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The original Mars bar was white nougat with almonds on TOP of the bar, then it was coated with milk chocolate - better than the ones today!
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Debbie - July 19, 2007 - Report this comment
I REALLY miss these and didn't realize they had been discontinued until I went on a manic search for one. According to Wikipedia they were discontinued in 2000. WHY?? They were so good.
Faith - January 10, 2008 - Report this comment
Now I believe they are labeled as a Snickers bar with Almonds instead of peanuts.
76 - May 29, 2009 - Report this comment
No "Snickers" ia a good second to the orlginal "MARS BAR". Snickers don't taste like "MARS Bars" did. They were one of a kind. To the guy who ordered there demise of "THE MARS BAR",jQA Meet me in the ally.
Mindy - February 22, 2010 - Report this comment
The original Mars bar, had almonds laying on the top of the candy bar, covered in chocolate. They were visibly there. After discontinuing them, they had a remake, they had the almonds chopped up inside. Not the same. Snickers does have a Snickers with Almonds, but it isn't a remake of Mars Bar though.
Laurie - July 21, 2011 - Report this comment
woo hoo, someone else remembers those original Mars Bars with the almonds lying across the top Almond-Joy-style -- they were my absolute favorite! shame on Mars for discontinuing them...
Carla - September 08, 2011 - Report this comment
woo hoo 2nd time, these were the best. I am glad I found someone who remembered these. exact description. thank you. I know I wasnt dreaming it. :)
Dudley - April 09, 2012 - Report this comment
These were my favorite. The ones with almonds on top under chocolate...Super yum
Roger Strout - July 23, 2012 - Report this comment
The original Mars Bar was the only 10 cent candy bar that I remember. All other candy bars were eith a nickle or six for a quarter. The original candy bar consisted of a soft nugget with the almonds on top covered with a better grade of choclate than the nickle candy bars used.
Mike - August 06, 2012 - Report this comment
I am glad that someone else remembers the original Mars bars. You are exactly right: The Mars bar had two almonds on the top just like the Almond Joy, except Almond joy is made of coconut. I love Snickers with Almonds, but Mars, of course, is much better!
joyce - October 07, 2012 - Report this comment
I loved the Mars bar. I always thought they stopped making them because they were too expensive to make with the whole almonds on top. I'm sure a lot of people would be willing to pay the difference, but if a certain profit margin isn't there, the cheapos just discontiue and that's that!
Sharon - November 17, 2012 - Report this comment
I'm glad to find others feel the same way about the original Mars bar. It was my favourite chocolate bar when I was a kid. When I had one a few years ago, I thought something was different and I thought I remembered nuts being an ingredient. LOL glad to know I remember correctly. I wonder why the Almonds were removed?
JayC - January 20, 2013 - Report this comment
I always remember Jamie Farr doing the commercials for them. You right they were much better than the ones today.
Mr. Knowitall - January 28, 2013 - Report this comment
I bought a Mars bar recently and I didn't like it at all. I used to love them years ago, even more than Snickers. It was obvious the almonds were missing in the new Mars, what a disappointment.
blu'Tu - June 12, 2013 - Report this comment
....absolutely the BEST Candy Bar EVER!!!...NO EXCEPTIONS!!!.... wurd...
DallasTiger - July 30, 2013 - Report this comment
Remember the waxy green, slightly translucent wrapper? I often wish they were still available.
EsseJaeJae - October 17, 2013 - Report this comment
Went looking for the Mars bar today and was shocked that I couldn't even find a picture of what the original looked like. Thought I'd lost my mind! Good to know so many fans still remember it. It's like they are trying to erase our past. What a shame.
70's bar fan - November 16, 2013 - Report this comment
Mars, the original bar was the best...they were my craving during my pregnancy. So disappointed when they were discontinued, why couldn't you have sold both and let the buyers decide. Bring the original back at least once a year and call it the 70's bar and make it available online also but don't get greedy with the price. How about that?
dsindm - October 19, 2014 - Report this comment
This wasn't unique to the Mars Bar, but the other thing about it was that it was very BIG compared to the standard sized bars today. Thanks to those above who reminded me that the other difference between the original Mars and the almond Snickers was that the original didn't have caramel.
