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1980 origin assertion[edit]

"It is known that the deep-fried Mars Bar was preceded by the deep-fried pizza. It was common practice in Angus to deep fry frozen pizza from as early as 1980." This was changed on 21 February 2006 by Mais oui! to Angus from the previous "east of dundee". It was originally posted by an anonymous user on 18 July 2005. It's been on here for 4 years now, uncited, and is now being copied all over the Internet. It's prolly well time that the assertion be backed up, or dropped. It's already been disputed here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Deep-fried_Mars_Bar#Odd.2C_possibly_illogical_sentence

But I'll leave it to someone more intimately involved with this piece to make the call as to which way to go. My instinct is to flee whenever a sentence starts with, "it is known" :} Randal Oulton (talk) 16:22, 24 June 2009 (UTC)

I've removed it. As well as being long term uncited, its relevance is unclear. Lots of different food gets deep-fried in lots of different countries, dating to lots of different dates. What's especially significant about Pizzas in relation to Mars Bars? Apart from that, it was in a section listing foods "influenced". If we take the claim at its word it precedes Mars Bars, so could hardly have been influenced by them. --Escape Orbit (Talk) 14:36, 14 December 2009 (UTC)

Australia[edit]

I saw a list of locations where deep-fried-marsbars are sold, my local fish and chipper sells them, Seafood Junction in Australia, Melbourne, Thornbury. I cant remember the streetname/address.

Some questions[edit]

My god! They sound disguisting! I have some questions

  1. Are they sold in chip shops? Do posh resteraunts ever serve them?
  2. Are they eaten with a a fork and spoon or are they held in the hand?
  3. Does the mars bar melt completely?
  4. How popular are they, are they equally popular among old and young, black, white asian, rich, poor etc.
  5. Any idea of the date when they were first made?
  6. How much do they cost compared to a mars bar
  7. Are they eaten plain or is anything put on them (sugar, cream, salt 'n vinegar ?)
  8. Are they eaten anywhere else in the world. Have the Scots exported the idea? Theresa Knott (The torn steak) 22:53, 17 Oct 2004 (UTC)

Answering some of my own questions

Just found this Well I never. Theresa Knott (The torn steak) 22:59, 17 Oct 2004 (UTC)

In practice, while not actually an urban legend, the DFMB was a small-time schoolboy fad that got picked up by the media, and is now offered mostly to tourists and Queen Margaret Drive types who wouldn't actually eat one. The only place I've ever seen them for sale is at uber-touristy chippies on Edinburgh's Royal Mile ("yes, we sell deep-fried mars bars" says the sign in one). I strongly suspect that (bar the few attention seeking types doing it to get on telly) the average chippie will demur; for no other reason than the likely disintegration of the MB will undoubtedly contaminate his vat'o'lard. It is, barely, real, but it's mostly an ironic comment on Scotland's horribly unhealthy diet than a serious thing you'd actually eat. To answer your questions in order:
  1. only a tiny minority
  2. in paper
  3. generally not
  4. the odd foolish tourist will eat one - the same type who think a haggis is a cute animal with legs of different lengths
  5. no (but it's like a crisp-sandwich, not something anyone thought to write in their diary)
  6. dunno. Price, methinks, depends on the vendor's assessment of the customer's compitency with the local currency.
  7. to taste. think "brown sauce"
  8. dunno.
-- John Fader 01:20, 26 Jan 2005 (UTC)
What a sneering self-satisfied cynic John is ... and indeed most of his answers seem intended mainly to support his inflated, self-congratulatory image of himself rather than to inform. Where oh where would we be without you around to put things down for us John? He certainly appears not to have read or absorbed the information in the article since the answers to many of the questions are there and many of John's answers flatly contradict the article as he heroically indulges in his quest to ridicule and denigrate on our behalf. Obviously he thinks Stonehaven, the purported site where DFMB originated, is some sort of tourist Mecca, which is plainly ridiculous. Indeed the places I have ordered DFMB have tended to be off the beaten track. I think DFMB is delicious and not any more ridiculous than any other deep fried dessert, such as the various fritters one can find as part of some oriental cuisines. But I suspect John wouldn't dare criticise that for fear of falling foul of political correctness. 212.69.47.202 (talk) 16:30, 5 November 2010 (UTC)
I suspect John hasn't looked very far; deep fried mars bars are easily found in many chippies I know of, down south. They aren't advertised exactly any more (although they were a few years ago), but there is a standard price, and a stack of mars bars is kept below the counter :-) Yes, mostly they are popular with school children. People rarely eat many. 57.66.51.165 16:43, 29 March 2006 (UTC)

