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Jul 13, 2007 02:11 PM

World’s Best Candy Bars?

The World’s Best Candy Bars? English, of Course

NY Times article at:

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  1. I laughed as I read that article b/c i had just returned from an English import shop a few towns over where I stocked up on Cadbury Crunchies and Flake bars. I traveled to Ireland many times as a child and loved the chocolate selection over there. And they have Cadbury Creme Eggs year round - lucky bastards!

    I do think the English do milk chocolate the best, but personally my heart lies with very dark chocolate.

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    1. re: stolenchange

      Hmm. Seems to be little more than a comparison of U.S. vs. Brit bars .. a fairly easy call.

      Give me a Violet Crumble from Sydney any day.

      But if Cioccolato Peyrano ever starts making "bars" it's all over ...

      1. re: repete

        I'd kill for a Violet Crumble, but the English Crunchie is a reasonable substitution and so much easier to find in Boston.

        1. re: sailormouth

          See, i'd kill for a Crunchie but the Violet Crumble is much easier to find in Seattle. :)

      2. re: stolenchange

        I love Cadbury Flake. I can't agree that the English, much as I love them, do milk chocolate best. I'd have to go with the Swiss on that one. For dark, I say Belgium rocks.

        That article is cool, I always thought the Cadbury chocolate tasted better and different in the UK and now I know why.

      3. I had to laugh when I read this article. My company is British based and whenever anyone goes over on business, they bring back chocolate! I brought back $20 worth of grocery store Cadbury's and my husband, son and I ate every bit within 4 days.

        I thought it was my imagination that the British Cadbury's were different than the US version until I read this article, so now I feel better about my palate!

        1. I grew up in a very Irish neighborhood in New York and have spent years trying to convince people that American Cadbury bars just aren't the same. I'm partial to the Flake bar.

          1. The very Swedish "Marabou" milk chocolate bar. Heaven.

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            1. re: vvvindaloo

              I work for an Englishman and he keeps a hoard of Flakes, Kit Kats and more around the office -- unfortunately, they just don't taste that good to me. After many taste tests of the candy that he craves to no avail, he finally gave me a Dime bar, which I loved. Then I looked at the label -- it's a Swedish candy you can get at Ikea under the name Daim. I guess British chocolates still haven't made the top of my list!

              1. re: Paladar

                Daim is my absolute favorite toffee bar. Better than Skor and way better than Heath! If you love Daim, try the Marabou bar with bits of Daim in it. it just doesn't get any better!

            2. I couldn't read the article without Times Select. What are some of the candy bars' names? There's a British import shop about 30 minutes away, and I go over there once a month to bank for my mom. I think I'll be making a side trip in August...

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              1. re: amyzan

                The article opened up fine for me. Maybe try again?

                Anyway, here are the candy bars mentioned:
                Kit Kats
                Curly Wurly
                Cadbury Flake
                Cadbury Dairy Milk
                Cadbury Milk bars
                Mars bar (apparently like American Milky Way)
                Malteser malt ball

                1. re: shellyesq

                  Thanks! Now I have reason to be excited about doing the bookkeeping in August--a side run to the British import shop near the bank.

                  BTW, the link didn't pull up the Times Select page this time, how strange. I was able to read the article. Thanks for taking the trouble at any rate.

                  1. re: shellyesq

                    Aero bars on sale this week at Best Yet/Market (NY Metro area), planning on trying one myself finally.