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Balisto yoghurt limited edition

Let’s stay on the “healthy” path for one more day. Uhm, well, not really. Balisto is always said to be “light” and “healthy”, but in fact their calories and fat can keep up with most candybars. Just because Mars uses cereals does not mean they leave out the sugar or fat. Anyway, in summer 2010, the Balisto yoghurt limited edition was back. A Balisto coated in white. My mother bought it while I was at the hospital to cheer me up a little. I’m not a huge fan of Balisto and my mum is neither, but we both really like white chocolate; and the wrapper shows a finger with a thick and delicious looking white coating. Even I thought this version could be better than the normal ones.

But what I saw after I opened the wrapper was disappointing. The thin coating isn’t chocolate, it is yoghurt and it isn’t thick enough to cover the forestberries in there. I cannot really assign the aroma, the corn dominates the smell, followed by a sour scent, probably coming from the yoghurt. But in general, this thing is rather indefinable.

The taste is a little better than the corn mix I have tried some time ago, but that was an easy achievement! The sour yoghurt coating is really good and fresh and I like it, even though I’d preferred white chocolate instead. The whole meal corn-cookie base tastes basically like whole meal instead of a cookie, but it is not too dry this time. The last component is a forestberry crème made with yoghurt. Again, it is fresh and the forestberries add an even sourer edge to that treat. You can distinguish between the berries in there only by their level of sourness; the lighter, pinker ones (raspberry) are sourer than the darker (blackberry, black currant) pieces of fruit in there.

The texture is a little juicier than the usual Balisto. The coating isn’t as melting as I wished it would be, and the crème isn’t really crème. It is chewy but not crunchy, still I don’t find it boring, but the most important thing here is, that you do not get a mouth full of dry sand!

6 out of 10

Name: Balisto yoghurt
Branch: Mars
Calories: 93kcal per finger
Fat: 4.8g per finger
Price: 0.55 Euro

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Balisto Corn-Mix

I’ve heard a lot about all those different Balisto bars from Mars, but I never wanted to try one of them. The image suggests that Balisto is a healthy chocolate bar because of the corn, the fruit or similar things that are used as a filling. Well, the nutrition list tells you that it contains as much Calories as an average chocolate bar. Okay, there is 23% whole meal in it, but on top of the ingredients list is milk chocolate and sugar, so I would not consider it to be really healthy.

The package contains two one finger bars and is rather small with 37g. The fingers look like a shorter but broader version of a Twix bar, but the smell is totally different. As soon as you open the wrapper, you sense the corn and cookie mix, combined with the smell of sweet milk chocolate. For me this is not a very pleasant combination.

I thought this would only contain corn, but I already noticed that the filling is a mixture of corn and cookie – I guess I would have kept away from that bar if I had known that before.
The bar is better than expected. The chocolate layer and the filling mix very well and the coating is thick enough to not let the bar taste too dry. But it basically is a whole meal cookie coated with chocolate, so it is hard to swallow without anything to drink next to you.

One can definitely eat that, but I would not buy it again…(I might try the other flavors though…)

5 Out of 10

Name: Balisto Corn Mix
Branch: Mars
Price: 0.65 Euro
Calories: 184kcal per package, 499kcal per 100g

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