July 18, 2014


Birthday Cake M&Mís

mm_birthday_cake.jpgSome things canít be improved. Milk Chocolate (a.k.a. ďregularĒ) and Peanut M&Mís may be two of those things. I happen to think that Peanut M&Mís are slightly more delicious than the Milk Chocolate ones, but I love them both. Either way, they are about as close to candy perfection as you can get. Much like Pretzel M&Mís, Birthday Cake M&Mís donít even come close. First, they donít really have a ďcakeĒ flavor. Thereís some frosting flavor going on, but thatís about it. They certainly didnít remind me of birthday cake, only of eating Betty Crocker frosting with my finger out of one of those plastic tubs. Oh, come on. You know youíve done it too. The other thing wrong with Birthday Cake M&Mís is their size. They are a bit larger than regular M&Mís, with a bigger milk chocolate center. This throws off the ever-important ďmilk chocolate to candy coating ratio.Ē Buy a bag of Birthday Cake M&Mís if you must, just to give them a try. Iíll bet, however, that you probably wonít buy them again.

Phoood rating: So-so

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April 9, 2013


Whoppers Strawberry Milkshake

whoppersstrawberry.jpgI love going to the 99Ę Only store in my neighborhood because I always find products that Iíve never seen before. During my last visit there, I came across Whoppers Strawberry Milkshake. I love chocolate Whoppers, but I didn't know that Whoppers came in another flavor. I was intrigued and because the risk was only 99 cents, I bought the 10-ounce carton of strawberry milkshake-flavored Whoppers. They have a nice strawberry flavor that goes well with the crunchy, malt ball interior. In fact, I think the strawberry milkshake/malt ball combination is even tastier than chocolate-covered Whoppers. Chocoholics may disagree with me, but Iím a firm believer that not everything needs to be covered in chocolate to be delicious. And, 99 cents for 10 ounces of Whoppers is a great deal. I highly recommend that you make a visit to your local 99Ę Only, Dollar Tree, Dollar General, Family Dollar, Giant Dollar, or other dollar store and look for Whoppers Strawberry Milkshake.

Phoood rating: Outstanding!

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November 29, 2012


Nutffles Red Velvet Truffles

nutfflesrv.jpgI had never seen Nutffles before when I spotted a display of them at Raleyís. I donít know if they are a new product or have been around forever. Anyway, I bought a package of the Red Velvet Truffles. Inside were four truffles made of an almond surrounded by red velvet filling, a crispy cocoa wafer, and cream cheese-flavored Belgian white chocolate. Wow, were they delicious! The different flavors and textures went well together and it was clear that the truffles were made from high-quality ingredients. They are a premium product, much like Ferrero Rocher chocolates are. But, I think Nutffles taste better. The package of four truffles cost me $1.50, which I thought was kind of high when I bought them. After eating them, I can say that they are a very good value at a buck and a half. The Nutffles web site indicates that Nutffles are available in a 20-piece ballotin (Now thereís a word I've never come across. It means ďa deep decorative rectangular cardboard box with overhanging edges used for packaging chocolate candiesĒ). A ballotin or two of Nutffles would make a great gift for someone special.

Phoood rating: Outstanding!

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September 5, 2012


Hershey's Air Delight Chocolate Bar

rsz_1hersheys-air-delight.jpgAfter briefly seeing a commercial for these a while back, I was only marginally interested in trying out an Air Delight. It seemed like a pretty clever way to pack less chocolate into a Hershey's bar. I did some research and found that aerated chocolate bars are actually quite popular in other parts of the world. I figured that at least the texture might be interesting, so I decided to give it a shot. First of all, there's absolutely nothing new here when it comes to taste. Air Delights are exactly like their standard counterpart in this regard. When it came to texture however, it felt as though the inside of the chocolate bar had been hollowed out. The honeycomb-like aerated portions were so vaporous that it melted on my tongue almost instantly. This resulted in me not being able to savor the taste of chocolate for very long and my mind being tricked into consuming less than what was expected. Perhaps another sufficient way for me to describe this is that it's like taking in a quick gasp of air before biting down on a piece of chocolate, then swallowing both the air and chocolate at the same time. The satisfaction of chewing into a substantial chunk of candy is all but gone. I think it's clear that I'm not a fan of this new product, as I was left feeling a little cheated. After all, why would I pay for more air and less chocolate?

