Further to my interest in candy, I have recently eaten:
- Twix Java. Eh. Compared to Kit Kat Coffee, it was a disappointment. Brian at Candy Addict loved it, but I thought it was weak.
- Junior Mints Inside Outs. Not a candy bar, but close enough. Not good. Rather than the standard peppermint, they’ve switched to something closer to wintergreen for this. Though I like peppermint and spearmint, I find wintergreen disgusting. Peppermint has a vaporous effect in the mouth that results in Seinfeld’s “they’re very refreshing” line. Failure.
- Chocolate Skittles. Also not a candy bar, but M&Ms are an honorary candy bar, and I figured these would be like M&Ms. They were not. Chocolate Skittles are disgusting. They have the same chewy texture as Skittles, and are divided among (ostensibly) a half dozen different chocolate flavors, one of which is, oddly, vanilla. (The opposite of chocolate, in my taste lexicon.) All tasted the same to me. All were simply foul. The sole exception was the “brownie batter” flavor. That was particularly wretched. Epic fail.
- Snickers Rockin’ Nut Road. Heavenly. Dark chocolate with almonds, caramel, and marshmallow-flavored nougat. The dark chocolate was what really made this, providing a bitter note that played off of the sweetness of the caramel very nicely. More than anything else, this reminds me of the tragically-discontinued Mars Bar, though with darker chocolate. It’s a shame that this is a limited edition, like the other three candies mentioned here, because I’d buy this one often.
- Chick-O-Stick. I picked this up at a Walgreen’s in Reno. I’d heard the name before, but didn’t know anything about it. I saved it for the flight home, and devoured it in lieu of dinner while waiting for a connecting flight in Charlotte. It was quite a satisfactory dinner. The outside was coated in crispy coconut, the inside a flaky peanut butter. I agree with Nico at Candy Addict: Chick-O-Stick is what Butterfinger wishes it was. The whole thing seemed a bit flimsy, quality-wise, but I had already bought into the gestalt of the thing. This I’d definitely buy again.
My favorite part about traveling? Going into convenience stores to find candy bars not available at home. Seriously. I don’t care if I’m in Wakefield, VA, Wilmington, DE or Walla-Walla, WA—I’m headed to the candy aisle.