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I always liked 3 Musketeers better than Snickers or any of those others.

Posted by hm | July 3, 2008 11:28 AM

Well, they're my preferred candy bar. I love 'em.

Posted by abe | July 3, 2008 11:29 AM

One of my fave candy bars, too!!

Posted by Scottie Yahtzee | July 3, 2008 11:31 AM

"Even worse, carob"? You kids today don't know from good carob. Back in the day when people thought chocolate was bad for you, there was some damned tasty carob treats out there. As a kid, coming to the city and finding a CaraCoa carob candy bar at a health food store was quite a treat. Delicious and not much like the mediocre carob chips of today which seem to be all you can find. So back off, pal - quit pissing on my childhood.

Posted by Greg | July 3, 2008 11:32 AM

My dear Schmader:

I believe Mars Bars are now available only in the UK. I have located a place to order them, though, should you have a jones:

Carry on.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | July 3, 2008 11:33 AM

Isn't Mars the same as Milky Way, just you were buying them from some convenience store that went and bought cases from Canada when your dollar was stronger?

I like 3 Mustketeers too, tho. Tasty stuff. I especially like it Real Cold, but not frozen (you could cut your teeth on it then)

Posted by Fe Man | July 3, 2008 11:33 AM

I loved 3 Musketeers for a year when I was 8. Blech now.

Posted by NaFun | July 3, 2008 11:35 AM

What does "blandly sweet" mean?

Posted by Blunderplank | July 3, 2008 11:36 AM

8: Go eat a 3 Musketeers and find out.

Posted by David Schmader | July 3, 2008 11:37 AM

I love a Three Musketeer, with mint or without. But have you tried those mint M&M blobs? (I think they're an Indiana Jones tie-in, somehow.) They're like little tiny Girl Scout thinmints. Perfection. Someone needs to invent a boozy drink with them at the bottom.

Posted by mattymatt | July 3, 2008 11:39 AM

@8: It means that the guilt won out over the flavor.

Posted by raindrop | July 3, 2008 11:40 AM

The Mars bar is avaliable in the British Commonwealth regions. It is very similar to the Milky Way, however, the nugat is denser and the caramel is slightly sweeter and grainier. Compared to the Milky Way, it is a much weighter and more manly confection.

Posted by Snickerdoodles | July 3, 2008 11:40 AM

I tried strawberry and mocha 3 Muskateer Minis last Halloween....

You might like those too. Perhaps they only come out for the Holiday because they aren't listed on the official website.

Posted by Non | July 3, 2008 11:41 AM

Also, and most importantly, the Mars Bar contains ALMONDS--making the Snickers with Almonds the best U.S. approximation.

Posted by David Schmader | July 3, 2008 11:42 AM

Differences between a Mars Bar and a Milky Way MAY be attributable to regional rather than brand differences; I find that UK Rowntree bars (well they used to be) are better than the same ones from Canada...

Anyway, one testimonial from the Inter Nets....

Posted by Fe Man | July 3, 2008 11:43 AM

Hmmm. I love dark chocolate, and I love mint. Sounds like this was custom made for me. I'll have to try one.

Posted by Reverse Polarity | July 3, 2008 11:52 AM

The old school 3 Musketeers is my favorite too. So I guess it's the preferred candy of at least five people.

I second the guy who said he likes them cold.

Posted by Georgia Guy | July 3, 2008 11:56 AM

I always liked 3 Musketeers. They are great frozen. Not crazy about the idea of a mint one, but then, I fear change. The one candy bar update I have fully embraced is when they introduced the Milky Way Midnight (or whatever they call it). The dark chocolate version is far superior to the original!

Posted by genevieve | July 3, 2008 11:56 AM

The strawberry Three Musketeers bars taste like medicated kitty litter. Not for eating!

Posted by Kirk | July 3, 2008 11:58 AM

@16 for the win - and I've always liked 3 Musketeers.

They might be using some of the Neilsen data from my household, noting that sometimes we buy 3 Musketeers bars and we love to buy mint chocolate and dark chocolate ... and decided maybe they should sell dark mint chocolate 3 Musketeers ...

(glad to know all that scanning of UPC codes is useful)

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 3, 2008 11:59 AM

wait a minute.. did that child say @4 just come out in defense of carob ?..i bet he's that same child that used to pull off the chicken skin off kfc meat because it wadn't healthy.. i ain't never in my life heard ANYbody say they liked carob. and never in the same discussion with chocolate.
i guess it do take all kinds..

