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Mars Releases Limited-Edition Milky Way Marshmallow with Caramel Bar

Mars Releases Limited-Edition Milky Way Marshmallow with Caramel Bar

Mars Chocolate’s new edition of the much-beloved Milky Way candy bar is made with marshmallow nougat and caramel

Was Milky Way your favorite candy growing up?

The Milky Way candy bar, one of the classic American chocolate bars (and No. 9 on our list of America’s favorite candy bars), is about to get a mallow makeover.Mars Chocolate has announced the newest incarnation of one of their best-selling chocolates: the Milky Way Marshmallow with Caramel bar, which promises to deliver a “magnificent combination of fluffy marshmallow nougat covered with a layer of smooth caramel, enrobed in creamy milk chocolate” to snack aisles everywhere.

Sadly, this new iteration of the classic Milky Way bar is very limited-edition, and will appear on convenience and grocery store shelves only in July and August this year. The 1.72-ounce bar carries a suggested price of $1.09 to $1.39.

This isn’t the only limited-edition Milky Way variety that Mars has introduced. In 2011, the Milky Way Simply Caramel bar was released (it contained no nougat), and in 2012, Milky Way Caramel Apple Minis were available during the Halloween season.


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It’s fun to see the new iterations of favorite candy bars for Halloween. Some get new shapes or packages, but Mars has gone a little further with their Limited Edition Milky Way Caramel Apple Minis.

They say, “Combining the irresistible tastes of chocolate, rich and creamy caramel and apple, this new item brings a unique, new flavor to trick-or-treating, decorating and snacking.”

I had a tough time finding them in Los Angeles, but spotted them at CVS in Pennsylvania last week and managed to stash a bag in my luggage before leaving.

The Minis part of the Mars line is rather interesting. They’re far smaller than a snack sized bar, taken out of the mylar wrappers, you could easily tuck them in little fluted cups and put them in a candy box.

Each piece is .3 ounces (or 8.6 grams) and about 38 calories. They’re .8 inches square (a little shorter than a cube, about .7 inches tall). A suggested serving size is 5 pieces for 190 calories.

The big difference between the mini and the regular bar is the proportion of chocolate. The chocolate here is a thin veneer, just enough shell to hold the fillings.

The candies look no different inside than a normal Milky Way Mini. (Not like those Shrek Snickers which had green nougat.) This is comforting, as the candy smells more like apple pie a la mode than green apple Jolly Ranchers.

The scent has a light touch of milk and sweetness along with a hint of cinnamon and baked apple. The caramel and nougat are distinct layers. The nougat is a little on the mellow spice size, with notes of nutmeg and chai. The caramel seems to be where the apple flavors come from, more like apple cider and apple peels than an artificial apple flavor but it’s exceptionally mild.

Of all the formats for Milky Way, I prefer the mini, as it’s not too sweet and three can satisfy me quickly. I was not looking forward to this version, but was pleasantly surprised. That’s not to say that I thought they were transcendent and there are far better flavor combinations that I think would translate well to this, like Chai Spice.

For a Green Halloween for ethically sourced and clean ingredients, this candy doesn’t make the grade. Mars is making great strides towards using certified chocolate, starting in the US with their Dove line, but has not rolled it out in the Milky Way line in the US as yet.

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I am a junk food addict, and even I had no interest in eating these after the first one. There’s just something odd and off-putting about the flavor combination… I brought the rest of the bag into work

I bought a bag of these for the candy jar at work. They’re very popular with the crew at work. I can’t bring myself to try them though, as much as I love Milky Ways I don’t like fake apple flavor. :/

I’ve seen these a couple of times but haven’t convinced myself to pull the trigger. I tried the Brach’s Caramel Apple corn and found the Apple aftertaste off putting, so that and the comments aren’t helping. The Brach’s caramel corn however, is excellent.

I really liked these but I don’t mind the combo of cinnamon, apple and chocolate. There is a great chocolate shop here in Dallas called Chocolate Secrets and they have a wassail truffle during the holidays. It has similar flavors. I found these at Target.

I found these at Target. I have to say I was disappointed with the flavor. They smelled wonderful, like a chocolate caramel apple, but the flavor was just okay. I didn’t dislike them, but I won’t be buying any more. I’ll stick to the Milky Way Dark.

As a Milky Way fan, I had to at least try these. I’ve shared them with a number of friends, and everyone goes through the same facial expressions:
1. Good
2. Brow furrowing when the apple cinnamon flavor bursts
3. Confused nodding as they try to decide if they like it or not

I think it tastes like a chocolate-covered caramel apple, and the apple isn’t too strong/fake. But I much prefer regular Milky Ways to these.

To me, these tasted more like apple pie than caramel apple. I was hoping the apple flavor would be similar to that in the Japanese apple-flavored Kit Kat, which were fantastic.

apple, caramel and chocolate! yum!<3

I think, these tasted great! <|:) Thanks Mars for trying something fun & new. Tasted even better cold and I can’t wait to bake with them. My only down side you can only find them at Sav-Ons or Cvs, though a few commenters have I guess found them at Target. As for you doubters and a ‘I cant do fake apple’ read the reviews & try one there, is Nothing fake here! Reminds me of a high end carmel chocolate apple, with a hint of spice. Yummy!

My boss had some of these in her candy jar. I dont like Milk Ways but being a huge fan of caramel apples I decided to try one. Im glad I did, I loved it! It had just the right amount of cinnamon. Im hoping I can find more to stock up on before they are taken off the shelves.

Where can I find these carmel-apple milky-ways.

Love Milky Way, but this one tastes not like caramel apple, but like some type of pumpkin pie dessert. A little bit disappointed.


