Why is European candy so better than American candy?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by ohaithar, Oct 27, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 29, 2010
    Elk Grove Village, IL, USA
    My mom came back from London, and she brought me a whole bunch of candy, and horry sheet, they where like an orgasm in your mouth. Their kit kat bars taste so much better than ours. My mom also got me some aero and cadbury choco bars, and those blew Hershey out of the water. The taste was more "real", Hershey taste like junk to me now.

    Why can't we produce candy like them?
  2. macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2004
    Peterhead, Scotland UK
    I think we put in more sugar and milk. And it's realy just uk chockie bars, the versions you get in Spain, France, Germany, etc are more like the American versions. In hi school we used to do a thing called achievers international, which was kind of loge running a small business from the classroom. Schools in the uk were paired with schools in the USA or caneda and were encouraged to trade goods with each other. We ended up importing mac makeup and exporting box loads of our good candy. Honestly it was like catnip for you people, we couldn't send boxes quick enough. And we also learned valuable lessons for business and life, like how to get arround the FDA import restrictions.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2006
    Because we put almonds in our Mars bars and the English do not.
  4. macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Hershey tastes like crap. And this is coming from Australia where our chocolate is treated so it won't melt.
  5. macrumors 68030

    Nov 7, 2004
    I used to spend about half the year visiting the our NY office which had a high female to male ratio and was instructed before my first visit on pain of death always to bring as much chocolate as I could smuggle through.

    Have you ever seen those clips of locusts descending upon crops? That's what it looked like. Never understood it until I tasted the local Hershey and Musketeer bars. They just tasted of sugar with no chocolate discernible. Grim stuff.

    I was probably the only person who was happy when the BSD scandal led to a milk product import embargo against the UK, which meant no more having to schlep a skipload of Cadburys over there. The NY girls just looked as if someone had died.

    Disagree about Spanish and German versions differing from the UK. For a long time, both German and UK Mars bars were manufactured in Venlo, for instance. The real difference only happens in high end chocolate rather than the cheap snack bars.
  6. macrumors 65816


    Apr 1, 2008
    Dartford, UK
    The only sweets that I liked in America that we don't have here are almond M&Ms. Mmmm....

    Anyway, the chocolate in the UK is far less sweet and actually tastes of chocolate (I don't really like milk choc that much though) unlike the American one that is just sweet.
  7. macrumors 68020


    May 30, 2010
    I think Cadbury's chocolate wipes the floor with almost every other brand, except Snickers :D As to actually why it's sometimes considered better by people, it might be do with the combination of coco/milk, maybe....I have no idea.
  8. macrumors 603


    Apr 19, 2004
  9. macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    I agree. Give me Hershey's any day.
  10. macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    Just about every grocery store these days has an international foods section...and within this section you can find choccies from the UK.
  11. macrumors regular


    Dec 8, 2008
    London, UK
    I remember hearing that when chocolate was first sent over to the states from europe that it took so long the milk in the chocolate went off and it tasted bad (like hershey's does to me - i live in the UK). Since they didn't know any different they started making chocolate to taste the same as when they first had it (with the gone off milk).

    Can't find any info on this atm but i think i read it in the Times last year.
  12. macrumors 68020


    May 26, 2006
    New York, Baby!
    I was disappointed when American Milky Ways were basically Mars Bars :(

    On the plus side, america still has Pretzel Flipz and Swedish Fish and the UK doesn't :(
  13. macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2010
    In the heart of Europe
    It may have something to do with the receptures. Even regarding the same products. During my university studies in Germany, I ate Twix a lot. Then I tried it once at home and it was worser. Especially the biscuit tasted like class 2. Maybe the ingredients are different? I am not an expert.
  14. Moderator emeritus


    Dec 10, 2008
    Foreign stuff tends to taste better as you get it so rarely ;) You are just too used to the same candy thus it tastes like cardboard so something new will reopen your gustatory nerves and taste delicious :p

    Ingredients may also vary of course. We use a lot milk here in Finland and that's why the best and most famous chocolate of ours is made of pure milk. No crappy powders
  15. macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2009
    Santa Cruz, CA
    I'd agree as well. Though I'd also be the first to state, that it is what I am used to growing up in the US, so my taste buds are most certainly accustomed to "American" chocolate.

