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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Joy of Mars

The trouble with living in a humourless, pompous and priggish Nanny state is the fact that many of us end up in some ways behaving like Nanny.

Step forward the chocolate manufacturing company Mars, which has been overcome with priggishness and pomposity over how some of its customers use its iconic sugar laden confection the Mars bar.

To what usage of a Mars bar do I refer?

Why none other than the famous deep-fried Mars bar, allegedly first fried by the Carron Fish Bar in Stonehaven, in Aberdeenshire, some twenty years ago.

Anyhoo, Mars is not at all happy that their healthy product has been misused in this way for so long and has now written to the owners of the Carron Fish Bar saying the product is not authorised or endorsed as it does not fit the company's promotion of healthy living.

Mars want a menu disclaimer, to make people aware deep-frying is not what the company has in mind for its product.

FYI a 54g Mars bar contains 242 calories and 9.4g of fat.

A Mars spokesperson told the BBC:
"We are really flattered that customers of Carron Fish Bar like our product so much that it has now become a flagship product for the store.

No application for a protected geographical indication has been filed to date.

Should an application be filed, unfortunately, we wouldn't be able to support it as deep-frying one of our products would go against our commitment to promoting healthy, active lifestyles."
By all accounts the owner of the fish bar is happy to come to an amicable arrangement with Mars.

However, it does seem a remarkably priggish attitude by Mars; I wonder what prompted them to react after twenty years?

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  1. This is one of my major worries about big Companies. They are getting too close to government, as a result they pander to every stupidity this pathetic crew can come up with. The breweries were the first in the field, because if they pandered they thought they would be allowed to increase prices, and were. But now pubs are closing at a high rate, because the brewers bent over and took what the government gave them.

  2. Anonymous11:15 AM

    I like a Mars bar as much as the next person, but healthy eating they ain't.

    Sometimes when the mood takes us, me and Mrs Anonymous have been known to indulge in messy chocolate sex games using, amongst other food items, a king sized Mars bar.

    What would they have to say about that I wonder.

    1. You know, it's a funny thing you mention sex; because when I was googling Mars videos I found one with a most - ahem - "innovative" use for said confectionery bar:)

    2. Disgusted, Tunbridge Wells11:57 AM

      Back in the '60s when I were a lad, a certain member of one of the two supergroups (clue -they weren't from Liverpool) was rumored to have "entertained" a famous female singer by eating a Mars bar from an uncoventional body orifice.

    3. Oh come on, it was Marianne Sincere, wasn't it?

  3. It seems both Nanny and Mars, along with other major corporations, employ too many people that thus, have too much spare time on their hands. It is that which causes people to expand their role or empire build as we used to call it.

    In my opinion, as long as I have a hole in my arse, a Mars bar will never be a healthy food however, like many unhealthy foods, if eaten once in a while as a treat, it will do you no harm.
    Cultural Marxism brought us political correctness and expanding on what Derek says above, large corporations are bringing us corporate correctness which they run in parallel to Nanny's PC agenda.

    It is my intention to do some research this afternoon and I shall deep fry a mars bar in a sweet, light batter and serve it with a dollop of ice cream as a desert, rather than with chips as a main course......It is important to do the research so that I know what I'm talking about, not that it's ever stopped me in the past by not knowing.....I hope this doesn't upset Mars of Slough:-)

    1. Well, for anyone that is interested.......I made the deep fried Mars Bar yesterday but using a light, but sweet Tempura style batter. I served the said bars as a desert with a scoop of home made vanila ice cream. Much to my surprise, although very sweet, they were rather nice. It is not something I would want to eat everyday because I already have trouble keeping my weight down but, hey ho, once in a blue moon it is unlikely to do me nor Mrs Tonk any real harm. I may make them again when my grandchildren come over, I think they'd enjoy them as a treat.
      I have used the same batter in the past to make banana, pineapple and apple fritters which I drizzle with a sweet syrup.....Again, not too often but, once in a while they will do no harm.

  4. I expect Mars don't actually endorse eating their products at all these days.

  5. "When I were a kiddie" - there was a thing called 'Rationing' - which (until Feb 1953) applied to confectionery.

    Mum might buy us a 'Mars Bar (tm)' as a treat - slice it carefully, and make yummy sandwiches.

    I think ALL bread should be labelled with a 'Warning' not to do that.

  6. Looking at the video makes me wanna eat deep fried mars bars. I couldn't wait to look for its ingredients and try it. I know it would be an easy way of cooking because of your video. I hope that I'll be able to enjoy what you suggest. Thanks!