Serious Eats: Sweets
A Guide to UK Chocolate Candy
British chocolate bars: are they really awesomer than their American counterparts? Some say, absolutely-hands-down yes. These are the same people who bring an extra suitcase when visiting just to fill it with British Kit Kats, Curly Wurlys and Aero bars. Are they a bunch of loonies?
Well, a Cadbury from the UK and one from the U.S. definitely have their own things happening. Some say the U.S. bar is sweeter with a slight fruity-ness and ear-waxier texture. The processing and the blending of the chocolate bars from the two regions differs slightly; people have theorized that the UK bars have fewer stabilizers, ergo a better meltiness.
Plus, there's just something fun about the colorful array of UK bars with their British names and retro-feeling fonts.
With all this Royal Wedding hype in the air, our minds were on UK snacks. We mentioned a few of these candy bars in our UK snacks round-up last month, but this guide is just focused on the chocolate bars. It also helped that SENY editor Carey Jones was recently in London and she actually said yes when we e-mailed her on her last day, "Hey, can you pick up every candy bar you, um, see?" (You should have seen the looks she got at Tesco at 5:30 in the morning with a basket of 40 candy bars.)
In the end, we liked some bars more than others. There were plenty that we'd want to swap out for an American Twix or 100 Grand bar from the drugstore around the corner. The British-candy-is-better argument sounds a little like when people from Detroit swear up and down that Vernor's Ginger Ale is much better than all other ginger ales. Is it? Maybe, but that's not really the point. There's got to be some hometown provenance loyalty happening, eh?
Herewith, an assessment of each chocolate bar, munchie, frog, etc.:
Flake and Ripple »
Toffee Crisp »
Cadbury Crunchies »
Nestle Milkybar »
Galaxy Bars »
Aero / the Bubbles Genre »
Cadbury Dairy Milk Freddo »
Cadbury Wispa »
Twix Xtra, Kit Kat Senses, Milky Way »
Cadbury Dairy Milk Bliss »
Nestle Munchies »
What's your favorite British candy?