The Scots have always been great inventors, their very own John Logie Baird came up with the television we know and love today, while good old Alexander Bell was one of Alba’s own too – who is credited with inventing the telephone. These practical, modern devices however have nothing on their culinary imagination: Scotland has undoubtedly gifted us with the weirdest and most wonderful combinations of foodstuffs the world has ever seen.
Sure, there’s haggis (made from all sorts of guts, literally, and gore), there’s Irn Bru which famously stains so irrevocably that even the strongest chemicals won’t remove it from your sofa, and of course there’s the tottie scone, a genius use for leftover mashed potato which is particularly good when toasted and spread thickly with butter. Whatever the merits of the aforementioned foodstuffs, nothing comes close to the battered Mar bar, when it comes to Scotland’s genius. And don’t they just inspire a whole lot of questions? What are they, who invented them, do they actually cause death, and so on and so forth on that jolly trajectory. To put all of our minds at ease we’ve answered the most Googled questions about battered Mars bars below. We’ve even included a recipe, and where to buy them in Edinburgh. You. Are. Welcome.
What is a deep fried Mars bar?
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An existential question, certainly, but if we had to put our finger on it, a battered Mars bar is two things. A Mars bar and batter. It might come as a surprise that it is literally that simple, but then life is full of surprises is it not. In many a Scottish fish and chip shop you’ll find that they’ll fairly obligingly dunk you a Mars bar from their back shelf into a vat of batter, yes the very same one they dip the fish in, and chuck it in the fryer, only for it to emerge a couple of moments later crisp and golden. The only question remaining to be answered is, do you put salt and vinegar on it? We aren’t sure they’re a sensible food pairing, but we’ve seen the combination with our own eyes.
Deep fried mars bar calories: what's the damage?
It’s quite crude to talk about such things as numbers when lusting over a deep fried Mars bar, but you asked the question so here we are tasked with answering it. It has long been touted that one of these beauties will come in at a scorching 1200 calories, but according to the Scotsman the calories in a battered mars bar actually tot up to somewhere between 600-900 calories, which if you think about it isn’t too bad. If we go with the lower end of the scale you can have around four and be done with your daily intake. Although we’re not sure it would tick all your other nutritional boxes. If you’re concerned about your diet we advise you speak to a professional and certainly don't follow the advice above.
How bad for you is a deep fried mars bar, really?
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How long is a piece of string, you know? How bad battered Mars bars are for you is a tricky question but we’d be willing to stake our life on a wager that they’re not great for you. Aside from the calorie count potentially nearing the 1000 mark, they are thought to additionally contain up to 25% of your daily fat allowance, as well as harbour many an ‘anti-nutrients’, like sugar, glucose syrup and vegetable fat. It’s not looking like great news if you were hoping to make them a regular feature of your diet, but everything in moderation.
Supposedly Mars have publically distanced themselves from the idea of deep-frying, announcing that they do not condone the chip-shop-sport of covering their precious product in thick batter. Seems a bit rude. According to an article in the Daily Mail they sent a note to the inventors of this glorious snack asking them to stop attaching the chocolate company’s brand to their invention. Evie Kyriakides, senior regional trademark counsel for Mars Europe, wrote: ‘We are concerned that the use and reference to our Mars brand and products may mislead the public into thinking that your products are in some way associated with, or endorsed by, Mars, when this is not in fact the case.’ And it would appear that Mars consider their product ‘healthy’, as Evie added, Mars have a 'marketing code, through which we promote a healthy, active lifestyle to consumers. We have recently reduced the saturated fat level in our Mars Bar recipe. Deep-frying our Mars Bar product, of course, counters this significantly.' Well, there you go then, it's the batter that's the problem here.
Who invented the deep fried Mars bar?
