20 Nov, 2011

Reese Fudge

Posted by: Michael In: Candy Bars

Reese Fudge

I don’t think I’ve ever had a variety of Reese Peanut Butter Cups that I’ve outright disliked. And there have definitely been a lot of them. There’s something about that oddly crumbly peanut butter combined with chocolate that I just can’t resist.

Which is to say that I definitely enjoyed Reese Fudge, but at the same time, it’s one of the weaker Reese varieties that I’ve had.

The first thing that I noticed is that these cups are even greasier than standard Reese Peanut Butter Cups, which are already fairly greasy. After I photographed these, they actually left a grease stain on the piece of paper I had them on (!), which has never happened before, and which is a little bit disturbing, quite frankly.

The chocolate fudge coating, which is softer than usual, definitely has that distinctively sweet taste that you associate with fudge, with a muted chocolately flavour. The peanut butter is just good ol’ Reese peanut butter, so no surprises there.

Basically, this is just a sweeter, softer, slightly less chocolately version of standard Reese Peanut Butter Cups. It’s not bad (because, like I said, it’s hard to go wrong with the Reese formula), but I really don’t see any situation in which I’d want to eat these instead of the original version.

If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “I like Reese Peanut Butter Cups – but couldn’t they be sweeter?” then these might just be the candy for you.

2.5 out of 4

Manufactured by: Hershey
Calories (3 cups, 51 g): 260

07 Nov, 2011

Maltesers

Posted by: Michael In: Candy Bars

Maltesers

Maltesers have always been a favourite of mine. There’s something about those chocolately, malty little balls that I find kind of irresistible.

Odds are, you’re probably more familiar with Whoppers than with Maltesers – as far as I’m aware, Maltesers are hard to come by in the States, while Whoppers are quite prevalent. That’s a shame, as I feel like Maltesers are clearly the superior product, though I’d have to do a side-by-side comparison to be sure.

Basically, Maltesers are crunchy, malt-flavoured balls (the package describes them as “Honeycombed centres”), covered in a relatively thin layer of milk chocolate.

They’re lightly crunchy, with a fairly complex malted taste – there’s a hint of bitterness, but not in a bad way. They’re sweet, but not intensely so, with a vaguely honey-like aftertaste. The milk chocolate coating complements the centre really well. They’re quite good; if you’re only familiar with Whoppers, I’d definitely recommend that you seek these out.

3.5 out of 4

Manufactured by: Mars
Calories (37 g package): 180

31 Oct, 2011

Snickers Peanut Butter

Posted by: Michael In: Candy Bars

Snickers Peanut Butter

Ah, Snickers: the old standby. It’s not the most exciting candy bar in the store, but it’s always there when you need it, and it’s always tasty. I like Snickers. I also like peanut butter. So, is this two great tastes that taste great together? Uh… kind of?

Snickers Peanut Butter is divided into two square chunks. Each one consists of a layer of nougat, topped with a layer of peanut butter filled with chunks of peanuts, topped with a layer of caramel, and all enrobed in milk chocolate.

It’s not bad. The first thing you notice is that it’s very, very sweet – cloyingly so, but with a strong salty kick that attempts to balance things out. It’s a bit of a throat-searing combination, but it did grow on me after a while.

Between the peanut butter, the nougat, the caramel and the chocolate, there’s a lot going on in this bar. Maybe a little too much; the peanut butter doesn’t really stand out as much as you’d think it would, considering that it is ostensibly the main attraction here. I should also note that the peanut distribution is somewhat uneven – my first square had almost no peanuts, while the second was actually quite peanutty.

The whole thing reminds me a lot of Reese’s Fast Break, which is another bar that I’m not crazy about (the very Reese’s-esque thick, crumbly peanut butter certainly solidifies this connection).

