Galaxy chocolate review

After my post about the Malteaster Bunny, fellow blogger, David, suggested I do a comparison of Galaxy chocolate bars.

I’m not a huge fan of Galaxy chocolate, so this is probably not something I would have thought of doing for myself. However, always willing to eat chocolate for a good cause, I obtained a small selection to taste and review.

From the various options available, I picked the three that appealed most when I was faced with the shelf of choices at my local supermarket – Smooth Milk, Roasted and Caramelised Hazelnuts, and Caramel:

3 Galaxy Bars

It used to be, in my youth, that Galaxy was Galaxy. It was a relatively humble chocolate bar, not one to big it up with fancy fillings and different varieties. It left that sort of carry on to the likes of Cadbury, who have always (at least as far back as I can remember) been keen on giving the customer a number of options with their standard Dairy Milk bar, such as Dariy Milk Fruit and Nut and Dairy Milk Whole Nut.

I have the feeling that there may be two types of people in the world, or at least in Britain: those who favour Cadbury’s Dairy Milk chocolate and those who prefer Galaxy.

I am, virtually always, in the former category. Having made this distinction, I should perhaps be comparing a Galaxy bar and a Dairy Milk bar, but alas I didn’t have any Dairy Milk and I did have three large bars of Galaxy. Another time.

Of the three that I chose, the Smooth Milk was the only one I was familiar with, but I had high hopes for the nut one, seen in the middle here:

3 bars in a toast rack

The outer paper sleeves of the bars were very similar, but each one had a distinctly different colour of inner foil wrapping:

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Inside, the three bars looked very similar, except that the Caramel one had larger chunks than the other two:

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The Caramel chunks also had a more rounded top than the others. The shape reminded me of a peculiar bed I once slept in in the south of France, which was a bit like a narrow treasure chest on legs. I spent the entire night trying not to roll off it, particularly as it was quite high off a hard wooden floor.

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Unlike the bed, however, the Caramel chunks were filled with sticky sweet caramel, which oozed out satisfyingly when bitten into:

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The Smooth Milk chunks had an asymmetrical cross section and a very sweet taste, although not quite as sweet as the Caramel:

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The Roasted and Caramelised Hazelnut chunks also had an asymmetrical cross section. Due to the addition of the nuts, they were slightly less sweet than the Smooth Milk chunks:

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As I’ve already incidated, Galaxy chocolate is not my usual nibble, and I was reminded why this was when I tasted these three bars. For my taste, Galaxy chocolate is too sweet. I say this as a fan of chocolate and multitudinous other sweet snacks, and I’m not quite sure if it’s solely due to sugar content or if there’s something more subtle at work.

If I were buying Galaxy again, I would a) go for a smaller bar, and b) probably opt for the Smooth Milk or the Roasted and Caramelised Hazelnut, rather than the Caramel, which was the sweetest of them all.

After finding them too sickly, I wondered what to do with all the leftover chocolate. In my usual manner when faced with such dilemmas, I fell back on bunging it in some scones:

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When I’ve made chocolate scones before I’ve grated dark chocolate into the mixture, and for some reason that worked better with a scone than Galaxy Smooth Milk, at least in my opinion. To my mind, these scones were, like the chocolate on its own, a bit too sickly sweet.

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Given my definite preference for Cadbury, I wondered if there was any situation in which I would choose Galaxy instead.

Since the sweetness of Galaxy was the thing that struck me most, it would seem to be the ideal treatment for shock. A nice hot cup of tea and a slab of Galaxy chocolate would be more to my taste than a very sweet cup of tea on its own, and so for that reason I’m thinking of Galaxy more as a medicine than a sweet snack.

Despite my own preference for Cadbury’s chocolate, the fact remains that Galaxy is an enormously successful global brand, having gone from strength to strength since its creation in 1810. It now exists in at least 10 different varieties, and that’s not including the Easter egg versions.

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Outside the UK, the same chocolate is known in some places as Dove, although why that name was chosen in place of Galaxy I really have no idea. It seems an odd choice, given the astronomical connection between Galaxy and its manufacturer, Mars.

Incidentally, I recently learned from a newspaper article that three members of the Mars family are amongst the richest people in the world, featuring at joint 36th place in the Forbes World Billionaires List. As with most of the people on the list, the three Mars family members are in their 70s and 80s. Being the heirs to a huge confectionery company obviously hasn’t done their general health too much harm, but I can’t help wondering about the state of their teeth.

Note for Geoff, who suggested long ago that I do a review of Willie’s chocolate – sorry I still haven’t got round to this. I did buy some from Provender Brown for a friend but I haven’t tasted it myself yet…the day will come, I’m sure!

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44 thoughts on “Galaxy chocolate review

  1. A very fair and well balanced review, Lorna. I share your opinion exactly about Cadbury’s and Galaxy chocolate. I much prefer Cadbury’s! It’s difficult to define the difference. I can quite imagine how the scones tasted – but they look gorgeous!