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Mars has been teasing quite a few new candy items lately, the first one to hit store shelves will be their Milky Way Marshmallow with Caramel Bar. The press release says it delivers a magnificent combination of fluffy marshmallow nougat covered with a layer of smooth caramel, enrobed in creamy milk chocolate.

Limited Edition bar should hit shelves in July or August . when they’re gone, they’re gone. (Though sometimes Mars will bring back a limited edition item.) The Impulsive Buy readers have already spotted them in the wild.

The bar looks good. The fluffy white nougat is definitely different from the normal Milky Way nougat. The scent is also a change from the traditional Milky Way, it’s less malty, less milky smelling. There’s a slight vanilla note to it, even before biting.

It’s a very sweet but clean tasting bar. There’s no lingering malty notes, not as much of a salty hint either. It tastes fresh. So if the concept of the Milky Way bar appealed to you, but the fact that the nougat was malty was holding you back, this might be the bar for you. Is it marshmallowy? No, the texture of the nougat is not smooth, not as fluffy as actual marshmallow. However, if you’re a vegetarian, the fact that it’s a nougat (made with egg whites) and not a marshmallow (made with gelatin) might be a selling point.

The bar contains soy, egg and milk and also may contain traces of peanuts. There’s no statement on gluten.

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I will have to keep an eye out for these, I really liked the French Vanilla Version I found on clearance at CVS! Can’t go wrong with a good bar for 298 cents

Wow, sweet is an understatement here! I bought one yesterday and almost couldn’t finish the bar. It also didn’t have quite enough of an actual marshmallow flavor.

However, it was a million times better than the similar French Vanilla bar- which tasted like an old Easter basket.

This would be great in a mini version. I would buy a bag of them, but I’m not sure I will buy another regular sized bar.

Oops, hit send to soon. They would have had a homerun with this one if it was wrapped in dark chocolate.

It’s a shame these are only a limited edition! I am addicted to them and have only been able to find them in one store. They are sweet and I’m kind of glad the marshmallow isn’t as marshmallowy as an Easter egg marshmallow.

Milky Way marshmallow is the best candy bar we have tasted in years! Please keep them coming!


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For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

The Mars Milky Way bar was the first chocolate-covered candy bar to find widespread popularity in the United States. It was developed in 1923 by the Mars family, and became so successful so quickly that the company had to build a new manufacturing plant in Chicago just to keep up with demand.

Youll need a heavy-duty mixer for this recipe.

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Nougat is an important ingredient in the 3 Musketeers Bar, as well as in many other candy bars created by Mars. Nougat is made by mixing a hot sugar syrup with whipped egg whites until the solution cools and stiffens, creating a frappe. Other ingredients may be added to the nougat during this process to give it different flavors. In this recipe, you'll add chocolate chips to create a dark, chocolaty nougat.

But the 3 Musketeers Bar wasn't always filled with just a chocolate nougat. In fact, when the candy bar was created back in 1932, it was actually three pieces with three flavors: vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate. After World War II, the product was changed to a single chocolate bar because that was the favorite flavor, and customers wanted more of it. Thankfully they didn't change the name to 1 Musketeer.

You'll need a heavy-duty electric mixer for this recipe.

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In early 1985, restaurateur Rich Komen felt there was a specialty niche in convenience-food service just waiting to be filled. His idea was to create an efficient outlet that could serve freshly made cinnamon rolls in shopping malls throughout the country. It took nine months for Komen and his staff to develop a cinnamon roll recipe he knew customers would consider the "freshest, gooiest, and most mouthwatering cinnamon roll ever tasted." The concept was tested for the first time in Seattle's Sea-Tac mall later that year, with workers mixing, proofing, rolling, and baking the rolls in full view of customers. Now, more than 626 outlets later, Cinnabon has become the fastest-growing cinnamon roll bakery in the world.

If those cute little cookie peddlers aren't posted outside the market, it may be tough to get your hands on these—the most popular cookies sold by the Girl Scouts every spring. One out of every four boxes of cookies sold by the girls is Thin Mints. This hack Girl Scout cookie thin mint recipe uses an improved version of the chocolate wafers created for the Oreo cookie clone in the second TSR book More Top Secret Recipes. That recipe creates 108 cookie wafers, so when you're done dipping, you'll have the equivalent of three boxes of the Girl Scout Cookies favorite. That's why you bought those extra cookie sheets, right? You could, of course, reduce this thin mint recipe by baking only one-third of the cookie dough for the wafers and then reducing the coating ingredients by one-third, giving you a total of 36 cookies. But that may not be enough to last you until next spring.

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Update 11/16/17 : You can make an even better clone using a chocolate product that wasn't available when I created this recipe. Rather than using the semi-sweet chocolate chips combined with shortening and peppermint for coating the cookies, use Ghirardelli Dark Melting Wafers. You will need 2 10-ounce bags of the chips, mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract (and no shortening). Melt the chocolate the same way, and dip the cookies as instructed.

These soft, creme-filled sandwich cookies were the first snacks produced by McKee Foods back in 1960. It was his 4-year-old granddaughter Debbie after whom founder O.D. McKee named his line of snack cakes. O.D. was inspired by a picture of the little girl in play clothes and a straw hat, and that's the image we still find today on every package. The secret to cloning these mouth-watering snacks is re-creating the soft, chewy consistency of the oatmeal cookies. To duplicate the texture, the cookies are slightly underbaked. Then you whip up some of the easy-to-make creme filling with marshmallow creme and spread it between two of the oatmeal cookies to complete the sandwich.

