisle.
Each bar is around 3-4 inches long and about 1.5 inches wide and tall. Again, each is wrapped in bright yellow packaging with a cartoon on the front, appealing to children. Taking the bar out of the wrapping you can see that it is smooth in appearance and has a slight chocolate aroma.
Biting into the bar I noticed that the proportions were very similar to that of a normal mars bar. However, I actually prefer these to mars bars. The chocolate is smooth, melts in the mouth and has a creamy taste to it. The nougat is not as chewy as that in a mars bar and instead is soft and easy to eat, this has a nice flavour to it but is not overpowering. The caramel is sweet and sticky however, I think there is slightly less caramel in these to normal mars bars. The 3 ingredients work really well together, providing a really nice taste and texture in your mouth. The bar is smooth and melts easily making it a pleasure to eat. The chocolate is not sickly and instead dissolves easily in the mouth.
Each bar contains 181 calories, 23.1g sugar, 7.8g fat (4.5g which saturates) and 0.2g salt. This is quite high in fat and sugar for quite a small snack, however it is much less than a regular sized chocolate bar contains!
I really enjoyed these and will continue to purchase them. They are great as a little snack and kids love them too. They were fab value for money and tasted really nice. I would recommend these to anyone!
After trying Asda's Whirly Bites a couple of weeks ago I decided that it might be worth trying out a couple more of their own brand mini chocolate bars 'bites' and therefore Asda's Caramel Bites found their way into by basket and dually tested out last night. These are slightly more expensive than the whirly bites because although they still only cost £1, you only get bars in the pack rather than 10. Either way I still think it's a pretty good deal.
Asda Caramel Bites are basically mini Mars Bars but of course Asda's variety and much cheaper. They come individually wrapped in a garishly bright yellow/orange wrapper and then the eight bars are wrapped together in a large packet of the same colour. The main packet then has a picture of the product itself in the middle with a cartoon character chomping away on it. 'Hands Off My Caramel Bite' is then written or more honestly scrawled in black next to it. The colour of the packet really does make the product catch your eye on the shelf but it does have a slightly tacky feel and is definitely aimed towards children. All in all though the packaging doesn't really matter because it does its purpose and delivers the product to you in great condition.
The 'Caramel Bites' like I have said are roughly like mini Mars Bars and resemble them in many ways. Each 'bite' is rectangular in shape, about 9cm x 3cm x 2cm and therefore just the right size therefore for a quick snack and perfectly suitable for the small hands of children. Each one also has the cross hatched sort of pattern on top making them again not too dissimilar from the popular Mars Bar. On first glance all you can see is a milk chocolate rectangle but when you bite into it and look at it end on you can then see that beneath the decent layer of chocolate is an equally decent layer of thick caramel and then an equally generous layer of thick whipped nougat.
It is also at this point that you realise how nice the lovely Caramel Bite you are peering out tastes. The whipped nougat is thick, sticky and sweet. Absolutely delicious in my opinion and being topped by a stringy layer of sweet caramel makes it so tasty. The chocolate in contrast is definitely not as sweet but still as superb. It has a rather creamy taste and has a much more solid texture in comparison to the 'bites' other components.
For all you that like to know the calorie values of food products I have reproduced the values per bar below:
Calories - 181
Protein - 1.7g
Carbohydrate - 26.1g
Of which sugars - 23.1g
Fat - 7.8g
Of which saturates - 4.5g
Fibre - 0.5g
Sodium - 0.08g
It is also worth noting here that 'Caramel Bites' are suitable for Vegetarians and are free from artificial colours and flavours. They do however contain soya, eggs and milk and may contain nuts.
Like with the Whirly Bites I can't really fault these sweets and they certainly proved a hit in my house with both my parents and my younger brother giving them the thumbs up. The packaging may be a little bright and garish but it certainly catches your eye and to be honest why worry about the packaging when the product inside it tastes fantastic and costs little in comparison to the branded varieties. These will certainly feature in our family shopping again.