Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Skittles Fizzl'd Fruits: Fizzy logic

Skittles are a favorite of many people and they arguably make some of the best commercials. There are many varieties of Skittles and the biggest change before Fizzl'd Fruits was probably Sour Skittles. Sour Skittles were noticeably larger in size than other types of Skittles, they were covered in sour powder, and they were a bit harder than other Skittles. While they were good, Skittles didn't really come out with anything new for some time, which is understandable, because why would you mess with something good? They then came out with Skittles Crazy Cores which weren't that much different from other kinds of Skittles, despite advertising as being one color on the outside and another on the inside.

Things changed the other day when I went into 7-11 and near the checkout counter, I spotted both a new variety of Skittles and Starbursts. The flavors that were shown on the Summer Starbursts didn't really appeal to me, mainly watermelon, so I opted for the Skittles Fizzl'd Fruits.

As you can see, the bag is blue and the Skittles are sparkled, probably emphasizing that they fizzle. Here's what the candies look like:

The Skittles are powdery looking and have a coarser texture than other Skittles. Aesthetics aside, let's move on to the most important factor when it comes to candy which is the taste. Upon eating it I could tell that there was a definite fizz, but it's not the kind of fizz that I preferred. Imagine, if you will, drinking a soda with a large amount of head. This a fizz that I would describe as a "soft fizz" as in the fizz that you get when you drink the fizz on top of a soda. Some may like this, but I am not a fan. I'm more a fan of whatI call, "hard fizz", that is the fizz you get when you get to the soda itself. This fizz can be found in many Japanese candies and gives for a unique experience, especially when a candy is both fizzy and chewy. The flavors of the Skittles became eventually confusing when you eat a lot of them anyway, so I don't think it's necessary to discuss that. Overall I'd say that you should try it, but I can't see this candy really becoming anyone's favorite.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Milky Way: A Comparative Observation

A candy bar which I haven't sampled in some time is Milky Way. I don't remember much, except that it tasted better than a Three Musketeers bar but was not as good as a Snickers Bar. I noticed that two new variations of Milky Way have been released since the last time I had an original Milky Way. Midnight Dark I believe has been around for some years, but I just recently noticed Simply Caramel. I knew that at this point I would need to purchase the three different kinds of Milky Way bars and compare them. The following are the observations of this study:

Milky Way Original

The first bar that I tried was the original flavor Milky Way. As seen in the picture, the nougat and caramel inside of the bar of chocolate. The elements of the bar all blend very well, and perhaps the only fault of this candy bar is that it may be a tad too sweet. However, ideas like that subjective seeing as people may find it to be just the right amount of sweet. On a scale of 1 to 10 this candy bar would be a solid 7.

Milky Way Midnight Dark

As seen in the picture, the color of the chocolate is noticeably darker than the original Milky Way bar. The chocolate is indeed dark chocolate, being, in my opinion, just the right amount of sweet. You'll also notice the fluff or nougat is a lighter color. The sweetness of the fillings is balanced out nicely by the dark chocolate. This chocolate is able to be sweet without being overly sweet. I would give this bar a 7.5/10.

Milky Way Simply Caramel

The last one that was tested and tasted was the Milky Way Simply Caramel bar. The picture shows that the insides are indeed only caramel. Despite the lack of nougat however, the bar tends to taste like the Milky Way original bar. I was quite surprised and thought that maybe the caramel in the original bar may have overwhelmed the other elements of the rest of the bar. Whatever the case, this bar is a good choice for the chocolate+caramel lover as it is purely caramel on the inside. It is as it is labeled: Simply Caramel. Resembling it's original counter-part, this bar also receives a 7/10.

The importance of this study was to observe and document the differences of the three commonly available Milky Way bars. It was observed that the Milky Way Midnight Dark bar balanced the sweetness of its fillings with dark chocolate, while the other two bars may be preferred by those who like their candies sweeter. A surprising result was the Milky Way Simply Caramel bar closely resembled its original counterpart. Due to these observations, consumers can better judge which type of Milky Way bar they may purchase in the future.