Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Cross-cultural chocolate bar taste-off

Particle physics is a highly international field, which means you get to work with people from all over the world and hear about how their country's chocolate is superior to yours.
Today we put these claims to experimental test, pitting English candy bars against their American cousins. Our contestants were the English Mars vs US Milky Way in the nougat+caramel category, and English Milky Way vs. US Three Musketeers in nougat-only.

UKUSA
Caramel & Nougat
Just Nougat


uk milky way

team usa
soft marshmallowey nougat, lacking in body, "like a chocolatey molten peep"
team england
not as good as they used to be, which was like the american 3M but "with decent chocolate"

us three musketeers

team usa
much firmer than uk milky way, much more chocolatey
team england
<grimaces>

uk mars

team usa
creamy chocolate, well-balanced caramel and nougat
team england
best in show

us milky way

team usa
firmer than uk mars, more chocolatey, best in show
team england
at first, indistinguishable from uk mars. after some thought, decided mars was better.

summary:

English people like English candy bars, while Americans like American ones.

"the england one is weak and insubstantial. the american one has some hair on its chest. chocolate hair. egh..."

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