When did Marathon become Snickers and why? mentioned in Unforgotten!

Shakespeare famously said, “A rose with any other name would smell so sweet,” but would a Snickers with any other name taste so good? When did marathon become Snickers?

Some of you will remember when the candy bar was called the marathon.

But when did a marathon bar become Snickers and why?

The question is crucial as Unforgotten is returning for his fourth series …

Here is everything you need to know!


When did Marathon become Snickers and why? (Photo credit: cover images)

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When did marathon become Snickers?

Snickers is an American chocolate bar made in 1930 and named after the Mars family’s favorite horse.

The Snickers chocolate bar consists of nougat, peanuts and caramel with a chocolate coating.

However, the bar was marketed under the name Marathon in the UK and Ireland.

In 1990 Mars decided to rename Marathon in the UK.

We’re a fan of nostalgia, however, and last year Mars released a limited special edition of the bar and called it Marathon again!

The classic marathon bar returned to the supermarket shelves of Morrison and McColls stores.

The retro chocolate was available as a marathon bar for three months.

A popular revival followed the year before in 2019.

Snickers remains the UK’s second most popular chocolate bar after Cadbury’s Dairy Milk, with worldwide sales of £ 1.6 billion per year.

Why did Marathon become Snickers?

Mars has decided to rename Marathon in the UK and bring it in line with the rest of the world.

Mars bosses changed the name Marathon to Snickers in 1990.

Famous ads for the chocolate bar included one in 2006 when Mr. T of The A Team berated a soccer player who appeared to be faking an injury.

In another advertisement, Mr. T Bars started with a swimmer who refused to enter a swimming pool because of the cold water temperature.

Those ads usually ended with Mr. T saying, “Snickers: get some nuts!”

Unforgotten returns for a fourth series
Unforgettable return for a fourth series – and the candy bar becomes decisive (Credit: ITV1)

Marathon / Snickers scandal

Workers removed thousands of Snickers and Mars bars from shelves in New South Wales in December 2000 because they feared they had been poisoned.

Someone sent a series of threatening letters leading to fears that the candy bars had been poisoned in Australia.

The last letter contained a Snickers bar that was contaminated with a substance that was later identified as rat poison.

How Many Calories in a Snickers?

According to Mars, a normal Snickers bar contains 280 calories and 14 grams of fat.

In January, Snickers, Twix, and Mars released 21g, 100 calorie versions of their treats.

Unforgettable fourth series: why does a Snickers / Marathon bar matter?

The unforgettable fourth series begins with a corpse found in a junkyard.

The body appears to have been frozen in a household refrigerator for years.

When DI Sunny Khan finds a marathon sleeve in the deceased’s pocket, it helps date the man’s death.

Unforgettable return to ITV1 on Monday, February 22nd, 2021 at 9 p.m.

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