OH MY GOODNESS!!! I went into a nearby Seven Eleven and guess what I saw? “Dave the dope fiend smoking dope who don’t know the meaning of water nor soap.” Just making sure you’re paying attention (it’s also my Slick Rick shout out). No, but seriously, I was scanning the candy section to find a candy bar or something to satisfy a severe sweets craving. I scanned and saw the usual “Ghana, Meiji, Krunky…Snickers…Twix.” “TWIX?!!” I did huge double take. I knew instantly which candy bar I’d be buying today; I actually ended up buying wo of them. I have definitely had a Twix before in Japan, but i have never seen it sold at any convenience stores up until last week.
I usually have to to this shop called Yamaya, where you can find imported goods, to find Twix candy bars, but they’re usually like the fun size types sold by the bag. The individual bars themselves aren’t sold there (at least the one that I frequent). This news might not excite many of you reading this, but Twix is one of my candy favorites because I love caramel so much. I have had to become much more of a Snickers fan in Japan, because that’s the most common, American candy bar that I come across. Some stores also carry Milky Ways and Mars Bars.
But you know what’s funny with some of candy bars in Japan? The Milky Way and Mars bars are different from the U.S. bars (do they even sell Mars bars in the US anymore? They did back in the 80s). The wrappers are the same, but the ingredients aren’t. If I asked you what’s in a Milky Way, most Americans would say, chocolate, nougat, and caramel, right? Or if I asked you what’s in a Mars Bar? Could you tell me?* Well, get this, the Japaense Milky Way doesn’t have caramel in it at all :O ! It’s more like a Three Musketeer’s Bar disguised as a Milky Way, it only has chocolate and nougat. The Mars Bar in Japan is like the American Milky Way, it his chocolate, caramel and nougat. I think it’s neat that the candy bars are different. I’m not complaining, because they all still taste pretty good.
*No, seriously, what’s in a mars bar…I don’t recall
Underneath that colorful, enticing wrapper, a candy bar can be like a taste of home. Now if Japan can just get with the program and get those blasted peanut butter/chocolate candies over here Butterfinger (my favorite candy bar) and Reese’s, we’d be set. But, it’s all good…one step at a time I guess.
It’s time for the “Candy Bar Check In.” What’s your favorite candy bar? What’s in it?
If you’re not from America, no worries, I want to hear your answers, too. Truth be told, some of the best candies I’ve ever tried AREN’T from America. Just be sure to tell us what’s in it. Leave your answers in the comments section 😉
See You Tomorrow,