If we’re all sitting comfortably we can begin on our brief history of the battered Mars bar. With his very own Wikipedia listing no less, John Davie is thought to have invented this Scottish treat in his Northern chippy, the Haven Chip Bar (which is now called the Carron if you’re on the hunt for it). Sitting pretty in the seaside town of Stonehaven, which is near Aberdeen, John’s chippy is thought to have started serving these delights in 1992 after a child popped in and asked for a Mars supper off the cuff (so they're the true genius here, turns out). That’s 27 glorious years we’ve been blessed with John’s invention, and for that we’ll be forever grateful. In the same Wikipedia listing, which we’ve used for much of this section’s research, they claim that the Carron chipshop say they sell 100-150 Mars bars each and every week thanks to their reputation, and rather depressingly of all sales of deep fried Mars bars it is thought that 76% of them are sold to children.
Deep fried Mars bar death, is that a thing?
While elsewhere in the UK children are read fables and tales to warn them of silly mistakes their forefathers made, the bairns of Scotland are led to believe that their cousin’s auntie’s brother once knew someone who died of eating too many deep fried Mars bars and that they should avoid the same fate at all costs. We can find no evidence to suggest that anyone has died as the direct result of eating deep fried Mars bars, but never say never.
What does a deep fried mars bar taste like?
Now we’re talking some sense. Let’s get to the really important stuff, what does a battered Mars bar taste like? Well, what if we told you it lies somewhere between a doughnut and a chocolate-packed cookie straight from the oven? The inside melts, creating a pool of chocolate and caramel with the chew of nougat, while the outside maintains the illustrious crunch of batter. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it, is all we’ll say.
A deep fried mars bar recipe
We wouldn’t advise dealing with the admin of a deep fried Mars bar recipe when someone else with more finesse and experience will do it for you, but each to their own. If you insist on the homemade version of this chip shop treat, here’s how to do it.
- 65g flour
- 150ml water
- 2 Mars bars
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- Make the batter by whisking together the flour and water, as well as a pinch of salt, adding the liquid slowly until you have a thick, but still runny, mixture that has no lumps.
- Add the oil to a deep-sided pan and bring to 190C. you can also test the oil by adding a drop of batter into it. You know it’s hot enough when the batter rises to the top instantly, browning and crisping on its way up.
- Dunk the Mars bar in the batter to fully coat it before adding to the hot oil. Fry for 1-2mins, until crisp and golden, before removing with a slotted spoon and draining on kitchen paper.
Where to buy a deep fried Mars bar in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city
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After all your research you’ve probably worked up an appetite, which means you may want to try one of these delicacies yourself, and we understand that. Welcome to Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, where a whole host of eateries will indulge your desire for a deep fried Mars (and some even go so far as to batter any chocolate bar, with Snickers being touted as a particular favourite from those in the know). The below list might seem scant, but they’re only the chip shops that are loud and proud about their offering, most places will do you a battered chocolate bar if you ask nicely. Here’s where to get a deep fried Mars bar in Edinburgh.
Just a hop, skip and a jump from Edinburgh’s Old Town, this local fryer serves up deep fried Mars bars to hungry punters passing by. If lucky enough to be visiting around Easter you’ll be pleased to know that no chocolate is out of bounds, and that the team at Clamshell specialise in deep fried Crème Eggs.
Where: 148 High Street, EH1 1QS
The Royal Mile Tavern
If you’re more of a sit-in kinda person then head to The Royal Mile Tavern, where you can eat your battered Mars bar with a knife and fork, like a civilised soul. The pub is smack bang in the centre of town, so easy if you’re out and about exploring the other (inferior) sights of Edinburgh. For those not wishing to sample local delicacies the menu offers up all sorts of other pub grub.
Where: 127 High St, EH1 1SG
Wouldn’t dream of indulging in a deep fried Mars bar without having something to line your stomach first? You’re in the right place. Bene’s offer a well-rounded menu of fish and chips, pizzas and kebabs to kick things off, with battered Mars bars on the menu for pudding (but only so long as you eat all of your dinner first).
Where: 162 Canongate, EH8 8DD
For under £2 you can get your mitts on one of Concorde’s famous fried Mars bars. Expect gooey chocolate and crisp batter served up in signature chippy style, that's a piece of paper of course. While you’re there you may as well treat yourself to a fish supper, which the team here do very well, and douse in salt and vinegar for you if you so wish.