Well, I can answer question 8 by saying that closely related items are eaten in Southern New Zealand (Deep Fried Moro Bars). I added this in to the article, but it was reverted. See my points towards the end of this discussion page as to why I think it should be added back in. After all, if you have this question, then certainly other readers may as well! YttriumOx (talk) 04:46, 3 June 2008 (UTC)

Answers from an Dutchie

  1. As far as I know they're sold in chip shops. For the posh ones, see 8.
  2. Paper wrap with your hands. For the fork/knife see 8.
  3. Nope (at leat to my knowledge). At least in Holland, when the bar is dipped in egg yolk, the next step is to dip it in breadcrummbs.
  4. Really no idea.
  5. As far as my knowledge goes, beginning 1990s in Glasgow.
  6. £1.50 (fried); £0.99 (normal)
  7. Only breadcrumbs, sometimes the chocolate they use on ice.
  8. YES!!!!!!!!! You can also buy them in one (posh) restaurant in 's-Hertogenbosch. The cook got the idea after an holiday in .... Glasgow.
Oops, forgot to sign. BramvR 08:20, 29 May 2005 (UTC)

Recipe[edit]

I noticed that the recipe only calls for one tablespoon of oil... Wouldn't deep frying a chocolate bar require a lot more oil, enough to completely submerge it? --Arteitle 09:54, Dec 17, 2004 (UTC)

Eating reports[edit]

I am neither a tourist nor a schoolboy, and I've eaten one. It was delicious, with salt and vinegar if I remember correctly. Mind you, I was rather drunk at the time ;) The chippie in question was one on High Street, Glasgow, near the student residences for Strathclyde University, quite near Glasgow Cathedral. -- CamTarn

Ugh. --AdamM 02:24, 12 Feb 2005 (UTC)

I too have eaten a deep-fried Mars bar, but in Wales rather than Scotland. This was a week's school (or rather, CCF) winter hill-walking trip in Snowdonia in December. After a day's slogging up and down Triffan (sp?) in the whirling snow, 3 million deep-fried calories sounded extremely welcome. I enjoyed it then, but I don't know if I would in any other situation.

Oh, and I get the impression that they're a bit more common than John makes out.

Then truly, mankind is doomed. -- John Fader (talk | contribs) 19:11, 8 Apr 2005 (UTC)

There's a shop in my town (Nanaimo, BC, Canada) which sells them year round, Pirate Chips. Not sure how common it is, but I assumed chip shops selling these things was common practice. I don't remember them selling deep fried twinkies, but I think they do sell deep fried Nanaimo bars. Also, they do taste suprisingly good. 207.216.254.191 09:03, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

I have sampled Deep Fried Mars Bar twice. The first time was at a Roadhouse a cople of hours north if Hobart, Tasmainia in October 2002. The second time at Bondi Beach Fish shop (as mentioned in the article) earlier this year. At Bondi the "raw" battered Mars Bars are layed out with the Fish, chips and Potatoe Scallops in the glass counter so they must sell a fair few to have them ready to go.

I've tasted Battered Mars Bars in many places, Wales, Scotland and the midlands among a few. They're much more common than jstu in scotland. :) 86.21.58.156 10:43, 17 August 2007 (UTC)

Americans get to enjoy deep-fried Snickers bars, usually at fairs. RickK 08:41, May 29, 2005 (UTC)

The deep-fried Milky Way bar is an annual treat (which usually sells out) at the Lowell Folk Festival in Massachusetts.
Sigh...we get to enjoy deep fried everything. ;-) func(talk) 04:32, 2 Jun 2005 (UTC)

No foolin....I went to the fair and there was deep fried Snickers (which I actually thought were good *Is embarrassed*), Oreos, Twinkies, and all this other stuff I don't remember or care too. Wow. This is a bizzarre world we live in. :oP ---Teentitans!