Even though this clone recipe duplicates the tiny bite-size versions of the candy, you're free to make yours any size you like. The technique here is a tweaking of the previous secret formula that was featured in Low-Fat Top Secret Recipes, and it includes several upgrades. I found that more cocoa, plus the addition of salt and butter to the mix improved the flavor. I also found that bringing your sweet bubbling mixture to the firm ball stage 250 degrees F (you do have a candy thermometer, right?), and then stretching and pulling the candy like taffy (fun!) as it cools, will give you a finished product more like the real deal.

Look at what F. W. Rueckheim started. He was the guy who, back in the late 1800s, made candy-coated popcorn a national treasure with the invention of Cracker Jack. Now we've got Fiddle-Faddle, Screaming Yellow Zonkers, Crunch 'n Munch so many other candy-coated popcorns. Sure, these other varieties don't have the traditional prize inside the box, but let's face it, those prizes are pretty weak compared to what used to be found at the bottom of a box of Cracker Jack when I was a kid. And the old-fashioned molasses formula used on Cracker Jack just doesn't have the appeal of some of the other tantalizing candy coatings on popcorn today. Butter toffee is a good example, so that's what I've reverse-engineered for you here. It's a simple recipe that makes a finished product so tasty you'll have to beg someone to take it away from you before you finish the whole bowl by yourself. All you need is a candy thermometer, some microwave popcorn, and a few other basic ingredients to re-create a home version of popcorn heaven.

Anyone who loves Olive Garden is probably also a big fan of the bottomless basket of warm, garlicky breadsticks served before each meal at the huge Italian casual chain. My guess is that the breadsticks are proofed, and then sent to each restaurant where they are baked until golden brown, brushed with butter and sprinkled with garlic salt. Getting the bread just right for a good Olive Garden breadstick recipe was tricky—I tried several different amounts of yeast in all-purpose flour, but then settled on bread flour to give these breadsticks the same chewy bite as the originals. The two-stage rising process is also a crucial step in this much requested homemade Olive Garden breadstick recipe. Also check out our Olive Garden Italian salad dressing recipe.

They're the world's most famous French fries, responsible for one-third of all U.S. French fry sales, and many say they're the best. These fried spud strips are so popular that Burger King even changed its own recipe to better compete with the secret formula from Mickey D's. One-quarter of all meals served today in American restaurants come with fries a fact that thrills restaurateurs since fries are the most profitable menu item in the food industry. Proper preparation steps were developed by McDonald's to minimize in-store preparation time, while producing a fry that is soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. This clone requires a two-step frying process to replicate the same qualities: the fries are par-fried, frozen, then fried once more to crispy just before serving. Be sure to use a slicer to cut the fries for a consistent thickness (1/4-inch is perfect) and for a cooking result that will make them just like the real thing. As for the rumor that you must soak the fries in sugar water to help them turn golden brown, I also found that not to be necessary. If the potatoes have properly developed they contain enough sugar on their own to make a good clone with great color.

Now, how about a Big Mac or Quarter Pounder to go with those fries? Click here for a list of all my McDonald's copycat recipes.

The first Auntie Anne's pretzel store opened in 1988 in the heart of pretzel country—a Pennsylvanian Amish farmers' market. Over 500 stores later, Auntie Anne's is one of the most requested secret clone recipes around, especially on the internet. Many of the copycat Auntie Anne's soft pretzel recipes passed around the Web require bread flour, and some use honey as a sweetener. But by studying the Auntie Anne's home pretzel-making kit in the secret underground laboratory, I've discovered a better solution for re-creating the delicious mall treats than any clone recipe out there. For the best quality dough, you just need all-purpose flour. And powdered sugar works great to perfectly sweeten the dough. Now you just have to decide if you want to make the more traditional salted pretzels, or the sweet cinnamon sugar-coated kind. Decisions, decisions.

Although the drink is 99 percent sugar water, that other 1 percent is the key to the drink's unique taste. The tangy citrus flavors, from lime juice, citrus oils, and citric acid (today the citric acid has been replaced with phosphoric acid), was used by pharmacist John Pemberton to overcome the inherent unpleasant bitterness of cocaine and caffeine. Even after removing the cocaine from the drink, it was still necessary to conceal the ghastly flavor of kola nut and coca leaf extract from the taste buds with the sweet, tangy syrup.

To make an accurate clone of Coca-Cola at home, I started with the medicinal ingredient, probably just as John did. But rather than harvesting kola nuts, we have the luxury of access to caffeine pills found in any grocery store or pharmacy. One such brand is Vivarin, but it is yellow in color with a thick coating and it tastes much too bitter. NoDoz, however, is white and less bitter, with a thinner coating. Each NoDoz tablet contains 200 milligrams of caffeine, and a 12-ounce serving Coke has 46 milligrams in it. So, if we use 8 NoDoz tablets that have been crushed into powder with a mortar and pestle (or in a bowl using the back of a spoon) we get 44 milligrams of caffeine in a 12-ounce serving, or 36 milligrams in each of the 10-ounce servings we make with this recipe.

Finding and adding the caffeine is the easy part. You'll probably have more trouble obtaining Coke's crucial flavoring ingredient: cassia oil. I was hoping to leave such a hard-to-get ingredient out of this recipe, but I found it impossible. The unique flavor of the Coke absolutely requires the inclusion of this Vietnamese cinnamon oil (usually sold for aromatherapy), but only a very small amount. You'll find the cassia oil in a health food store (I used the brand Oshadhi), along with the lemon oil and orange oil. The yield of this recipe had to be cranked up to 44 10-ounce servings since these oils are so strong—just one drop is all you'll need. Find them in bottles that allow you to measure exactly one drop if you can. If the oils don't come in such a bottle, buy eyedroppers at a drug store. Before you leave the health food store, don't forget the citric acid.

This recipe, because of the old-fashioned technique of adding the syrup to soda water, creates a clone of Coke as it would taste coming out of a fountain machine. That Coke is usually not as fizzy as the bottled stuff. But if you add some ice to a glass of bottled Coke, and them some of this cloned version, the bubbles will settle down and you'll discover how close the two are. You can keep the syrup in a sealed container in the fridge until you are ready to mix each drink with soda water.

Because subtle differences in flavor can affect the finished product, be sure to measure your ingredients very carefully. Use the flat top edge of a butter knife to scrape away the excess sugar and citric acid from the top of the measuring cup and teaspoon, and don't estimate on any of the liquid ingredients.


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Mars often teases new products months in advance, they announced the Milky Way Limited Edition French Vanilla back in August 2012. It’s supposed to hit store shelves in February, but last summer there were quite a few readers who reported it on shelves already (which could have been test marketing in select cities).

The wrapper is lighter in color, even lighter than the Milky Way Caramel bar, so it should be easy to spot on shelves. The bar is a little smaller, too, at 1.72 ounces instead of 1.84.

It does smell a lot like vanilla. Some of the vanilla notes are authentic, fragrant and round with a little alcoholic rum note to it. But part of it has a fake sweet note as well, which could be an artificial flavor in there.

The construction of the bar is the same as all the American Milky Ways, a nougat base with a stripe of caramel on the top and then a swirly coating of milk chocolate. I found the ratio of caramel and nougat a little off, I seem to recall more caramel than these had.

The vanilla flavor is potent but also seems to heighten the sweetness of the nougat, the caramel and the very milky milk chocolate. The whole thing is sticky and though I found it to be passable, it’s not a bar I might eat again. Cover it in dark chocolate and throw some almonds in there, and I think we’d actually have something great. I might be more satisfied with the ratios if these were the minis. Otherwise, with some strong tea, I thought it was a nice treat.

I’m still unclear if these are out in stores at the moment or if they’ll show up. Mars also said that they were introducing Twix Sugar Cookie minis over the 2012 Christmas holiday, but I can’t find anyone who actually found them in stores. This flavor is more distinctive than the French Vanilla 3 Musketeers that came out back in 2007.

Mars is working on ethical cacao sourcing, starting with their Dove line in the United States. The bar contains soy, eggs and dairy and may contain traces of peanuts. There was no gluten statement on the wrapper. The samples I got were made in Canada, I have no idea if the final version will also be made there.

(I apologize for not getting better shots of the bars. I got two as samples in October but both were smashed in transit. I did my best to find a good angle on the best looking bar. I didn’t want to wait for them to show up in stores, as Los Angeles seems to get limited edition Mars items much later than the rest of the country.)

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  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE

Weird…the picture on the wrapper seems to indicate a lot more caramel than your photographs show as well! I wonder why they do things like that? Just be honest, Mars!

Really liked the Milky Way French Vanilla. Where can I get it since I can’t find it on store shelves.

Walgreens in Illinois and Indiana had these last fall. We bought quite a few but now it is after the day they said they would be out and they are nowhere to be seen.

Just tasted the French Vanilla Milky Way. Loved how the flavor just popped when I bit into it. I think this is my new favorite Milky Way.

Had my first bar of this french vanilla at one of my local 711 stores. After that I was hooked. Thought they would be a common find but after searching other stores for them and finding no more on the shelves where I first bought them I am hoping this becomes a new regular addition in the Milky Way lineup. I am a big fan of Simply Caramel.


34 retro chocolate bars that need to be brought back IMMEDIATELY

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If you're a chocolate fan and still cling onto the memories of your favourite back in the day, you're going to love this round up. See if your favourite has made the list!

Ah retro chocolate bars, they bring back the sweet smell of childhood. From the bubbly honeycomb of a Crunchie to the caramel peanut fusion of delight that is a Snickers, everyone’s got a favourite chocolate bar. But what happens when your best loved treat gets discontinued? Some cry, some start angry Facebook campaigns – but here at GoodtoKnow, we compile a furious article about it, of course!

While they might not be bringing back the beloved Nuts About Caramel bar, or reviving their Marble bar, Cadbury have delighted fans recently by launching a selection box containing four retro bars.

Big congrats @CadburyUK for releasing this wonderful limited edition set of retro packaged bars. Makes the chocolate taste even better! pic.twitter.com/XSER01HoJc

&mdash James Max (@thejamesmax) October 23, 2017

For £5.95 you can now buy Dairy Milk, Dairy Milk Whole Nut, Dairy Milk Caramel, and Fruit & Nut, all in retro packaging. Chocolate bars with a blast from the past? Yes please!

But, it still doesn’t quite compare to the reality of actual retro chocolates and flavours being brought back to shop shelves.

So, here are 34 retro chocolate bars we demand to see back on our shelves as soon as possible. We hope you’re listening, chocolate makers!

1. Mars Delight

Mars Delight, the lighter and fluffier sibling of the standard Mars bar, entered stores in 2004, but was sadly discontinued in 2008. However, fans are trying to rally up signatures with a petition to bring back the beloved treat.

‘I’ve been craving a mars delight for about 5 years,’ wrote someone on the petition, which has reached over 4,000 signatures. Sadly, a spokesperson for Mars has stated: ‘It’s nice to hear that there are still some fans of Mars Delight out there. We regularly review our product ranges and we will pass the feedback on to our Marketing team, but at the moment, we have no immediate plans to bring Mars Delight back.’ We still have hope!