2.5 out of 4

Manufactured by: Mars
Calories (two squares, 50 g): 250

24 Oct, 2011

Kit Kat Dark - 70% Cocoa

Posted by: Michael In: Candy Bars

Kit Kat Dark - 70% Cocoa

Note: For some reason I wrote this review a couple of years ago, and then never posted it. But I’m pretty sure this bar is still being sold, so… here you go.

The media have done a pretty good job of convincing people that dark chocolate is good for them – when I bought this bar, the cashier examined it with interest and declared that she wished that she liked dark chocolate, because then she could eat as much as she wanted without feeling guilty. Well… not quite. There are certainly health benefits to eating dark chocolate, but that doesn’t exactly mean that you can eat all that you want without gaining weight. It’s still chocolate, after all.

My cashier would definitely be out of luck with this bar, as the dark chocolate here has a really strong flavour; much more so than your average mainstream dark chocolate bar. If you don’t like the dark stuff, I can pretty much guarantee that you’re not going to like this bar.

The chocolate has a nice snap (literally – you can hear a very pronounced snapping noise when you separate the segments) and seems to be of a reasonably high quality. It’s not the best quality chocolate ever, but for something in a Nestle candy bar, it’s better than you’d expect. Though it’s been a while since I’ve had the standard Kit Kat Dark, I’m fairly certain this has a more robust dark chocolately taste.

It’s quite good, actually, though the chocolate may be a tad too strong; it kind of overpowers the other flavours of the bar. You definitely get some flavour from the wafers, but it’s in the background. I like it, but then I’m a pretty big fan of dark chocolate (so this whole “dark chocolate is health food!” fad has been a big boon for me).

3.5 out of 4

Manufactured by: Nestle
Calories (45 g bar): 250

16 Apr, 2009

On Hiatus

Posted by: Michael In: Site News

Well, it’s probably fairly obvious at this point (it’s been a while since the last review), but Candyrageous is temporarily going on hiatus.  We will be back at some point, so stay tuned for that, but yeah…  no reviews for the next little while.

Update: Well, the hiatus lasted a bit longer than I anticipated, but Candyrageous is finally back!

25 Mar, 2009

Kinder Chocolate

Posted by: Michael In: Candy Bars

Kinder Chocolate

Kinder Chocolate is pretty easy to describe: it’s essentially just a Kinder Surprise in bar form. It is perhaps a tad creamier than a Kinder egg, but otherwise the taste is pretty much identical.

Kinder Chocolate is a smaller-than-average bar (it’s about half the size of a typical candy bar), so it’s pretty good if you’re looking for something that isn’t too heavy. It’s really creamy and sweet, and the quality of the chocolate is fairly decent. As you can see from the picture, the proportion of white chocolate to milk chocolate is higher here than in a Kinder Surprise, which contributes to the added creaminess of this candy. It also makes it slighter sweeter than a Kinder egg, but that is fairly negligible.

I liked this, but since I like Kinder Surprises, that really isn’t much of a… surprise (oh man, I’m terrible). These are a lot easier to eat than one of the eggs, so if you don’t really care about the toy, then this is probably the way to go.

3 out of 4

Manufactured by: Ferrero
Calories (21 g bar): 120

20 Mar, 2009

Hershey’s Kisses - Chocolate Truffle

Posted by: Michael In: Candy Bars| Truffles

Hershey's Kisses: Chocolate Truffle

These were a bit of a surprise. I’ve never particularly been a fan of Hershey’s Kisses – the crumbly texture and overly sweet taste has always struck me as being even worse than the typical Hershey milk chocolate. Plus, my experience with Hershey-made truffles has so far been less than stellar. But these were actually pretty tasty. Maybe it helps that my expectations were so low.

A package of Hershey’s Kisses: Chocolate Truffle consists of five truffle-filled milk chocolate Kisses. I’m not sure if you can tell from the picture, but there’s really not a whole lot of the truffle filling in there. That’s probably a good thing, as Hershey’s truffles tend to be fairly mediocre. The milk chocolate is quite creamy; so creamy, in fact, that it’s hard to differentiate the chocolate from the truffle when you’re eating it. It’s quite sweet, of course, but not as sweet as you might expect.

