I am making my way through candy options in hopes of finding just the right treats for my Halloween visitors this year. Along the way, I am learning a lot about those oh so sweet treats. Some of it is startling and some of it is well known, but often ignored.
My next stop on the candy train is with a perennial candy favorite among adults and children alike – – the traditional Milky Way. I am reviewing the Fun Size carton, which comes 8 bars to a package.
The original Milky Way is made with milk chocolate over malted nougat with caramel on top. Milky Way Midnight is made with white nougat, caramel and semi-sweet chocolate. The newest Milky Way variety — all caramel — is made with just milk chocolate and caramel.
Each Fun Size carton equals 4.62 oz in total. Each serving represents 2 bars. With 8 bars per package that equates to 4 servings.
There are 150 calories in each serving of traditional Milky Way Fun Size Bars. Of that amount, 50 calories are fat-related.
There are 6 grams of fat in each serving. Of that amount, 4 grams pertain to saturated fat. There are also 24 grams of carbohydrate, 20 grams of sugar, 55 milligrams of sodium and 5 milligrams of cholesterol in each serving.
On the positive side, a serving equals 1 gram of protein. It also provides 4% of the daily-recommended amount of calcium.
Milk Way’s ingredients include chocolate, cocoa butter, cocoa powder, corn syrup, egg white, hydrogenated palm kernel oil, lactose, malted barley, milk fat, salt, skim milk, soy lecithin, sugar, It also contains alkali and artificial flavors.
It is hard to bash a candy that was so much a part of my childhood. However, the high sugar and carb content in the traditional Milky Way candy bar must give one pause.
In a society where obesity has become the norm, one must question if it is possible to have too much of a good thing? The answer is, unfortunately, a resounding “yes!”
While arguably there are worse candy options out there, that doesn’t make Milky Way acceptable by default. In the end, only parents can decide which, if any, candy is safe for their children’s consumption. All we can do is try to help them by making good candy choices for Halloween time.
Here is my summary review:
Smart Choice? Yes and No. Used in moderation – – one Fun Size candy bar is arguably no worse than any other candy choice. However, done in excess, with its high fat, high carb and high sugar counts, Milky Way could add to health-related issues, not only now, but in later years as well.
Tasty? Yes. There isn’t a child alive, at least that I’m aware of, who doesn’t like at least part, if not all, of the Milky Way. Many like, as I did as a child, to eat the bar in layers. It has become a traditional part of childhood.
Variety? Yes. While the original MilkyWay remains the favorite, there is a growing audience for the more health conscious MilkyWay Midnight. A lot of people are also discovering a fondness for the all caramel variety. In essence, there is something for just about anyone’s taste.
Attractive Packaging? Yes. The traditional Milk Way’s packaging is done in green and brown; the same colors it has used for decades. There is little mistaking a Milky Way bar. It can be easily spotted on the store shelf.
Easy to Store? Yes, the Fun Size carton measures 10″ by 2 Â¾” by 5/8″. It is relatively flat and easy to store in a cabinet, pantry or drawer. The individual bars are small at 2 Â½” by Â¾” by Â½”. They are tiny enough to fit almost anywhere you wish to store them. That includes a traditional candy bowl or jar.
Are They Fresh? Yes. Each Milky Way bar is individually wrapped and sealed in cellophane. The candy will stay fresh for quite awhile as long as it isn’t exposed to heat or extreme cold. Each package or carton also comes with an expiration date so the consumer can be confident in its freshness.
Note: Some people like to eat Milky Ways frozen. However, they should be aware that it isn’t possible to refreeze the bar and still ensure the same freshness.
Diet Safe? No. Anyone who needs to keep an eye on their fat, carb or sugar intake should probably partake of this candy on rare occasions.
Easily Available? Yes. Milky Ways are sold almost anywhere candy is sold. That includes grocery stores, drug stores, convenience stores and discount department stores.
Price Effective? Not really. At $1 a package, which is a rare price, the 8 bars contained therein don’t make this an economical candy option. Most retailers charge more than $1 for the Fun Size Pack, which makes it a rather expensive option.
Product Purchase Recommendation? Uncertain. The high sugar and carb intake makes this candy possibility dangerous if it is put in the wrong hands. However, if monitored and allowed in small doses, I think it could be difficult to keep this candy away from children. It’s kind of a rite of passage.