Been pondering, Parishioners,
Now, while there is great confusion
(Chocolate bars sold as Mars vary in different regions of the world)
due to the various names – apparently known as a Milky Way in the US
and formulations – see lists o’ ingredients at the Institute of Candy Controversies
Dr C & I concerned ourselves with the Australian vershun –
similar to the UK & Canadian.
Now; we were wondering
whether each Mars bar is unique –
that is, would the pattern of chocolate on the top
be like a fingerprint –
or would they all be the same –
as if stamped from a mould.
To this end,
we purchased four bars –
(while the Mars family may be among the world’s billionaires,
we paid only $1 each for these –
they can afford to absorb the loss…)
two from a batch with a best-before date of 11-06-12
and two from a 21-05-12 batch,
thus covering both intra- and inter-batch variation.
The results are shown below:
(Click here to see a larger image)
HA! It appears Mars bars are unique!
Each bar an individual which can never be replicated;
a chocolatey chunk o’ History!
PS: While researchan this piece,
I ran across (thx WP) The VISIBLE MARS BAR Project:
Detailed analysis o’ British & American Mars Bars,
lotsa pics & some amusing animated GIFs.
A thorough comparative tasting of UK v US chocolate bars is here
The first reports of deep-fried Mars bars being sold in Stonehaven, Scotland, date back to 1995.