Not Worth It
I feel really badly about the fact that I cannot recall where I found this Nut Job bar. It’s been sitting on the top of my review stash for a few months now, so I have no real indicator where or when I bought it. No matter, it’s really all about how it tastes, right? Barton’s Nut Job’s description reads: “Delicious Double Chocolate, Creamy Caramel…Loaded with Peanuts!”. The front has a peanut characters; one dressed in a beanie, pants and sneakers, wearing multiple rings and a rock guitar. On the other side is a peanut with a backwards baseball cap and jeans with gold chains. I suppose they’re supposed to be “cool”, but I find them silly.
I looked at the Barton’s website for the Nut Job, and it looks like they market it as a protein snack for kids. Which, I find strange, because for this 2.2 oz, 300 calorie bar, there’s only 4 grams of protein in it. That’s not a whole lot. I open the wrapper a tad to take a whiff of the chocolate. It smells of defatted peanuts to me. It is a very nutty aroma, but the peanuts don’t smell as rich as I’m used to. Inspired by the interesting aroma, I took a look at the ingredients to see exactly what is in this candy bar. There’s nothing suspicious about the chocolate, as cocoa butter is listed. The next ingredient is dry roasted peanuts, which, is also seasoned with paprika and garlic powder. I have to admit, having a candy with those two ingredients is a first for me.
The flavor is very nutty right from the start. You definitely taste the peanuts, which, surprisingly taste like the aroma. They taste…flat somehow. Which really contradicts whats’s said in the nutrition labels. Also since there’s peanut pieces in there. So I can’t understand why the peanuts lack the flavor I was expecting. The chocolate and the caramel have nice flavors, even though they take the back seat to the peanut flavor. They give a nice sweetness to it, that has good notes of cocoa, caramel and cream. I do have to notice that the texture of this is really awesome. It’s like a thick, chewy fudge. The peanut pieces are small enough so they don’t create too much of a texture contrast and don’t get stuck in your teeth.
This Nut Job bar I think suffers from not knowing what it wants to be. A protein snack bar or a candy bar. Granted you can be both, a PayDay is an excellent example of that. But this just falls short I feel. It’s not as flavorful as a candy bar, and doesn’t supply enough nutrients to be a snack bar. It is a noble effort, but Nut Job I feel falls short of its name.
Rating: Not Worth It
Links Barton’s Chocolate Webpage
My fiance found these Butterfinger Snackerz at the candy stash that he has at his work, and thoughtfully brought me home a package for the blog. It looks like this is how Butterfinger is trying to make its way into the “snack food” genre and out of the “candy bar” aisle. The package is a decent size for a candy snack and has all the looks and familiar appearance of a Butterfinger candy bar. It’s been ages since I’ve had a Butterfinger, as it’s not one of my favorites. Still, I’m curious to give them a try to see if it lives up to the original.
The Snackerz are about the size of a frosted mini wheat. The are a muted, dusty chocolate brown with orange drizzle stripes on them. You can tell just by the appearance that these are not real chocolate, and a peek at the ingredients list only confirms my suspicions. The smelly very intensely of peanut butter.
They are very light and crispy, which the peanut butter interior works very well with. The flavor is very intense of the salty peanut butter inside. It’s flavorful and salty, which peanut butter should be. The chocolate exterior is gross. It’s boring and flavorless. It has no taste and a slightly slick texture. The candy left crap stuck in my teeth which is super annoying.
On the whole, I didn’t like these very much. The mockolate is bland and the peanut butter crisp is flavorful but irritating to eat. I’ll have to try a traditional Butterfinger now to see how it measures up.
Rating: Not Worth It
Links Butterfinger Website
Skittles Riddles are the newest flavor release. My package was a gift from my fiance, his work had a box of them in the office and he brought me one home. I had no idea they had hit shelves yet, so I was super appreciative to have him bring me some. So thoughtful!
The package is very bright and colorful in typical Skittles fashion. The package is bright teal this time (my photograph up there lies) and it works beautifully with the rainbow color scheme of the candies.
So what exactly are Skittles Riddles? They’re Skittles where the flavors and the colors are all mismatched. It’s Skittles Roulette. You don’t know what flavor will be what!
I do appreciate how they list the flavors to expect on the back. They made my tasting job a tad easier.