Phoood rating: Don't Waste Your Money

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June 10, 2012


Goo Goo Cluster

googoocluster.jpgMy brother, who lives in Nashville, Tennessee, visited me in California recently and brought me a couple Goo Goo Clusters. I had never heard of them before, but the candy has a long history and are pretty well known in the South. A Goo Goo Cluster is a mound of marshmallow nougat, caramel, and peanuts, all covered with milk chocolate. As you might expect, itís a delicious combination. I like how the caramel easily melts in your mouth and the generous amount of peanuts in each cluster. This is definitely a candy bar, uh, cluster that I can recommend. The only real issue is whether youíll be able to easily find Goo Goo Clusters where you live. In some areas, you may not find them in supermarkets, but at places like Tractor Supply Company. Check their web site for the retailer near you or just order a case or two directly from the company and have them shipped to your doorstep.

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May 14, 2010


Pretzel M&Mís

pretzelmms.jpgAs if there wasnít already too many varieties of M&Mís, now there are Pretzel M&Mís. In theory, a pretzel covered with milk chocolate and a candy coating should be pretty tasty. But Pretzel M&Mís donít work for me. The sphere-shaped pretzel pieces are very small and donít have much flavor on their own. They also lack the saltiness that is such an important component of a good pretzel. The saltiness of a pretzel and the sweetness of chocolate is a great combination when done right, but Pretzel M&Mís donít pull it off. If you want a chocolate-covered pretzel, buy some Pretzel Flipz instead. They are outrageously delicious. Pretzel M&Mís, on the other hand, are a disappointment.

Phoood rating: So-so

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March 8, 2010


Baby Ruth Crisp

brcrisp.jpgBaby Ruth is probably my favorite candy bar. So, when I saw new Baby Ruth Crisp at the local Kwik-E-Mart, I was curious and hesitant at the same time. I didnít want to be disappointed by a failed attempt to recreate a classic candy bar like I have many times in the past. I bought one anyway and am glad that I did. Although the crispy wafers make it a very different eating experience compared to a regular Baby Ruth, it still has the Baby Ruth flavor that I love so much. Some crispy-type candy bars are so light and airy that they donít have enough substance to satisfy my generous appetite. I didnít have this complaint with Baby Ruth Crisp. I think that the Baby Ruth Crisp is so tasty that Iíll go out on a limb and say that itís as good as the original.

Phoood rating: Outstanding!

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December 1, 2009


PayDay Chocolatey Avalanche

paydaychocolate.jpgIíve always liked eating PayDay candy bars because I told myself that they were healthier than other candy bars. After all, theyíre mostly peanuts. Peanuts are healthy, arenít they? Well, maybe not but I like PayDays nonetheless. What I like even more is a PayDay covered in chocolate. Itís a wonderful thing when something that tastes good gets covered with chocolate and then tastes even better, which is the case with PayDay Chocolatey Avalanche. The combination of salty peanuts, caramel, and chocolate is absolutely delicious. The chocolate coating in particular is very good. Iím not sure if itís some special kind of chocolate or just tastes good in combination with the other ingredients, but wow, it is great. I donít think Iíll ever eat another regular PayDay again. Give me a Chocolatey Avalanche instead! Iíll go so far as to say that the candy bar is among the best, right up there with Baby Ruth, Snickers, and Reeseís Peanut Butter Cups. Yes, it's that good.

Phoood rating: Outstanding!

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October 21, 2009


Limited Edition Strawberried Peanut Butter M&M's

strawberriedpb2.jpgThese new M&M's were originally released as a limited edition tie-in to the new Transformers movie. When I first saw them, I thought that concept was interesting, but never felt the urge to try them. Recently, I saw these at the store in their (non-licensed) red and brown striped packaging and finally decided to give them a shot. I love peanut butter and I like strawberries, but I usually end up getting disappointed by new candy flavors. Even regular peanut butter M&M's don't taste as good to me as I think that they should. As such, I was ready for a truly mediocre candy experience. I am happy to report that I was wrong. M&M's has hit a home run with their new candy. The peanut butter flavor is sweet and creamy and the strawberry flavor actually tastes like real strawberries. This combination works in a good way. It's hard to say where Mars got the inspiration for this new mix, but they're so good, that you probably won't worry about it too much. If you're yearning for something different when you're out candy shopping, these great new M&M's won't disappoint.