When I was at an English boarding school in the mid-90s, near Towcester, a chippy van used to come round every Wednesday and it did DFMBs. A stock of them was kept in the van and the school made no attempts to stop them being sold. Which was much appreciated as they banned almost everything else, including leaving the grounds without a teacher! Moyabrit 14:09, 12 April 2007 (UTC)

Proposed move[edit]

This should be moved to Deep fried Mars Bar with a capital B. Exploding Boy June 29, 2005 22:23 (UTC)

Rarity[edit]

It should be noted that very few people in Scotland have ever tried one and, apart from the Royal Mile in Edinburgh where they are sold to gullible tourists, you would be hard pressed to find a fish and chip shop that actually sells them (the danger is it will melt and spoil the oil). The Lancet 'study' quoted on the article is probably apocryphal (click on the link and it takes you to the Lancet wiki page, not the 'study' itself). It's largely an urban myth that these are a delicacy north of the border. Now deep fried pizza, that's a different matter altogether... MyThoughtsExactly (talk) 20:22, 16 September 2010 (UTC) There is a mention of this at bondisurfseafood.com.au, where they say Mars actually authorised them to sell these after satisfactory tests, and I recall it was reported in the local newspaper. SignedJohnsonL623 (talk) 12:16, 12 July 2011 (UTC)

Beef dripping[edit]

From the article:

  • "Many (perhaps the majority of) Scottish chip shops still fry in beef dripping; this lends the exterior of the battered bar something of a beefy flavour."

Is cooking in beef dripping really still that common? Don't most chips shops now use some form of vegetable oil (because it's cheaper, and to cater for vegetarians etc)? Does anyone have any sources / statistics for this? Vclaw 3 July 2005 17:48 (UTC)

Yes, yes they do. Its a proud boast on the menus of a chip shop I frequent, in fact. Produces much paler and much nicer tasting chips. --Kiand 18:14, 25 July 2005 (UTC)

The majority of chip shops I know cook everything in vegetable oil...I was under the impression that MOST scottish chip shops cooked in vegetable oil or the like. On another note i have NEVER seen a chip shop boasting about dripping 138.251.249.145 04:07, 3 May 2006 (UTC)

There is/was a place in Glastonbury that boasted that they used dripping "Like they do up North", and there's at least two places in Oxford that proclaim it, London has several (As you'd expect, really), but I do remember reading in 'Which' magazine that after surveying a few hundred fish'n'chip shops around the UK they found that over half of them were using 5 gallon drums of cheap-as-chips trans fats. Just reading it made my arteries harden. 'Which' reckoned that all fission chip places should have to state clearly what they use. I'll go along with that.--Deke42 (talk) 13:55, 5 May 2016 (UTC)

Recipe[edit]

The recipe is already on wikibooks cookbook, shouldn't we remove it from here? - Joolz 11:12, 17 August 2005 (UTC)


Origin[edit]

The practice originates from Brian MacDonald who lives in Stonehaven.

Sorry, but we're going to need to see a citation on this. Remember, no original research. ProhibitOnions 00:42, 20 February 2006 (UTC) (Yes, I have eaten one, in Birmingham, not in Scotland.)


I'll put the tag here for now:

{{unreferenced}}

For a possible origin, check Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. There's a mention there of cooking Mars bars, but I can't remember whether the cook recommends frying or baking. The mention is toward the end, when the president decides to invite the characters to the White House. Gazpacho 09:46, 22 February 2006 (UTC)

Hi Gazpacho, I don't have that book, and being in Germany I'm unlikely to find it easily; sounds like something that ought to be mentioned, so if you can find it, please do so. However, I placed the unverified tag here not because we don't know where fried Mars bars came from (I suspect what the article says is probably true), but because there aren't any sources specifically backing up what is asserted in the article. The news articles linked at the end don't really conclude anything. ProhibitOnions 18:07, 23 February 2006 (UTC)
It's searchable on Google Books, and it turns out that it's just a throwaway gag ("What do men from Mars eat for lunch?" "Mars Bars." "Baked or boiled?" "Oh, baked, of course, Monsieur le President. You will ruin a Mars Bar by boiling!"). --McGeddon (talk) 13:47, 6 September 2012 (UTC)