Posted by reverend dr dj riz | July 3, 2008 12:01 PM

@20 If I asked really really nicely? Like pretty please?

And, once again you've proven your place as the center of the universe by implying that 3 Musketeers invented this based on data from the purchasing decisions at your house. Please add a Canada reference. For the win.

Posted by PopTart | July 3, 2008 12:09 PM

According to Wikipedia (all thing mostly corect, sometimes):

The Mars Bar is a chocolate bar manufactured by Mars Incorporated. It was first manufactured in Slough in the United Kingdom in 1932 as a sweeter version of the American Milky Way bar which Mars, Inc. produced in the USA (not to be confused with the European version of the Milky Way, which is a different confection).

A different chocolate bar with the same name was sold in the USA until 2002 when its name was changed to Snickers Almond Bar. It contained then, and still does, plain nougat, almonds, caramel and milk chocolate.[1]

Posted by chris s | July 3, 2008 12:14 PM

It tastes fine, but it's smaller than the regular one. I figure they're just trying to boost profits by giving me less chocolate/candy and making a minor change to create some excitement. I say we hold out for a bigger chocolate bar.

Posted by Chocolate's Bitch | July 3, 2008 12:29 PM

Yeah, I defended carob. There used to be carob candy that was tasty (aforementioned CaraCoa brand, which is long gone). It didn't taste anything like chocolate and I didn't eat it instead of chocolate...I liked it as a different taste. I was saying there used to be a market for it because people thought chocolate was bad for you and somehow landed on carob as a substitute. Now, however, no market, so any carob you DO find sucks majorly. I think they grew it for taste in the 70s and now anything turned into those not-so-good carob chips is leftovers from industrial crops. SO: I didn't eat it because *I* thought it was healthier, and I didn't pull skin off chicken...that's just why it was available.

Posted by Greg | July 3, 2008 12:42 PM

What's all this talk about an extinct Mars Bar? Sure, I may be out of the loop on the US candy scene, but here in Switzerland they certainly are pushing the things. They've got buckets of them lined up at the cashier. And what's more, the packaging is in about a gazillion languages, leading to the assumption that they are mass produced for international export.

Maybe they were discontinued in the US because they were just a normal candy bar without any special pyrotechnic additions.

Posted by SwissMiss | July 3, 2008 12:52 PM

I don't think the Mars bar had caramel in it, like the Snickers Almond Bar.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | July 3, 2008 1:05 PM

Working off memory here, there are two types of Mars bars. One is, as described earlier, like a denser Milky Way. It has a dark wrapper, reminiscent of Milky Way. This is available in the candy section of a relatively local Stop & Shop in New Brunswick, NJ.

There was another, that I haven't seen in at least 15 years, that had a sort of tan wrapper (I am color blind), that contained almonds in it.

Actually, here is a great comparison.

Edit: had to remove a couple of links because this was viewed as spam, but there are also allegedly a Mars Dark and White, and a Mars Dark Gold.

Posted by Cherry | July 3, 2008 1:09 PM

Could someone tell me whether the "dense mint nougat" center of the mint 3 Musketeers is more dense/sticky than the chocolate fluff center of the original? This is a key question, as braces currently prevent me from consuming nougat that is as dense as, say, a Snickers, but the lighter 3 Musketeers filling is A-OK.

Posted by giantladysquirrels | July 3, 2008 1:19 PM

@22 - GFOAD.

A good question to ask is a comparison between the amount of actual chocolate (cacoa beans are fairly expensive right now) and the size of the bars.

A number of confectionery companies have been messing with ingredient mixes due to the costs, recently (source: WSJ, link: in the frickin recycle bin where I toss it).

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 3, 2008 1:20 PM

(and they did give us an online candy survey for Neilsen Home Shoppers which specifically asked about candy bar choices, that took about 10 minutes to finish, PopTart)

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 3, 2008 1:24 PM

Mars bars are different in the US than everywhere else, as anyone who's bought candy in Vancouver (one of the chief reasons to go there) knows. So are several other popular bars. When I was younger I could recite the precise differences off the top of my head -- a British/Canadian Mars is like our 3 Musketeers, or something, I can't remember now.

Posted by Fnarf | July 3, 2008 1:41 PM

well right on with the right on greg @25..

i never had the good carob. i once let this cute boy i was interested in talk me into baking a german chocolate cake using carob and whole wheat flour as subsitutes. the three layer cake ended up being less than five inches tall and weighed maybe seven or so pounds.
the curly headed waif LOVED it, but even 35 years later i have still yet to unnderstand what was edible about it, let alone pleasurable.
and my apologies for being a little snarky. i really ain't good at it..
..peace on you then.