Wanda - December 05, 2014 - Report this comment
I am 52 and this was the best candy bar ever from time to time I try searching to see if I can come across one anywhere but they don't make them any more....but why mars why they were so loved please please bring them back if only for a limited time and watch how they sell :)....please :(
Nancy - January 18, 2015 - Report this comment
The original Mars bar with the almonds on top & covered with chocolate were yummy. One of my favorite candy bars. Tried one of the new ones last week, not good. Tasted more like a Milkshake candy bar. Not worth the money. Would like to see some one start making the original bar again.
gina - February 10, 2015 - Report this comment
BRING IT BACK! My favorite way to eat the mars bar was to leave on my dashboard till they had slightly melted. Crap! now mu mouth is watering
surchdg8 - February 24, 2015 - Report this comment
When I was in 6th grade ( 1972-73) we had a contest to learn the stock market. One month, I won ( I remember I picked Shell as my and I got to choose form the whole bags of candy hanging over our teachers desk- I chose 'Mars" bars.. omg. I ate half the bag on the way home from school..but since at age 11 I was already 5'7" and about 110 pounds.. I could do that then... I miss Mars...
Jamie - March 09, 2015 - Report this comment
I am so disappointed that they stopped making Mars bars. Yes, they were my favorite too!!! I thought I was just having trouble finding out where they are sold. But now I know the difficult truth! My kids will never understand:(
Patti - March 21, 2015 - Report this comment
I have been looking for mars bars for years. They were my very favorite. I used to put them in the freezer. Once they were froze,I would knaw on them. Please bring them back to the USA. SNICKERS doesn't even compare to MARs bars. :^)S4
The Candyman - April 16, 2015 - Report this comment
Yes, back in the 50's and 60's it came in a "translucent green wrapper",about the shape of a bar of soap but about half as thick. Same with Three Musketeers in a white wrapper. And yes,the almonds were on top,and no caramel. It was a nickle back then.
Bill - May 23, 2015 - Report this comment
YouTube video, 1974 Mars Bar Commercial. Shows the one and only Mars Bar we all remember. Wish I had one right now!
Nora - July 03, 2015 - Report this comment
I too loved the original Mars bars with almonds and white nougat covered in milk chocolate. Just recently I was told they make them in Europe. I ordered some to be sent to me in the U.S. and was very disappointed that they were not the same as I remember them. I did a search and found this forum. I wish they'd bring back the original Mars bars in the U.S.!
Alisa - July 12, 2015 - Report this comment
I had no idea they were discontinued until I read it on the internet. My heart and stomach hurt with total despair. I even wrote the company to bring it back. The Snickers with almonds do not compare. The dark chocolate Mars is gross also. There is nothing that compares to the original.
edward matuszewski - August 17, 2015 - Report this comment
I remember a mars bar was a song and dance of the child actors was named chris was made in the mid 1070s.anyone remember/?
alice - September 01, 2015 - Report this comment
Yes, Mars was my favorite candy bar, I've tried others, but no way they can replace Mars. They should sell them again, and you will know how much people love them when they buy them out.
Larry - January 21, 2016 - Report this comment
It's a shame they "Mars" would stop making the Mars bar, that's there name. Mars Corp. which makes snickers milky way m&ms and more. Mr Mars daughter owns the co. And has a different name I'm guessing her married name. One of the richest woman in the world. Bring back the original Mars Bar from the 60's
Rob lambert - January 21, 2016 - Report this comment
Another product from "Candy Row" in Chicago. 1920 was when Frank Mars began things. Milky Way, the original Mars (with Almonds) and Snickers were the original three. 3 Musketeers was introduced around 1963. From the Saturday morning cartoon vault, TV commercials for Milky Way and Mars Almond bar with veteran comedian Ed Wynn (the last year of his life). These aired on the "Beatles" cartoon show over ABC (10/30/65). The Milky Way ad also aired on "Milton the Monster" cartoon show over ABC (11/6/65).
scbingle - January 23, 2016 - Report this comment
They are now made in the UK. The no longer have the white nouget and almonds. More like a Milky Way. I found them at Publix in Florida.
oldmillfarm - January 25, 2016 - Report this comment
Did not know that they were discontinued. i loved the original one and craved them so much when I was pregnant!
Lisa - February 19, 2016 - Report this comment
I wish the Mars Co. would bring them back. I would pay $1.50 for that candy bar!!...always thought they had caramel as well. After viewing all the comments, I guess I was wrong?
DDB - March 20, 2016 - Report this comment
I remember the original Mars bar as being white nougat on the bottom with 6 whole almonds on top coated with chocolate. I would love to be able to buy these again!
