Our English friend came bearing gifts of typical London treats. There were crumpets and Cadbury chocolates. She gave us postcards of her hometown and a magnet. She also brought Marmite, which is a yeast spread that the English claim is better than Vegemite (Australians beg to differ). We were told that people either love Marmite or they hate it. Sad to say, we did not love it. The taste was...interesting. My father liked it. At least, he said he did. I'm not sure if it's meant to be eaten straight up like honey the way he had it. Our friend also brought Kit Kats.
Yes, someone had mentioned that Kit Kats taste better from England because they have a higher chocolate content. So of course, we had to get scientific about it and conduct a blind taste test.
Here we have our Kit Kat bars. Note the differences in packaging. Most notable is that they are designed to be turned over differently. The American Kit Kat has to be flipped up to view the back information right side up, while the UK Kit Kat must be flipped from side to side to view the back properly. In the picture, we flipped it side to side, so the back of the US bar is upside down.
Another interesting difference were the descriptions. We have "crisp wafers in milk chocolate" while the English have "crispy wafer fingers covered in milk chocolate." Have I mentioned my love for linguistics?
Marina conducted the study. She put pieces of the UK Kit Kat on plate A and the US bar on plate B. After each subject (the rest of the family) tasted a piece from each plate, she asked us which we thought was more chocolately, which had a better wafer, and which tasted better overall. Here are our results:
- 3 out of 4 of us thought the UK bar was more chocolatey. We also all noticed a darker chocolate color for the UK bar.
- We were evenly divided about the better wafer.
- We were also evenly divided about which tasted better.
In other news, we were studying ancient Europe recently, and since our visitor was not able to bring a stone from Stonehenge, we decided to build our own. Out of suger wafers. I got the idea from a picture I found when we googled Stonehenge. As my three kids built theirs, I read historical information I found at the English Heritage website. We also found an interactive page that gives a 360 degree view from the center of Stonehenge.
I've decided we should make all of our models out of food. That way we can eat them after we take pictures. Even if we don't eat them, I can throw them out without any guilt.