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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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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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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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Mars Bar: 259

Milky Way: 240



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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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.


Milky Way Candy Bars Stuffed With Marshmallow Will Soon Be Hitting Stores


Fans of Milky Way chocolate bars will be pleased to hear that a new flavor is set to hit stores soon. Parent company Mars Chocolate announced that they’ll be releasing a Milky Way Marshmallow with Caramel Bar.

The new snack is made with marshmallow nougat and caramel. It’s then topped with milk chocolate. A typical Milky way bar is filled with a chocolate nougat instead of marshmallow.

Expect to find the Milky Way Marshmallow with Caramel Bars on store shelves this July. Each bar has a suggested retail price between $1.09 and $1.39. The snack will only be available for a limited time.


Eating Nutella is as Healthy as Eating Cake Batter


We already knew that all of those Nutella commercials telling mothers that the hazelnut spread is part of a healthy breakfast were selling chocolate-covered lies, but we didn’t quite realize that putting Nutella on your toast is basically just soaking it in cake batter. Though Nutella does contain significant amounts of protein and is indeed made from hazelnuts, two tablespoons of the stuff contains two hundred calories, twenty-one grams of sugar, and eleven grams of fat — making it roughly as healthy as a Milky Way candy bar.

It’s okay, Nutella. The health myth dies hard, but we here at Foodbeast have put Nutella in so many things we love (including popsicles, cinnamon rolls, truffles, muffins, and marshmallows, to name a few) it only makes sense that we’d stuff Nutella in our arteries as well. We’ll die happy.

H/T to ABC News + PicThx to Gawker


New Milky Way French Vanilla and Caramel Candy Bars Will Probably Make Awesome Coffee Stirrers

Banking on research which suggests consumers are more willing to try new flavors from brands they already know, Mars Candy is taking an extraordinarily high-risk gamble and announcing a new flavor for its popular Milky Way bars: limited-edition French Vanilla and Caramel.

Yeah, pretty exciting stuff.

Trading out the traditional chocolate-malt nougat for a French Vanilla-flavored one, but keeping everything else, French Vanilla and Caramel is the first new flavor for the brand since Simply Caramel appeared two years ago. Fans of the brand can probably get a lot of use out of it as a super sweet coffee stirrer to go along with their Milky Way lattes.

So what if it’s not revolutionary, I can still dig it.

New Limited Edition Milky Way French Vanilla and Caramel bars will be available February 2013, $1.09 for the 1.72 oz. size.

[Via CSPnet]

Cravings Sweets

Craving: Deep Fried Milky Way Balls

As if Milky Ways weren’t delicious enough on their own, someone deep fried them. Game. Over. Son. (PicThx TIWYF)