Phoood rating: Outstanding!

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April 26, 2009


U-NO

u-no.jpgIíve never met a candy bar that I didnít like Ė until now. After seeing the U-NO candy bar in stores for as long as I can remember, I finally bought one for the first time. It was the shiny, silver wrapper that caught my eye and the description of ďRich Creamy ChocolateĒ that convinced me to buy it. I was surprised to find that the candy bar is neither rich, creamy, nor very chocolaty. The center of the candy bar, which the manufacturer describes as ďtruffle-like,Ē is the real problem here. Its dry, crumby texture tasted like chalk in my mouth and had a weak chocolate flavor. Itís a mystery to me why this foul substance would be at the center of a candy bar. You might want to use it to scrub your kitchen sink, but you certainly donít want to ingest it. My only consolation was that the U-NO was on sale, so I didnít waste too much money on it. Even if someone offers you one for free, politely decline and go eat some dirt instead. It will taste better.

Phoood rating: Don't Waste Your Money

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February 8, 2009


Violet Crumble

violetcrumble.jpgNow if I were a world traveler (which I am not), I would tell you to catch the first Qantas flight to the land down under just to sink your teeth into a Violet Crumble, arguably Australia's most popular candy bar. But because we live in a day and age where foods from all over the world can be found at your local or specialty grocer, that $1800 plane ticket may not be necessary. Still a violet crumble may be a rare sighting, but believe me, it's worth the search. Violet Crumble is ingenious in its simplicity, a sweetened honeycomb covered in milk chocolate. That's it. If our friends down under got one thing right, it was in saying, "It's the way it shatters, that matter's," because Violet Crumble is just that - a crunchy, crumbly candy bar that rivals our Whopper's here in the States. You'll be a bit shocked when you first sink your teeth into it expecting a soft, chewy center, but instead hearing a crunch that could deafen anyone within a four-foot perimeter. The Honeycomb center is lightly sweetened, never rich and covered with a thin coat of chocolate, that will, on ALL occasions, get stuck in your teeth. But this is a blessing in disguise, giving you an extra five minutes to savor even after all you have left in your hand is the empty wrapper. So if you're in the market for an "interesting", lightly-coated candy bar, place a few phone calls and find yourself a Violet Crumble, I promise it's cheaper than a plane ticket and easier to find than an Echidna in the bush.

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January 29, 2009


Reese's Peanut Butter Bar

reesesbar.jpgI may be a bit shrewd in saying that you can't take mess with the original. But Reese's did just that, and in doing so, are leaving out perhaps the best part of their original creation. The CUP! That's why Reese's was the best, it took all the complicated, messiness out of candy bars, and re-packaged it in convenient cup-form. That was their selling point, and is more than those losers down at Rolo can say. But now that Reese's has sold out, and joined the ranks of their lower-tiered competitors like, Nestle's Crunch and Hershey's anything, I'm a bit disappointed. But I digress. In all fairness, it's still good, REAL good. But by no means as good as the original, or even as good as some of their other special-edition releases, namely the crunchy cookie cup. You can't go wrong with the peanut butter-chocolate combo, it's timeless, perfection, the apex of culinary achievement, and Reese's knows this. This is why they can mess with the original and still get a "Good" rating from me, but if you're looking for excellence, stick to the original. Because like someone once said, the best things in life, come in cups.

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December 1, 2008


Kit Kat Extra Crispy

kitkatec.jpgI like Kit Kat candy bars so much that I named one of my cats Kit Kat. Iíve always thought that the best part of the Kit Kat candy bar is the crispy wafers. They are what make the candy bar so delicious and are a perfect complement to the milk chocolate coating. I was in heaven when I recently ate a Kit Kat Extra Crispy, because it has twice the number of crispy wafers. The wafers themselves arenít more crispy (now thereís a new product idea, Hershey. Youíre welcomeÖ), there are just more of them to enjoy. The additional wafers make this candy bar even better than the original Kit Kat, in my opinion. Kit Kat lovers like me may find this Wikipedia entry interesting, as it lists dozens of Kit Kat varieties sold around the world, including delicious flavors like azuki bean, wa guri, and hascapp.

