Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Milky Way French Vanilla and Caramel
It's a pleasant surprise seeing Milky Way experiment a bit. The last time they mixed it up that I can remember was a few years ago when they implemented the now-permanent Milky Way Simply Caramel, which is an incredible product.
Anyway, French vanilla sounded like an interesting angle for a chocolate bar. Wikipedia tells me that "French vanilla" is distinguished from normal vanilla flavoring by conventionally (not technically) containing a stronger vanilla flavor, or instead a custard flavor, since French ice cream was historically in the style of frozen custard. For products that do not contain custard, like this one, Wiki says that caramel or butterscotch are sometimes added.
As you sink your teeth in, you can tell that something isn't quite as expected. The vanilla is indeed strong; a perfume of it fills your mouth as you chew. As you get further, it becomes clear that something is added to the vanilla nougat to make it feel richer. My bet is on butter flavoring. This isn't the first time I've seen butter used as an attempt to mimic other flavors.
In the end, it's just not quite right. You literally can't taste the caramel or chocolate in each bite, and instead you're left with a mix of vanilla and butter. I supposed it's not bad for a change, but I can't see myself reaching for one of these ever again.
Milky Way French Vanilla and Caramel:- Passable
Original Milky Way (for comparison):- Good