Mars Galaxy Minstrels (previously known as just 'Minstrels') are a milk chocolate bite-sized product, similar to Smarties or M&Ms, but somewhat larger in size. They are a favourite product in the UK, but are also available in Spain, France, Ireland, Malta, South Africa and Cyprus. In May of this year, Mars decided to begin selling them to the Australian market.
My exposure to Minstrels is quite limited; a relative bought me a
bag when they went to the UK some years ago. I remember enjoying them,
but not enough to seek them out at an importer. We'll see if they've
The bag is 150g, a decent size for a munchable bite-size chocolate.
It's neatly gusseted to stand upright (nothing worse than opening a bag
and then having its contents spill everywhere). The slogan on the front
encourages you to 'surrender to smooth and creamy Galaxy milk chocolate
captured in crispy shells'. For the curious, Galaxy chocolate was known
here in Australia for a while as Dove chocolate. Remember those
silky-smooth bars? I miss them.
The bite-size pieces of chocolate are quite large, about 2cm wide,
and 1cm thick at the centre. Each one is a small bite on its own. They
are quite a dark brown in colour, almost black, and with a nice shine to
the candy coating. Only the occasional Minstrel is scuffed - they are
all in good condition, considering the bag has come all the way from
Poland (!). They smell faintly of dark chocolate, but the scent isn't
strong at all - I practically had to shove my nose in the pile before I
could make a guess. A few were slightly deformed with a bent-in side.
Candy coatings on chocolate always give a great crunch to a bite,
and the Minstrels are no exception. If you really enjoy the sound, for a
chocolate with such a thin coating, it sure makes a lot of noise in
your mouth! The bite is easy with only a little resistance to break
through the candy coating, but the chocolate is easy to chew and not
firm at all. The chocolate is very sweet, about on par with Cadbury
Snack, and it's a good thing there's six servings (25g - about 8-9
pieces) in this bag, because I don't think I could eat more than that
without a break.
The milk chocolate contains a minimum of 26% cocoa solids, and may contain traces of peanuts and treenuts.
Have you tried these? I'd love to know what you think!