Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Limited Edition Milky Way French Vanilla

Milky Way French VanillaMars often teases new products months in advance, they announced the Milky Way Limited Edition French Vanilla back in August 2012. It’s supposed to hit store shelves in February, but last summer there were quite a few readers who reported it on shelves already (which could have been test marketing in select cities).

The wrapper is lighter in color, even lighter than the Milky Way Caramel bar, so it should be easy to spot on shelves. The bar is a little smaller, too, at 1.72 ounces instead of 1.84.

Milky Way French Vanilla

It does smell a lot like vanilla. Some of the vanilla notes are authentic, fragrant and round with a little alcoholic rum note to it. But part of it has a fake sweet note as well, which could be an artificial flavor in there.

The construction of the bar is the same as all the American Milky Ways, a nougat base with a stripe of caramel on the top and then a swirly coating of milk chocolate. I found the ratio of caramel and nougat a little off, I seem to recall more caramel than these had.

The vanilla flavor is potent but also seems to heighten the sweetness of the nougat, the caramel and the very milky milk chocolate. The whole thing is sticky and though I found it to be passable, it’s not a bar I might eat again. Cover it in dark chocolate and throw some almonds in there, and I think we’d actually have something great. I might be more satisfied with the ratios if these were the minis. Otherwise, with some strong tea, I thought it was a nice treat.

I’m still unclear if these are out in stores at the moment or if they’ll show up. Mars also said that they were introducing Twix Sugar Cookie minis over the 2012 Christmas holiday, but I can’t find anyone who actually found them in stores. This flavor is more distinctive than the French Vanilla 3 Musketeers that came out back in 2007.

Mars is working on ethical cacao sourcing, starting with their Dove line in the United States. The bar contains soy, eggs and dairy and may contain traces of peanuts. There was no gluten statement on the wrapper. The samples I got were made in Canada, I have no idea if the final version will also be made there.

(I apologize for not getting better shots of the bars. I got two as samples in October but both were smashed in transit. I did my best to find a good angle on the best looking bar. I didn’t want to wait for them to show up in stores, as Los Angeles seems to get limited edition Mars items much later than the rest of the country.)

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  4. Milky Way Simply Caramel
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Name: Milky Way French Vanilla
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Mars
Place Purchased: sample from Mars
Price: 1.19 retail
Size: 1.72 ounces
Calories per ounce: 128
Categories: Candy, Mars, Caramel, Chocolate, Kosher, Limited Edition, Nougat, 6-Tempting, Canada

POSTED BY Cybele AT 2:59 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewMarsCaramelChocolateKosherLimited EditionNougat6-TemptingCanada

Comments
  1. Weird…the picture on the wrapper seems to indicate a lot more caramel than your photographs show as well!  I wonder why they do things like that?  Just be honest, Mars!

    Comment by Caley on 1/17/13 at 4:31 am #
  2. Really liked the Milky Way French Vanilla. Where can I get it since I can’t find it on store shelves.

    Comment by vista on 3/23/13 at 9:05 am #
  3. Walgreens in Illinois and Indiana had these last fall. We bought quite a few but now it is after the day they said they would be out and they are nowhere to be seen.

    Comment by Nancy on 4/04/13 at 6:20 pm #
  4. Just tasted the French Vanilla Milky Way.  Loved how the flavor just popped when I bit into it.  I think this is my new favorite Milky Way.

    Comment by Debbie on 5/09/13 at 10:17 am #
  5. Had my first bar of this french vanilla at one of my local 711 stores. After that I was hooked. Thought they would be a common find but after searching other stores for them and finding no more on the shelves where I first bought them I am hoping this becomes a new regular addition in the Milky Way lineup.  I am a big fan of Simply Caramel.

    Comment by Mark on 11/26/13 at 5:05 pm #

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