Phoood rating: Outstanding!

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May 12, 2008


Skittles Chocolate Mix

skittleschocolate.jpgItís pretty hard to do chocolate wrong, but every once in a while I come across a product that messes up what you think would be pretty easy. Skittles Chocolate Mix is such a product. What works well with Skittlesí fruit flavors just doesnít work for chocolate. The creaminess you expect in a chocolate candy is missing, probably because cocoa powder makes up less than 2% of the candy. Their chewy texture and excessive sweetness doesnít go well with any of the five flavors Ė símores, vanilla, chocolate caramel, chocolate pudding, and brownie batter Ė each of which is very artificial tasting and not very appealing. If you want some chocolate candies, just buy some M&Mís. I donít recommend wasting your money on Skittles Chocolate Mix.

Phoood rating: Don't Waste Your Money

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April 9, 2008


Nestle Crunch Crisp

crunchcrisp.jpgThe new Nestle Crunch Crisp deserves the highest rating possible. We received these samples into our office the other day and they were devoured by my co-workers like they were a pack of rabid dogs. I am not a big chocolate eater, but these are exceptional. The mixture of smooth and crunchy textures are blended together in one candy bar, mimicking the layering effect of a Kit Kat Bar. I assumed it all but impossible to improve on the original Crunch bar, but this certainly measures up to the Crunch name. Be careful, you can eat a whole tray of these before you know it. Try not to attend business meeting with chocolate all over your face, itís unprofessional.

Phoood rating: Outstanding!

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April 5, 2008


Tootsie Pop Drops

popdrops.jpgInteresting trivia from the Tootsie Roll web site: Tootsie Roll Pops have been around since 1931 and were the first lollipop with a soft, chewy center. They are also the number one selling lollipop. Tootsie Pop Drops are marketed as a Tootsie Roll Pop without the stick. Thatís not exactly true, as the Pop Drops are more cylindrical shaped and smaller than a Tootsie Roll Pop. Otherwise, the flavor is pretty much the same. However, I am very disappointed to report that consumers are mislead by the image on the wrapper, which appears to depict a Drop Pop composed mostly of Tootsie Roll center, with a thin coating of hard candy. In reality, the Pop Drop is mostly hard candy with a very small amount of Tootsie Roll in the center. The center is the best part of the candy, in my opinion, and thereís not much of it in there. This, added with the deceptiveness on the wrapper, makes it hard for me to recommend Tootsie Pop Drops.

Phoood rating: Don't Waste Your Money

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April 3, 2008


Reeseís Big Cup

bigcup.jpgI know what some of you are thinking, "it's just regular Reese's but bigger", I thought the same thing and despite the fact that I had seen the "Big Cups" around for a few months I hadn't tried them, preferring to stick to the classic. Curiosity got the best of me however and I picked up a couple packs. My first flavour impression was that they were great, with a slightly different flavour profile just due to the size difference, because the cup is larger you get a different mix ratio from chew to chew, I could see some people preferring this. An addition flavour thrill was discovered by accident (just like penicillin!) when I put the extra "Big Cups" package in the fridge overnight. Eating one of the chilled Big Cups was a revelatory experience, somehow the chilling down of the oversized cups caused a wonderful change in the flavour and texture. I also tested refrigerating a regular sized cup and found the experience was not really improved much so I highly recommend tossing your Big Cups into the fridge, sure it delays gratification but trust me, it's worth it.

Phoood rating: Outstanding!

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January 13, 2008


Jolly Rancher Fruit Chews

jollyrancher.jpgAs a kid I was always too impatient for hard candy, so when Jolly Rancher put their original flavors into a chew with a Starburst-like consistency, I was immediately intrigued. The intense fruit flavor of traditional Jolly Ranchers has been transformed into soft chews allowing for quick consumption and satisfaction. From my first bite I was instantly hooked, so much in fact that later that day I came back to the store and bought two more twelve-piece packs. If you have always wished for the intense Jolly Rancher flavors in a soft chew, look no further than Jolly Rancher Fruit Chews. The seemingly simple name couldnít be a better description of what the candy actually tastes like.

