Hey Lifehacker! I’ve been munching on Twix bars since I was able to walk and I recently noticed a distinct change in the way they taste, like the chocolate didn’t taste the same? I swear something changed. What happened? I haven’t seen any information about this anywhere. Cheers, Switching To Boost Bars
I just went out and bought a Twix myself! I thought, why not try and replicate this experiment which currently has an n=1. I can literally double the experimental population. So I did just that. I bought a 50g Twix bar.
Hypothesis: If Twix tastes have changed, then I will be able to tell immediately because I used to eat them all the time.
Method: Buy a Twix, eat the Twix, report.
Results: The Twix that I bought certainly does taste different. I can’t quite pin what it is, but the chocolate certainly doesn’t have the same consistency or smoothness to it as I am used to. The caramel seems… cheaper. The wafer a little more brittle. I am happy I got it for a special $1 from the local supermarket.
Conclusion: Twix in Australia certainly taste different. I don’t have access to an older Twix recipe but there doesn’t seem inherently anything different about the current one. It certainly wasn’t out of date, which could have confounded our results. I have looked into this online but only turned up a Reddit thread, which suggests that Mars have moved the production of Twix to Egypt and contains several more tales of Twix tragedy.
Update: I reached out for Mars to comment and was met with this message, by a Mars spokesperson:
“Your taste buds have detected a very subtle change. TWIX® is now made using the global signature recipe and has a more satisfying crunch in its biscuit, alongside the chewy, creamy caramel; a recipe which is loved by consumers around the world.”
I did ask a few deeper questions – like the reason behind the change – but did not receive a response.
So, STBB, you definitely have detected a change in the Twix biscuits you’re eating and – apparently – your taste buds have detected something that was supposed to be subtle. You must have eaten a lot of Twix.
Personally, I don’t think the crunch is more satisfying – I feel like it is a little more dry. That might be just me though.
Good pick up! Are you going to switch to an entirely new bar?