MORE chocolate in the US can mean a lot different than cravings in the UK.
While the two countries have comparable candy options, many with similar names or very similar flavors, Britons and Americans will argue that their candy is superior.
As an American-born chocolate lover, I was keen to try foreign candies with some of my favorites.
And to make things interesting, I got my British editor, Josie Griffiths, to taste the American version of her country’s prized candy.
She arrives in New York for the week and flies straight with merchandise from UK store shelves.
We’re not the first to have this debate – Britons have previously stated that American chocolate “tastes like vomit”, while Hershey’s milk is said to be “slightly curdled”.
Neither of us have ever tried anything from the other’s home country, but we already have an idea which country we’d love more – but that’s about to change.
We compared six chocolates, picked the same candy bars from each, and used a blindfold to keep our reviews honest.
After each bite, we tried to guess which version we were familiar with and hadn’t tried before.
Let me tell you – your favorite chocolate taste is much different under the satin eye mask.
HERSHEY BAR (USA) VS. REPAIR CADBURY (UK)
Based on squishHershey’s chocolate has butyric acid in it, “the same chemical that makes vomit smell and taste rancid.”
This caused Hershey’s eaters to experience a sour taste.
The first test was the iconic American Hershey’s milk chocolate bar, which rose above Britain’s Cadbury’s Dairy.
Apparently, there is no such sour feeling in Cadbury.
Josie was the first to try a little of each milk chocolate option, and as soon as a piece of Hershey’s touched her taste buds, she knew what it was.
“Hershey’s is beautiful, but I like Cadbury better, but that’s because I’m used to it,” says Josie.
Entering this chocolate party, I heard whispers from people around my office that American candy was significantly sweeter.
I can confirm that after trying Cadbury’s.
Maybe it’s the competition in me, but I think Hershey’s is more satisfying and Cadbury’s a bit bland.
Hershey’s taste doesn’t suit me.
Hershey’s has 25 grams of sugar and Cadbury’s has 19 grams. The difference in sweetness is undeniable.
CADBURY (USA) VS. CADBURY (UK)
While we were lucky enough to try the Milk Milk bar straight from London, Cadbury’s has a presence in the US.
So next, we compared the US version to the UK version to see if at least those versions were the same.
Josie gasped as she bit into the American Cadbury.
She said: “Oh, no. That’s weird. It’s not UK Cadbury. I think it’s drier.”
I understood what she said when I compared them.
UK Cadbury Chocolate tastes like the perfect complement to a milk chocolate craving.
WHOPPERS (USA) VS. MALTESERS (UK)
Next up in the range are the Maltesers and the Whoppers: the battle of chocolate-covered malted milk balls.
I’ve never been a fan of the Whoppers, but I much prefer them over the British alternative.
Maltesers are harder to crack – literally. While some people might like the hard middle, I prefer the softer malted milk inside the Whopper.
However, Josie couldn’t shake the sweetness of American chocolate. She appreciated how delicious they were but couldn’t eat more than one.
“It’s definitely the Malteser that I like more. I could happily eat countless of them and move on,” she admits.
But her taste buds don’t know that there’s a gram more sugar in the Maltesers than there is in the Whoppers.
KITKATS (USA) VS. KITKATS (UK)
KitKats look the same in both countries, except that the UK KitKat bars are a bit darker – and while a KitKat bar in the UK has 20.5 grams of sugar, a bar in the US has 22 grams of sugar.
Josie thinks the UK version is more sour than the US version.
While the soft wafers in the US KitKat are tempting, she prefers the tasting option.
And me too. The UK version doesn’t seem to have any taste to me.
I guess I like my milk expired?
3 Musketeers (USA) VS. MILK SUGAR (UK)
Believe it or not, the Milky Way of the United Kingdom is not the same as the Milky Way of the United States.
The British version is comparable to the American 3 Musketeers candy bar.
In appearance and texture, the Milky Way UK and the 3 Musketeers are almost identical.
This confused Josie and I as we tried to guess which one was which.
Josie loved the creamy consistency of the 3 Musketeers, mistaking it for the Milky Way of Great Britain.
“This is a bit drier, reminds me of American cow’s milk,” she said, biting into the British selection.
At this point, my mind started to break down – and my stomach started spinning. I got the full but pushed through.
The sugar might have gotten into my head because I’m starting to like foreign candies more.
One bite of three musketeers is too much for me. Milky Way UK seems I can enjoy more without getting sick any time soon.
However, nothing compares to the Milky Way of the US – not even the Mars Bar of the UK.
MILKY WAY (USA) VS. MARS BAR (UK)
As soon as the Milky Way entered my mouth, I knew all too well.
Mars Bar was ok, nothing too special in terms of taste.
I may be biased, but I firmly believe that the American Milky Way is unparalleled in terms of sweetness and softness
So does Josie. Mars Bar clings to the roof of her mouth too much.
However, she thinks the texture must mean it’s an American candy, but it’s not.
DOVE CARAMEL (USA) VS. GALAXY CARAMEL (UK)
Finally – and at least – Josie and I tried the British Galaxy Caramel and the American Dove Caramel.
Personally, it’s like picking the best out of the worst. I don’t like the overflowing liquid I get from both of them.
But since I had to choose, I chose Galaxy. Dove Caramel is made with too much filling and not enough chocolate – although I’m not sure if I would have preferred the outer crust.
I’m tasting yogurt, and not in Hershey’s delightful way.
“Oh, that’s interesting. Oh. Oh. That’s not cool,” Josie agreed.
After completing our lunch chocolate table, it’s safe to say that Josie and I won’t squander US sweets anymore.
In short, I’m flying to London for my next chocolate treat.