2. Mars’ White Maltesers

These little balls of malty white chocolate were loved by many. But clearly, not by that many because Mars stopped selling them a few years ago. Since then, petitions have been launched on Change.org (with little success, unfortunately). Luckily for all those Malteser fans out there, it doesn’t look like the classic version is going anywhere soon! And if you believe the rumours, there might be a new flavour of Maltesers launching soon – mint! Chocolate or breath freshener? You decide.

3. Quality Street Toffee Deluxe

We’ve got some seriously sad news for Quality Street fans, especially those who favour a Toffee Deluxe. After 80 years Nestle have decided to swap the beloved Toffee Deluxe for a Honeycomb Crunch in the run up to Christmas 2016. We’re certainly going to miss our toffee favourite. Nestle released the following statement to back up why they’ve removed this popular chocolate ‘We wanted to celebrate Quality Street’s 80th birthday by introducing the first new sweet for nearly a decade,’ says Nestle. ‘We did extensive research and found that the Honeycomb Crunch was the most popular option.’ We’re GUTTED.

4. Cadbury’s Tiffin

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Yes, we’ve got great news for Tiffin fans. This delicious chocolate bar will be returning to supermarket shelves in a ‘Special Edition’ form in 2016 in the UK. The Tiffin chocolate bar was first sold back in 1937 but has been scrapped twice due to poor sales. We’re sure this generation are going to love it!

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In March 2016, news broke that Cadburys had been slowly removing the Time Out that we know and love from our shelves. When one loyal fan tweeted the brand to ask what had happened, the brand said that they had ‘combined the two original slim fingers into one delicious, wafery bar for only 35p that now contains 111 calories’, and that it was now known as the Time Out Wafer. The new incarnation is delicious, of course, but couldn’t we have had both?!

Much like a chocolate Pringle, these thin and crisp chocolate delights came in five amazing flavours – Milk Chocolate, Hazelnut, Caramel Crunch, Mint and Orange. Eating a whole pack in one sitting was way too easy – but we’d do it all over again if we could get our hands on them.

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Okay, so these aren’t strictly a chocolate, but we definitely wish we could see this tube of chewy toffees on the sweetshop shelves now! These glue-your-teeth-together treats have been gone since 2008, but we still miss them every single day (especially the mint ones).

We’re pretty sure these biscuit and chocolate balls were aimed at the kids, but we still ate more than our fair share of them when they launched in 1997. You can’t get them in the UK anymore, but apparently they’re still sold in South Africa – anyone fancy a chocolate cruise?

Nougat + toffee + chocolate = a match made in chocolate bar heaven. Texan bars were one of our absolute FAVES, as was crying “Sure is a mighty chew!” before consuming them. Nestle did re-release Texans in a wave of 2005 nostalgia, but then cruelly took them back out of our lives again. What a tease.

10. Milk Tray Bar

We don’t know why this fusion of ALL of the chocolates from a Milk Tray chocolate box worked, but the point is, it did. Strawberry cream, fudge, Turkish delight, hazelnut – and that elusive lime barrel that you can’t get for love nor money nowadays. Rest in peace, zesty old friend.

We’d really like to shake the hand of whoever thought of putting nuts, raisins, fudge and cereal pieces in a chocolate bar – and have swift words with whoever pulled Fuses out of production! The mini versions in the tubs of Cadbury Heroes were always the first to go in our house – was it really 2006 when we last unwrapped one of these beauties?!

12. Kit Kat Senses

Oh Cheryl Cole, how your career has changed. You might be an X-Factor judge and solo chart topper now, but we still fondly remember your Girls Aloud days – and more specifically, the ad for the beyond yummy Kit Kat Senses bars, which were basically a Kinder Bueno by any other name.(Here is it, for old times sake…)

13. Kit Kat Caramac

On the subject of Kit Kat-related deliciousness, where the flipping heck did the Kit Kat Caramac go? These crispy wafers coated in creamy caramel chocolate were one of the best bars EVER – the only problem being the snappable finger format, because people always expected you to share.

70s children will definitely remember the Aztec! One look at that iconic purple wrapper and we can almost taste the caramel-nougat centre. Nowadays, we have to make do with Mars Bars, which are probably the closest modern chocolate bar you can buy, but if we’re honest, it just isn’t the same!

We don’t know what they had to do with the musical instrument, but we do know that we could never decide between the coconut or roast nut bars (and always ended up eating both anyway). Want to see Banjos revived? Someone’s created a Facebook campaign to get them back on the shelves!

16. Wispa Mint

Wispa (and Wispa Gold) have been brought back into Cadbury’s current range – but what about our beloved Wispa Mint? Tucked inside that shiny green wrapper was every mint chocolate lover’s dream – sweet, bubbly chocolate with a hint of peppermint goodness. If they bring these back we’re buying in bulk, just in case the worst should happen again.

17. Mint Crunchie

Now that we’re on our minty-fresh high horse about the Wispas, we’re going to kick up a fuss about Mint Crunchies too. These crunchy bars of gold were all of the things we love in one delicious package, and it’s an absolute travesty that they’re not being made anymore.

18. Orange Crunchie

Whilst we’re at it, we’ll have the orange ones back too. Thanks in advance, Mr Cadbury.

If you’re a fan of tropical chocolate, you were probably as obsessed with Cabana bars as we were. To this day, there’s nothing quite like that caramel, cherry and coconut centre (and no, before you say it, a Bounty bar doesn’t count). If we try really hard, we can just about picture ourselves in the slightly sinister jungle from the advert…

20. Snow Flakes

The crumbliest flakiest chocolate did taste like chocolate never tasted before, when the geniuses at Cadbury decided to put their white ‘Dream’ chocolate inside a standard flake and blow our tiny chocolate-loving minds. Sadly, these fabulous creations are no longer available – and come to think of it, has anyone seen a Dream bar recently?

