Maltesers are a chocolate-covered candy treat made by Mars Ltd. and widely distributed around the world. Maltesers went into production around 1936, in England, made from a secret recipe brought from the United States. Production of these one-bite treats was halted briefly during World War II. Meanwhile the company's mainstay, Mars bars, were being sent to allied soldiers around the world.
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The dough is automatically mixed and shaped by a machine. The top three ingredients are sugar, modified milk ingredients and malted milk powder.
The preformed dough balls are sent through a continuous oven on a conveyor belt. The centres of Maltesers are baked into a crisp, honeycombed texture.
The cooked balls are then coated with chocolate in a coating pan, which resembles a cement mixer and keeps the balls moving so they do not stick together. Sprays of chocolate are added at timed intervals to build up the layers. Finally, a coating spray of edible wax is added.
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