Where: 51 Home St, EH3 9JP
The Castle Rock
If you want your Mars with a side of serious views then the Castle Rock Chip Shop in Grassmarket should do the trick. Set below Edinburgh Castle itself this casual eatery is famed for its huge portions, and of course its fried Mars bars. Go hungry, and if it’s a nice day enjoy your spoils in the sun. Everyone knows natural light is best for the inevitable Instagram anyway.
Where: 87 Grassmarket, EH1 2HJ
Sometimes deep fried Mars bar cravings strike at the funniest times, and thankfully Giulianos is there to ensure you get your fix any time of the day, with opening hours that stretch into the wee hours. Officially marketed as a contemporary Italian trattoria, if you know what to ask for the takeaway branch of this Edinburgh restaurant will serve you up a deep fried delight.
Where: 18-19 Union St, EH1 3NQ
Mermaid Fish Bar
Don’t let the name of this spot put you off the scent, they do in fact serve more than fish. Over on Leith Walk this chippy is a little out of town, but all good things are worth fighting for. If you plump for this option Leith itself is pretty and packed with cute coffee shops, so you could make an afternoon of it and visit the seaside while you’re at it for that quintessential chip shop experience.
Where: 43-45 Leith Walk, EH6 8LS
Prefer fine dining to deep frying? Check out our guide to the best Michelin star restaurants in Edinburgh, guarenteed to be posher than a deep fried Mars bar.
What is the story behind Deep Fried Mars bar? ›
The dish originated at a chip shop in Scotland as a novelty item. Since various mass media began reporting on the practice in the mid-1990s – often as a critical commentary on how unhealthy the Scottish diet was – the popularity of the dish has spread.How long does a battered Mars bar take? ›
Dip each Mars® Bars (2) into the batter until they are entirely coated. In a saucepan over medium heat, warm Vegetable Oil (as needed) . Drop Mars bars into the oil. Let fry for 1-2 minutes.How unhealthy are deep fried Mars bars? ›
Nutritional therapist Heather Lickley explains: “A deep-fried Mars bar is mostly empty calories that fills you up and produces a massive blood sugar spike. These spikes contribute towards weight gain, type two diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.”Who invented battered Mars bar? ›
Twenty five years ago, cheeky Stonehaven schoolboy John Twaddle dared his mate Brian McDonald to try the chocolate bar – in batter – for his lunch.What is the Mars candy bar controversy? ›
In February 2016, Mars, Snickers and various other Mars, Inc. chocolate products were recalled in 55 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The precautionary recall was issued after a customer found pieces of plastic in a Snickers bar purchased in Germany.Why is it called a Mars bar? ›
The Mars bar was invented in the year 1932 by Forrest Mars Sr., son of the man who invented the Milky Way.How many steps does it take to work off a Mars bar? ›
|3 Musketeers||212 calories, 6,625 steps|
|100 Grand Bar||200.5 calories, 6,266 steps|
|Mars Almond Bar||233.5 calories, 7,297 steps|
|M&Ms, Plain||236 calories, 7,375 steps|
|M&Ms, Peanut||242.5 calories, 7,578 steps|
A 229-calorie chocolate bar — such as a Mars Bar — would take 42 minutes of walking or 22 minutes of running to burn off. A 138-calorie fizzy drink, one can of Coke, would take 26 minutes of walking or 13 minutes of running.What is the most unhealthy candy bar in the world? ›
Fun Size Twix Bars
Not only do Twix bars have the most calories, but they also have the highest amount of fat, making them the least healthy candy for your child to eat.
The North East of Scotland delicacy of the deep fried mars bar and where it was invented: The Deep Fried Mars Bar was invented in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland by the chippie, or chipper as we say in Grampian, Carron Fish and Chip Shop at Allardice Street in 1995.
