Here’s a typical packet of maltesers (I was going to buy the standard sized bag but this one sitting next to it jumped out at me):
Here’s a little group of Maltesers:
If you’ve ever been to Britain, a 1p coin might help you to imagine the size of a Malteser:
Or perhaps the relative sizes of a sunflower seed, pumpkin seed, Malteser, Scrabble letter and 1 Euro coin may be more useful:
Each Malteser consists of a thin layer of chocolate surrounding a ball of honeycomb crisp. If you’re careful, you can nibble the chocolate layer off, leaving the honeycomb centre to enjoy separately. Alternatively, if you bite straight through both chocolate and honeycomb you get a wonderful combination of the two:
Astonishingly, Maltesers have been manufactured, by Mars, for about 75 years, and this year they will become Fairtrade certified. They are currently one of the top 5 confectionery items sold in the UK, and keen swimmers will be relieved to hear that, unlike the other bestsellers, they float in water:
The world record achievement for the most Maltesers thrown and caught in the mouth within one minute is held by Americans Ashrita Furman and Bipin Larkin. Ashrita provided the champion mouth that caught the Maltesers, while Bipin Larkin’s victorious propelling action lobbed the winning number in. According to the Guinness World Records website, the triumphant pair managed an impressive 66 Maltesers inside 60 seconds in September 2010. Ashrita’s website claims that he beat his own record by an additional 4 Maltesers in June 2011, again with Bipin Larkin hurling them in, making a new world record of 70.
The standard size pack of Maltesers (37g) contains only 187 calories, which has led to the advertising tagline “the lighter way to enjoy chocolate”. Since they are relatively low in calories, covered in chocolate and almost contain honey (there’s no honey in the list of ingredients, but they certainly have a honeyish malty flavour), they are more or less verging on being a health food. As with all medicine, they need to be taken in moderation, but given that they’re so light, they’re unlikely to cause significant weight gain.
Small horses enjoy them too (if you click on the link below you’ll see the proof – I took this photo a few years ago and can’t now find the original on my computer):
For more information on Maltesers, please see their very own website: www.maltesers.com