17/02/2012 15:10 GMT | Updated 17/02/2012 15:12 GMT

Mars To Stop Selling Chocolate Bars Over 250 Calories

Confectionery giant Mars Inc says it will stop selling chocolate bars with more than 250 calories by the end of next year.

The company behind some of the nation’s favourite chocolate, including Bounty, Galaxy and Twix, said it will be ditching its super-size bars such as the 540-calorie king-size Snickers as part of its “broad-based commitment to health and nutrition”.

But don’t be fooled into grabbing a Twix and assuming you’re under your chocolate calorie quota for the day. The calorie cap applies to individual portions of chocolate only (classed as a single ‘serving’ on the packaging nutrition labels) so twin packs will still send you over the 250-calorie mark if you scoff both bars.

Large ‘family’ bars are also exempt from the rule as they are designed to be shared by more than one person, a Mars spokesperson explained.

The manufacturer also vowed to eliminate trans fats from its products and aims to reduce sodium by 2015 by 25% from its 2007 levels.

A spokesman said: “We believe that all of our products can be enjoyed as part of a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet. 

“Our commitment to making all our chocolate products no more than 250 calories per portion reflects this.”

If you fancy a Friday chocolate treat without sabotaging your calorie count, find out which of the Mars chocolate bars will do the least damage to your waistline - as well as the worst offenders:

Milky Way (26g bar): 117 calories

Maltesers (37g bar): 187 calories

Mars Bar (58g bar): 260 calories

Bounty (57g twin pack) 270 calories

Snickers (58.7g bar) 280 calories

Twix (58g twin pack) 284 calories

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