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Air Fryer Mars Bar. How to air fry your favourite mars bars in the air fryer. A great alternative to the deep fried mars bar and so delicious.
Have you ever heard of covering your favourite chocolate in pastry and deep frying it? Well this is the air fryer version.
Use our air fryer mars bar recipe for mars, twix, cream egg, fudge and any of your other favourites.
Air Fryer Mars Bar
I went for lunch at a fish and chip restaurant in Spain in the summer of 2019. The food was delicious, and I am not a huge fish and chip shop fan.
So, you know it is good for me to eat it.
What amazed me, is that it was Scottish owned, and they did absolutely everything that you could think of and it went well beyond fish and chips.
There was battered haggis, battered black pudding and of course battered mars bars.
I mentioned this to Dominic, and we talked about how the everything battered is more a Scottish thing than a general British thing, but still makes a nice change to the classic fish and chip shop food.
Back home and I have become obsessed with how much of that Scottish fish and chip menu can be reinvented for the air fryer.
How we could make some of those battered delights in the air fryer and save a few calories along the way.
As this is Scottish week on Recipe This, I thought it would be perfect timing to take the battered mars bar to the air fryer.
What Is A Deep Fried Mars Bar?
But first, before we talk about converting the deep fried mars bar to the air fryer, I am sure you want to know what is a deep fried mars bar?
Well they are a popular sweet treat that you can mainly purchase in fish and chip shops. My husband Dominic who used to work as a chef, used to get regular orders for them and used to enjoy the deep fried mars bar himself.
They are the mars chocolate bar that have been covered in batter and then deep fried, using the batter that you would use for battered fish. A heart attack waiting to happen!!!
Where Do Deep Fried Mars Bars Come From?
The deep fried mars bar originated in Stonehaven, Scottland back in 1995. Two lads dared a fish and chip shop to make them one to see if it would taste good.
The deep fried mars bar then got the attention of journalists and before you know it, it was a thing throughout the United Kingdom.
Fast forward to 2020 and there are many fish and chip shops around the globe that sell the world famous battered mars bar.
It has travelled so far now, that you can get it in Australian fish and chip shops!
Converting The Deep Fried Mars Bar To The Air Fryer
Even though I love a deep fried mars bar at the chippy, it lacks a sweet flavour. The batter is meant for deep frying haddock and is not meant for the mars bar. The batter is also way too thick for most people.
That is why converting the deep fried mars bar to the air fryer and making your own pastry is ideal.
You can use the sweet version of my air fryer pie crust, like we did and then load a mars bar onto rolled out pastry and then cover the mars bar until you can no longer see it.
Then air fry it like you would do with other air fryer baked goods.
But the best thing is that shortcrust pastry (also known as homemade pie crust) is the perfect thickness for a battered mars bar.
That is because too thin like filo pastry and the caramel from the mars bar will fall out and too thick and the texture is all wrong.
What Ingredients & Gadgets Go Into Air Fryer Mars Bars?
There are 3 main ingredients that go into an air fryer mars bar:
I would recommend before making your air fryer mars bar that you have a good air fryer that will consistently make them for you. There seems to be some very cheap brands of air fryers that my readers keep complaining are breaking on them.
The reason I suggest a grill pan is that the grill pan works much better when cooking recipes that involve dough.
Otherwise, if you just use the air fryer basket it tends to stick to it and the food falls out. This can also make cleaning it a nightmare too!
How To Air Fry A Mars Bar?
- Make your sweet shortcrust pastry and roll it out.
- Place a mars bar onto the pastry and roll it up so that each mars bar you make is covered in pastry.
- When you are done, load the mars bars into the air fryer and cook.
- Serve warm sprinkled with icing sugar.
More Air Fryer Sweet Treats
Here at Recipe This we love easy air fryer sweet treats. We have several of them that we cook regularly including:
- Air Fryer Chocolate Chip Cookies – I love to make homemade chocolate chip cookies in the air fryer. They are perfect for supper with a movie and you can’t just have one!
- Air Fryer Victoria Sandwich – Dominic’s favourite sponge cake and perfect for a spot of baking in the air fryer.
- Air Fryer Chocolate Ganache – YES you can make your favourite chocolate sauce in the air fryer. Perfect for when you have a recipe that calls for melted chocolate or you want to make a chocolate fondue.
- Air Fryer Churros – Grab your favourite frozen bag of churros and cook them in the air fryer. So good you will want to add frozen churros to your weekly grocery list.
Air Fryer Mars Bar
- Get your butter out of the fridge and allow it to reach room temperature.
- In a mixing bowl add the butter, caster sugar and self raising flour. Rub the butter into the flour and sugar until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add water to the breadcrumbs one bit at a time, while mixing with a fork until you have a mixture that resembles a dough. Knead a little until you have a soft pastry dough ball.
- Roll out your pastry and cut into 6 similar sized pieces.
- Roll each mars bar up in one of the six strips, making sure that there is no mars bar visible.
- Place your mars bars into the air fryer grill pan, making sure they are not overcrowded.
- Cook for 6 minutes at 180c/360f.
- Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve.