Thursday, September 27, 2012

Limited Edition Milky Way Caramel Apple Minis

Milky Way Caramel Apple MinisIt’s fun to see the new iterations of favorite candy bars for Halloween. Some get new shapes or packages, but Mars has gone a little further with their Limited Edition Milky Way Caramel Apple Minis.

They say, “Combining the irresistible tastes of chocolate, rich and creamy caramel and apple, this new item brings a unique, new flavor to trick-or-treating, decorating and snacking.”

I had a tough time finding them in Los Angeles, but spotted them at CVS in Pennsylvania last week and managed to stash a bag in my luggage before leaving.

Milky Way Caramel Apple Minis

The Minis part of the Mars line is rather interesting. They’re far smaller than a snack sized bar, taken out of the mylar wrappers, you could easily tuck them in little fluted cups and put them in a candy box.

Each piece is .3 ounces (or 8.6 grams) and about 38 calories. They’re .8 inches square (a little shorter than a cube, about .7 inches tall). A suggested serving size is 5 pieces for 190 calories.

The big difference between the mini and the regular bar is the proportion of chocolate. The chocolate here is a thin veneer, just enough shell to hold the fillings.

Milky Way Caramel Apple Minis

The candies look no different inside than a normal Milky Way Mini. (Not like those Shrek Snickers which had green nougat.) This is comforting, as the candy smells more like apple pie a la mode than green apple Jolly Ranchers.

The scent has a light touch of milk and sweetness along with a hint of cinnamon and baked apple. The caramel and nougat are distinct layers. The nougat is a little on the mellow spice size, with notes of nutmeg and chai. The caramel seems to be where the apple flavors come from, more like apple cider and apple peels than an artificial apple flavor but it’s exceptionally mild.

Of all the formats for Milky Way, I prefer the mini, as it’s not too sweet and three can satisfy me quickly. I was not looking forward to this version, but was pleasantly surprised. That’s not to say that I thought they were transcendent and there are far better flavor combinations that I think would translate well to this, like Chai Spice.

For a Green Halloween for ethically sourced and clean ingredients, this candy doesn’t make the grade. Mars is making great strides towards using certified chocolate, starting in the US with their Dove line, but has not rolled it out in the Milky Way line in the US as yet.

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Name: Milky Way Caramel Apple Minis
Brand: Mars
Place Purchased: CVS (Bryn Mawr, PA)
Price: $4.49
Size: 11.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 125
Categories: Candy, Mars, Caramel, Chocolate, Kosher, Limited Edition, Nougat, 6-Tempting, United States, Sav-On/CVS

POSTED BY Cybele AT 12:55 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewHalloweenMarsCaramelChocolateKosherLimited EditionNougat6-TemptingUnited StatesSav-On/CVS

  1. I am a junk food addict, and even I had no interest in eating these after the first one.  There’s just something odd and off-putting about the flavor combination… I brought the rest of the bag into work smile

    Comment by Ruffy on 9/27/12 at 2:25 pm #
  2. I bought a bag of these for the candy jar at work. They’re very popular with the crew at work. I can’t bring myself to try them though, as much as I love Milky Ways I don’t like fake apple flavor. :/

    Comment by Yurei on 9/28/12 at 3:55 am #
  3. I’ve seen these a couple of times but haven’t convinced myself to pull the trigger.  I tried the Brach’s Caramel Apple corn and found the Apple aftertaste off putting, so that and the comments aren’t helping.  The Brach’s caramel corn however, is excellent.

    Comment by Scott on 9/28/12 at 6:38 am #
  4. I really liked these but I don’t mind the combo of cinnamon, apple and chocolate. There is a great chocolate shop here in Dallas called Chocolate Secrets and they have a wassail truffle during the holidays. It has similar flavors. I found these at Target.

    Comment by Katie on 9/28/12 at 7:30 am #
  5. I found these at Target.  I have to say I was disappointed with the flavor.  They smelled wonderful, like a chocolate caramel apple, but the flavor was just okay.  I didn’t dislike them, but I won’t be buying any more.  I’ll stick to the Milky Way Dark.

    Comment by Michelle on 9/28/12 at 12:42 pm #
  6. As a Milky Way fan, I had to at least try these. I’ve shared them with a number of friends, and everyone goes through the same facial expressions:
    1. Good
    2. Brow furrowing when the apple cinnamon flavor bursts
    3. Confused nodding as they try to decide if they like it or not

    I think it tastes like a chocolate-covered caramel apple, and the apple isn’t too strong/fake. But I much prefer regular Milky Ways to these.

    Comment by Harvin on 10/01/12 at 11:04 am #
  7. To me, these tasted more like apple pie than caramel apple. I was hoping the apple flavor would be similar to that in the Japanese apple-flavored Kit Kat, which were fantastic.

    Comment by Lauren on 10/01/12 at 4:03 pm #
  8. apple, caramel and chocolate! yum!<3

    Comment by shane on 10/03/12 at 1:46 am #
  9. I think, these tasted great! <|:) Thanks Mars for trying something fun & new. Tasted even better cold and I can’t wait to bake with them. My only down side you can only find them at Sav-Ons or Cvs, though a few commenters have I guess found them at Target. As for you doubters and a ‘I cant do fake apple’ read the reviews & try one there, is Nothing fake here! Reminds me of a high end carmel chocolate apple, with a hint of spice. Yummy!

    Comment by Jessica Davis on 10/17/12 at 10:14 pm #
  10. My boss had some of these in her candy jar. I dont like Milk Ways but being a huge fan of caramel apples I decided to try one. Im glad I did, I loved it! It had just the right amount of cinnamon. Im hoping I can find more to stock up on before they are taken off the shelves.

    Comment by Micaela Villa on 11/14/12 at 2:09 pm #
  11. Where can I find these carmel-apple milky-ways??????

    Comment by judy on 9/16/13 at 2:31 pm #
  12. Love Milky Way, but this one tastes not like caramel apple, but like some type of pumpkin pie dessert.  A little bit disappointed.

    Comment by Barb Foster on 10/03/14 at 1:06 pm #
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