I recently had a malteser tiffin (see Works of Art post) and discovered from fellow blogger Marian that not everyone knows what a Malteser is. I feel this situation needs to be rectified.

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):

Shona enjoying Maltesers

For more information on Maltesers, please see their very own website:


27 thoughts on “Maltesers

  1. Wow! I feel like I now KNOW Maltesers! Thank you to Marian for asking! They sound much like Whoppers – or malted milk balls. They have the most unique, airy center that dissolves interestingly on the tongue. PS I love the background of your blog – pretty!

  2. And now I realise that YOU nibbled the chocolate off a malteaser all for research and photo ops. What a trooper. You do have the best job in the world, and how often you go above and beyond the call, my dear… Wishing you a beautiful day xx

    • At last, my hard-earned efforts on behalf of the world are recognised. Thank you so much for your generous comments! It’s not a bad way to spend my days, I must admit. I wish you a most beautiful day, too! 🙂

  3. I have had malt milk balls before probably by Mars candy but I’m not sure if they are quite the same. Look tasty! 🙂

  4. What a great post. I’m a lover of Maltesers and I love the way you have presented the information on them. I thought I had a recipe for Malteser muffins but when I went to look for it tonight I couldn’t find it. I will need to do a proper search tomorrow. I just fancy a Malteser muffin after reading your post.

    • Thank you! A malteser muffin sounds like a superb idea, perhaps if you find a recipe and make some you could tempt your readers with some photos and the recipe? Just thinking about it is putting me in the mood for one, too.

    • Thanks Laura, it took a certain amount of dedication to get the chocolate off without wolfing the Malteser (I did have one or two failed attempts first). Thank you for visiting my blog!

    • I’m sorry to hear they’re not available in German supermarkets. These ones are milk chocolate. I believe you can get a dark chocolate varety, and a white chocolate one, but I’ve never tried either of those. I honestly can’t imagine anything beating the milk chocolate, but I should reserve judgement until l’ve done a taste test.

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