In the run up to Easter, chocolate is bound to be on peoples’ minds more than usual. We’re all busy buying Easter eggs for loved ones and hoping someone gets us the perfect chocolate egg.
Something surprising this Easter has been the aggression directed at the Mint Aero chocolate bar. ‘Mint Aero’ was trending on Twitter after RedOrDead! posted an ultimatum posing the question which chocolate bar would we lose if forced to decide.
“BIG question today. One of these has to go, never to be sold again. What you choosing?” was the caption. The choice was between the following chocolate bars: Mars, Mint Aero, Dairy Milk, Galaxy, Wispa and Daim.
What was surprising was the emotional reaction that followed. It would seem that some people carry a very strong hatred for Mint Aero:
Easy. Whoever created the mint aero committed the gravest sin and will be cast into the fire and pits of hell.
— Tim Cooke – Isolating on hamster wheel of doom. (@sqlblues) April 9, 2020
We're all entitled to our opinions but I could never trust a person who enjoys a Mint Aero. It tastes like forgetting to close your mouth when you're washing your hair.
— SHANE (@shane_reaction_) April 9, 2020
A common thread was that Mint Aero should be thrown “in the bin”. One user even referred to it as “the work of Satan”. Another user claimed it was “a favourite of Heinrich Himmler”.
In response to this hatred, many Twitter users took to defending the chocolate bar.
To all the Mint Aero haters, I personally am very grateful for the Easter Bunny's delivery this morning. pic.twitter.com/8J9pM1taCL
— vickey curtis (@raginspice) April 12, 2020
Others tried to redirect the hatred towards more deserving chocolate bars, such as Turkish Delight and surprisingly, the Mars bar:
Seeing a lot of unjustified Mint Aero hate on the TL today as if the last time anyone purchased an actual Mars bar wasn’t 1999
— Jade Hayden (@JadeHayden) April 10, 2020
Listen. We have our differences, but there is more that unites us than divides us.
Maybe you like Daim or Mint Aero or even a Galaxy, but…
we can all agree that Turkish Delight chocolate bars are manky.
— Darach Ó Séaghdha (@darachos) April 10, 2020
A lot of the Twitter users who were engaged in the Mint-Aero-War over the last week have been reminiscing discontinued chocolate bars, such as the Dream bar (available online at Sansa), and the Mars Delight chocolate bar. I still remember when they took the Dream chocolate sweet out of the Heroes tin in 2008. That was a particularly dark Christmas.
There were a lot of discontinued chocolate products mentioned that the world is probably a better place without, like White Maltesers. I was also reminded of when it was decided that women were allowed to eat Yorkie bars, thank goodness for that.
One thing that surprised me was the exclusion from RedOrDead!’s chocolate execution list of the Bounty Bar. Comedy Central rightly claims that this contentious chocolate bar represents “A shell of a human who has no sense of self”. I’m not sure what went wrong in the office the day the Bounty Bar was conceived but it gave birth to one of the most psychotic inventions in the modern world of chocolate.
To be honest, I am a fan of a Mint Aero bar every now and then, so the next time you want to take to social media to disparage it, I would ask you to please think about all of the other chocolate bars that are so much worse.