Well, I don't know Brian MacDoanld, but I have met the girl who was working in the chipper who actually deep-fried the thing for him. It's fairly common knowledge in Stonehaven. Maybe if someone emailed a local history association or something a citation could be got hold of. 195.62.204.75 11:41, 10 April 2006 (UTC)

There's a lot of annecdotal evidence that casts doubt on the Scottish claim. Personally, I distinctly remember that when I moved to Leeds (West Yorkshire), my mother (who was already living there) pointed out a fish and chip that did DFMBs the first time we went round the city centre together. This was in April 1984. There are claims that it originated in Hull, but the trick would be finding a printed reference to them pre-dating the 1995 Scottish ones. Nick Cooper 16:07, 15 August 2006 (UTC)

Sadly I have no written proof of DFMB, but the first and only time I came across them was when working In Edinburgh in the mid 1980's (1982..1987). A colleague of mine came from Glasgow, and knew all about them, had them when he was a child (late 60's & 70's) but claimed that they (Graham and his wife) preferred a microwaved mars bar sandwich. The date would probably be around 1983..4. Another colleague from Ayrshire confirmed that the DFMB was popular where she came from.

I'm sure they are an Australian invention. In 1981 there was an Australian TV series "Ratbags" and John Derum presented a regular "Cooking with Mars Bars" segment. As an aside, the main article states 'Rod Quantock's cooking segment parody "How to cook a Mars Bar" on the Australian sketch comedy series Australia You're Standing In It'; this series dates from 1983. Quantock was the host of the earlier "Ratbags" series; why not recycle a great sketch in a later series? I have recordings of 6 of the 13 episodes of "Ratbags" and each features a "Cooking with Mars Bars" segment but sadly no deep fried ones. I watched the series when it first went to air and I'm sure I rememer a deep fried segment. --TrogWoolley 17:17, 3 November 2007 (UTC)

