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Candy bar cross-section ID quiz
June 27, 2008 8:21 PM   Subscribe

Identify the candy bar by its cross-section.
posted by mr_crash_davis (80 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
I don't think I've ever been so proud to do so poorly on a test.
posted by Christ, what an asshole at 8:26 PM on June 27, 2008 [4 favorites]


18 out of 20, and the two I missed are candy bars I haven't had frequently, and haven't had in several years. Plus, on both wrong answers, I had it narrowed down to my (wrong) answer and the correct answer. That's *so* not good.
posted by booksherpa at 8:28 PM on June 27, 2008


15/20.

Hint: ANY candy bar with raisins is a Chunky Bar.
posted by yhbc at 8:33 PM on June 27, 2008


Surprisingly unfun. Perhaps because I only got 13/20.
posted by mrnutty at 8:35 PM on June 27, 2008


Twelve. Pepsi Chocolate.
posted by not_on_display at 8:37 PM on June 27, 2008


Sixteen out of twenty. I feel like I need to brush my teeth.
posted by Nedroid at 8:41 PM on June 27, 2008


I did really poorly.

This quiz reminded me of a lot of candy bars I had forgotten exist: Skor? Zero? 100 Grand? I actually used to buy those candy bars.
posted by jayder at 8:42 PM on June 27, 2008


How can anyone tell the difference between a Heath and a Skor? It's candy witchcraft, I tell you!
posted by scody at 8:49 PM on June 27, 2008 [5 favorites]


See, Skor and Heath are functionally identical. Their mothers couldn't tell them apart. I'll tell you this, though - nothing in this world is better than a frozen Skor bar. Nothing.
posted by jbickers at 8:53 PM on June 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


15/20.

Time to reevaluate the diet plan.
posted by rokusan at 8:53 PM on June 27, 2008


15.

I need to lose some weight.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 8:53 PM on June 27, 2008


8/20. I really need to eat more candy.

Or maybe I don't. But I am now hungry.
posted by jb at 8:55 PM on June 27, 2008 [2 favorites]


skor was the fancy heath bar.

14/20
i did worse on this than i expected. have i not learned anything from my childhood?
posted by fuzzypantalones at 8:55 PM on June 27, 2008


There's no way I should have been able to get 17/20 having not seen some of these before.

But more importantly, that "worst chocolate bars" countdown on the same site uses a pic of Eat More for the countdown! A staple! (but yes, pecan nut logs are just plain horrible)
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 8:57 PM on June 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


6/20 and that is SO not any Oh Henry! I've ever had.
posted by hangashore at 9:06 PM on June 27, 2008


17/20

For some reason I didn't recognize a Take 5, even though it's one of my favorites. The other two were candy bars I had never eaten.

I feel pretty disgusted with myself right now, but not as bad as I would have if I had gotten a perfect score.
posted by vertigo25 at 9:12 PM on June 27, 2008


3/20.
posted by dobbs at 9:16 PM on June 27, 2008


13/20, but I really failed the BBQ quiz :(
posted by mkb at 9:17 PM on June 27, 2008


I failed miserably at that --- 6.
posted by empath at 9:19 PM on June 27, 2008


Snickers is the One True Candybar, anyway.
posted by empath at 9:19 PM on June 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


15/20

I've never heard of an Oh Henry bar before... I don't know if they have it in my area.
posted by OverlappingElvis at 9:20 PM on June 27, 2008


It wasn't as difficult (or as original) as candy bar math.
posted by nanojath at 9:33 PM on June 27, 2008


I only got a few right because they're mostly US chocolate bars -- it's amazing how many duplicate bars you have. (Mars/Milky Way, Heath/Skor, etc.) I wonder why?
posted by loiseau at 9:36 PM on June 27, 2008


I'm glad I suck at this.
posted by MarvinTheCat at 9:37 PM on June 27, 2008


Twelve out of twenty.

Not eating enough chocolate, apparently. Shall remedy that ASAP.
posted by thomas j wise at 10:01 PM on June 27, 2008


May I say 4/20 if I got 2/10 and extrapolated?
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 10:04 PM on June 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


Oh god, I love Take 5 bars.

