Friday, September 16, 2005

Mars Maltesers

Name: Maltesers
Brand: Maltesers
Place Purchased: London Drugs (Vancouver, BC)
Price: unknown
Size: 37 grams
Calories per package: 180
Type: Chocolate Malt

I know, you’re probably getting sick of me reviewing malt candies! But I’m not, as I’m on the search for the perfect malt candy in all markets. The description of Maltesers on the package is this, “Crisp, light honeycombed centres with chocolately coating.” In the States when a package says “chocolately” it means that the coating is not chocolate (it’s usually made with some other fat than cocoa butter). However, the ingredients list says Milk Chocolate in the first position, so it’s real chocolate (one of my pet peeves with Whoppers is that they use some sort of chocolatey wax).

What I noticed about these right away is that they’re small. About the size of a peanut M&M. The chocolate coating is rather thin, more like a shell than a dip. When you pop it in your mouth it’s rather easy to chip off 1/3 of the chocolate by chiseling it with the eye-teeth. At first I found the candy salty ... really salty for a malt ball. But then I came to really like the taste. The extra salt brings out the malt as a separate flavor from the chocolate. After chipping away most of the chocolate on many of them I let the malt honeycomb dissolve on my tongue. It’s a rather complex flavor, almost like a cereal flavor with good solid malty overtones along with some other notes that you’d find in a good hearty loaf of bread or kashi breakfast cereal.

At first I wasn’t wild about them, this exercise was more of an intellectual one, but as I ate more and more of them, I was trying to perfect removing the chocolate so that I could enjoy just the malted centers and found this to be a great activity while working tackling a rather complex project here at the office.

Next time in the UK or Canada, I’m definitely going to pick up more of these.

Rating - 8 out of 10

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:09 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewChocolateMalt8-TastyUnited Kingdom

  1. no no no no no we’re not sick of seeing reviews of malt candies perish the thought keep up the good work there can never ever be enough written about malt

    last nite on the discovery channel or whatever they did some story on candy, i only caught a chunk but it was (and i’m sure candy experts such as yrself will find this old news, but even i, a malt fan, did not know) about the fact that the milky way was (1. the first candy bar ever) but the key thing, 2. is supposedly “malt”? i like milky way and maybe it says malt right on the package but ... do you get malt from the milky way?

    Comment by TG on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  2. i love ALL your reviews. i was very pleased to see the five star bar went over so well.

    but dissappointed the aero mint bar got the same rating as the twizzler twerpz. but just because aero mint bar was always my favourite sweetie growing up in england.

    Comment by violet on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  3. Hi! Again… Maltesers are available at Cost Plus, at the southwest corner of Westwood Blvd and Santa Monica Blvd.
    If you come to the area, I’d be curious to know what your review is of the Malt balls from Bristol Farms, which is on Westwood just north of Santa Monica Blvd. I really like them. I don’t have any more detail, except that they are probably just packaged in a cellphane bag by Bristol Farms under their own label… I don’t know who makes them. They are usually located at the checkout, along with some more bulk candy.

    Comment by Flavia on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  4. mmm mmm mmm Malt Balls.

    covered in chocolate.

    The only downside is the occasional one that’s dissolved itself inside the chocolate coating. Those give me the willies.

    Comment by russ on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  5. These are also available at Sainsbury’s (I SWEAR I don’t work for them!) over on Wilshire.

    The also have white chocolate malteasers there as well. In fact, I haven’t even tried them. Pretty unremarkable. My wife says, “blech”, but she doesn’t like white chocolate all that much.

    Comment by Bruce Anderson on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  6. Cybele's avatar

    Okay, okay! I’m gonna go check out Sainsbury’s next week! But if I find you there, Bruce ... well, we’ll probably talk about candy.

    Flavia, I think I’ve had the Bristol Farms malt balls (not recently), I think they had A LOT of chocolate on them but they were nice.

    Comment by Cybele on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  7. Oh… ok! I also think that all this bulk candy comes from one common source to Bristol Farms and one other place where I’m usually able to find them, which is a produce market on Centinela just north of Jefferson, near the 90 freeway. I am under the impression that both markets just get it wholesale from the same source and pack and weight their bulk candy for retail.

    And, hey, A LOT of chocolate is good! :D
    (I like the way they are biiig and you have to really open your mouth to bite them off in half).

    Comment by flavia on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  8. Salteasers? As in SALT?

    Comment by Anonymous on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  9. Cybele's avatar

    Anon - yes, I called them Salteasers because they were very salty compared to other malt balls I have had. And because it rhymed.

    Comment by Cybele on 12/31/69 at 4:00 pm #
  10. If you ever need any let me know, i live in australia and this is one of my favourite chocolate malt treats, i also love malt. smile You have my email on this comment.

    Comment by Kelly on 11/28/08 at 5:11 pm #
  11. Not to be nitpicky but you spelled the name of the product wrong in your title…

    Comment by Streaker on 10/06/10 at 12:44 pm #
  12. On a trip to America, we bought a small box of whoppers thinking that they’d be like maltesers…only to find that they were unbearably sweet and fake tasting! Ended up throwing most of them out. I guess that happens when you get used to maltesers!

    Comment by sallyannie on 1/02/13 at 2:55 pm #
  13. saw this today:
    Maltesers coming to US in 2017

    Comment by sunny smith on 10/24/16 at 3:13 am #
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