This has the potential to be some good news out of the candy world: Mars, Inc. will stop selling chocolate with more than 250 calories by the end of the year, according to Reuters and the Huffington Post.
Mars, Inc. makes many chocolate-coated favorites like M&Ms, Twix and Snickers bars. Personally, I think this may be great news because, frankly, I love Snickers bars (who doesn’t really?) And if I can get a Snickers for fewer calories, then that’s great.
Now, only time will tell how this will play out. Will Mars actually start changing its recipes and formulas, or is this really just another “smaller portion, same price” scenario in disguise? (Unfortunately that has been quite a popular money-saving trend for food producers as of late, and that unfortunately seems to be the route Mars is going based on other news stories [see below].)
But a change is a change, and any nutritionally-driven change is good news. So, for now, I say +1 for Mars. Way to go!
Read the full Huffington Post Food article here.
According to the Snickers Web site, a Snickers bar is currently 280 calories with 14g of fat (5g saturated) and 30g of sugar.
Two Twix bars (or one package) has 250 calories, 12g of fat (9g saturated) and 24g of sugar, according to the Mars Healthy Living Web site.
Interestingly, the 3 Musketeers bar, so often marketed as a “light” and seemingly healthier alternative to other chocolate bars, clocks in at 260 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated) and a whopping 40g of sugar, according to the same site. You’re better off with the Twix.
Now, if Mars can get more than calories down we’d really be talking. (5 grams of saturated fat and 40 grams of sugar in a “light” candy bar?!) But this is definitely a step in the right direction, and hopefully the rest (and other companies) will follow suit.
- Mars puts Snickers, Twix bars on a diet (thechart.blogs.cnn.com)
- Big Snickers, Twix bars are going to disappear (msnbc.msn.com)
- Esquire:The Incredible Shrinking Snickers Bar (esquire.com)
- Mars 250 chocolate calorie limit: Manufacturers to stop selling bars over 250 calories (dailymail.co.uk)
- Mars Is Limiting Candy To 250 Calories; Here’s What You Can Expect (blisstree.com)
- Snickers Coming Down In Size (medicalnewstoday.com)