The Lion Bar was originally designed by Alan Norman, Experimental Confectioner, Fawdon factory.
It consists of a filled wafer, caramel (32%) and crisp cereal (in the original recipe this was Kellogg's Special K)(26%) covered in milk chocolate (42%). It was introduced by Eric Nicoli of Rowntree's in the 1970s, after a trial in the Dorset area in 1977. It was in some areas known as Big Cat until the late 1990s. When Nestlé acquired the brand in 1988, the recipe was changed, as was the packaging.
In Europe, both White Lion and Peanut Butter Lion limited edition bars have also been available, as well as a "king size" variety. The bar is occasionally found in the U.S. and Canada in European import shops, although a similar bar, Mr. Big, is made by Cadbury in Canada.
In recent years, the Lion Bar has been dramatically reduced in size, which has caused controversy among fans.
A Lion Bar cereal, called "Lion Cereal" is made and is sold in Europe, later the UK and Ireland, as well as the Middle East. It is produced in France by Nestlé. It was first produced in the early 2000s until 2003. In 2011, a slightly different version was released.
Ingredients and Nutritional Information
Sugar, Glucose-fructose syrup, Sweetened condensed milk, Skimmed milk powder, Cocoa butter, Lactose, Crisped cereals [5%] (Wheat flour, Sugar, Wheat starch, Vegetable fat, Raising agent: Sodium carbonate, Salt, Caramelised Sugar), Cocoa mass, Whey powder, Butterfat, Wheat flour, Emulsifiers (Soya lecithin, E476), Flavourings, Stabiliser (Carrageenan), Salt, Raising agent (Sodium carbonate).
Typical values per Bar:
3.0 g Protein
35.3 g Carbohydrate
12.7 g Fat
In Series 4 Episode 2 of That Mitchell and Webb Look, a sketch is shown involving "the makers of Lion Bars" sponsoring a stage production by giving away chocolate in return for endorsement on and off stage.