The Good: Taste good, Inexpensive, No aftertaste
The Bad: Obviously not very healthy.
The Basics: Milky Way makes a decent basic chocolate and caramel candy bar with the Simply Caramel, a basic candy bar worth picking up!
It seems like I have been having quite a bit of caramel lately, whatwith the post-Easter Caramel Cadbury Egg review (here!) and now the Milky Way Simply Caramel chocolate bar my wife slipped into my Easter basket. Because I have actually become health conscious in the last few months, my review of the Milky Way Simply Caramel chocolate bar will not allow me to simply focus on how it is an excellent, very basic candy bar. No, it becomes a much more mixed review as this small candy bar has 250 calories and is such a far cry from being nutritious that it is hard not to address that.
That said, Mars Chocolate managed to impress me with the Milky Way Simply Caramel as it is a good, sweet, very basic chocolate bar that lives up to what it promises very well. To be honest, the fact that it does not have the usual dry caramel aftertaste left me impressed and makes it easy for me to endorse the bar, even if an objective rating knocks it down a little.
Milky Way Simply Caramel is a pretty standard Milky Way candy bar, designed to appeal to all consumers. The 1.91 ounce candy bar is wrapped in a yellow and brown plastic wrapper, insinuating flowing caramel. Inside, smooth candy bar looks like what one might expect, a milk chocolate rectilinear food that is remarkably nondescript. The Simply Caramel flavored Milky Way is about 4" long and 1 3/16” wide, with no external texturing (this candy bar does not have nuts or other filling than the caramel).
Ease Of Preparation
These are candies that have been made by the fine folks at Mars Chocolates and as a result, preparing them is as easy as opening the wrapper and removing the bar. From there, one need only put the bar in your mouth and chew!. It does not need to be any more complicated than that! Milky Way Simply Caramel chocolate bars come ready-to-eat and require no preparation save removal from the bag.
Opening the Simply Caramel Milky Way wrapper, the smell of very sweet caramel and light milk chocolate is evident. The caramel scent is so sweet that my initial thought was that I was smelling something with a slightly fruity smell to it! The smell is very light after even a minute of the wrapper being opened.
The Milky Way Simply Caramel candy bar tastes exactly like how it sounds. This is a soft, very sweet caramel that is wrapped in a very thin layer of sweet milk chocolate. The chocolate melts away on the tongue and the caramel completely overwhelms any linger chocolate flavor. This is a very sweet caramel chocolate bar, so sweet that it lacks the usual dry aftertaste characteristic of caramel.
Obviously, these are candies and the folks at MARS do not intend for consumers to live on them. They are a snack and not a terribly nutritious one at that. A serving is considered the full 1.91 oz. candy bar. With the standard recommended serving size, the candy has 250 calories, 100 of which are from fat! That's 17% of the RDA of fat, with 40% of the RDA coming from the eight grams of saturated fat! While there is 6% of the RDA of calcium and two grams of protein, there is no denying that this candy is not good for you and one ought to use it as a dessert occasionally, not a meal ever. I was surprised this candy bar contained 5 mg of cholesterol, though I was pleased that it only had 60 mg of Sodium.
The lack of health benefits ought to be obvious from the ingredients list, which is led by milk chocolate, corn syrup and sugar. Rather nicely, this candy bar has nothing unpronounceable in it, which was a pleasant surprise. Also interesting is that there is no allergy information insinuating these were made anywhere near nuts! However, there is a warning about the candy possibly containing eggs, which prevents it from being either Kosher or Vegan-compliant.
Just as with the preparation, Milky Way Simply Caramel chocolate bars are low stress when it comes to storage and cleanup. Storage is simple when the candies are kept in their wrapper at room temperature or cooler. Kept cool and out of direct sunlight, these confections have an indefinite shelf life (there is a production code, but no expiration date on my package).
Milky Way Simply Caramel is a very soft candy bar, so it might require you to wash your hands after eating it. Should one of these bars melt onto clothing one is wearing, consult a fabric guide for what removes chocolate and/or caramel from that type of garment. Otherwise, melted Simply Caramel Milky Way should wipe right off non-porous surfaces with a warm, wet cloth.
Simply Caramel Milky Way chocolate bars might not be healthy for you, but for a once-a-month candy bar treat, it is likely to satisfy even the most discriminating sweet tooth!
For other candy reviews, please visit my reviews of:
Ghirardelli Milk & Pumpkin Spice Caramel chocolate squares
Whitman's Soho Assortment
Chocolate Mousse Peeps
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