Review: original Twix vs white chocolate Twix
One’s a classic, the other’s trendy. But which is the true chocolate champion?
Easily the most substantial problem with chocolate bars is that they never last long enough (unless the option is a Turkish Delight, which is an utterly inedible abomination). Two bites and they're gone – not even caffeine-fuelled kangaroos could keep up with that rate of consumption.
That's where the twin-fingered joy of a Twix comes in, saving humanity from the horror of chocolate cravings – although the painful 'two factories' advertising campaign could justify their immediate and permanent destruction. Let's hope the ad execs simply change their tune and revel in a crazy burst of something called inspiration.
Perhaps the two versions of Twix most frequently found are original and white. But how much difference can a quick change of chocolate really make?
The basic Twix consists of two long, knobbly fingers of equally split biscuit and caramel shrouded in a spread of milk chocolate. White Twixs are exactly the same except the chocolate layer is formed from white chocolate. Ain't originality grand?
In typically undramatic fashion, both chocolate bars scored extremely similarly on the quality front, which was reasonably impressive for a mainstream chocolate bars. The layers of chocolate were adequately thick, the biscuit was crunchy without being tough and the caramel was viscous and gloopy, far from the thin and chewy offensiveness that poorly produced bars throw up (such as Curly Wurlys).
The white and regular Twixs differed only in their taste. The normal Twix’s milk chocolate blended far more sophisticatedly with the other ingredients, while the white chocolate sunk its claws into the whole thing, devouring all the other flavours and releasing an outpouring of sickly gunk.
Despite its usual creamy beauty, white chocolate does not always serve as the master of superiority. Sometimes simply sticking with tradition is the best way forward – and the regular Twix is a classic that will remain triumphant for a long time to come.
(I am aiming to write at least one food review a week throughout 2021 in support of The Trussell Trust, a UK charity that fights food poverty by supporting community food banks and campaigning for national change: justgiving.com/FoodWriting).