21. Taz
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When we were kids, Freddos cost 10p – and you could pick up a Taz at the same time. With the Looney Toons Tasmanian Devil in pride of place on the front, we thought these were the best things you could buy with spare change from your pocket – but the early frog clearly had more fans, as Taz was discontinued and replaced with the caramel Freddo instead.


22. Treets

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It makes us sad that our kids will never know the joy of a bag of Treets. Whether you went for peanut, toffee or mint, you know that when you opened that packet, you’d be greeted with the chocolatey nuggets of pure, crispy-shelled joy that no one has managed to replicate since. All together now, “they melt in your mouth, not your hand”…

23. Echo
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Fox’s Echo bars were classic lunchbox biscuits – just the right size to be stashed away next to the sandwiches and apples – although we must confess that we were partial to dipping these bubbly bars into a cup of tea too. The milk and white chocolate ones were obviously the best, but we’d never say no to a mint one either.

24. Five Centres
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It seems impossible to us that Fry’s stopped making these in 1992 – it feels like just yesterday that we were guessing whether it’d be raspberry, coffee, blackcurrant, orange or lime in our dark chocolate coated square. Considering they launched in 1924, they had a pretty good run, but we’d love to see them back and reinvented – especially as they were dairy free and vegan, so everyone could enjoy them!

25. Amazin Raisin
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Well, there’d be no missing this bar in a line up! The bright and beautiful packaging reflects the bar inside, which was simply bursting with goodies like nougat, caramel and raisins. It’s basically rum and raisin ice cream in sweet form – how could we not want to see these in the shops again?

26. Terry’s Pyramint

The shape, the filling, the gloriously moody green and brown packaging – there’s nothing about Terry’s Pyramint we don’t miss, but they haven’t been in stores since the 90s. If your love for the Pyramint runs as deep as ours, we’d suggest trying this homemade version from one of the geniuses at Pimp That Snack – it’s not for the fainthearted, but it’s probably the closest thing you’ll find these days.

27. Cadbury Spira

The joy of the Spira was that you got not one but two swirly bars of delicious Cadbury choc. There were no bells, no whistles, no nuts, no fudge – just pure, unadulterated chocolate heaven – which is precisely why we wish we could have them in our shops (and bellies) again.

28. Cadbury Marble

Seriously, Cadbury, you’ve got a lot to answer for – giving us milk chocolate, white chocolate AND praline in a bar, and then taking it away? Cruel, just cruel!

Ahh, Secret – our guiltiest 80s pleasure. With its fluffy, moussey, marshmallow-esque centre and thick coating of Nestle chocolate, it was one of our all-time favourite treats – apparently it was withdrawn due to low sales volume, but we were so obsessed with them we’re pretty sure we were buying enough to keep them in business ourselves!

30. Nuts about Caramel

Yes, you can get these in ice cream form. Yes, they are delicious. But no, they are not a replacement for the bar.

31. Applause

Applause bars were made with a wholemeal biscuit AND they had raisins in them, so they’re basically healthy, right? We reckon Holland and Barrett would put in a massive order – if only they’d bring these 90s wonders back…

32. Treasures

Oh gosh, we’re going back to the 70s now, which makes us feel old, and more to the point, hungry. Treasures were a little like the 5 Centre in that they had different flavours in every square, but when someone invents a time machine, these are the first thing we’re bringing back.


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The Mars family of candy bars, as far as I’m concerned, is all about nougat. They put it in all their legacy bars: 3 Musketeers, Mars (now Snickers Almond), Snickers and Milky Way. For a very short period of time they actually made a plain old caramel and chocolate bar, it was called Marathon.

Back in 2007 or 2008 there was a brief limited edition in miniature form of the Milky Way bar with just the caramel. Then it became a regular item in 2008 in Canada as Mars Caramel (and nut free to boot). It’s taken a while for it to return to the United States, but now it’s available in full bar form here, too (though this one is made in the USA and doesn’t have the no nuts seal, it actually doesn’t list peanuts as a possible allergen . just egg and of course soy and milk which are in the ingredients.)

The Milky Way Caramel bar fills a hole in the American candy bar grid of confectionery possibilities. It’s a firm caramel covered in milk chocolate. It is unlike the Cadbury Caramello which is a flowing caramel covered in milk chocolate or the Rolo which is small pieces filled with a flowing caramel.

It’s attractive, as are most Mars candy products. The block is smaller than the standard Milky Way bar. It’s only 1.91 ounces instead of 2.05 and not quite as high (as there’s no fluffy nougat in there).

The milk chocolate is thick and doesn’t flake off. The caramel is a milky amber color and has an excellent glossy pull to it. The texture of the caramel is silky smooth and though it’s dense it’s not quite chewy. The scent of the whole bar is a bit like a toasted sugared cereal, not much chocolate punch but plenty of buttery notes.

The caramel has flavor, but that’s just it, it tastes like “flavor” not an authentic “boiled until it caramelizes” sugar flavor.

The whole thing is sweet and of course it’s a lot of caramel to eat, though certainly not as cloying as Caramello. I’ve had a couple of these bars (the broken one pictured above I got at the NACS convention in October and the package was from this weekend) and I simply cannot finish one in a single sitting. I like the proportion of chocolate to caramel and the texture is distinctive. There’s an overriding milk flavor to the whole thing, which I liked. But I prefer my chocolate to be darker and my caramel chewier (it probably doesn’t help that I spent the weekend eating See’s Scotchmallows.). But my preferences aside, it’s well done: real chocolate, no artificial colors and great textures.

