Packaged Food

Your Favorite Candy Is Probably Being Recalled Thanks To This Simple Piece Of Plastic


Mars Candy, the popular US chocolate maker, is recalling candy bars in 55 countries around the world after the company found some plastic in one of its products.

The Associated Press reports that the recall will affect 55 countries. While sources show that the voluntary recall affects products in Netherlands produced earlier this year.

According to the Dutch food safety authority, a piece of plastic was responsible for the recall. Consumers could potentially face a choking hazard when consuming the candy.

A list of the products affected include: Mars, Milky Way, Snickers, Celebrations and Mini Mix.

The Foods Standards Agency posted the exact products being recalled:

Product: Mars Funsize
Product code: AV39F
Pack size: Fun size bag 250g
‘Best before’ end: from 11 September 2016 to 2 October 2016

Product: Milky Way Funsize
Product code: AV39J
Pack size: Fun size bag 227g
‘Best before’ end: 2 October 2016

Product: Variety Funsize, Family Favourites
Product code: AV33W
‘Best before’ end: from 29 May 2016 to 14 August 16

Product: Variety Funsize, Party Mix
Product code: AV33T
‘Best before’ end: from 15 May 2016 to 7 August 2016

Product: Celebrations
Product code: AJ46N
Pack size: 388g box
‘Best before’ end: from 8 May 2016 to 28 August 2016

Product: Celebrations
Product code: AJ46R
Pack size: 245g box
‘Best before’ end: from 8 May 2016 to 28 August 2016

Product: Celebrations, 2.5kg catering case
Product code: YF413
Pack size: 388g
‘Best before’ end: 7 August 2016 and 14 August 2016

Photo: Snickers Facebook


Here’s How This Plant Might Help Scientists Grow Food On Mars


Pretty soon, we’re going to have to leave this planet behind. While we quickly work to make Mars habitable, scientists are currently studying a plant they believe will help us learn to to grow food on the harsh planet.

The Wall Street Journal reports that scientists have found and isolated the DNA sequence of the Nicotiana benthamiana, an ancient tobacco plant from Australia. The plant has a genetic trait that helps it survive in harsh environments. Figuring out how to shut down its immune system, scientists are now able to let the plant focus on self-seeding and growing quickly.

Much like Australia, space doesn’t have any pathogens for plants to worry about getting sick from. The WSJ says that because they’re no longer focused on fighting disease, the plants will focus all their energy into growing fast and surviving the harsh environments.

Thanks to this discovery, we might soon be able to grow food on Mars.


Tired of the New Year’s Health Kick? Solution: Build a Vegetarian-Only Settlement on Mars!


Seven days into 2013 and chances are you fall into one of two camps: a) those who have already given up on their New Year’s Resolutions or b) those who wish everyone else would. So if you’re tired of hearing about how your entire friends-list is suddenly super-energetic and super-regular, listen up. These plans for a vegetarian–only colony on Mars could just be the answer to your prayers.

Newly enabled due to recent advancements in space travel, Paypal founder Elon Musk wants to build a colony of 80,000 vegetarians on Mars. Presumably because vegetables are a lot cheaper to transport than cows, though the answer may be a bit more political.

“Too few [people],” Musk says, “and the gene and culture pool dries up. Too many and you risk civil war.”

In other words, Musk envisions some sort of futuristic veggie-hippie utopia, run by fertilizer machines, oxygen and methane from Mars’ atmosphere and big transparent domes for growing Earth crops. But it’s not as crazy as it sounds – Musk, whose Falcon 9 rocket delivers rocket fuel to the International Space Station, wants to start with just ten people at first, you know, to help figure out the whole issue of radiation and get the civilization really going.

Luckily, he’s also planning on making the trip super-affordable at just $500,000 a trip. Aspiring pseudo-yogis, sign-up sheets are to the left.

H/T The Register, Picthx Policymic


New Milky Way French Vanilla and Caramel Candy Bars Will Probably Make Awesome Coffee Stirrers

Banking on research which suggests consumers are more willing to try new flavors from brands they already know, Mars Candy is taking an extraordinarily high-risk gamble and announcing a new flavor for its popular Milky Way bars: limited-edition French Vanilla and Caramel.

Yeah, pretty exciting stuff.

Trading out the traditional chocolate-malt nougat for a French Vanilla-flavored one, but keeping everything else, French Vanilla and Caramel is the first new flavor for the brand since Simply Caramel appeared two years ago. Fans of the brand can probably get a lot of use out of it as a super sweet coffee stirrer to go along with their Milky Way lattes.

So what if it’s not revolutionary, I can still dig it.

