Deep-fried Mars bars are unhealthy, says Mars 0
Mars bar. (John Pryke/Getty Images)
A family owned pub in Scotland has come under fire for its famous deep-fried Mars bars, which the chocolate-covered nougat-maker says is "not in line" with the company's policy of promoting a "healthy active lifestyle."
The deep-fried Mars bar is a menu staple at the Stonehaven fish and chip shop in Aberdeenshire, which claims to have invented the dish.
But Mars Incorporated wrote a letter to the bar owners demanding a disclaimer on the menu to show the company — which makes M&Ms, Snickers bars, and hot chocolate, among other products — doesn't endorse this unhealthy treat.
"I was amazed when I got the lawyer's letter because I really feel they are giving me a slap on the wrist when I haven't tried to offend them," Lorraine Watson, who runs the pub with her husband Charlie, told the Scotsman newspaper. "We have been selling this deep fried Mars product for 20 years and this is the first time we have heard from Mars.
The letter came after newspapers reported the Watsons were considering applying for secured status for their invention under the European Union's Protected Food Name Scheme.
They soon dismissed the idea because of all the complicated paperwork and legal processes involved.
Nevertheless, Watson said she'll comply with the company's demands.
"And I am quite happy to put a disclaimer up because my intention was not to offend the Mars bar product. I am proud of the product — it does my business very well and it must be doing their business very well," she said.
"We get visitors from all over the world, from as far afield as Japan and America, coming to the shop and ordering our bar. I saw an Italian book on Scotland the other day and we were right next to Dunnottar Castle."