DLP - May 25, 2016 - Report this comment
I've been looking for a mars bar for a few years now. All my friends said they were still around. Finally I found some but not the same. Nothing like I remember :(
Tim - September 14, 2016 - Report this comment
I have often thought of the Mars bar from the late 60's and 70's, they were the best. They had whole almonds on top covered with chocolate. I wish they were still available.
Ted - October 01, 2016 - Report this comment
Mars bars were my favorite candy bar since they came out and I ate them all the time. Now the closest to it is Snickers with almonds which is very good but it is slightly differe6.please bring back the Mars bar.
Jamie - October 19, 2016 - Report this comment
Bring back Mars, and make them bigger. I used to love those.
Rachel - March 20, 2017 - Report this comment
Rob lambert - March 22, 2017 - Report this comment
From the Saturday morning cartoon vault: TV commercial block for Mars with the candy bar, highlighting the almonds (kids eating them). Second ad was for M&M's (kid showing messy hands from chocolate) with animated candies (Melts in Your Mouth, Not Your Hands). This aired on the "Road Runner" show over CBS (10/8/66).
ckyzzie - March 28, 2017 - Report this comment
I remember only buying the flat Mars bar with the almonds on top whenever I went to the movies. They cost $0.15. I couldn't find them anywhere else. I remember I could only eat one, because they were very sweet.
PaulR - April 04, 2017 - Report this comment
I have been looking for the Original Mars Bar for years now. It was my favorite. The clerk at CVS told me to Google it to see who still sells them, she thought there were stroll being made....if only it were true! Please bring them back! 😢
Carol - May 20, 2017 - Report this comment
I think what made them so good was that the almonds were roasted. That really brought out the flavor of all the other ingredients. Sure miss 'em!
Greg - July 20, 2017 - Report this comment
Still miss these and wish they would bring them back. They sure were popular when I was a kid. Still my all time favorite.
Brent F. - September 26, 2017 - Report this comment
MARS BARS and FOREVER YOURS BARS (I think Milky Way) original recipe are now available. Sold through Ethel M. Chocolate a division of Mars. My father and I tried both and they were good.
Rick - October 01, 2017 - Report this comment
The original Mars bar had "An almond in every bite "
Tom - March 12, 2018 - Report this comment
Mars Bars consisted originally of vanilla nougat topped with three or four whole almonds, all coated in chocolate. Something about the simplicity of the formula made them different from other candy bars, and to me, more delectable. Mars Bars were also less sweet overall than most candy bars, so you could perceive the distinct flavors and textures of the three primary components. In contact, Snickers came off to me like a homogeneous sugar bomb. Some time in the late 70's or early 80's, the company added a layer of caramel to the mix, and ruined the experience. Mars Bars became as cloyingly sweet as a Snickers, and almost indistinguishable from it in flavor. As Mars as a product was now indistinct from Snickers, it is not surprising that the brand identity was dispoed of and the product itself absorbed into the Snickers line. Wish they'd brig the original back. That's a candy bar I'd buy.
Deborah - July 15, 2018 - Report this comment
I had worked at Mars Candy Corporation on the westside of Chicago when these bars were made. Yes, it was a white nougat with the almonds on top, not within the nougat, but I could have sworn that it was darker chocolate & not the mild chocolate. The first 'line' that I worked on was the Mars bar line. We would sit back where the nougat was cut into bars, it would then go under a drum that would first place a line of chocolate down on top then the almonds were dropped on top...we would sit right after that to make sure that there were no more than 4 almonds per bar before it went under the chocolate spreader for the final chocolate layer. Many times the line would get out of sink & the chocolate & almonds were not landing on the bars at which point we had to take our arms & sweep everything off the belt into tubs...what a chocolate & almond mess it was, but it was fun & we would have chocolate & almond wars with each other, flinging the chocolate & almonds at each other. Sure miss that bar!! Another fun thing was to bring saltine crackers back from break or lunch/dinner & give them to the chocolate line men to lay down on the belt before the bars started coming out...then we had yummy chocolate covered saltine crackers to munch on...yumo!
Rob Lambert - July 21, 2018 - Report this comment
From the Saturday morning cartoon vault, an early color commercial showing several pre-teen kids enjoying Mars Chocolate Almond bar. "Who likes almonds? I do" was the response. The Mars Sprint and Crispy Chocolate bars are also shown. This aired on "Mighty Heroes" (Terry Toons) over CBS (1/14/67). Wham-O Toys, Kellogg's Sugar Pops, Quake, Post Super Sugar Crisp also sponsored. Network promos for "Road Runner" show and Super Bowl (first, Packers-Chiefs). PSA for Big Brothers.