Posted by reverend dr dj riz | July 3, 2008 1:44 PM

A fun book about regional, hard-to-find, utterly delicious candy is Steve Almond's _Candyfreak_.

Posted by rob | July 3, 2008 2:11 PM

(Re: @34) Oh, yeah—Steve Almond codified the First Rule of Male Adolescence about the late, lamented Marathon Bar:

"If you give a teenage boy a candy bar with a ruler on the back of the package, he will measure his dick."

Posted by rob | July 3, 2008 2:19 PM

Mass manufactured UK chocolate taste better than US candy bars. Don't know why, but it does. Plus, they have loads of white chocolate, like the awesomely named Milky Bar.

@34: that is a great book. I don't even like candy all that much, and it is a terrific read.

As for the old school 3 Musketeers, add my mom to the list of fans. I think they taste like sugary nothing, and sure hated how they always seemed to be the candy bar you got the most of on Halloween.

Posted by kerri harrop | July 3, 2008 2:23 PM

Speaking of dicks and candy:

Just because Philip Roth described Alexander Portnoy in a movie theater balcony "squirting his seed into the empty wrapper from a Mounds bar," I felt compelled to do the same in the back row of a Greyhound bus as a horny teenager. So now you know.

Posted by rob | July 3, 2008 2:29 PM

I have three things to say:

1. Carob rules. You're problem is you're comparing it to chocolate. Carob is not chocolate, it's carob. I challenge you to find anything yummier than a carob-banana smoothie.
1 frozen banana cut in pieces, + 1 cup ice cubes + 1 cup milk or soy/rice/almond alternative + 2 TBS carob powder… blend and serve. Scrumptious!

2. The original Milky Way was good-- not so dense like snickers or heavy feeling like Reese’s.

3. Anything with mint in it is delicious. That's just the way the world works.

Posted by SDizzle | July 3, 2008 3:19 PM

Err that would be YOUR problem... not YOU ARE the problem... sigh. Is it time to go home yet?

Posted by SDizzle | July 3, 2008 3:35 PM

Nothing to say except that I love the idea of caramel paralysis.

Posted by leek | July 3, 2008 4:02 PM

OK, I'll be the bad guy: I LOVE carob, and yeah those chips are bitter and a little weird, but the cube-shaped peanut or almond cluster things you get in bins at the health food store are fantastic.

Posted by Grant Cogswell | July 3, 2008 4:07 PM

Carob is evil, full stop. Tastes like the stuff you dig out of the Vibram soles of your waffle-stompers, and has an aftertaste that's like an hour of vomit.

The best candy bar is Big Hunk, followed closely by Look (which is the same thing only chocolate-covered). I like to chill my Big Hunk and then whack it hard until it shatters. Make of that what you will.

Posted by Fnarf | July 3, 2008 4:28 PM

Please welcome The Stranger's new food editor.

Posted by butterw | July 3, 2008 4:41 PM

@14: Snickers has an almonds version? I have always avoided Snickers since I don't do peanuts but I love almonds. Excuse me while I run to QFC...

Posted by RainMan | July 3, 2008 5:15 PM

While I agree candy bars from Canada are way better, Fnarf, I disagree about Big Hunk.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 3, 2008 10:22 PM

OMG! You should ALL get a copy of the book called "Candy Freak" by Steve Almond (his real name). You would totally love it!
It is humorous and a fun look at nostalgic candy and the candy biz! A great read!!!

Posted by Kristin Bell | July 3, 2008 11:01 PM

I must admit I was confused at first. Our Canuck Mars bar does not contain almonds at all.

Posted by Sven | July 3, 2008 11:02 PM

To answer Mr Schmader's original question, I think that the old US-style Mars Bar had whole almonds in it, while Snickers with Almond has smaller almond pieces, sort of like the peanut pieces in regular Snickers. I would suspect that the change was made to harmonize brands, and not some evil plot to decrease almond sizes.

Posted by Andy | July 5, 2008 1:28 AM

@42 & Greg,
Carob's not the devil, but it's not chocolate. If you had one of those health food mamas from the 70's, you may have gotten a fair dose of carob candies, which were better'n'nothin'.

I've lost crowns over Big Hunks, and it was almost worth it.

Posted by earwit | July 5, 2008 5:15 PM

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