Again, the low expectations might have helped – this is one of those things where I had pretty much decided that I wasn’t going to like it right from the get-go – but this wasn’t bad at all, and certainly something I could see myself buying again. They’re definitely the best Hershey’s Kisses that I’ve had so far, though I’m far from a Kiss expert.

3 out of 4

Manufactured by: Hershey
Calories (5 Kisses, 36 g): 190

18 Mar, 2009

Buncha Crunch

Posted by: Michael In: Candy Bars

Buncha Crunch

The combination of puffed rice and milk chocolate is definitely a good one, so I enjoy eating a Crunch bar every now and then, even if the quality of the chocolate is a bit on the iffy side. Buncha Crunch is essentially just a bite-sized version of Crunch, so it should pretty much taste the same, right? Well…

Buncha Crunch consists of little clusters of puffed rice covered in milk chocolate. Its main problem is that the ratio of chocolate to puffed rice is way off – it’s not nearly chocolately enough. It’s pretty crunchy, but the chocolate seems to be holding the rice together more than anything else. So if you’re craving chocolate, this isn’t going to do it for you. What little chocolate there is isn’t particularly good; it’s more sweet than anything else.

I was really not enjoying this at all to start with, though it did sort of grow on me as I ate it. Despite that, there’s no reason at all to pick this over a Crunch bar other than the convenience factor (Crunch bars tend to be a bit crumbly and messy, so they’re tough to eat on the go).

2 out of 4

Manufactured by: Nestle
Calories (34 g package): 160

16 Mar, 2009

Yogen Fruz Smoothies - Blueberry Breeze

Posted by: Michael In: Fruity Candy

Yogen Fruz Smoothies: Blueberry Breeze

I’m not sure how prevalent they are in the States, but go to pretty much any mall in Canada, and you’ll find a Yogen Fruz. For the uninitiated, they sell frozen yogurt, usually mixed in with some sort of fruit. It’s not bad, if you like that sort of thing.

A pack of Yogen Fruz Smoothies consists of 36 (yes – they’re that precise) crunchy pieces of fruity candy. I’m not sure why, but when I bought this I was sort of assuming that they’d be chewy, like jelly beans. They’re actually more like Sweetarts or Pez – crunchy, with a grainy consistency.

They’re good. The flavour I bought was Blueberry Breeze (there’s also Tropical Storm and Strawberry-Banana – I’ll have to try those at some point). They’re not nearly as sweet as something like Pez, with a strongly sour, fruity taste. They don’t really taste like blueberries per se; it’s more of a general berry flavour. There’s also the yogurt (which is definitely in there – it’s the second ingredient), but I’m not sure if it adds too much to the flavour of the candy. I guess it’s overpowered by the tartness of the berry.

Despite the lack of any sort of yogurt flavour (which is kind of odd for a candy released by a frozen yogurt chain), these are not bad at all, and make for a refreshing midday snack.

3 out of 4

Manufactured by: Big Sky Brands
Calories (36 pieces, 25 g): 100

Sorry for the lack of reviews over the last couple of weeks — I’ve been preparing for my impending move to South Korea (my plane leaves today). So there probably won’t be any new reviews for at least a couple of weeks, as I’m not sure when I’ll have an internet connection over there. And obviously when the reviews do start up again, the focus will be shifting away from British/North American candies to whatever I can find over there.

See you in a couple of weeks!

UPDATE - Well, for various reasons, my move to Korea didn’t work out. So I’m back, which means that reviews will go back to normal (on the Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule) starting this Monday, the 16th. Try to contain your excitement!


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Candyrageous is a blog about candy. Candy candy candy! (though mostly candy bars.) Here you'll find reviews of various candies, rated out of four.

This blog is maintained by Michael Nusair, who can be reached at michael@candyrageous.com