I did surprisingly poorly on this, plus now I'm hungry. Boo.
posted by naoko at 10:07 PM on June 27, 2008


loiseau - the usual reason there are 'duplicate' candy bars is that they're from different companies, often in different areas of the country. Or they were at one time, and when one company acquired both, both names were kept. F'rex, the Skor bar was developed by Hershey to compete with the Heath bar, and when Hershey acquired the company that Heath had been sold to, there was enough of a reason for them to keep both in production. Mars Bars used to have almonds in them, and thus weren't really duplicates of Milky Ways (iirc, the nougat in Mars Bars wasn't as light as that in Milky Ways, either). Ack. Do I really remember that much about candy bars I haven't eaten in years? (15/20, btw, and the ones I missed were the newer ones.) food geeking again. sorry. I'll stop now.
posted by jlkr at 10:10 PM on June 27, 2008


12. Fucksticks. Brb, going to CVS.
posted by sperose at 10:12 PM on June 27, 2008 [1 favorite]


12/20.
posted by ericb at 10:18 PM on June 27, 2008


commercials really work.

almond joy's got nuts! mounds don't!

i cry foul because several of the examples and/or options were not candy bars, per se. bit 'o' honey? cow tails? even chunky isn't so much a bar as...well, a chunk.

posted by CitizenD at 10:22 PM on June 27, 2008


it's simple really.

3 muskateers+caramel = milky way
milky way + peanuts = snickers

everything else is a variation or postulate off these simple equations.

well, except that butterfinger shit. what is that shit, anyway? *shudder*

PS. YOU KIDS GET OFF MY PEANUT LOG.

posted by CitizenD at 10:26 PM on June 27, 2008


Fun! But now I'm craving chocolate, dammit!
posted by amyms at 10:28 PM on June 27, 2008


13/20, which I figure is pretty good since I'm not even an American.
posted by ten pounds of inedita at 10:30 PM on June 27, 2008


They cheated on the third one in... Kit Kat with Caramel is a very different beast than regular Kit Kat, and easily confused with Twix if you're eyeing the caramel layer rather than the sugar-wafer vs. cookie center.

I did fuck up the difference between "5th Avenue" and "Butterfinger", that one's on me...
posted by Slap*Happy at 10:43 PM on June 27, 2008


I thought that had caramel, which means it isn't a Kit Kat at all.

Many of the others were foreign to me. Quite literally, more than half of them are US only AFAIK.

But now I'm craving chocolate, dammit!

Technically, the only thing those shared with chocolate is the colour brown. Their actual content is more wax than chocolate, and what little chocolate they may have gone into the manufacture of that brown plastic coating is made from the worst cacao beans.

Real chocolate is something wholly different from the candybar "chocolate" dip.
posted by five fresh fish at 10:57 PM on June 27, 2008


18/20, sadly enough.

Even sadder:
How can anyone tell the difference between a Heath and a Skor?

Heath's chocolate surface is even, leaving it symmetric along the long axis. Skor's chocolate surface is uneven, giving it an asymmetric profile.
posted by tkolar at 11:07 PM on June 27, 2008 [4 favorites]


That's fucked up. A Mars bar is the same as a Milky Way. *pouts*
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 11:11 PM on June 27, 2008 [2 favorites]


Fun! But now I'm craving chocolate, dammit!

Mission accomplished, AOL Food web site -- now go collect your advertising dollars, you've earned them.
posted by davejay at 12:01 AM on June 28, 2008


That's fucked up. A Mars bar is the same as a Milky Way. *pouts*

Almonds, man! Fucking almonds!

Actually... Holy shit. I haven't had a mars in years, and I just realized (via wikipedia) that the US version of the mars bar I was used to (and used to love) was some bizarre, almond-containing bastard. But that's gone now. For over five years. It's now the "snickers almond bar".

I feel much more alienated and adrift that I should, by all rights, feel.
posted by mr_roboto at 12:12 AM on June 28, 2008 [1 favorite]


except the mars bar is better.

Also, a kit kat with caramel is just wrong. How can you eat off all the outside chocolate if there is caramel?
posted by jb at 12:14 AM on June 28, 2008


5/20. It says I taste like snozberries.
posted by stavrogin at 1:38 AM on June 28, 2008


Now, if this mechanic guy, was, in fact, eating a 5th Avenue bar, as he claimed, wouldn’t you agree he would have no problem picking one out from a candy line-up?
posted by funkbrain at 2:16 AM on June 28, 2008


0/10, at which point I gave up, because I still hadn't seen a chocolate bar that they sell outside the US.
posted by ArkhanJG at 3:20 AM on June 28, 2008


I'd never seen some of the candy bars they sell and I do live in the US. Most be regional differences, or that I'm not paying sufficient attention to candy these days.