I have now located episodes 7 & 8 of "Ratbags", and episode 7 features fried Mars Bars. John Derum frys them in a fry pan, with onions and serves them as you would eat eggs and bacon. This is shallow frying; my quest for the rest of the series continues. --TrogWoolley (talk) 11:01, 6 September 2012 (UTC)
Wow! Do you know if this might be referred to in reliable sources? -- Trevj (talk) 12:55, 6 September 2012 (UTC)
So personal experience with deep-fried Mars bars in the early '80s is not considered a reliable source? Our local Fish & Chip shop in rural Victoria, Australia, was selling them in the '70s but I can't vouch for any earlier than that on account of only being born in '69. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kwazimoto69 (talkcontribs) 13:33, 6 September 2012 (UTC)
Yes, Wikipedia relies on verifiable facts rather than personal experiences. If deep-fried Mars bars were around in Australia in the 1970s, though, it should be possible to track down a reliable source (a cookbook, a biography, a newspaper clipping or something) that backs this up. --McGeddon (talk) 13:41, 6 September 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for the clarification, McGeddon (& for signing my comment for me ;). Having completed my research I have verified that Wiki User TrogWoolley (above) is correct in that fried Mars bars appeared as early as 1981, in Rod Quantock's short-lived series as"Ratbags. A video of the relevant segment can be seen on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgcZYPR19pg#t=1m25s with the fried Mars bars making their appearance at the 1:25 mark, as Mars Bar Fingers. While the cooking segment is clearly a spoof, the Mars Bar Finger has clearly been battered prior to pan frying, which is in keeping with the more conventionally deep-fried Mars bar.
A review of this first episode of Ratbags appeared on page 54 of the June 14, 1981, issue of The Sun-Herald. Titled "Ratbag satire rates poorly", the review specifically mentions Derum's "...woefully-unfunny attempts to make culinary catastrophes with Mars bars," and an archived copy can be seen here: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=LoZWAAAAIBAJ&sjid=n-YDAAAAIBAJ&pg=1174%2C4381749
As this clearly refutes the claim that the Havon Chip Bar invented the Deep-fried Mars bars in 1995, I will amend the History section of the article itself to reflect this, giving credit to Ratbags not as the inventor, but as the first known appearance of the deep-fried Mars bar. Kwazimoto69 (talk) 18:30, 6 September 2012 (UTC)
We've been around this loop before, at least once (mid March). What is abundantly clear from the clip is that deep-frying is not being employed. Mutt Lunker (talk) 22:35, 6 September 2012 (UTC)
What is also abundantly clear is that the deep-fried Mars bar was not invented in Scotland in 1995. It's possible it was invented in Scotland, but if so it happened at least 20 years prior to the Haven Chip Bar's spurious claim to fame. Last input on this issue and that's it for me. A 2006 entry on a Sydney Morning Herald (newspaper) Blog as seen here: http://blogs.smh.com.au/sit/archives/2006/10/achievements_fa.html states that "George Dimitrios [the owner] of Bondi Surf Seafoods has been dishing up deep fried Mars Bars since 1994. He told us yesterday he sells about 80 a day, especially to Asian tourists. He had a provisional patent for the concept, consisting of a Mars Bar fried in coconut batter. "The recipe is a secret," said Dimitrios, because the deep-fried snack food market is "very competitive". Signing off. Kwazimoto69 (talk) 01:43, 7 September 2012 (UTC)
Possibly so but it was hardly "abundantly clear", this being the first time you've mentioned this new source. I was simply addressing the dud clip you posted before, which was abundantly clearly not of deep-frying. This ain't a competition.Mutt Lunker (talk) 06:36, 7 September 2012 (UTC)
Also, the 1995 Stonehaven version had contemporary coverage in the press. This new citation, while potentially worthy of mention, is from 2006, relying only on the word of the claimant inventor for the 1994 origin, interstingly the very year before the other possible origin. 12 years later the patenting is just at a provisional stage, a non-examined application prior to the potential continuance to application for patent protection within 12 months (do we know if he then pursued this?). Dimitrios may have an earlier claim but he also may be retrospectively cashing in on the hype. Mutt Lunker (talk) 07:15, 7 September 2012 (UTC)

Ketchup[edit]

I think I watched a television program where they served the DFMB with ketchup. Weird, I guess. Cdn92 22:30, 14 May 2006 (UTC)

Odd, possibly illogical sentence[edit]

"It is known that the deep-fried Mars bar was preceded by the deep-fried pizza. It was common practice in Angus to deep fry frozen pizza from as early as 1980.
This is factually incorrect, deep fried pizza has been on most chip shop menues, in the Paisley area at least, since well before the 1980's. I practically lived on them through the 80's and they certainly weren't new then.
This practice has found its way into Canadian culture. Canadians often serve this deep fried treat with ice cream, and large quanities of beer. Deep-fried Mars bars are also available in Sydney, Australia at a few local beaches predominately at the famous Bondi Beach."

The bold section is the strange one; is the 'treat' deep fried pizza (as mentioned in the previous paragraph and supported by the 'large quantities of beer'), or is it DFMB as mentioned in the subsequent sentence, and supported by the 'ice cream'?--Anchoress 14:31, 22 May 2006 (UTC)

Mars Bar and Snickers are not the same[edit]

This has come up occassionally during the history of this article, that Snickers and Mars Bar are the same thing. They are not. A Mars Bar is caramel over a nougaty chocolaty base all covered in chocolate. A Snickers bar is a nougat base, with peanut butter and peanut caramel topping covered in chocolate. Not the same thing. Ben W Bell talk 14:58, 15 January 2007 (UTC)

According to a Marcdh 2003 article in Time for Kids, they are the same Zbl 15:09, 15 January 2007 (UTC)

Well it's wrong. Just look at the Wikipedia articles or the chocolate bar's websites. Ben W Bell talk 15:28, 15 January 2007 (UTC)

I want to include what the article said, but say that the article was wrong. Zbl 15:40, 15 January 2007 (UTC)