Other reviews of Mars Caramel (which is a slightly smaller bar than the American one, so the proportions of chocolate to caramel may be different): The Candy Critic, Jim’s Chocolate Mission, Candyrageous.

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Oh dear…Milky Way is my favorite mass market candy bar, and caramel is one of three flavors I can’t resist in any incarnation (the other two being cinnamon and lemon). I’ll be searching for this!

remember when candy bars were .25 cents? I clearly have to stay away from this one.

Please give me a white chocolate version!!

Caramel can be so tasty. It is a little hard to chew though!

Chocolate Bars - you’ve tried one and found it too chewy?

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How does the texture and consistency of the caramel compare to milk duds? Have you never reviewed milk duds?

Is this a limited edition or not? And is there any chance that Mars might do a dark chocolate version?

Rebecca - I’ve never reviewed Milk Duds, especially since they went to a mockolate coating, but I should. The caramel is softer and less chewy than a Milk Dud.

Johhny - they are a regular item and have been around for a few years in Canada. I would love to see this in a dark version as well. (Maybe even a chocolate caramel too.)

my wife loves milky way carmel candy bars where can she find this candy bars

I love it. Bought the minis months ago and haven’t found them since. Didn’t realize it was limited but I will look for them again. These are terrific.

I tried one of these bars on a whim and thought it was just scrum-diddly-umptious. The fact that I ended up eating a half of the bar on one day and the other half the next was actually a bonus, as opposed to the view of too-sweet or too-rich to eat in one sitting. HOWEVER, since that first one, they seemed to have disappeared from the area. I’ve tried 5 different stores now and no luck. Doesn’t that figure?

Will the small chewy minis ever come back? milkyway caramel chews..omg this was so good and I would love to have it again. Please bring it back.

i always ate a Milky Way bar by eating the nougat first and saving the caramel and chocolate for last. The best for last! So, I thought I died and went to Heaven when I bought this new bar. It’s the Top of the Muffin! And, what’s wrong with you folks that can’t finish a bar in one day? Are you kidding me. I could eat 10 in one day!

I saw a whole box of these when I went to Sam’s Club the other day. I was trying to be good so I didn’t get it :( I haven’t stopped thinking about it since.
I remember as a child I’d always eat the caramel layer of the Milky Way bar. So this bar is just perfect for me! I know I’m heading straight for these on my next visit to Sam’s!

.25 cents? I remember .10 cents and I’m only 48. One of the best bars around. I love them. Just as I did the Marathon…

They are delicious. I like them better than the real Milky Way.

Guess I better stock up before it’s too late.

The new Milky Way w/caramel is DELICIOUS! I have been searching and searching but can’t find them any more. Will they be back.

This bar confirms what I’ve long suspected: I’m a choco-caramel-holic. And not only can I eat one of these in one sitting, I went to the market yesterday SPECIFICALLY to pick up this bar, and bought THREE. Here I am the next day downing one at 11:15 in the morning. I think that pretty much says it all…

Milky Way Simply Carmel is now my favorite candy bar, but would really like to see them in fun size bars so I don’t eat a whole one at once.

I’m going to cut them up and put them in brownies!! add pecans and what a gooey turtle brownie this will be!! can’t wait!

This is one of my favorite candies right now. I LOVE the REAL chocolate that IS MARS. I could not see this as a mocklate candy, but if Nestle or Hershey were to make something like this, it would be real chocolate at first, but then quietly they would sneak a redo with mocklate.

The thickness of the chocolate is amazing, Mars has good chocolate and they are not scared to give you a nice thick piece of chocolate. The caramel is very good, not excellent, but close to it. I would like the caramel to be slightly firmer, and a little more chewy, but the combination of the flavor of the chocolate and caramel is wonderful.

Earlier this week I sent emails to Mars, Nestle and Hershey, to Mars and applaud them using real chocolate and Hershey and Nestle I lambasted that some of their candies do not use real chocolate, I got a humorous response from Hershey, and nothing from Nestle. The only thing I begged Mars to do is come back out with the Marathon bar.

I would rate this candy an 8 - tasty.

as the rest of these people please bring back the mini caramel chocolate bars. the regular size bar is not the same at all! I never go into any store that I don’t check the candy isle for the milky way mini caramel chocolate candy wrapped in gold foil! I have my husband and all my friends looking, please bring them back.

I LOVE THESE! MMM, just ate one for breakfast! I know, no self control, ive ate one for the last 5 days I think!

Is Mars candy made in the USA?

These are good, but how is this branded as a “Milky Way?” If there is no nougat, isn’t it something completely different that what the Milky Way name represents. I am not the only person appalled by the name attached for this.

@Dude I feel exactly the same way! This is a new candy bar, not a variation of an established candy bar.

I am in love with the caramel milky way bars that are out for Halloween. The problem is that I cannot locate them. I bought them in a Karn’s grocery store in the area and they no longer have them—so much for Halloween (10-12-13). I have visited other grocery stores to no avail.

As a long-time big fan of the original Milky Way, I was delighted when they came out with the Milky Way Dark version. Then, later, I found Simply Caramel and have been supporting their presence by buying the mini-bars whenever I can (cleaning out store shelves on occasion). I’ve been anticipating seeing a dark chocolate version of Simply Caramel, but have not yet.

I just discovered that Hershey’s has filled this gap nicely with Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Caramels. Mars: your move.

When will we be able to purchase the caramel milky ways again?
Miss them, and according to what I have read, I am not the only one…. please
Jackie

This was by far the best Milky Way I ever had. Now after Halloween we cannot find it in any of our store. HELP! Bring them back to us. Love the carmal!!

