Rambo loves sweets. When he came to America, he would always run into the gas station to pick up a new chocolate bar or candy. One day he came out with a 3 Musketeers bar and asked me what it was. I explained to him that it was nougat covered in chocolate, which he happily ate. When he was finished he proclaimed it was like a Milky Way. Thus began the confusion on both of our sides about Mars Bars (which don’t exist to Americans), Milky Ways and 3 Musketeers (which apparently don’t exist to anyone outside of America).
After doing some shopping, I decided to test these Mars Bars and Milky Ways. And, of course, tell you about it!
First up: Milky Way. Any American should recognize this as a 3 Musketeer. Nougat and chocolate heaven.
Then, there’s the infamous Mars Bar. Which Americans will recognize as a Milky Way. Nougat, caramel and chocolate. Apparently, Frank Mars’ son moved to England and started selling Mars Bars 10 years after his father invented them in America as Milky Ways. So, really, it’s all Forrest’s fault.
So a Mars Bar = an American Milky Way. A Milky Way (outside of America) = an American 3 Musketeer. Sorted!
I asked Rambo if he ever gets confused about which one he’s getting (after spending so much time in America), but he said he doesn’t because the wrappers are so different. Which is a fair point.
Once you get past the whole name confusion, the chocolates are the same. I will say that they do taste a bit different though. The chocolate here is much richer in flavor than what we get in the States. Honestly, I can’t help but say that I prefer the American ones because of the richness. Admittedly, I’m not a huge milk chocolate fan (unlike Rambo), so the strong milk chocolate flavors aren’t very appealing to me. One of the iconic things from Scotland is a deep-fried Mars Bar… I’m not ashamed to say I want to try it!