    • Thank you Jo, it is hard to tell the difference, I think the only way I can hope to do that is to eat a bar of Galaxy Smooth Milk and a bar of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk at the same time. What a chore! The scones were edible, but not the most successful I’ve ever made.

      • Hmm, that does sound a bit of a trial! :) But not even Cadbury’s tastes quite the same as it used to… perhaps that’s just my memory and/or tastebuds, though!

        • I know what you mean, I had that feeling when they brought out the Wispa again, it didn’t seem to me to taste at all the way I remembered it in my youth. Tastebuds do change with age, I believe, perhaps that’s part of the explanation for it. Companies will muck about with successful recipes too, I’ve never understood that. So often ‘new and improved’ products fall short of their predecessors, in my experience.

  2. As a huge fan of Galaxy, this would be a heavenly afternoon for me

  3. I have to say that this is a well researched and intelligent assessment – and I would expect nothing less from someone of your calibre. As a tea drinker I would still opt on balance for Galaxy although Cadbury’s do seem to have upped their game somewhat.

    • Thank you for setting me the challenge and for being so generous with your comments, but I feel sorry I wasn’t more positive about your preferred brand. Your mention of tea makes me realise that I should ideally have not only tried Dairy Milk and Galaxy together, but also while drinking tea. That was a serious oversight on my part and I intend to put it right some time soon. There may well be a part 2 to follow.

  4. Hi Lorna, my first thoughts were it looked like there was a golden ticket somewhere and secondly, what a tasty review! It all clicked into place when you mentioned Galaxy is also called Dove and that’s how I know it here in Australia. A very valiant effort and might I just add, that after your delicious observation here, I really need some chocolate now!

    • Ooh, a golden ticket would have been well worth buying a stack of chocolate bars for! Are you a fan of Dove? I wonder if there’s any difference in taste between yours in Australia and ours in the UK. I have noticed taste differences across borders in brands before, although I’m not sure if I’ve tried Galaxy outside the UK.

  5. I’m reading about a concept called a “bliss point,” the level of sweetness that is just right. It’s different for each of us – I guess Cadbury gets it just right for you while Galaxy is too sweet. Interesting!

    • That is most interesting Annie, I’ve never heard of the ‘bliss point’ before. Does it change with age, do you know? This needs further investigation, thank you for mentioning it.

  6. What a yummy post!

  7. the details and content here are incredible another great blog post

  8. All this talk of chocolate has made me hungry for some. I prefer dark chocolate mind you. The hazel nut bar looked the best to me. How clever to bake the remainder into your scones. They looked fabulous!

    • The hazelnut looked the most appealing to me too, and it’s probably the one I’d buy again. I share your preference for dark chocolate although I’ll eat just about any chocolate if desperate enough. Dark chocolate in scones is pretty good if you grate it in, it creates an attractive speckled appearance throughout the scone as well as tasting rather nice.

  9. I had no idea Galaxy and Dove were the same. Dove is the only decent American chocolate. It has a creamy European taste unlike the awful Hersheys sugary ones. But I must admit the Hersheys “Symphony” variety is pretty good. My niece who is visiting from England gave me big hollowed out champagne bottle made of chocolate (Thortons) which I wanted to break by banging on a ship but having none, banged it on the kitchen sink instead. It was delicious. My favorite (humble) English varieties include Bounty, Crunch, Flake, and Malteazers. My number one favorite chocolate of all time is Whittakers/whole hazlenut (New Zealand). Thank you for your excellent and balanced review

    • I’ve never seen Hersheys Symphony, although I’ve seen some other Hersheys bars here. Starbucks make their hot chocolate from Hersheys syrup too, don’t they? They use the same stuff worldwide, I imagine. I must say I don’t like the syrup but I’m no expert on the chocolate. You have an impressive knowledge of world chocolate varieties! I’m trying to remember if I’ve had that Whittakers whole hazelnut or not, I have had Whittakers chocolate but I don’t think I’ve seen that one. Thank you for your kind comments, I felt I was possibly a bit one sided since I’m not a big fan of Galaxy, but I know it’s a huge seller and many people regard it as their favourite brand.

  10. Sampling chocolate bars for the benefit of the rest of us is a fine occupation! Sorry you didn’t like them that much – the pictures look quite tasty. And the scones look delicious. Well, now I’m hungry!

  11. Our family stopped being Cadbury eaters after they pulled a swifty on their packaging here in Australia. They downsized the bars but put the chocolate into a cardboard package so it still looked roughly the same and they charged the same price as the previous size. That’s my Scottish stinginess coming out!
    I changed to being a dark chocolate eater in recent years after reading the book Chocolate Therapy, I did a blog post about the book. I now eat the 70 % dark chocolate from Aldi.
    I can’t cope with the sweetness of milk chocolate any more.

    • That’s a disgrace! It’s a very sneaky move when they make things smaller and charge the same price, I’m sorry to hear you’ve had that experience with Cadbury. I remember your blog post about that book, it made me quite desperate for chocolate. I haven’t tried Aldi’s chocolate, I’ll have to get some and give it a go, although there aren’t many branches of Aldi in this neck of the woods. I sympathise with your dislike of the sweetness, I feel that way about Galaxy and sometimes about Cadbury. There’s nothing quite like a smooth chunk of deliciously dark chocolate.

