Thursday, September 17, 2009

Chocolate rain

As you may or may not know, I love to eat. I love breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, supper, and everything in between. I also love desayuno, almuerzo y cena.

Furthermore, I love sweets: cookies, brownies, pie, etc. I also love candy, especially chocolate-type stuff.

So...if you're like me, you should stop at the Elm Street Market on, well, Elm Street.

The main reason to go there is their awesome selection of British candy. If you've never tried candy from England, you really should. The New York Times even wrote an article about the superiority of British candy.

The basic starting point is Cadbury Dairy Milk. This is to Brits what Hershey bars are to us.

The first difference you'll notice when you eat one is that the chocolate is much richer and creamier. It's mellow. It's delicious. They make them in other varieties like fruit and nuts, mint creme and crispies (like a Nestle Crunch).

Now be careful: the Cadbury Dairy Milk you see at the supermarket or at CVS is not the same! Hershey's has a license to make Diary Milk bars here, but the formula is different. Make sure you're eating one that was made in the U.K.

Also keep in mind that a lot of British candy bars have the same names as they do here, but have different combinations and/or flavors (some of these are described in the Times article).

Here are some of the other selections at Elm Street Market:

Top: Snickers, Milky Way and something else.
Bottom: Twix, Delight and Dairy Milk Golden Crisp.

Top: Cadbury Eclairs, Moro, white chocolate Maltesers (similar to Whoppers, but richer).
Bottom: Twirl, Snack (Sandwich), Refresher.

Top: Crunchie (mmmmm), Fruit Gums, Milkybar.
Bottom: Bounty (dark, I think), Bounty, Aero.

Top: Turkish Delight, Curly Wurly, Snack (Shortcake).
Bottom: Flake, Chewits Fruit Salad, Brunch Bar (does not contain omelets and pancakes).

Enjoy! Or as they say in England, bon apetit!

UPDATE 9/21/09!!
In a very convenient coincidence, Candy Blog wrote a post comparing the U.S. and U.K. versions of Cadbury Dairy Milk. Check it out here.


Silli said...

I would never have thought to stop there. Thanks!

StamfordNotes said...

Do they have Kinder Eggs? I wish all food came with toy surprises.

Anonymous said...

In case you're further uptown one day and have a craving, the variety store at Bull's Head also stocks a selection of English candy bars, though not so many varieties as Elm Street Market.

Streets of Stamford said...

I think I've seen Kinder Eggs there, but don't quote me on that.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the scoop! I used to work in London and we always raided the vending machines because the chocolate was so much better than what we have here...

anne said...

Malteasers! Curly Whirly! I'm so there. I would never have thought to stop there either. Great tip!