Phoood rating: Outstanding!

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December 27, 2007


Reese's Whipps

reeseswhipps.jpgMaybe the candy manufacturers should just stop inventing new types of candy bars, because based on the ones Iíve tried recently, they just canít improve on the classics like Baby Ruth, Snickers, Payday, 3 Musketeers, Kit Kat, Butterfinger, etc. Take Reeseís Whipps, for example. Itís made with ďlight and fluffyĒ peanut butter flavored nougat surrounded by peanut butter candy, all covered with milk chocolate. As a peanut butter lover, I figured that I would really like it. Unfortunately, it has only a faint peanut butter flavor, and the nougat is overly sweet with an unappealing consistency. Didnít they taste test these before introducing them to the market? I canít imagine anyone eating one and enjoying it. Take my advice and buy a different candy bar.

Phoood rating: Don't Waste Your Money

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December 2, 2007


3 Musketeers Mint with Dark Chocolate

3muskmint.jpgItís not often that I eat a candy bar that I donít like at all. It happens very, very rarely Ė about as frequently as I shop at the health food store. The new 3 Musketeers Mint with Dark Chocolate is one candy bar that Iím sure Iíll never buy again. My first complaint is that it tastes nothing like a 3 Musketeers. Why even bother using the same name? Second, the mint flavor is just too strong. Think mint Listerine. Third, the dark chocolate was barely noticeable behind the industrial-strength mint flavor. I could go on, but I wonít bother. If you want mint and chocolate, eat a York Peppermint Patty or some Andes Chocolate Mints. Just stay away from this poor attempt at a candy bar.

Phoood rating: Don't Waste Your Money

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October 8, 2007


Swedish Fish

swedish-fish.jpgOn my most recent visit to a local convenience store, I was in the mood for some non-chocolate candy, which I like to call ďplastic.Ē I saw a bag of all red Swedish Fish, which I hadn't had in a while, so I thought I'd give them a try. From the first taste, I was amazed. This candy was everything I could ask for. Swedish Fish also come in a variety pack with multiple colors and flavors, but the pack of red Swedish Fish I enjoyed that day was perfect. To me, and I would extend that to most people in the world, the red fish are the most tasty in the variety pack, and to have a package consist of only red makes one wonder why other candies don't employ this strategy. For example, how fast would packs of all-red Skittles fly off the shelves? All I can say is that red Swedish Fish are amazing, and the only minor complaint I have is that eating too many too fast can cause the candy to build up on your teeth causing a minor annoyance. Don't underestimate the Swedish Fish red pack-they truly are delicious.

Phoood rating: Outstanding!

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September 11, 2007


M&M's Dark Chocolate

mmdark.jpgIíve seen M&M's Dark Chocolate in the stores for a while, but I only recently got around to trying them. I have always pretty happy with good ol' milk chocolate M&M's (my favorite are the peanut ones). They are always good enough to satisfy any chocolate/candy/sweet craving that I may have. The M&M's Dark Chocolate taste good, and there's really nothing negative I can say about them. However, I just don't like them as much as the milk chocolate variety. If you really prefer dark chocolate to milk chocolate, maybe youíll prefer them. But I guess Iím just stuck in my ways, because I want my M&M's to taste like the ones I've eaten all my life. I guess it's just a nostalgia thing. And no, I don't eat peanut butter M&Mís either.

Phoood rating: So-so

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July 2, 2007


Snickers Marathon Multi-Grain Crunch Bar

marathon.jpgTo me, most nutrition/energy/protein bars have a texture similar to vulcanized rubber and a taste to match. However, to my surprise the Multi-Grain Crunch bar was an awesome snack worthy of the Snickers name. The crunchy texture of the peanuts, oats, wheat and rice was quite invigorating. The soft chocolate layer on the bottom of the bar tasted just like the chocolate on a Snickers candy bar and complemented the crunchiness perfectly. In addition, I could detect only a trace of the vitamin and mineral supplement flavor that is often prominent in most energy bars. To be honest it tasted more like a candy bar than a nutrition bar. Hence, the only problem with the bar is that it falls into a kind of candy bar/nutrition bar purgatory. For a nutrition bar it is somewhat modest in terms of, wellÖ nutritional value. But itís not quite a candy bar either. Bottom line, if you aren't a serious athlete but are craving a candy bar and donít want to overwhelm yourself with guilt, this bar is perfect.

