Sunday, June 22, 2008

(Photos: Abdul Rashid Haji Tahir. Taken on 21 June 2008)

One of my favorite chocolate bar is Snickers. I have eatened it since I was a child, that is nearly 30 years ago. The above photos show the one that available for sale in Brunei Darussalam.

The Snickers that I bought (from one chocolate shop at Mile 1 Jalan Tutong yesterday) is imported by Happyways Marketing (Address: No.43, Bangunan Haji Hassan Abdullah, Menglait, Jalan Gadong, Brunei Darussalam).

It is made in Australia from local Australian and imported ingredients by Mars Snackfood Australia Australia (Address: Ring Road, Ballart, VIC.3550, Australia). A Snickers bar contains 35% milk chocolate ( with a minimum 0f 25% cocoa solids and 21% milk solids) and 23% peanuts.

More on the ingredients: Sugar, roasted peanuts, glucose syrup (source included wheat), milk solids, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, vegetable fat, salt, emulsifier (soy lecithin), egg white, and flavour. It may contain treenuts.

As a Muslim, I need to be particular about the ingredients. However, my judgement on its halalness is based on the listed ingredients in the wrapper. If you have any doubts, you can contact the manufacturer (the e-mail adress should be available at their website).

The Snickers sold at different packaging. The one that is shown in the photo above is 60g package. It is sold at BND1.50. Recently, most retailers in Brunei sells 60g Snickers at that price. Nearly 30 years ago, I bought it for BND0.80 only. Within the last 5 years (if I am not mistaken or forget), its price is raising to BND1.00, then BND1.20, then BND1.50. Due to the price, I need to control my appetite eating Snickers (and other chocolate brands) i.e adjust my chocolate eating frequency from ‘always’ to ‘seldom’.

How about Snickers percentage of dialy dietary intake (DI)? According to the information given by the maker, each 60g serving of Snickers gives can give me 1230 kJ of energy (14.1 % DI), 5.2g of protein (10.3% DI), 14.7g of fat (21% DI), and 34.1g carbs (11.0% DI). Still not much if I want to one or two bar of Snickers everyday.

Why I like Snickers? It has peanut taste and smell. The textures are the combination of creamy sticky on one side and nougat-like texture, but a bit soft on the other side. Then, they are coated with the chocolate (this is why it is called a chocolate bar). Such combination of texture, taste, and smell make me like Snickers.

Photo shows the cross-section of Snickers bar. (Photo: Abdul Rashid Haji Tahir. Taken on 21 June 2008)

Note: The information about the Snickers itself is according to the information available on its wrapper.