Maltesers consist of a roughly spherical malt honeycomb centre, surrounded by milk chocolate. They are most popular in Denmark, the UK, Australia, Switzerland, Spain, Ireland, Canada, Poland, France, Hong Kong, and Portugal. Maltesers are sold in a variety of packaging, includingplastic bags (ranging in size from small 'fun-size' upwards), larger cardboard boxes and tubes, and plastic buckets (ranging in size from medium to very large). They also have medium sized "teasers" in celebrations boxes. Maltesers are also one of the types of sweet included in Mars's Revelsassortment.
The current name is a portmanteau of the words "malt" (one of the main ingredients) and "teasers".
The current Maltesers' slogan is "The lighter way to enjoy chocolate" - earlier slogans have included "The chocolates with the less fattening centre", "No ordinary chocolate" and "Nothing pleases like Maltesers". The Australian version also contains the line: "Made in Australia... ...exported to the world." In the 1930s, advertisements claimed that the Maltesers honeycomb centre is seven times less fattening than ordinary chocolate centres; this led marketers to claim it was beneficial for weight loss.
Maltesers are also included in packets of Revels.
In the UK, the ingredients are: Sugar, Skimmed Milk Powder, Cocoa Butter, Glucose Syrup, Barley Malt Extract, Cocoa Mass, Vegetable Fat, Lactose, Demineralised Whey Powder, Milk Fat, Wheat Flour, Emulsifiers (E442, Soya Lecithin, E492), Hydrogenated Vegetable Fat, Raising Agents (E500, E501, E341), Salt, Gelling Agent (Pectin), Flavouring.
In Canada, the ingredients are: Sugar, Modified Milk Ingredients, Malted Milk Powder (Malted Barley, Corn Syrup, Modified Milk Ingredients, Wheat Flour, Modified and Hydrogenated Palm Oil, sugar, Wheat Gluten, Sodium Bicarbonate, Potassium Bicarbonate, Salt) Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Corn Syrup, Palm and Palm Kernel Oil, Lactose, Malted Barley Extract, Soy Lecithin, Ammonium Salt of Phosphorylated Glyceride, Pectin, Sorbitan Tristearate, Artificial Flavour.
- Whoppers, chocolate-flavor coated malted milk balls produced by The Hershey Company in the United States.
- "Mighty Malts", malted milk balls manufactured by Necco.
- "White Maltesers" Maltesers made with a white chocolate coating.
- "Mylikes" Chinese sweets made by Liang Feng Food Company which started making chocolates in 1982
- Ovalteenies the round malted milk and chocolate sweets
- "Whispers"' malted milk chocolate balls manufactured by Cadbury