A big thankyou to Monster Sweets who sent me this Mars Almond to review recently!
Mars never seem to do any interesting variations of their bars here in the UK, and I think this is a massively untapped area - the potential for variety is definitely there. Mars Caramel and Mars Midnight have been the extent of their innovation so far, and both don't include anything new, infact the Mars Caramel takes away the most important element of a Mars bar - the nougat!
So with that considered I was very excited to try this Mars Almond. It appears to be made by Mars France, but I believe it's available in Germany too. It's slightly smaller than a regular UK Mars bar and contains almonds embedded in the nougat.
It was very tasty indeed. It had that familiar malty Mars chocolate taste, and the caramel had a nice sweet chewiness, contrasted by the soft chewy nougat. The almonds brought a lovely crunchy, nutty element to the bar, making it even more tasty. They seemed to be slightly roasted, which brought out their flavour even more. It reminded me somewhat of a Snickers, although the proportions were different. I wish they'd been more generous with the almonds, although I suppose that might have affected the texture of the nougat somewhat.
Overall, I enjoyed this Mars Almond. It's a rarity to find a variety like this due to lack of product innovation from Mars UK (we still don't get peanut butter M&M's!), so I'm very pleased I got to try it.
In other Mars news, Australia now get a Honeycomb flavour Mars! For a review of that check out Lolly Addict's Australian Confectionery Reviews.
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*This bar was kindly sent to me by Monster Sweets for an honest review - all opinions expressed are my own.