But it's completely irrelevant to the article on Wikipedia. Some newspaper made a mistake, it's nothing to do with Wikipedia and the mistake isn't in any way relevant to this article. Ben W Bell talk 15:43, 15 January 2007 (UTC)

If the article itself is relevant, isn't the article's mistake relevant? Zbl 15:47, 15 January 2007 (UTC)

No not really as that is a small part of the article. The mistake isn't calling the rest of the article into question (or maybe it is, I haven't seen the article so cannot comment). Ben W Bell talk 15:53, 15 January 2007 (UTC)

The article itself is not in question, only the one statement. However, including the article's mistakes would make people who read the article know that there is a difference. Zbl 15:56, 15 January 2007 (UTC)

Snickers is the same everywhere in the world; the article writers should have figured this out. The Mars bar is the same everywhere in the world, except for the United States, where the name is currently not in use (it was previously applied to an almond bar), and the worldwide Mars bar is known instead as Milky Way. (The international Milky Way bar is known in the U.S. as the Three Musketeers bar.) The mistake in the article regarding this point is not relevant to this article, and should not be mentioned here. ProhibitOnions (T) 10:27, 31 January 2007 (UTC)
Also note that in the UK, Snickers was originally called Marathon. --ukexpat 21:05, 10 May 2007 (UTC)
Apropos of nothing, there's an episode of M*A*S*H in which Potter asks Radar to get him a Snickers.
"With peanuts?"
"No!"
(mutters) "Ah, Milky Way".Deke42 (talk) 14:12, 5 May 2016 (UTC)

Okay lets discuss this line that User:Zbl insists on adding to the article. "The article also stated that Mars-Bars and the American candy bar Snickers are one and the same, although some dispute this fact." This line has no encyclopaedic content relevant to this article, the fact that a magazine made a mistake isn't encyclopaedic. The article hasn't even been referenced to show that A: a mistake was made, or even that B: it produced such an article in the first place. Even if it did make a mistake and did write an article it really has no place in this article. It's pointless trivia at best, and completely unenyclopaedic. Ben W Bell talk 22:48, 19 February 2007 (UTC)

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Other bars[edit]

I don't completely disagree with the reason for the revert (not relevant to topic) of my recent edit (regarding deep fried Moro bars in New Zealand), however it seems to me that this article probably should be expanded to include other deep fried chocolate bars, and (where appropriate) their relationship to Deep Fried Mars Bars (in my edit about Moro bars, I had mentioned the "Scottish connection" in the areas of New Zealand that it is popular). I see in this discussion people have mentioned Snickers, and the "Deep Fried Moro Bar" is something of an icon in much of New Zealand (I'd say, at least as much as the Deep Fried Mars Bar in Scotland). It doesn't make much sense to me to create new articles for "Deep Fried Moro Bar" and "Deep Fried Snickers Bar" and whatever else. Thoughts? —Preceding unsigned comment added by YttriumOx (talkcontribs) 15:01, 24 May 2008 (UTC)

Would anyone else like to comment here? I still think that mention of other deep friend chocolate bars (especially those that are very similar to Mars Bars) IS relevant here, as it adds perspective to the article. Without it, someone is likely to make the incorrect assumption that Deep Fried Mars Bars being eaten in Scotland is the only place in the world where this culinary delight is enjoyed. The information is therefore suitable as encyclopaedic material as it gives the reader an extra perspective on the article (on topic) that wasn't previously there. I'm very tempted to just add my edit back in to the article, but I don't want to start an edit war. Someone back me up, please? YttriumOx (talk) 04:42, 3 June 2008 (UTC)
Personally, I don't think it would be an error to mention them under the "Culinary influence" section. :) Bilby (talk) 09:39, 3 June 2008 (UTC)

Type of Batter[edit]

CarterBar, you've replaced the information on the type of batter used. Can you explain why this information belongs here please. Is this batter different than batter used outside the British Isles? Do French and Spanish people use different batter? Is it relevant that batter is also used for haggis? Most importantly, have you any references for these irrelevant pieces of trivia? Thank you. --Bardcom (talk) 11:24, 2 June 2008 (UTC)