Still, 16/20 is not a good indicator of my dietary habits.
posted by sotonohito at 5:02 AM on June 28, 2008


12/20 and I really want a Payday
posted by maurice at 5:16 AM on June 28, 2008


13/20
That kit-kat looked like none I've ever seen.

For some reason I was able to tell the Skor from the Heath Bar, never having had either outside of halloween candy miniatures when I was 10. I guess they made a strong impression.
posted by rmless at 6:53 AM on June 28, 2008


2/20, maybe I should move to the US.
posted by Submiqent at 7:22 AM on June 28, 2008


16/20 Definite sign of a misspent youth. (And yhbc--Cadbury also makes a chocolate bar with raisins. An awesome chocolate bar with raisins)
posted by nax at 7:35 AM on June 28, 2008


20/20. I am so ashamed. (Yes, I guessed on the Heath/Skor thing. Lucky. And fat.)
posted by The Bellman at 7:42 AM on June 28, 2008


nax: Yes, and that Cadbury was one of the choices, but it is the wrong shape.
posted by The Bellman at 7:42 AM on June 28, 2008


Is this something I would have to own a candy bar to understand?
posted by [NOT HERMITOSIS-IST] at 7:44 AM on June 28, 2008


See, things like this made me fail dismally.

The American version of the Milky Way bar is made of chocolate-malt nougat topped with caramel and covered with milk chocolate and is similar to the European Mars bar. The European Milky Way bar, on the other hand, is not topped with caramel and is therefore similar to the American 3 Musketeers bar.
posted by opsin at 7:44 AM on June 28, 2008


IT'S A TWIX! THEY'RE ALL TWIX!!!
posted by Sys Rq at 7:53 AM on June 28, 2008


17/20
posted by cazoo at 7:54 AM on June 28, 2008


20/20. No, I don't feel good about myself.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 8:00 AM on June 28, 2008 [1 favorite]


16/20. I guessed correctly on Heath vs. Skor, guessed wrong on 5th Avenue vs. Butterfinger (I don't like those; I hate the way the peanut butter substance sticks in my teeth), and should have stuck to my guns on the Krackel vs. Nestle's Crunch.

Incidentally, my actual consumption of candy bars is quite low.
posted by Faint of Butt at 8:17 AM on June 28, 2008


17/20 and I am ashamed. I fully expected a perfect score.
posted by doift at 8:22 AM on June 28, 2008


13/20 - the butterfinger didn't look like a butterfinger
posted by kindel at 8:42 AM on June 28, 2008


Bah! 4/20. It must be the pasta that is making me fat>
posted by francesca too at 8:53 AM on June 28, 2008


4/20. Shockingly bad (good).
posted by reallymadcow at 8:54 AM on June 28, 2008


19/20.
posted by brain cloud at 9:24 AM on June 28, 2008


All this talk of Heath vs Skor, when the real brainteaser was Krackel vs Nestle Crunch. Indistinguishable, I tell you!
posted by A Long and Troublesome Lameness at 9:41 AM on June 28, 2008


The trick with the Krackel vs Crunch was to notice that the photograph was taken at such an angle as to allow you to see the "H" of "CRUNCH." *sigh*
posted by jedicus at 9:48 AM on June 28, 2008


It seems to me the whole production would have benefited by putting the candy on a dais and spinning it back and forth a bit - maybe give the whole thing a Gaussian blur effect as well.

Some breasts and a voice-over of Richard Burton waxing poetic about nougat would also be helpful.
posted by xod at 10:24 AM on June 28, 2008


Krackel vs Nestle Crunch. Indistinguishable, I tell you!

As jedicus points out, the raised lettering is the big clue here. That, and the pronounced border, like the dark border that distinguishes mourning stationery.
posted by Elsa at 10:36 AM on June 28, 2008 [1 favorite]


15/20, and I haven't had sugar in like five years, or any of these candies since probably before the $100,000 bar changed their name. How come Marathon Bars weren't on there?

Oh, and jbickers is quite right about the frozen Skor bars.
posted by bink at 11:15 AM on June 28, 2008


That was fascinating. I'm surprised at how instinctive a lot of those differences are, even between for example Skor and Heath which are basically the same thing. ]

17/20
I screwed up on two that I've never eaten, Charleston Chew (I thought it had pink insides? no?) and Take 5, and on the Mars bar (I said Milky Way).
posted by LobsterMitten at 12:06 PM on June 28, 2008


20/20.