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June 14, 2007


Reese's Fast Break Candy Bar

fastbreak.jpgI'm a big fan of anything peanut butter. So the other day while I was looking for my next peanut butter fix, I stumbled upon Reese's Fast Break Candy Bar. I know its been around for awhile, and I'm not really sure why I haven't picked one up before. I thought it was going to be right up my alley. I mean, what could go wrong with what seemed like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup in candy bar form? I now know why my instinct steered me away for so long. The first bite was pure heaven. Rich chocolate followed by that wonderful peanut buttery goodness. However, after my peanut butter nirvana faded away, I was left with a mouthful of chewy nougat. I'm not necessarily opposed to nougat in candy bars, but putting nougat in a candy bar where the other ingredients melt in your mouth... that's just not right.

Phoood rating: Don't Waste Your Money

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May 31, 2007


Kit Kat Caramel

kitkatcaramel.jpgKit Kat is one of my favorite candy bars, right up there with Butterfinger and Baby Ruth. Itís one of those products that is great because it is so simple Ė just light, crispy wafers covered in milk chocolate. The new (itís been around for at least a year, I think) Kit Kat Caramel adds a very small amount of caramel at the top of the wafers. Itís such a nominal amount that it doesnít really add much to the flavor. So why even bother? A Kit Kat bar just doesnít need it. Iíll stick with the original Kit Kat, sans caramel.

Phoood rating: So-so

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October 2, 2005


Cow Tales

cowtales.jpgFrom the same company that sells Caramel Creams, Goetze's Candy Co., Inc. I used to eat these a long time ago, and now I give them to my kid as a treat. Of course, this means I get to have one myself, occasionally! This narrow, long tube of candy had a white creamy center, surrounded on the outside by caramel. The tube was effortless to sink my teeth into, and the essence was even creamier than you would imagine. You can skin the wrapper as you eat, so you don't have to handle the outside of the candy. The savory taste was excellent. Recommended for a delightful snacking experience - I donít think they are horribly fattening - also available in Chocolate and Strawberry Cream flavors.

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September 23, 2005


Reese's 1 Gram Sugar Carb Peanut Butter Cups

reesescarb.jpgIím not on the low-carbohydrate kick, so I donít usually eat low-carb food. After eating this Reeseís 1 Gram Sugar Carb Peanut Butter Carb, I will be even less likely to buy low carb products, especially anything sweet. Everything about it is wrong Ė the taste, the consistency, the chocolate, the peanut butter, etc, etc. If this wasnít bad enough, they are slightly smaller than the regular Peanut Butter Cups. Eating the cups was truly a disappointing experience. Unless you are on the Ultimate Atkins Diet and absolutely cannot eat any carbs, I recommend staying away from this product.

Phoood rating: Don't Waste Your Money

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September 7, 2005


Munch Nut Bar

munchbar.jpgI found this Munch Nut Bar in a local Kwik-E-Mart. I donít think Iíve ever seen this candy bar before, although this Web site says it was introduced in 1970. How did I miss it for 35 years? Further research on the Web indicates that it is also (or is it formerly?) called Snickers Munch Bar, and that it has limited distribution. Anyway, the Munch bar was only OK, but not nearly as good as a Payday bar. It is essentially a bar of peanut brittle, albeit with a much lighter consistency and softer crunch than typical peanut brittle. Itís really not special in any way, and I would pass it up for most other candy bars on the rack.

Phoood rating: So-so

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February 17, 2005


Reeseís Fudge Peanut Butter Cups

No-Image.jpgIn case you havenít noticed, there are now at least six different types of Reeseís Peanut Butter Cups. One of the newer varieties is the Fudge Peanut Butter Cups. Not much imagination went into creating this product - they have just replaced the milk chocolate outer shell found in the original variety with fudge. Thankfully, the same great peanut butter that we all love is still on the inside. The fudge does not complement the peanut butter as well as milk chocolate does, which results in an unimpressive combination. Take my advice and stick with the original Ė it doesnít get any better.

