Talk:Milky Way (chocolate bar)

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European Version[edit]

I took some images of the European version but don't have time to integrate them just now. The European version is toffee cream inside the chocolade. Thue | talk 19:56, 22 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Done! -SCEhardt 23:38, 29 August 2005 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Creation Year[edit]

I don't think it is entirely clear when the Milky Way bar was invented. My two references seem to say that he got the idea in 1920 and suggest that it was developed between 1920 and 1923, and first sold in 1923. I wouldn't call having an idea the birth of the Milky Way bar, but I suppose it depends on philosophical viewpoints. Any better references?

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Kialari 00:20, 12 October 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The claim "It was the first commercially distributed filled chocolate bar." in the 2nd paragraph of the main article is far from true. The Fry's Chocolate Cream bar (cf) was launched commercially in 1866, predating the Milky Way by 57 years! 2001:8B0:1625:41F:20A:95FF:FED5:EA6A (talk) 13:43, 1 December 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Milky Way vs Mars?[edit]

I ended up on this article b/c I was confused by something in this old BBC article here. It claims that Milky Way was just the local name in the US for the Mars Bar... I wouldn't know because I'm not American. Any ideas? Arianna 04:29, 12 April 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You could read the opening paragraph of the article :). Thue | talk 08:33, 12 April 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]
This portion of the article is incorrect. I live in Canada, and we do not have a Milky Way bar. We have a the tradition Mars bar (what the US calls Milky Way) and a 3 Muskateers. The wording needs to be updated to reflect that 3 Muskateers is not just a U.S. only bar. - Dave Slinn 21:36, 27 November 2009 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)

I can say definatively that the Australian and UK 'Mars Bar' IS the United States' Milky Way bar. Exactly the same ingredients, flavour, appearance and marketing. The confusion is compounded by the fact that the Australian and UK 'Milky Way' IS the United States' 3 Musketeers Bar. Too much marketing has gone into these products to change now. Seemingly the US no longer has a product named 'Mars Bar'. In any case, both pale in comparison to the might of the Picnic Bar - no reference needed; its awesomeness is self evident. The Red Threat (talk) 17:47, 10 December 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Mmm mmm mmm[edit]

I just ate a Euro Milky Way and an American Milky Way back to back and I must say the American bar pwns the Euro one. They complement each other, nonetheless. dephlogisicated 07:16, 11 June 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Origin of name[edit]

I wondered why did Mars use astronomical names for it's chocolate bars, Mars, Milky Way, Galaxy etc?

Mars is the family name of the company founder. Milky Way was reminiscent of a milkshake. Probably everything else followed just from continuing the theme. (The Snickers galaxy, however, was named for the candy bar rather than vice versa.) 03:02, 23 September 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The page, as of today, says: "The name and taste were taken from a famed malted milk drink (milkshake) of the day, which was in turn named after the Earth’s galaxy.[1][2]" Unfortunately, link [2] is dead, and link [1] says "MILKY WAY® was named after a famed malted milk drink of the day – not the Earth’s galaxy, as many contend". Nothing on Wikipedia's Milkshake page suggests that the galaxy had anything to do with the name of that. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:31, 18 May 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Only in Europe and the USA, you say? Pity.[edit]

My beef is that the Milky Way is not sold in Canada, but Mars bars are. Why? Especially with Free Trade!

I've always had to go to a US location to buy some and bring them home. Originally, Skagway, Alaska, and now (but only once so far), Shelby or Great Falls, Montana.

I'd be pleased to trade some Red Rose Tea for Milky Way bars! GBC (talk) 18:23, 18 March 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Actually, for a while at least, US-bought Milky Way bars were made in Canada, and were none other than Canadian Mars bars in a different wrapper. As for 3 Musketeers, that's the same as the worldwide Milky Way, so Canadians aren't missing out on much. Whereas the rest of the world doesn't have Red Rose, of course. ProhibitOnions (T) 22:00, 18 March 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Faces on milkway magic stars[edit]

The wiki says the stars no longer have faces but they clearly do? Can someone update that — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:56, 10 February 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The way I'm reading it, it implies that the faces were those of distinct characters, and that the characters were discontinued. Presumably to be replaced by generic smiley faces? Is this the case? Rubiscous (talk) 07:27, 27 April 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

No, they definitely aren't just generic smiley faces - it is still the faces of all the different characters, they just aren't used for marketing anymore. I'm eating some just now and the characters are all still there. Lovecatx (talk) 12:17, 22 August 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Nutrition Data[edit]

There seems to be a mathematical error in the part that details the nutrition data (namely fats) of the "Milky Way" bar here. It also bares difference from the information presented by the company's site and the USDA [1] . — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:35, 21 October 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Bowl of milk[edit]

Why is there a picture of a milky way floating in a bowl of milk? Is this related to some old meme? If not, it makes zero sense from the perspective of an encyclopedia. Forky2 (talk) 12:56, 11 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"The version of the Milky Way bar sold outside the United States has no caramel topping, and consists of a nougat centre that is considerably lighter than that of the British Mars bar and the American Milky Way bar. The global Milky Way bar is marketed in the United States as 3 Musketeers bar. Because of this low density (0.88 g/cm3), it floats in milk, an attribute highlighted in an advertising campaign in several European countries." (talk) 10:50, 11 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]