As you likely know, there are hundreds, if not thousands of popular candy bar brands out there. So, keeping up with what they are, what they taste like, and which are best, is always an immense challenge to be taken on. Besides requiring a considerable amount of commitment, it’s also a costly venture that your diet won’t appreciate.
So, today we have broken down two of the most famous candy bars there is: Twix and Snickers. Which one is best?
Well before answering that question, you first have to consider what you are using them for. If it’s just for eating, then it’s as simple as “What is your flavor preference?”
But, if you need to use them for melting or decorative purposes, one will have a benefit over the other.
In today’s jam-packed article, we will take an in-depth look at exactly what a Twix and Snickers bar is, how they differ, how they are the same, and how they can (and should) be used.
If you aren’t familiar with one or both of them, this guide will quickly help you narrow down the best option for your needs so that you don’t have to waste your time, spend a bunch of money, and ruin your diet.
What Are Twix Bars?
Let’s start with the newest bar, Twix. This chocolate confection was initially introduced in the United Kingdom way back in 1967, making it about 56 years old.
Back then it used to be called a “Raider” bar, which eventually changed in 1991 to match the internationally given name, “Twix.”
Surprisingly, it was only launched in the U.S. market around 1979.
What Are They Made Of?
There are several flavors that have been launched since the chocolate bars’ initial release. However, none of them (in our opinion) stacks up to the Original bar.
A Twix bar is made up of different sweet layers. First, you get the delicious, crunchy shortbread center.
This center is coated with a thin layer of milk chocolate, followed by a thick layer of sticky and sweet caramel. The entire bar is then enrobed in a layer of milk chocolate.
If you look at the physical appearance of a Twix bar, it’s long and relatively thin with a dome-like shape. The sides and bottom are smooth, but the top has a distinctive wobbly (or bumpy) look.
The bars are sold in singles, twos, and fours.
Twix Right Bar And Twix Left Bar
Twix has also released two versions of the original flavor. They were called the “Right Bar” and the “Left Bar.”
Supposedly Mars Incorporated (the creators of Twix) says that they are different. The “Right Bar” is supposed to have a chewy caramel whereas the “Left Bar” is said to have a soft caramel.
However, to most fans, the difference was so subtle they hardly even noticed (if at all).
Other Twix Bar Flavors
One thing we LOVE about these candy bars is that there are a few different flavors you can choose from. Keep in mind that not all of them are released globally. But you should be able to find at least two options wherever they do sell Twix.
- Twix Salted Caramel
- Twix Caramel Cookies
- Twix Cookie Dough
- Twix Cookies & Cream
- Twix Ice Cream Bar
- Twix 100 Calories
Nutritional Breakdown Of Twix Bars
Here is the nutritional information for a regular sized Twix bar (58g)
Popularity, Price, And Availability
As we have already mentioned, Twix bars are sold globally. Although, you won’t necessarily be able to find all of their flavors and even the “Right” and “Left” bar options.
That being said, Twix Original is available in most countries.
This is one of the most popular candy bars in the world. In 2012, they reportedly sold more than 161 million candy bars!
On average, each bar cost about $1.20, with the price fluctuating marginally depending on where you are.
What Are Snickers?
Now, let’s move on to the older of the two candy bars, Snickers.
This sweet treat has been around since 1930!
It was initially released in the United States and was also created by the same company that makes Twix, Mars Incorporated.
In the United Kingdom, it was first sold as “Marathon Bars” until it changed to “Snickers” in 1990.
What Are They Made Of?
You will immediately notice that Twix bars are very similar to Snickers. The main difference is the center.
Snickers are made with a nougat center, some crushed peanuts, and a chewy semi-soft caramel. The entire bar is enrobed with a layer of milk chocolate.
Physically, Snickers are thicker and wider than Twix bars. They do have a similar “bumpy” texture on the rob of the bar though.
Other Snickers Bars Flavors
There are MANY other flavors for Snickers. And that doesn’t even include the multitude of products that includes this chocolate bar! Some of the most popular flavors include;
- Snickers Almond
- Snickers Peanut Butter
- Snickers Ice Cream
- Snickers 100 Calories
- Snickers Peanut Brownie
- Snickers White Chocolate
- Snickers Crunchy Peanut Butter
Nutritional Breakdown Of Snickers Bars
Here is the nutritional breakdown of a regular-sized snickers bar (52.7g):
Popularity, Price, And Availability
Snickers is said to be the most popular candy bar in the world. That’s a hard statement to prove (or disprove), and at the end of the day, the only thing we can look at is sales.
On average, they sell about 400 million bars each year.
The cost of a Snickers bar averages around $1.04, again fluctuating depending on where you are.
These candy bars are (from our experience) much more readily available globally and you can easily find multiple flavors too.
Twix Versus Snickers – What’s The Difference?
Now that we have taken a look at these bars individually, let’s compare the side by side.
At first glance, Twix and Snickers do seem very similar. But there are actually more differences than you would think!
First, the ingredients used. Twix consists of shortbread biscuits, caramel, and milk chocolate.
Snickers consist of nougat, peanuts, caramel, and milk chocolate.
Naturally, this affects the flavor immensely. If you don’t like peanuts (or have an allergy), Snickers is not the best option for you. And that’s pretty much the largest deciding factor when it comes to the flavor between these two.
The caramel and milk chocolate elements taste nearly exactly the same.
Then, we have the variations. While both have a bunch of different flavor options, Snickers has far more than Twix. This gives you more diversity to choose an option that you like.
And, in terms of availability, you will also be more likely to find a Snickers bar (or a variation of it) than a Twix.
Twix sits around the 6th spot for most popular candy bars in the United States, whereas Snickers sits at number 1. If you look at the sales numbers, annually Snickers has more than double the sales than Twix bars.
Snickers is also slightly cheaper than Twix, but the prices can equal out depending on where you are.
And finally, when it comes to nutrition, surprisingly, the nougat-filled Snickers bar is lower in calories and higher in nutrients. Now, this doesn’t make it “healthy,” but it’s definitely “healthier” as compared to a Twix bar.
|Twix Versus Snickers Bars
|1967 in the United Kingdom
|1930 in the United States
|161 million average
|400 million average
|Shortbread biscuit, caramel, milk chocolate
|Nougat, peanuts, caramel, milk chocolate
|Variety Of Flavors
|12 total variations
|33 total variations
Which Is Better – Twix Or Snickers?
This is such a personal question because it really depends on what you like.
If you only look at statistics, then Snickers is hands-down the more popular, and therefore better, option between the two.
But again, if you cannot ingest peanuts or don’t like nougat, you will be better off going for the Twix candy bar.
Now, in terms of usage, in our opinion, Twix is much easier to work with for decorative purposes. A Snickers bar can pretty much only be chopped up and folded into a mixture.
Twix is less sticky and can be used as a crumble as well as a chopped-up add-in.
But again, at the end of the day, it’s up to your preference.