  12. My goodness, Lorna, you are a thorough one! This post is mouth-watering, even though the candy was less so, in your opinion. I didn’t know that Dove was Galaxy—I rather like the dark chocolate Dove Easter eggs (mainly because they are so much less sweet than Hershey’s!). I heard that the chocolate coating of Dove ice-cream bars was so popular, it launched the making of Dove chocolates. Not sure if that’s true, but I thought I’d mention it.

    • Thank you Robin, I’ve never seen dark Galaxy/Dove chocolate, or indeed the ice creams. I checked Wikipedia and apparently Galaxy has been around as a brand since 1810, although I don’t know when Dove was born. The article also says that the Dove brand is famous for having messages written inside the packaging. Galaxy doesn’t have that, sadly.

  13. Love these scientific excuses to eat more chocolate!

  14. Lorna, you are so noble in your pursuit of wisdom! Am not a Dove fan myself, but I would have martyred myself for those delectable looking scones you made, especially if they were slathered in salty butter to offset the sweetness. Mmmmmmm.
    Oh dear. Now I am famished!

    • Thank you kindly Nicole, I’m sure that’s the first time I’ve ever been termed ‘noble in pursuit of wisdom’! You’ve come up with an excellent idea there with the salty butter. I did put some sort of spread on them but possibly not enough or not salty enough. I do like the combination of chocolate and salt, very nice.

  15. katiewritesagain

    Lorna, you wicked, wicked girl. I have a friend who makes a Dove bar his dessert every day after lunch. He is a hard worker-stonemason-and it’s his one tiny indulgence. He was interested in the variety of Galaxy. I don’t think he’s looked varieties under the Dove name, but maybe now he will.
    Loved the idea of using them in scones. Maybe just use fewer bits, and yes, the addition of butter would be scandalously rich.
    My. I must do some work now-just thinking about all this makes me feel guilty.

    • Oh dear, sorry Kathleen! I expect your stonemason friend probably burns off more calories than he consumes in his daily Dove bar, so he needn’t feel guilty about his little indulgence (and in any case chocolate’s good for you). I’m still puzzled about why there are two names for the same thing. I’ve always assumed it’s because one name might not translate to another country very well, but I would have thought Galaxy would be fine in the Americas. Over here, Dove is a well known toiletries brand, so it would perhaps be a bit confusing for us to take that name for chocolate too.

  16. I smile every time you write about chocolate…love it. I used to work for the Mars company, which is definitely global — they do make fine confectionery and offer so much variety…there is something for everyone. Dove Dark Chocolate is my favorite, with a bit of almond…I too enjoy how you make your “work” so pleasurable…

    • Thank you Linda, you may be just the person to help me out. Why is it that Mars calls the chocolate Galaxy in the UK and Dove elsewhere? And why is it that we don’t have the dark chocolate variety here, only the milk? At least, as far as I’m aware we don’t have the dark stuff, I’ve never seen it so if it does exist on these shores it’s well hidden. Is it really down to market research, and if so why have I never been asked for my opinion on chocolate types? I feel miffed. Sorry, don’t mean to rant at you, I’m just perplexed by this business of how companies choose which kind of thing to sell in which country. I feel sure that a dark almond chocolate would do well here (I’d buy it!).

  17. Tracey

    Hello Lorna; I do enjoy your blog so much! Seeing that you are a fellow Cadbury fan, had to share that my new neighbour, whose business works with Cadbury, unexpectedly brought me nearly 50 100g bars tonight…I know exactly what to do with one Cadbury, but 50?

    Sweet dreams! :)

    • Hello Tracey, thank you kindly! What a very nice problem to have, engulfed by Cadbury’s chocolate bars. I’m not sure what I’d do if I had that much chocolate all at once, probably eat some of it and give some of it away. It reminds me of my mum’s passion for a bar Fry’s used to make. It was called the Fry’s sandwich and there were two varieties – dark and milk. The dark bar had two layers of dark chocolate with a layer of milk chocolate inbetween, and the milk version was the other way round. When I was a child, Fry’s decided to stop making the sandwich bar, and around that time my mum was always on the lookout for retail outlets that might still have some stock. We were on holiday in the south-west of Scotland when she walked into a little sweet shop that had about 20 bars sitting on the shelf, so she bought the lot and secreted them away in her wardrobe. One day I asked her if I might have a nibble of her stash, only to discover that she’d polished off the lot.

  18. Tracey C

    That’s hilarious! And since they sound so delicious, completely understandable. Sadly, I am too far away to bring some round, but have energized my co-workers by bringing a whack of it in for them to polish off.

    Keep up the lovely work you do! Reading your blog makes me feel I’m in Scotland, having a particularly pleasant day. :)

    • I’m delighted to hear that your co-workers are benefitting from your generosity, and thank you for your kind words. I do hope your day has been as happy as it’s been chocolate filled. :-)

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