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American Classics: Candy Bar Salad

With Halloween just around the corner, many of you may be just days away from a major candy glut. Perhaps your kids will bring home a prodigious haul. Or maybe you'll stock up on fun size bars for trick-or-treaters that never show. If you find yourself with extra candy on hand what can you do? How about put it in a salad... More

Candy Bar Salad

If Candy Bar salad sounds like some sort of new fangled concoction, think again! Candy Bar Salad has been kicking around since at least 1926 as this Ladies Home Journal advertorial for Oh Henry! candy bars shows. In this adaptation I've pared it down to the basics: tart Granny Smith apple slices, Snickers pieces, caramel drizzle, and homemade whipped cream—no lettuce leaves, mayo or Cool Whip required! More

New Favorite Candy Bar: Mui-Bon Avellana

Take Ferrero Rocher, mold it into the slim crunchy form of Kit Kat, and add the more-or-less hazelnut flavor of Nutella, and you've got Mui-Bon Avellana, my new favorite candy bar. I picked up a ten-pack of these babies at a Best Buy in Houston for just $3.09, a cool thirty cents per candy bar. Except for two barbacoa tacos at Gerardo's—more on that later—those three bucks were the best I spent all week. More

Homemade 3 Musketeers

Admittedly, this version of the 3 Musketeers isn't quite as fluffy as the original, but it does have the mild chocolate flavor your remember. Use milk chocolate for a classic 3 Musketeers bar, or dark chocolate for a "Midnight" edition. More

Serious Chocolate: 3 New 3 Musketeers Bars

When I was a kid, the simpler a candy bar was, the better. My favorite? 3 Musketeers. Soft, chocolaty, and not at all complicated—what wasn't to love? 3 Musketeers and I grew apart; and eventually, I gave up on drugstore candy bars for good. Until, of course, it became my job to know as much as I possibly could about chocolate. Between that and my penchant for new, shiny things (ooh, NEW!), I naturally couldn't resist when I saw three(!) different versions of 3 Musketeers staring me in the face at my local drugstore. More

A Guide to UK Chocolate Candy

British chocolate bars: are they really awesomer than their American counterparts? Some say, absolutely-hands-down yes. These are the same people who bring an extra suitcase when visiting just to fill it with British Kit Kats, Curly Wurlys and Aero bars. We tried as many as we could find in London to bring you this comprehensive guide. More

Do You Know What a Chunky Is?

Serious eaters, I was devastated and shocked when I arrived at World Headquarters today and asked the folks if they knew what a Chunky was. Only one of the five other serious eaters here knew what I was talking about. So, without looking or googling, do you know what a Chunky is? I'll clear up the mystery for you, after the jump.... More

Found: Nougat Chocolate Bar from Wendler of Nürnberg

"Basically a way to eat Nutella in a handy wrapped stick." I picked up the Classic Nougat Chocolate Bar from the small but packed-full-of-goodness Blue Apron Foods in Brooklyn. Blue Apron carries a wide variety of international candy bars, but this one with its classic gold wrapper caught my eye. The bar's gold packaging reminded me (how could it not) of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Forget the kiddie cartoon characters and bright colors, I'll take a crisp gold wrapper any day. I unfolded the wrapping to reveal two layers of solid nougat, one dark and one light. The bar proved to be soft and dense at the same time. Each bite screamed chocolate and hazelnut nougat perfection. The... More

Snapshots from the UK: Cadbury Creme Egg Twisted

Photograph from Svadilfari on Flickr There is something so frustratingly natural about the Cadbury Creme Egg. Nothing, of course, about its flavoring, but about its cycle. Like all other naturally occurring things, it is born in spring and then grows into something less adorable. One can only suspect it ends up as a peanut butter pumpkin around October and makes its final appearance as a gold foil-wrapped hard block of Christmas-tree-shaped chocolate at the end of the year. Such is life, and aging is difficult even for chocolate. Just when I thought I'd have to wait until April for the 2009 generation of Cadbury Creme Eggs, I was snatching up some Cadbury chocolate at Boots when I discovered what... More

Break Me Off a Piece of That Azuki-Bean Bar

According to Business Week, bigwig Western chocolate companies like Nestle and Hershey are trying to please Asian tastes, given a booming chocolate industry there. Say hello to azuki-bean Kit Kats in Japan, green tea Hershey's Kisses in China, and ginseng-enriched... More

Unfortunately Named Candy Bars

Apparently nobody told the Swedish candy company Cloetta that Plopp just ain’t the most appetizing of onomatopoeias. Or else the company just didn’t care. The bite-sized milk chocolate squares are filled with a gooey caramel and become the perfect nibble. Or series of nibbles... The one I had recently was a gift from a globetrotting friend—how could I resist?... More

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