America: it’s time to demand better malted milk balls!
If you’ve only been eating one kind of American malted milk ball brand your entire life (I won’t name any names), you don’t know what you’ve been missing!
I grew up eating Mars’ Malteser’s malted milk chocolates as they’re one of the most popular candies in the UK (just ask any Brit you know), and when I first tasted the American version of malted milk balls after moving here, I was horrified! The chocolate was not actually chocolate, but more of a waxy coating and the entire flavor was just terrible! Needless to say, my family and I never had any more malted milk balls, unless family or friends brought over Maltesers from the UK.
Maltesers’ chocolate is so creamy and smooth—it just melts in your mouth—and then there’s the crunchy and delicious flavor of the malted milk center, which is just a heavenly combination!
It makes me sad that we have to put up with some truly subpar food items here in the US, not just with malted milk balls, but for lots of different items which are made differently by the same company depending on whether the intended consumption is in Europe, or Canada or Australia or the US (for example, Cadbury’s and Nestle). I often feel that these companies presume that “Americans won’t know any better”, which is just wrong! We demand the best for so many things, so why not food?
Of course, there are more important things I could be ranting about such as GMOs, using highly processed ingredients like high fructose corn syrup in so many of our foods, and the use of pesticides and artificial ingredients, but somebody has to talk about bad chocolate!
I have stated over and over about using quality ingredients in all of my recipes, and when I see desserts like this Maltesers Cake, I just cannot imagine making it with anything but Maltesers!
So, if you live in the US, you’re probably wondering where you can get your hands on some of these orbs of malted milk and creamy chocolate goodness? Well, you’d have to find a British shop, or a specialty international store perhaps (Cost Plus carries them, but be forewarned, they are expensive) or check out Amazon.com. My point is that they should be available next to M&Ms and Twix (don’t get me started on how the Twix in the UK is SO much better than in the US) in our local grocery stores. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that there is now a white chocolate version which is so incredibly delicious as well! So write to your congressmen/women…okay, maybe that won’t work, but let’s get the word out there that we want QUALITY chocolate in the US, just like everyone else!
Once you’ve tasted Maltesers, you’ll understand why I pontificated on this issue. We need to stand up, America, and demand Maltesers for all!! (And no, unfortunately, I didn’t receive any Maltesers or anything, in return for this post).
I just ♥ Maltesers!
(And I’m not the only one! Maltesers’ Facebook page has almost 2 million followers!)
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