Which country is famous for its fried Mars Bars? ›
People in Scotland are famous for having a “sweet tooth” (this means we like sweet, sugary foods) so Mars Bars are very popular here. However, in 1995, a fish and chip* shop in Stonehaven, in north-east Scotland, decided to deep-fry Mars Bars and sell them to customers.Who owns the Mars Bars? ›
The Mars family own Mars Inc., one of the world's largest candy and pet food companies, with sales of $40 billion. Some family members work at the company and serve on the board of directors. Mars was founded in 1911 when Frank Mars started selling candy out of his kitchen in Tacoma, Washington.Why are there no Mars Bars? ›
The firm blamed a scarcity of raw ingredients and difficulties in securing suppliers. Pandemic-induced global supply chain disruptions and the Russia-Ukraine war have crunched supplies of cocoa, edible oil and other food ingredients, pinching production lines of packaged food companies around the world.What Mars candy was recalled? ›
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 13, 2022 – Today, Mars Wrigley Confectionery US, LLC announced a voluntary recall of specific varieties of SKITTLES® Gummies, STARBURST® Gummies, and LIFE SAVERS® Gummies due to the potential presence of a very thin metal strand embedded in the gummies or loose in the bag.What candy company apologizes? ›
Mars Wrigley respects China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity and conducts its business operations in strict compliance with local Chinese laws and regulations," Mars Wrigley said in the apology, according to Reuters's translation.What does Mars candy stand for? ›
What does the M&M on the candy stand for? Answer. The letters stand for the creators of the candy, Forrest E. Mars and Bruce E. Murrie, who first produced the candy for the U.S. military.What are three facts about Mars Bars? ›
The original MARS bars were made by hand, marking the start of the very first chapter of the iconic candy bars. The Mars Bar was originally produced in Slough, England in 1932. Almost 90 years later, the same factory continues to produce Mars bars for the UK. We can make nearly three million bars a day.How much was a Mars bar in 1980? ›
More than half guessed a pint of the white stuff cost 30p in 1990 (45p in Tesco today), a Mars bar was only 15p in 1980 (around 60p now) and a Freddo was its rightful price of 10p in 2006. (A chocolate frog is now 20p. Sob.)What is the bottom of a Mars bar? ›
America 4 ingredients: bottom layer of chocolate and malt flavoured nougat and almonds, top layer of caramel and everything coated in milk chocolate.What kind of oil does KFC use to fry their chicken? ›
Kentucky Fried Chicken uses canola oil and hydrogenated soybean oil. Their frying oil is combined with whichever oil they use, citric acid, and TBHQ, which is a food additive used to extend the shelf life and prevent the food product from spoiling.
What is the best oil for deep frying that doesn't smell? ›
Vegetable oil is one of my favorite oils to use for sauteing and deep frying because it's completely neutral in flavor and it has a high smoke point of 400-450 ℉.What oil do chefs use for frying? ›
Corn Oil. Refined corn oil is often used in frying, thanks to its smoke point of 450°. It has a neutral flavor, and is used frequently in commercial kitchens because of its low price point.How long does it take to burn 450 calories? ›
Some studies show that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) can burn as much as 450 calories per 30 minutes.How much exercise to burn 900 calories? ›
Just 15 minutes of HIIT delivers the same physiological benefits (such as a reduced risk in heart attacks and strokes) as almost three hours of long, slow running does. And in 30 minutes, you can burn up to a whopping 900 calories!How long does it take to burn 220 calories? ›
Exercise Time: To burn 220 calories, you need to climb stairs for 29 minutes or sweep the house for 1 hour and 10 minutes.How long does it take to burn 1,000 calories? ›
An average person can burn anywhere from 350-450 calories per hour moving at a moderate pace. You'd have to spend more than two hours on it to burn 1,000 calories.Can I burn off the calories I just ate? ›
When it comes to balancing food eaten with activity, there's a simple equation: energy in = energy out (in other words, calories eaten = calories burned). So, yes, it is possible to burn off food calorie for calorie with exercise. But it's not very practical.How to burn 20 calories in 5 minutes? ›
- Boxing with a punching bag: 29 calories.
- Dancing: 29 calories.
