Candy bars I have eaten recently.

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.

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14 replies on “Candy bars I have eaten recently.”

  1. Not that I’m one to talk because it sounds like you’re doing a much better job of committing to your New Year’s resolution than I am to mine, but I got a chuckle out of this cause we’ve been getting some updates throughout the year on your resolution on getting in better shape.

  2. Agreed on the Choco Skittles. I did my best to discourage the little ‘uns from the purchase (just sensing the nastiness), but “chocolate” in the name gets a young reader to salivate.

    It was not a hit in the household. Not for a lack of trying, though. The bag still went in the trash empty.

    I think the quote was “maybe the next one is good …”

  3. Just had my second of those rocky road Snickers and I must say, awesome. Bought a bag of ’em from Target, might have to go back for more.

    I do not recommend the Candy Corn Hershey Kisses or the Candy Corn Jones Soda. The first tastes like cake frosting, the second like waffles drowned in maple syrup. Both are usually good, but the texture just doesn’t match and messes with my head.

  4. When we lived in London, you were a big fan of Lion Bars.

    (Which reminds me: There was a Cadbury candy machine at the Holland Park tube stop, and it never, ever worked. I feel like the universe owes me a whole bunch of Cadbury bars. Milk chocolate ones, if I may make my preference known to the universe.)

  5. I’m glad to hear that Chik-o-Stick is edible…I had always thought it was some kind of chicken-based or chicken-wannabe product.

  6. Lisa makes homemade Peppermint Patties every winter. I’ll put you on the list of recipients. ;)

    Chik-O-Stik is ancient, I used to eat them in elementary school, back in the Paleozoic era.

    Lisa actually found me some Squirrel Nut Zippers a few years ago, at a Cracker Barrel restaurant. I thought that was awesome, because I am a fan of the band, and Madeline Peyroux especially.

    We make quit a bit of candy and cookies at the holidays. I will make sure you get your gut-busting share!

  7. I’m a Swedish Fish man, myself. Either the small Red ones or the large multi-colored ones. But if they aren’t available I often go for Sour Patch Kids (usually at the movies).

    Occasionally at a gas station I’ll be really excited to eat a box of Dots, until I remember how much they stick in the teeth. And I like those off-brand candy orange slices, when I can find them. In my wild youth I was known to enjoy frequent Atomic Fireballs.

    I like Skittles just fine as well (especially the tropical ones), although Chocolate Skittles just sounds really gross. I never was a great connoisseur of chocolate, and I strongly prefer Milk chocolate when I do eat it.

    On the subject of regional candies … I’ve always felt sorry for those poor, poor bastards West of the Mississippi, who have Red Vines instead of Twizzlers. Instead of the juicy, resistant, slightly tangy goodness of a Twizzler, they get the cold chewy flavorless plastic of a Red Vine. Most of the poor suckers don’t even know what they’re missing!

  8. I had to post just to disagree with Jason’s opinion of the candy corn Hershey kisses. I was a bit dubious when I bought them but they’re awesome. Yes, they taste like pure sugar with some trans fats thrown in for texture, and I can just see candy purists cringing, but I think they’re wonderful. Nothing like real candy corn, but still tasty.

    I’m having my first regular kisses today since Hershey’s changed the formula, and those are a disappointment, as I figured they’d be. They don’t melt in your mouth like they used to.

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