If you’ve gotten a hankering for a deep-fried Mars bar, be prepared for this disclaimer. The Mars chocolate manufacturing company would like you to know that it wants nothing to do with Scotland’s greatest contribution to world cuisine since haggis.
Mars has written to the original shop where the deep-fried Mars bar is said to have been spawned into existence stating that the product is not endorsed or authorized by the company. As a part of the measure, Mars is asking that a menu disclaimer accompany the product.
The deep fried treat is reputedly to have originated at the Carron Fish Bar in Stonehaven, Scotland almost 20 years ago – since then, it’s made its way across the Atlantic, joining fried ice cream and deep-fried Oreos amid the pantheon of tasty, heart-stopping delicacies. (Fun fact: The U.S. version of the Mars bar is different from the one sold in Scotland and Europe.)
The move to distance itself from the deep-fried Mars bar was reportedly made out of a health concern for its consumers. The company stated to 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… [but] 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.”