Friday, January 29, 2010
Milky Way: Simply Caramel
This is one of those reviews born out of review envy. When I saw Cybele's review here, I knew it was one of those things I was going to have to track down for myself. And it took me a few days, but I did indeed score one.
Admittedly, it was Cybele's food-porn-worthy pictures that really sealed it for me. Truth be told, my favorite part of a Milky Way bar is actually the nougat (which is why I like 3 Musketeers bars slightly more).
The Milky Way Simply Caramel is -- as the name tells you -- simply caramel and chocolate. And it is a nice thick slab of caramel. The caramel is soft but not runny. If you bite or pull at it (as we did for the sake of Food Porn), it strings nicely without becoming a gooey mess. If you've ever had a standard Milky Way bar, then you know what the caramel tastes like -- it's exactly the same in this one; there's just way more of it. It's not the most complex caramel ever. If I had to pin a flavor to it, I would say buttery. Not real butter, mind you, more like some lactose intolerant chemist's vision of what butter might taste like. If you are looking for deep, burnt sugar flavor, you are in the wrong place.
The milk chocolate shell is classic Mars milk chocolate. It's smooth, it's milky, it's sweet. There is a touch of throat burn from the sugar.
Honestly, this is a pretty lowbrow bar. It's mass market, and it shows. The caramel is just bordering on not being worth the tooth decay, and the chocolate is a little too sweet. But even with all that said, I still liked the bar. Maybe it's just one of those things that are so average and so unspecial that they turn out to be good (like the odd Lady Gaga song).