    For the flip though, my relatives in Bermuda simply cannot get enough of See's Candy (which I think is possibly only a West Coast thing?). I haven't been back in awhile, but I know that whenever any of us Americans go to visit Bermudian relatives, boxes and boxes of See's are requested and delivered. That and Honeybaked Ham :confused:
  16. macrumors 68020


    Jul 12, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    Sorry for being ethnocentric but American candy is wayyyyy better,,,,,, other non-american candy is either too dark, too dry, too bitter, too natural-like, too expensive,

    Sour Skittles FTW!:D
  17. macrumors G4


    Jun 29, 2002
    Republic of Ukistan
    As far as mainstream bars go, Galaxy is streets ahead of Cadburys. Then of course you have Green & Black.
  18. macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    Engrish pronunciation?

    As I have had it explained to me by my wife who in turn had it explained to her by her stepmother is very high in the food sciences, they have stricter standards in Europe usually. What passes here for "milk chocolate" is a lot of fudging about on contents (pun intended).

    Perhaps it also has something to do with culture. To America, sweets are becoming an every day, cheap disposable indulgence whereas they should be rare treats than can be pricey.
  19. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2005
    Queens, NYC
    BWHAHAHAHA!!! I nominate you for best Macrumors anecdote of the day.
  20. macrumors 68000

    steve knight

    Jan 28, 2009
    Higher cocoa solids in euro chocolate.
    but anymore there are a lot of better quality candy available so it is not a big deal.
  21. macrumors G4


    Aug 24, 2003
    Old York
    High Fructose Corn Syrup, or rather the lack their of.

    The higher cocoa solids also play a part, at least on the continent, british "family" chocolate tends to be vile vegetable oil based crap.
  22. Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    Kite flying
    Tighter food regulation, and a higher percentage (anything from 70%-90%+ which is wonderfully, mouth-puckeringly, bitter) of cocoa solids tend to be found in the better European chocolates, which means (to my mind anyway, - as I don't like sickly-sweet candies or chocolates - a far better product).

    Agree re Green & Black, but Terry's of York also used to make very good quality dark chocolate. Belgium, of course, is in a league of its own; it is extremely difficult not to trip over outstanding chocolate (and outstanding beer) in that country.
  23. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2009
    I do agree that European chocolate generally is much better than American one. However, when I was in London back in 2002 I found out that British food (not candy) tastes horribly awful and apparently British are famous for it. It was so bad even compared to American food (which I'm not a huge fan of either) that the only places where I could eat were either foreign-themed restaurants such as Italian and American or pubs. The latter places had pretty decent food. Everything else was awful. Can somebody explain to me why that is the case?
  24. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    Whakatane, New Zealand
    I took some Whittaker's with me last time I went to the US. Apparently it's a lot better than your American rubbish too :p
  25. macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    Yes, but half the time the bars are not imported, they're American made and taste inferior to the genuine article (I've done the taste test personally). If you want the real thing, a speciality store or a friend who's gone on vacation are your best hope.

    This could be true for some people, but for me personally I know it's not. I have American chocolate (candy) far less often than foreign chocolate. For me I think it comes down to having taste buds that are diametrically opposed to the average American's.
    Ingredients definitely matter a lot. The bulk of American chocolate is produced for sale at very low prices. When prices are structured like that, quality is sure to suffer.

    There are a handful of American chocolate brands that I think do a better job, and I bet that they can hold their own in taste tests. Trouble is, that's also typically the chocolate that costs 4X as much as the usual bargain basement candy bar.
    On the contrary, i've always found British chocolate to be sweeter. It could also be an effect of a higher milk content. For rich texture and pure chocolate flavor, a good Belgian simply can't be beat. ;)

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