Rob Lambert - July 23, 2018 - Report this comment
From the daytime TV vault, how a box of Mars Bars won somebody over $10,000 on "Let's Make a Deal" over ABC in August, 1972. Monty Hall gave a man the box (containing a secret dollar amount). The man turned down the curtain, dodging a "Zonk." The box of Mars Bars contained a promissory $1500. The man buys a shot at the Big Deal with it. He picked the right door, winning a Cadillac El Dorado and 100 gallons gasoline (then, 35 c/gal.) for total of $10,500. When "Deal" began its Canadian run in the 1980s, Hall's announcer, Jay Stewart, was unavailable due to other commitments. Stewart (last name: Fix) had steady work after "Deal's" first run ended. Tragically, multiple events (daughter's suicide), depression and alcoholism added up to Stewart taking his own life in 1989 (age 71). Hall (real name: Halpmann) passed on last year, age 96.
Rob Lambert - December 15, 2018 - Report this comment
From the Saturday morning cartoon vault, a trick-or-treat commercial with kids receiving different Mars brand bars, including Milky Way, 3 Musketeers and Mars Almond. This aired on "Tennessee Tuxedo" over CBS (10/23/65). Also sponsoring: General Mills Frosty O's with Tennessee (NOT voiced by Don Adams), Chumley and Baldy Eagle. Funny Face (Johnny Whittaker), Soaky (Colgate-Palmolive) bath soap with Porky Pig and Donald Duck. Also, Trix and Twinkles (fireman) cereals. Network promos for "Mighty Mouse," plus "Linus" and "Tom & Jerry." PSA for Girl Scouts.
Rob Lambert - March 05, 2019 - Report this comment
From the Saturday morning cartoon vault, a variant Halloween commercial with little monsters collecting different Mars candy bars (bite size). Snickers, 3 Musketeers, Milky Way and Mars Almond. This aired on Hal Seeger's "Milton the Monster" over ABC (10/22/66). Milton Bradley games, Cap'n Crunch and Mr. Wiggle gelatin among other sponsors. Network promos for "F Troop" and "Batman." Before producing animated cartoons, Hal Seeger edited comic books. Found one, "Farmer's Daughter" (1954), that wasn't suitable for kids. While not exactly porn, the lead character showed lots of cleavage. Enough said.
Susan Reinstedler - April 23, 2019 - Report this comment
I went in search of my favorite candy bar as a kid. Mars They make them in the UK and you can order from Got some and was very disappointed. The nougat was not white and they did not have the almond on top. Didn't taste anything like I remembered. Very disappointed.
Phil - October 30, 2019 - Report this comment
I found what is supposed to be the original U.S. Mars bar. It's on Amazon and I plan to buy some soon, to see if they actually are, as the Mars bar was my favorite as a kid. They're made by Ethel M. Chocolates and are expensive. $37 for 16 bars. I've been hunting for them for years. Hopefully, I finally found them. Thanks Wikipedia! I'll post my findings once I try them.
Angie - December 08, 2020 - Report this comment
I just want to make sure I remember this correctly. Were the Mars Bars ever in two pieces like Almond Joys??? I remember being so upset when they started putting the almonds inside the nougat!!!!
Rob Lambert - December 09, 2020 - Report this comment
For the A TV spot showing several early teenage kids chanting "I DO" to the question "Who loves almonds?" This aired during the "Beatles" cartoon show on ABC (9/24/66). Season Two premiere of the "Beatles," with the "Help!" intro, the guys fooling around in a building construction site. Quake and Cap'n Crunch cereal, Kenner Easy Bake Oven, M&Ms candy and Betty Crocker Easy Bake mixes among other sponsors. Network promos for "Casper" and "Magilla Gorilla" cartoon shows.
Rob Lambert - December 09, 2020 - Report this comment
Due to my laptop's crappy keyboard, last comment came out incomplete. Angie, the Mars bar has mainly a single with six almonds. The commercial I referred to is from Saturday morning cartoon vault.
Rob Lambert - September 12, 2021 - Report this comment
Inside the Kenosha (Wis.) News in October, 1971, an ad for Topps Discount store. Mars Fun Size bars in bags were on sale for $1.50, and mini Mars Almond bars were included. The Topps chain of stores began in the New England area in the early 1950s. Interstate was the parent company. Topps was independent, unlike other discount chains like Treasure Island (JC Penney), Jupiter and K Mart (Kresge) and Turn Style (Jewel-Osco), which were legs of larger department store chains.

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