Friday, May 4, 2012
British vs. American Candy
Evidently, this Brit vs. US candy bar debate is intense and bitterly divided. If you grew up with Cadbury's Dairy Milk bars, you are not a fan of the US version produced by Hershey's:
It’s a different bar from the Cadbury bar available in the United States. According to the label, a British Cadbury Dairy Milk bar contains milk, sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, vegetable fat and emulsifiers. The version made by the Hershey Company, which holds the license from Cadbury-Schweppes to produce the candy in the United States under the British company’s direction, starts its ingredient list with sugar. It lists lactose and the emulsifier soy lecithin, which keeps the cocoa butter from separating from the cocoa. The American product also lists “natural and artificial flavorings.”
And Brits find our iconic Hershey Bar to be "sour". Sour? Super-sweet maybe. Waxy perhaps. But Sour?
There are different versions of the Mars Bar and the Kit Kat (which P stated categorically she will NOT be eating in England):
"Mars bar, the prom queen of British candy bars. About three million of them are made daily in Slough, just west of London. It’s like a less sweet version of the American Milky Way, rather than the almond-stuffed American Mars bar. Kit Kat, invented in York, England, in the early 1930s and available in versions that match the tastes of, variously, Japanese, Germans, Australians, Canadians and Americans."
This tidbit here nearly killed my love of British candy entirely:
"Cadbury Milk bars, including the mint crisp, whole nut and Turkish delight with rose jelly. "
What the hell is Turkish Delight with Rose Jelly? And what is it doing in a candy bar!?
We will have to do some intensive investigatory work when we are in England, and will report back on the US v. Brit Candy Wars.