- Gardening: 27 calories.
- Push-ups: 25 calories.
- Power yoga: 25 calories.
- Painting your space: 25 calories.
- Planking: 25 calories.
- Jumping jacks: 22 calories.
1 "most hated" candy in the country is none other than an iconic Halloween staple: Candy Corn. According to their results, only 22% of those surveyed said they "love" Candy Corn.What is the #1 candy bar in America? ›
Topping the list of is the Snickers bar. No surprise here, Snickers routinely was named number one across the reviews we examined. Fun fact, when it was introduced to the country, Snickers cost nearly four times the amount of your average candy bar.
What is the deadliest candy in the world? ›
The sugar in sour candies like Warheads or Sour Patch Kids is harmful enough to your teeth, but the acids in these sweets makes them even more deadly.
Water is enemy #1 when you're melting chocolate with no other ingredient. If you get a drop of water in your chocolate bowl, you'll notice that it will immediately seize up and look curdled.What chocolate brand is banned in the US? ›
Banned! Back in 2015, Cadbury products, including the iconic Creme Egg, were banned from being imported into the United States. It all started when Hershey Chocolate Corporation filed a lawsuit alleging that Cadbury copied an already existing Hershey chocolate egg recipe of theirs.What is the number 1 selling chocolate? ›
|Country||Top Brands||2012 Annual Sales (In millions USD)|
|United States||Reese's Peanut Butter Cups||2,603|
|United Kingdom||Cadbury's Dairy Milk||852|
MARS Chocolate bar is an indulgent treat featuring nougat and caramel covered in rich milk chocolate. It consists of 40% Milk Chocolate, 33% Nougat and 27% Caramel.What is Mars bar filling? ›
Mars chocolate bar consists of chocolate nougat, caramel, and milk chocolate.What flavor is Mars bar? ›
Mars Bar is a candy bar that has bottom layer of chocolate and malt flavoured nougat. A Mars Bar contains Milk Chocolate 40%, Nougat 33% and Caramel 27%.What is the most popular Mars chocolate? ›
1. Snickers Bar. Snickers Bars are a classic candy bar that combines chocolate, nougat, peanuts, and caramel. The Snickers Bar was first introduced in 1930 by Mars, Inc.What is the most popular Mars candy bar? ›
Milky Way. The Milky Way bar is simple in its creation: a nougat, covered in caramel, coated in chocolate. It was a hit when it was first invented by Frank C. Mars in 1923—and it continues to be at over 80 million bars sold.Why are Mars Bars so sweet? ›
Keep reading, though, and you will find further sweetness added with glucose syrup, lactose (milk sugar) and barley malt extract. Cross check that with the nutrition information panel and you will see there is 59.9g of sugar in every 100g. So each bar is almost 60 per cent sugar.
Why are Mars bars so small now? ›
In 2002, diehard Mars fans were 'outraged' when the recipe had to be 'reformulated' so the nougat was lighter and the chocolate on top thinner. Mars bars have shrunk from 62.5g to 51g over the years, which chocolate makers have said is a move to ensure people eat more healthily.What bar is Mars discontinuing? ›
After four years on our shelves, the Mars Delight, a deliciously light version of the Mars bar, was discontinued in 2008, much to our horror. A petition to bring the Mars Delight back gained more than 6000 signatures, but has sadly not succeeded ...Did Mars bars used to be bigger? ›
Mars. The Mars bar has gone through four different sizes in the last four decades. It was in the 90s when it was at its biggest (65g), but now it is a similar size to what it was in the 80s at just 51g.How unhealthy is a Mars bar? ›
Nutritional therapist Heather Lickley explains: “A deep-fried Mars bar is mostly empty calories that fills you up and produces a massive blood sugar spike. These spikes contribute towards weight gain, type two diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.”What are Mars bars called in America? ›
In most of the world, a Mars bar is a chocolate bar with nougat and caramel, coated with milk chocolate. In the United States, it is marketed as the Milky Way bar. It was first manufactured in Slough, England under the Mars bar name in 1932 by Forrest Mars, Sr., son of American candy maker Frank C.Can you still get Mars bars in the US? ›
A Delicious Fusion of Chocolate, Caramel and Nougat
We still make MARS bars at the same factory where they were originally produced in 1932.