New Limited Edition Milky Way French Vanilla and Caramel bars will be available February 2013, $1.09 for the 1.72 oz. size.

[Via CSPnet]


Mars Mission Astronauts Will Have Just Two Menu Options, and Both Seem Pretty Miserable

I’m sure being locked for three years in a pressurized metal container would be enough to turn anyone into a green, hulking rage monster, but imagine if your only diet options while up there were to go completely vegan or only eat pre-packaged space food.

Let’s just say you wouldn’t want to see us when we’re hungry.

In preparation for a planned journey to Mars in the 2030s (about 18 years from now) scientists are racing against the clock to create a sustainable meal plan for a team of six to eight astronauts to last the duration of the trip, or a whole two and a half years. Laid out, this will come out to approximately six months getting there, six months back and 18 months in between doing like, science and stuff.

The main problem with such a trip is the distance, says Maya Cooper, one of the senior researchers on the Mars Meal Plan Project. “Mars is different just because it’s so far away,” she explains, “We don’t have the option to send a vehicle every six months and send more food as we do for International Space Station.”

To tackle this issue, Cooper and her team are experimenting with a “Martian Greenhouse,” which will allow astronauts to grow a variety of fruits and vegetables to be used in their 100% vegetarian meals, as meats and dairy products won’t last the trip. They are also considering the alternative of having all pre-packaged meals which will have to sustain a five year shelf life.

Citing the importance of variety to both psychological health and nutrition, researchers say the ideal would be to combine the two menus, though Gizmodo joked that a third option could be to make a preservative-chocked McDonalds run the night before the launch.

Personally, I think all three options are bunk, but hey, even vegan pizza is bound to sound better than soggy fries after the first three to four hours (or you know, seasons). Let’s just hope Cooper and co. can get their act together in time.

[Via Huffington Post]


Goodbye King Size — Snickers Maker to Eliminate Any Chocolate Product Over 250 Calories

Mars Inc. has announced that none of its chocolate products will exceed 250 calories by the end of 2013, in an attempt to become more health conscious.

Snickers, M&M’s, Twix, Mars and Dove chocolate products are all under Mars, but Twix and M&M’s will not be affected as they are already under 250 calories.

The announced change also means the demise of the popular “King Size” chocolates which currently are 540 calories. The “King Size” bars will be replaced with a bag of two-to-four “Fun Size” portions. The thinking behind the “Fun Size” change is that it will make the chocolate bars easier to share, or save for later.

Mars said it is trying to sell its products more responsibly and plans to also reduce the sodium in all of its products by 2015.

This is not Mars’ first attempt at supporting healthier choices as in 2007 it announced that it would not advertise its products toward children under the age of 12. It doesn’t stop with advertising, as when downloading wallpapers or screensavers from its site, one is required to enter their birth date.

When it comes to health, Mars states on its site, “We realize that the relationships between diet, nutrition, personal health and public health are complex, that is why we are investing in a variety of partnerships… to boost understanding of these relationships and ensure Mars plays a positive role.”

Mars Inc. is behind several popular food products including Uncle Ben’s rice, Wrigley’s gum and Dove ice cream bars. It is also the maker of Pedigree and Whiskas brand pet food.


Craving: Deep Fried Mars Bar

Believe it. Apparently, a spot named Carron Fish Bar in Stonehaven, Scotland, is the birthplace of this deep-fried Mars Bar. How’d they create it you ask? Pulled the bar out of the fridge, splashed it with water to act as an adhesive for the flour, dipped it in batter, and fried away! I can only begin to imagine the flavors of warm melted chocolate surrounded by a layer of crispy, flakey batter. Sometimes I mean it just a tad bit more…this is one of those times, “eat on!” (Thx SeriousEats)

Deals Sweets

Mars: Real Chocolate Relief Act (Free Chocolate)

MARS, the umbrella corporation behind some fantastic candies such as M&M’S®, SNICKERS®, MILKY WAY®, TWIX®, DOVE®, and 3 MUSKETEERS® will be attempting to bring sweet smiles to as many millions of Americans as they can. Starting now through September, Mars has proclaimed and trademarked Free Chocolate Fridays, and will give away as many as seven million full-size packages of the aforementioned listed candies. Every week, Mars will give away a quarter-of-a-mllion full-size packages of chocolate. Coupons, which will be mailed to consumers via, will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve  basis and are redeemable for any full-size Mars real chocolate product. Coupons will be limited to one person, per week, so don’t get too greedy! Vice president of Mars Snackfood US, Michele Kessler states, “It’s our way of giving Americans a small treat during challenging times.”