Phoood rating: So-so

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January 6, 2005


Hershey's Take 5 Candy Bar

take5.jpgThis new candy bar from Hersheyís has pretzels, caramel, peanuts, peanut butter, and milk chocolate. I really didnít think that it would work with such a variety of ingredients. And who really wants pretzels in their candy bar? But, I was wrong. The candy bar is good and the flavors mix together well. The pretzels give it a nice crunch, and the salty flavor goes well with the sweet. It wonít take the place of my favorite candy bar (Baby Ruth), but the Take 5 is pretty good.

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December 15, 2004


Hersheyís Símores Candy Bar

smores.jpgI recently picked up a Hersheyís Símores candy bar at the local Safeway. ďMilk Chocolate, Marshmallow & Graham Cracker Bits,Ē the label said. Itís got to taste great, right? Not quite. The candy bar has an almost nonexistent graham cracker flavor, and the marshmallow was hard to taste too. It really doesnít taste anything like a símore should taste. In this regard, I think there is a little false advertising going on here, and it continues with the picture on the wrapper that looks nothing like the candy bar inside. There are many better candy bars out there. I wouldnít waste your money on this one.

Phoood rating: So-so

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November 13, 2004


Butterfinger Crisp

butterfinger.jpgButterfinger candy bars have a unique flavor and texture that makes them one of my favorite candy bars. I was hoping that the new Butterfinger Crisp candy bar would be as good as the original. It is made of chocolate-covered crispy wafers and ďButterfinger Candy CrŤme.Ē Itís a good candy bar, but lacks the distinctive taste you would expect with the Butterfinger name on the wrapper. The Butterfinger flavor there, but it is not very strong. Overall, I thought it was just kind of boring. Buy one if you must, but donít be surprised if you feel a little let down by it.

Phoood rating: So-so

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August 8, 2004


Kit Kat Triple Chocolate

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I found the Kit Kat Triple Chocolate candy bar at the local Kwik-E-Mart. As the name suggests, it is combination of chocolate wafers, chocolate creme, and milk chocolate. The original Kit Kat bar is one of my favorite candy bars, but I am happy to say that the Kit Kat Triple Chocolate is as tasty as the original. The three chocolate flavors complement each other very well, and the crispy wafers in the middle give it the crunch I love so much. The wrapper says that the Kit Kat Triple Chocolate is a ďlimited edition,Ē so get one while you can.

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June 29, 2004


Nestlť Toll House Candy Bar

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The Nestlť Toll House Candy Bar (Soft and Chewy Cookie variety) attempts to be a cookie and candy bar at the same time. Consisting of a soft cookie covered with chocolate, the candy bar just doesnít work as well as you may think it would. The chewy cookie center doesnít really have the taste of a Toll House cookie, and it is covered in too much chocolate. The wrapper indicates that there is also caramel and morsels in the cookie, but both are hardly noticeable. With some tweaking, the Toll House Candy Bar could be very good. But as it is, itís only so-so.

Phoood rating: So-so

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June 22, 2004


Snickers Almond Bar

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I kind of feel cheated after eating the new Snickers Almond Bar. Both the name and the description on the wrapper (Almonds, Milk Chocolate, Caramel and Nougat) lead one to believe that almonds are a main ingredient. Unfortunately, the almonds were hardly noticeable. What I got was mostly nougat, with some caramel and milk chocolate, and a few puny almonds buried somewhere at the bottom. ďSnickers Nougat BarĒ would be a more honest name. Itís not a bad tasting candy bar. However, it does fall short of my expectations, especially considering that it wears the Snickers name.

Phoood rating: So-so

Posted by Jim | Comments (8)

June 14, 2004


Reese's White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

reeses.jpgThereís nothing wrong with Reese's White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, itís just that they are not nearly as good as I thought they would be. Possibly because of the white chocolateís mild flavor, the white chocolate does not complement the peanut butter like milk chocolate does. Perhaps Reeseís is trying to go upscale by offering a white chocolate variety of their Peanut Butter Cup. And perhaps Iím just not upscale enough to appreciate it. Oh well, Iíll just stick to the milk chocolate variety. I canít give them a completely negative review, however. After all, they are chocolate-covered peanut butter, and covering peanut butter with chocolate is never a bad thing.

Phoood rating: So-so

Posted by Jim | Comments (9)