He even tried to intimidate Maniac a few times in Chapter 10. So, people did not cross Mars Bar, except Maniac. Maniac was oblivious to Mars Bar's tactics of intimidation, so when Mars Bar offered him a bite of his candy bar as a trick, Maniac naively took a bite.How is Mars candy bar related to Greek mythology? ›
Mars was the Greek God of war. The Mars Bar battles against hunger. Surprisingly, this is not a true allusion. The candy bar got it name from the company owner Forrest Mars, not the Greek God.Where do people eat deep-fried Mars Bars as a national dish? ›
To the dismay of those trying to fix the Scottish diet, the battered, deep-fried Mars Bar has been described by many as the 'unofficial national dish of Scotland.What does Mars bar challenge Maniac to? ›
Mars Bar is as ignorant of white people as John McNab is of black people. Mars Bar challenges Maniac to a race and loses. Because Maniac humiliates him by showing him up, Mars Bars' hatred is directed at Maniac rather than at the white race. Mars Bar begins to change when he can finally see Maniac as an individual.
Is Mars Candy being sued? ›
and Laukaitis Law Firm LLC have filed two class action lawsuits against Mars Inc. and Trader Joe's Company alleging that the defendants' dark chocolate products contain unsafe levels of lead and cadmium. The complaint against Mars was filed in the Eastern District of New York by New York resident Arlene Millman.Why did Maniac not save Russell? ›
Maniac couldn't go up on the trestle to save Russell because he was too scared that he would fall into the river like his parents did in the car crash into the Schuylkill River.What candy bar is named after the god of war? ›
Mars, the Roman god of war, wanted to know what was so great about having a planet named after you. He was not ungrateful for the planet, but would willingly throttle the man who created the Mars Bar. He, the Roman god of war - remembered as a small chocolate bar!What did Mars bars used to be called? ›
While it bears the name of its creator, the first chocolate bar to come from Mars, Inc. was actually named the Mar-O-Bar by Frank Mars, and later renamed the Milky Way. Without that particular candy bar, we may not have ever had the Mars Bar—or M&M's, Snickers, Skittles, Starburst, and more.What are 5 candies made by Mars? ›
Mars is a company known for the confectionery items that it manufactures, such as Mars bars, Milky Way bars, M&M's, Skittles, Snickers, and Twix.What is the most popular bar food in the US? ›
Wings are probably America's most famous bar snack. They appear on bar menus from coast to coast, and inspire American-style chains internationally. As the name suggests, they were invented in Buffalo, New York at the Anchor Bar, and this is where you should eat them.Do deep fried Mars bars taste good? ›
Lorraine Watson, the Carron's owner, remains unapologetic and tells me the deep-fried Mars bar tastes "like a warm millionaire's shortbread" and is going nowhere. The Carron currently sells 150-200 bars a week.How much are deep fried Mars bars? ›
The deep-fried Mars bar, advertised for $2.99 in Retro Burger's Yonge St. window, is a relatively recent food phenomenon. It was invented in a Scottish chip shop as a novelty item (read: undertaker's special), but quickly grew in popularity.How does Amanda's book get damaged? ›
(Ch 10) How does Amanda's book get damaged? Mars Bar rips a page out and crumbles it.Who is the one person that Mars Bar seems to be intimidated by? ›
11- The only person Mars Bar seems intimidated by is Amanda Beale. On page 40 Amanda yells at Mars Bar for ripping her book and Mars Bar runs “… hauling on up the street…”. This means Mars Bar is fearful enough of Amanda to run away from her.
What special gift did Grayson give to Maniac? ›
Among Grayson's gifts for Maniac is the baseball glove he'd used in the Minors. Maniac can't take his eyes off it. But five days later, Grayson dies. Christmas is a culmination of Maniac's and Grayson's relationship.