What? I like candy! SHUT UP I AM NOT FAT.
posted by loquacious at 12:56 PM on June 28, 2008 [2 favorites]


What does freezing do to a Skor bar? I can't imagine the texture changing much, since it's already hard toffee. Me, I love a frozen Milky Way (American) or Snickers, but the big surprise is a frozen Charleston Chew. You freeze the wrapped bar, and whack it against the edge of a table as hard as you can. It shatters into delicious little shards, which can then be unwrapped and eaten.
posted by Faint of Butt at 1:40 PM on June 28, 2008


Apparently this is the most popular recipe on that site. Suddenly fruitarianism doesn't seem half bad.
posted by decagon at 3:55 PM on June 28, 2008


15/20. Just into the "I feel ashamed" range. Days away from my 33rd birthday, this perpetually skinny hummingbird-metabolismed fella is finally beginning to show the bit of paunch that a friend predicted oh so many years ago. Impossible, I thought.

Something else I gleaned from this quiz is the clear superiority of M&M/Mars over Hershey and Nestle. Snickers, Milky Way, Baby Ruth, Butterfingers. . . the four pillars of deliciousness. They comprise the basic elements from which springeth all candy bar goodness. (Well, OK, Hershey's does have Reese's, and these are essential. But Nestle is full of fail. That crispy rice stuff is a candy of last resort, the dregs of the easter basket. . .like those black and orange Halloween peanut butter drops. . .)

One objection: Rolo is not bar-shaped, and therefore not a candy bar. It is a cup.

Nearly all candy bars are more awesome frozen. . . *fond memories of loose braces, wiry goodness*

Were we to stretch the notion of candy bar beyond the breaking point, I would have to include the Cadbury's Cream Egg as a sort of fifth element. Grotesque? Yes. Delicious? Sexual.

I write this with fingers sticky from the creamy centers of a stack of ginger Newman-Os. . .
posted by flotson at 4:34 PM on June 28, 2008


17/20... and I'm sorry, that picture of a Kit Kat was fucked up (I would swear it looked like there was caramel in there), so that point I would totally call into question. For people who love candy, and did well on this quiz, you should check out the book Candy Freak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America by Steve Almond. It's such a great read, and will encourage you to discover the last of strange regional candy companies in existance.
posted by kimdog at 4:53 PM on June 28, 2008


how does it know i smell of snozberries?
posted by liza at 9:30 PM on June 28, 2008


19/20, would have been 20/20 if not for the 5th avenue. Heath and Skor can be distinguished because Heath has a rounded top whereas Skor is flatter. You can read the text on at least two of the pictures (crunch and the chunky, which I had never seen but got right from the 'ky' you can see in the picture).
posted by Pyry at 11:05 PM on June 28, 2008


Also, I can tell (canned) Coke and Pepsi apart by visual inspection alone (of the liquid that is, not looking at the cans).
posted by Pyry at 11:08 PM on June 28, 2008


This quiz is like 75% American candy bars. I haven't even heard of half of these, and half of the other half can't be purchased in any convenience store I've been into. This quiz is RACIST AGAINST CANADIANS!
posted by tehloki at 2:34 AM on June 29, 2008


Also, I can tell (canned) Coke and Pepsi apart by visual inspection alone (of the liquid that is, not looking at the cans).

This is what made the old Pepsi Challenge campaign so ingenious: When an authority from Pepsi puts two colas in front of you and asks you which one you prefer, if you're the kind of person who would stand in line to participate in such a "challenge" in the first place, there's a good chance you'll try to pick the Pepsi. And, yes, they are surprisingly easy to tell apart--especially if you, like most people, have had both on many occasions because, like most people, you don't actually give a shit about the brand of your cola.
posted by Sys Rq at 3:49 AM on June 29, 2008


The trick with the Krackel vs Crunch was to notice that the photograph was taken at such an angle as to allow you to see the "H" of "CRUNCH." *sigh*

Sure, in hindsight it looks like an "H," but if at the time it looked like a "K." This quiz is nutrageous--an absolute nutrage!
posted by A Long and Troublesome Lameness at 3:11 PM on June 29, 2008 [1 favorite]


What does freezing do to a Skor bar? I can't imagine the texture changing much, since it's already hard toffee.

Makes it really, really cold, which enhances the flavor, like, a crazy amount.

My dad worked in foodservice, so there were always big boxes of food in our house - and in the downstairs freezer there was always a 48-count box of Skor bars. I ate more than my fair share of those as a boy, a fact which I credit/blame for the fact that I've gotta watch what I eat as an adult.

Still, I'm buying a damn Skor bar today.
posted by jbickers at 4:40 AM on July 2, 2008


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