Why can’t we find Simply caramel Milky Ways in any stores? After Halloween that was it, never to be seen again.
Where can we find them? Sandy Armitage


The 20 Most Popular Candy Bars (that will take you down memory lane!)

It’s interesting to note how so many of our favorite candy bars have been around for decades and even today, enjoy massive popularity across the globe. Here’s a list of the 20 most popular candy bars of all times –

1. Hershey’s Bar

Manufactured by one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in the world, The Hershey Company, Hershey’s Chocolate Bar is widely popular across countries and the company’s flagship product. Made with ‘farm fresh milk’, Hershey’s bar is soft and smooth to eat. Fun fact – it is also known as the ‘The Great American Chocolate Bar’.

2. Milky Way

Milky Way candy was the first filled candybar. A delicious mix of chocolate, nougat and caramel, Milky Way candy is distributed by Mars Inc. and named after a popular malted milk.

3. KitKat

“Have a break, Have a KitKat” – if this chocolate candy bar was not iconic enough, its strapline sure is. Considered to be the first confectionary brand sourced from 100% sustainable cocoa, KitKat is a chocolate-covered wafer that can be snapped in half and eaten.

4. CandyBar App

Alright – not something you can eat, but something to chew on. We named our blog and app CandyBar for several reasons because we think it’s sweeter when shared with a friend, because we want you to come back for more like a loyal customer,, and because we want our CandyBar make our customers smile – like a real candy bar.

5. Take5 Candy

Launched by The Hershey Company, Take5 candy comprises of five layers – pretzels, caramel, peanut butter, peanuts and milk chocolate, giving it the best of sweet and salty. It was relaunched in 2016 to cater to the evolving tastes of the new generation.

6. Whatchamacallit Candy

Another product of The Hershey Company, Whatchamacallit candy bar might have a hard-to-recall name but you know this candy when you taste it. Consisting of chewy caramel, peanut crisp and smooth chocolate, Whatchamacallit candy bar is sure to fill your stomach.

7. Oreo Chocolate Bar

Imagine the Oreo cookie, coated with Milka chocolate – that’s Oreo candy bar for you. It is tasty, crunchy and comes in two sizes – Oreo Chocolate Candy Bar and Oreo Big Crunch Bar. Launched in 2016, Oreo candybar is the company’s first-ever candy bar.

8. PayDay Candy

Not too fond of chocolate? Here’s something you can relish – PayDay candy bar. Made of salted peanuts and caramel, this candy is both sweet and salty. What’s more if you are on a gluten-free diet, you can treat yourself to a PayDay candy bar without any worry.

9. Marathon Candy

Who remembers the iconic Marathon candy bar? Manufactured by Mars Inc., this was an 8-inch braided caramel layered in milk chocolate. Unfortunately, eight years after the launch, Marathon candy bar was discontinued in 1981 and is till today fondly remembered by many.

10. Chunky Candy

Living up to its name, Chunky candy bar is one chunky treat. Filled with milk chocolate, California raisins and roasted peanuts, it is manufactured by Nestle. Chunky candy bar has a thick bar of chocolate, divided into easy-to-break sections.

11. 100 Grand B

Chocolate, caramel and crisped rice – all of these make up the iconic 100 Grand candy bar. Nestle claims that the bar contains 201 calories and is low in cholesterol and sodium. 100 Grand candy turned 50 in 2016 and is considered to be a “luxurious” chocolate bar.

12. Coffee Crisp

A popular Canadian candy, Coffee Crisp boasts of crispy wafer, coffee-flavored candy and chocolate. It is loved because it is a light, yet tasty snack. This classic Canadian candy recently celebrated its 75th anniversary and continues to treat fans to new, limited-edition flavors.

13. GooGoo Cluster

The first combination and round-shaped candy, GooGoo Cluster contains peanuts, marshmallow and caramel, dipped in milk chocolate. Known to be chewy, crispy and delicious, it promises to take you down memory lane.

14. Big Hunk

Another non-chocolate candy bar, Big Hunk is produced by the Annabelle Candy Company. It is a bar of honey-sweetened nougat and whole roasted peanuts. It is low on fat and is among the healthier candy bars.

15. Butterfinger

Butterfinger is the perfect marriage of crispy peanuts and milk chocolate. While this candybar has been around since 1923, in February 2019, the brand announced an “improved recipe” which happens to be a healthier take on the original.

16. M&M’s

Characterized by fun colors, M&Ms is a universal snack favorite. They come in different colors and flavors such as almond, peanut butter, dark chocolate and more. What people love about this candy is how hard it is on the exterior and smooth on the inside.

17. 3 Musketeers

Produced by Mars Inc., 3 Musketeers is whipped nougat wrapped in a layer of milk chocolate. It claimed to be the largest chocolate bar when it was launched.

18. Almond Joy

If you love coconut, you ought to love Almond Joy candybars. In addition to coconut, it consists of milk chocolate and whole almonds. In case you prefer dark chocolate, you can opt for Mounds candy, also part of the Hershey’s family.

19. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Coming in the shape of a cup, this candy consists of peanut cream along with dark, milk or white chocolate. It comes in various sizes and the company also releases holiday-themed flavors from time to time.

20. Nerds Candy

Sold by Nestle, under the Willy Wonka Candy Factory brand, Nerds are colorful, pebble-shaped mini candies. They are crunchy and come in several flavors such as grape, strawberry, watermelon, cherry and orange. Each box has two compartments, with one flavor each. Nerds candy primarily consists of dextrose, sugar and malic acid.

Happy Bars

From Halloween and Christmas to birthday parties and other special occasions – we all have fond memories attached to candy bars. Go ahead, share your favorites in the comments section.