Milky Way French Vanilla and Caramel

Kcal 220 Fat 8g Fat (sats) 6g Carbs 35g (per bar)

Long time readers of Chocolate Mission will already be well aware of this, but for new comers, I think I should reiterate to avoid any confusion. Our British Milky Way is very different from the American chocolate of the same name. America’s Milky Way is our Mars Bar.

To jazz things up a little our beloved Mars Bar often gets a makeover in the form of limited edition variations. One such example, you might recall, is the Mars Hazelnut. Things are no different in the US when it comes to their Milky Way, and at the beginning of the year they released Milky Way French Vanilla and Caramel. Since then the ‘Limited Edition’ label has been removed, which leads me to conclude it has been so popular they have decided to give it a permanent place on the shelves.

As this is a product from the US, we of course won’t be able to pick it off the shelves, but you can still get your hands on a bar from online retailer, American Soda, for £1.29.

I think the wrapper looks very appealing, and really enforces the vanilla element, not only with the creamy yellow, but also with pictures of the vanilla flowers floating above the chocolate bar. The Milky Way Bar itself looks no different to our own Mars Bar. That is until you get to the inside filling inside, which has a startlingly white nougat centre as opposed to its usual brown.

That’s because we are swapping deep malty tones for strong notes of vanilla. Vanilla is usually quite a gentle, subtle flavour, but here it is very dominating. I expect the reason for this is because of the artificial flavourings so prominently advertised on the wrapper, as if it were something to be proud of. How can it be French vanilla when real vanilla isn’t even used?

While it is not a fact that sits well with me, I must admit it works a treat. The vanilla is a delicious addition, and while in the winter months, I would definitely want to stick with an original Mars, during the summer, I would gladly have this lighter tasting alternative.

At first the buttery caramel is a gorgeous accompaniment, but the further you get through the bar, the sweeter and sweeter it gets. Usually I find it irritating when a special edition bar is reduced in size (and not in price), but here I wanted the bar to be much smaller. I think the Milky Way French Vanilla and Caramel would actually work best as one of those ‘fun size’ bars or better yet as a miniature bite-size piece like you find in a box of celebrations.

Now that I have sampled a number of American chocolate bars, I have come to the conclusion that to them the filling is the most important aspect. I have yet to come across a bar that has a chocolate coating as good as you get in the UK. The chocolate for their Milky Way looks appealingly thick, but its texture is all wrong; it is too hard and refuses to melt. The packaging claims it has ‘rich chocolate’, but that could not be further from the truth. It is essentially flavourless. Since it is flavourless, it does not detract from the great tasting filling inside, but it is a shame that they can’t seem to get both right.

Presentation: 7
Aroma: 9
Taste: 7
Sustenance: 9
Texture: 6.5
Overall: 7.7