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Food Fight: Mars Bars vs Milky Way

Now, you might be thinking to yourself “aren’t these the same thing?” Well, my dear chocolate-loving friend, that’s where you’re wrong. While these two candy bars look very similar (re: Olsen twins status), a taste test can easily tell them apart. This week, the battle crosses the pond, reigniting Revolutionary Era grudges, to see which red, white, and blue flag will be hoisted in victory.

Know Your Candy Bar

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Photo: The Evening Standard

Just to clear things up, once and for all, British Mars Bars and Milky Ways are similar to American Milky Ways and Three Musketeers, respectively. The U.S. version of the Mars bar typically resembles a Snickers bar, unless you find a store that imports directly from the U.K.

Backstory to the Beef

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Photo: The Washington Post

Though both bars are manufactured by the American company Mars Inc., their difference lies in their creators. Forrest Mars (pictured above) ran all the way to England in 1932 to create a chocolate bar similar to his father’s popular Milky Way bar (fashioned after the taste of a milkshake). Ever since, Mars Bars have cemented themselves into hearts (and teeth) of Brits. Let’s find out who did it better, shall we?

Calories (per bar)

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Photo: The Harcombe Diet and Milky Way

Mars Bar: 259

Milky Way: 240

Ingredients

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Photo: Mars Chocolate and Milky Way

Mars Bar: sugar, glucose syrup, skimmed milk powder, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, sunflower oil, milk fat, lactose and protein from whey (from milk), whey powder (from milk), palm fat, fat reduced cocoa, barley malt extract, emulsifier (soya lecithin), salt, egg white powder, milk protein, natural vanilla extract.

Milky Way: milk chocolate (sugar, cocoa butter, skim milk, chocolate, lactose, milk fat, soy lecithin, artificial flavor), corn syrup, sugar, hydrogenated palm kernel oil and/or palm oil, skim milk, less than 2% – milkfat, cocoa powder processed with alkali, malted barley, lactose, salt, egg whites, chocolate, artificial flavor.

Taste and Consistency

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Mars Bar: The chocolate tastes slightly more processed and artificial, but is ultimately enjoyable. The nougat, significantly more powdery, creates a bit of a mess whilst eating. The caramel can often be a bit hard, adding to the mess, but the flavor makes up for it once you finally get a chunk in your mouth.

Milky Way: The chocolate quality is noticeably better (an unusual comment when comparing U.S. and U.K. sweets). The creamy nougat curls with the chocolate and caramel on each bite, making the experience a more delightful, melt-in-your-mouth adventure.

The Good, The Bad, And The Delicious

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While both bars have similar ingredients, one main difference sets them apart.

Mars Bar: There isn’t actually any full-on chocolate in it. Many of the ingredients are derived from powders rather than natural substances.

Milky Way: This bar has its fair share of processing (where would the confectionary world be without emulsifiers?), but is ultimately the culmination of many natural ingredients.

Winner: Milky Way

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Photo: World of Snacks

From taste to sheer quality, the Milky Way is the obvious winner here. Sorry Brits, but let us have this one. You have Cadbury-grade chocolate in almost everything. Almost.

By J. Fergus

J. is an overbearing pizza snob who loves putting as much sugar as possible in cupcakes and coffee. They eagerly awaits diabetes.

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