Strawberry: This one tastes like the typical Skittles strawberry flavor. Sweet, berry like and very “pink” tasting.
Apple: This one tastes of green apple right away. It’s that terrible typical slight sour Jolly Rancher apple flavor. Blech.
Punch: I am guessing that this one I am eating is punch. It’s zesty and has a lot of citrus flavors in it. It’s somewhat reminiscent of Hawaiian Punch in flavor too. I like it a lot.
Raspberry: Starts off very sweet then kicks in with intense notes of red berries. It does remind me of raspberries.
Watermelon: This one is sweet and tangy at the same time,and has that fake watermelon flavor. This was the last ones I tasted. It’s hard to separate it from all the other flavors.
I found tasting these Skittles annoying. I know they each flavor is supposed to be a mystery, but I found I kept encountering the same flavors over and over again and had a hard time finding variety. These were the typical Skittles flavors all over again just…repackaged and re-colored. So if you’re not into matching colors and flavors, these might be fun for you. I just found it annoying.
Rating: Not Worth It
Links Skittles Website
I saw this Peeps Crispy Rice Marshmallow Treat neat the normal Peeps on the store shelf. Something new! I immediately scooped one up to take home to review for the blog. Not once did I stop to ask myself if this was really candy. It had “Marshmallow Peep” written all over it so I didn’t question it. Once I opened it up to review it, I had a bunch of questions filling my head. Had this been a “normal” rice crispy treat I would have not considered it candy. This is different somehow. Maybe it’s the branding, maybe it’s the inorganic colors. But when I bought it it seemed a perfectly natural addition to my blog.
I will try to think more about these purchases in the future.
So what we have here is a Marshmallow Peep Marshmallow Treat. The package does its best to display what’s inside the wrapper. It’s a bight blue marshmallow treat in the shape of a bunny with pink and yellow bunny shaped sprinkles. Pretty straightforward. I think the only thing missing from the actual food inside are the bunny’s eyes.
This thing is terrifying to look at. It’s bright turquoise and has pink and yellow bunny sprinkles on it. It smells of fake butter and vanilla.
It’s perfectly moist and it’s easy to pick apart. The flavor is the same as it smells. Fake butter, fake vanilla flavor. It’s very sweet, and has a strange artificial flavor to it. Maybe it’s all that food coloring? The rice crispies are nicely crisp, and that’s the only nice thing I can say about this.
I’m probably too spoiled on homemade treats all my life to fully appreciate this. I taste too many fake flavors and odd textures for me to find this appealing. That color alone is enough to make me go running in the other direction. Still, if you’re a big fan of marshmallow treats and unusual colors appeal to you, I suggest you seek these out.
Rating: Not Worth It
Links Marshmallow Peeps Website
Ring Pops are a candy I recall from my childhood. They weren’t something I’d have regularly, I love chocolate too much and when I wanted a lollipop I’d go for Tootsie Pops. I really don’t ever recall being lured in by the gem shape or the more interesting manner in which you eat it. So when I saw this along with the many other Halloween candies in Target, I figured it was time I gave it a grown-up try.
These Halloween Ring Pops are a little different from the ones you can buy most everyday. Usually they’re sold in single packages with flavors of Strawberry, Blue Raspberry, Twisted Berry Blast, Watermelon and Cherry. The Halloween flavor is “Screaming Berry” and I am not sure if it’s the same flavor as the Twisted Berry Blast flavor that’s in the normal flavor lineup. The Halloween one also differs because the package comes with two pops in it. The pops themselves also look different, as these have a black base and a black and orange striped candy “gem” on top.
I was really surprised, as this Ring Pop is so awkward to eat. It doesn’t fit into my mouth well, and I found that it just caused me to drool all over the place. Can you say awkward? I tried several techniques of sucking on the pop, but the results were the same: I drooled over everything. The flavor didn’t really warm me up to the candy much at all either. It is a nondescript berry flavor, but it tastes the most like raspberry to me. It start off sweet and ends in a tart note, and it smells very fruity like a yogurt. It was nice, but nothing that really “wow-ed” me.
I didn’t like this candy and it wasn’t because it tasted bad. The ring form of it just made it horribly awkward to eat. I could see perhaps as a kid when your mouth is much smaller this could be for fun, but for me it was just a big drooly mess.
Rating: Not Worth It
Links Ring Pop Website (Bazooka Joe)