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.

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