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What country makes the best Dairy Milk bar? Canada!

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What country makes the best Dairy Milk bar? Canada!

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the Cadbury chocolate factory in Toronto, where all of the Cadbury chocolate in Canada is made. I went with a group of co-workers on a grand tour. Although it was fun seeing how everything is created we even tried filling Cadbury Creme Eggs and mixing our own signature add-ins into Dairy Milk bars one topic remained on everyone's mind. No, it wasn't how they get the caramel in the Caramilk bar. (We all had our theories, but they wouldn't confirm or deny.) The real mystery was: Which country makes the most delicious version of a Dairy Milk bar? Cadbury Dairy Milk The staff at Cadbury had arranged a blind taste test of their chocolate bars from around the world. I tried to maintain an objective stance because, unlike some, I'm really not all that attached to Dairy Milk. I also consider my palate in pretty good shape, since I cook and taste things for a living. Some members of our group, however, were staunch British Dairy Milk supremacists. I've met many of these people over the course of my life and, I'm not going to lie, they intimidate me. I've always kept quiet in response, because I just didn't know if it was true. I'd never tried a British Dairy Milk! How was I to know? I remember thinking how wonderful and rare these chocolate bars must be. British expats go back to their native land and specifically bring these chocolate bars back with them, or have family ship them overseas. They're basically like the chocolate bar equivalent of a winged unicorn. Well, all that was going to change. I was going to try a British Dairy Milk! Our tasting featured chocolate from about 10 different countries, including Canada, USA, Ireland, Australia, South Africa and, of course, Britain.  We sampled them all and then wrote down our favourites by number, all while sizing each other up, suspiciously. Would we agree? Would the UK remain the reigning chocolate champ? Would it come to blows? Should I take my earrings out? After all that, we nearly all agreed on a ranking. I think all but one of us had the same number in our top spot. And the winner is: CANADA! Wait, what? The Canadian chocolate had a strong chocolaty flavour and very distinct complementary milky/caramel notes. Overall, it had the best taste and texture. It was more complex than the British version. And before you accuse me of choosing the chocolate I was most used to eating, our group was comprised of different nationalities, including some who'd grown up eating the UK chocolate. I'm sure people will disagree with us the UK chocolate was still very creamy and delicious. As smug expressions melted off faces more quickly than chocolate on a hot griddle, I think we all felt a bit shaken —and more than a bit patriotic—that day. Now, every time someone brings up the topic of who makes the best Dairy Milk, it's my turn to be smug. Even if it's just on the inside. I am a polite Canadian, after all. To keep up with more of our Test Kitchen adventures on Instagram, follow @CanadianLiving.
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