I must say I have to agree with Bardcom on this one, seems irrelevant information. Canterbury Tail talk 11:33, 2 June 2008 (UTC)
I'm more inclined to agree with CarterBar for adding it back in. The type of batter is relevant not because it's different to what is used in other countries for the same thing, but because it IS different to what is used for deep frying many other things in other parts of the world. If the type of batter were not specified, then the natural assumption by people outside of the British Isles would be for another kind, thereby giving them a false understanding of the topic. And, for people within the British Isles, it would be a case of "probably this, maybe something else", simply leaving it as a question in their minds. I'd say it's definitely suitable information from an encyclopaedic viewpoint because it removes the assumption or question. When considering the relevance of information added, I like to work with the general idea of saying to myself, "If I wanted to know everything about this topic, and currently knew nothing, does this help me?". In the case of the type of batter, the answer is definitely yes. YttriumOx (talk) 04:42, 3 June 2008 (UTC)
Your response lacks detail and has too much vagueness. It does not address any of the questions posed above and introduces new assumptions. For example, it implies that there are different types of batter in different parts of the world for deep frying? Please provide a reference or citation for this - batter is simply flour and water. Your response splits the world of deep-fat frying into two. Outside and inside the British Isles, which implies that the British Isles is unique in some way with regards to deep-fat frying, and some editors might wonder "Oh, I wonder should I use British Isles Batter type-A or some other batter". Can you provide references or citations for this please. Can you also provide references as to why the British Isles is unique when it comes to deep fat frying. Thank you. --Bardcom (talk) 09:32, 3 June 2008 (UTC)
The batter doesn't particularly have to be unique to the British Isles, though it may be (I'm not an expert here). The fact is, it is used in the British Isles, and that's good enough for it to be reported here. Remember that it doesn't have to be used in every nook and cranny of the British Ises either; use in just part of the BI will do. CarterBar (talk) 17:38, 3 June 2008 (UTC)
Please explain the relevance of talking about batter to this article. --Bardcom (talk) 18:31, 3 June 2008 (UTC)
Pardon? If we remove the batter what are we left with? A) a Mars Bar. Please also bear in mind WP:PRESERVE before you and Crispness (no less) remove every last reference to "British Isles" on Wikipedia. We are going to go to some very bizarre places together aren't we. Oh I can't wait. --Matt Lewis (talk) 00:46, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

Age of Consumers[edit]

It may be that the alleged youth of the consumers may be due to the drastic shortening of life expectancy amongst them subsequent to consumption --Streona (talk) 02:38, 24 June 2008 (UTC)

Name[edit]

Aren't they more commonly called battered mars bars rather the deep-fried mars bars? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 91.104.123.201 (talk) 03:55, 14 May 2010 (UTC)

In Glasgow, at least, they're called 'Stoners'. All I have on this is memory, but maybe someone who resides in the area could get a pic of a menu or something.--Deke42 (talk) 14:19, 5 May 2016 (UTC)

deep fried mars bars[edit]

sorry i'm somewhat computer illiterate every date in the article refers to mid 1990's i worked at the hilton hotel in toronto in 1981 with a scot which is the first time i heard 0f a deepfried mars bar — Preceding unsigned comment added by 208.74.213.110 (talk) 17:13, 13 July 2011 (UTC)

That would of course be very interesting if it were true, but personal memories are notoriously unreliable, which is why they are not allowed as sources on Wikipedia. Very often, witnesses simply misremember things – long-standing experience in criminal investigation. --Florian Blaschke (talk) 13:16, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
I was at university in Glasgow in the late 80s and early 90s, and they were already being sold by then (1989-90) in the Blue Lagoon chip shops. As well as deep fried pizza - that had been a staple in chip shops for years by that point. I know this is uncitable, but I also know that this chip shop's claim is utter rubbish. Etrigan (talk) 11:31, 21 July 2015 (UTC)

Merge?[edit]

Could we merge this wit the page for Mars bar?Mr.Magik-Pants (talk) 02:54, 6 August 2012 (UTC)

Possible ref?[edit]

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/4564482.stm

--Bananasoldier (talk) 18:35, 22 May 2015 (UTC)