One of the candies I really look forward to every Halloween is candy corn. I know it’s the type of candy that people either love or hate, and I feel it’s pretty obvious that I belong in the “love” category. I love how it look, how it tastes, and how it symbolizes that Halloween is coming. In the past few years candy corn has been getting some makeovers. There’s been new flavors of candy corn, gummi candy corn, marshmallow candy corn, and even Hershey’s Kisses Candy Corn. So I hope all this means that candy corn is gaining in popularity.
I got this bag of Brach’s “Fall Favorites” Candy Corn mix on a trip to Target. I was lucky to catch their early Halloween displays which is where I found this mix. What immediately called out to me about this mix was that it has chocolate covered candy corn in it. I’ll say that again, chocolate covered candy corn. I cannot express how excited I am.
Brach’s candy corn is my favorite out of all the brands that exist out there. It’s the one I enjoy most, with its grainy texture and sweet flavor kissed with honey. The candy corn are colorful, but more irregular in shape than I’m used to in other mixes. Some pieces are missing color stripes, some are smaller in shape, other have tips that have crumbled off in transit. Still, on the whole they are beautiful and incredible tasty.
Mixed into the candy corn is the chocolate covered candy corn. The front of the package reads 100% Milk Chocolate, and indeed the ingredients list backs it up. The chocolate covered pieces are large, almost double in size as a normal candy corn. Brach’s did not skimp on the chocolate dipping. The flavor first of the sweet chocolate, the texture is soft and smooth. You get lots of notes of butter and cream, accented with the honey of the candy corn. On the whole it’s incredibly sweet, but still tasty and enjoyable.
I really liked these, but unless you’re someone who can handle intense sweetness, these may be too much for you. Personally I think I still prefer normal candy corn, but in a festive candy bowl I’m sure there would go over really well. I think I am going to buy a few back so stockpile so I can get my candy corn and my chocolate fix at the same time.
Links Brach’s Website
On that same trip to Target I found these Caramel Apple Milky Way minis. This find took me completely by surprise, since I hadn’t heard any announcement by Mars nor had seen any mention of them on fellow candy blogs. This was a new candy gem that I had found completely on my own, which I will admit, makes it more exciting. I immediately snatched up a bag and knew they’d be an excellent new limited edition Halloween candy to review for my readers.
Thankfully these came in a big bad of minis, because they’re so much easier to share that way. The bag is a delightful apple red, with an image of a caramel apple on the side with caramel ripples from a opened Milky Way bar making the “Caramel Apple” wording on the bottom. The minis have the pretty red stripe belting the wrapper on the minis. Opening one up, you can immediately smell the caramel apple. It’s quite impressive actually how they do get the aroma spot on.
The flavor starts off sweet, with the first flavor you notice is definitely apple. It’s a strange flavor, mainly because it’s not just apple. It’s apple cinnamon, like it’s a packet of instant hot cider mix. This was unexpected on my part. I’m guessing the apple flavor is coming from both the caramel and the nougat filling, as the nougat filling is bright white and isn’t the same as classic Milky Way. Once the apple flavor subsides some, the caramel flavor popes through with great buttery flavors. I’m surprised because you really don’t taste much chocolate in this Milky Way, despite there’s still a chocolate coating. On the whole it does indeed convey the flavor of a caramel apple, but the apple is “off” because of the addition of the cinnamon element. It’s a little strange, but still tasty.
My fiance loved these way more than I did. I thought they were good, but I didn’t really eat any beyond the few I needed for the review. My fiance however kept eating them and even grabbed a few to add to his lunch at work. Point being, there are certainly worth a try.
Rating: Will Eat Again
Links Milky Way Website
I am super happy that I found this candy: Zombie food by Skybar. If you are unfamiliar with Skybar, it’s a classic candy made by Necco, that has four different sections that each have a different filling. I recall my Mom introducing them to me at a very young age, and she claimed it was one of her favorite candy bars. I will forever think of her when I see Skybar. I found this Skybar Zombie Food at Michael’s of all places. I had stopped in for some things and saw them on the candy shelf while I was making my way to the checkout. The bring package immediately caught my eye, as did the word “Zombie” and the Skybar logo in the top left corner.
“So what is Zombie food?” I wondered as I picked up one of the packages. The front of the wrapper reads: “Milk Chocolate covered assortment of brains, feet, and hearts filled with and oozy red caramel”. Well, that certainly explains it! I feel it’s a terribly clever idea! I feel up the wrapper and I find the candy is one large piece, so I’m guessing it’s one “body part” for each package. For my review, I was guessing that the one I had chosen was a brain, as the candy felt head-shaped. I was mistaken.
The first piece I tried was shaped like a realistic heart. It was leaking a little from one of the top corners on the back as the red caramel found a crack and tried to leak out. No matter, it still looked delicious, and I’m not a zombie!
The chocolate smells sweet and creamy. It reminds me of how a Cadbury Creme Egg smells. My first bite is quite flavorful. I was expecting the chocolate to be more hollow on the inside, and have the caramel be more liquid. The candy is not structured that way, although it was a very hot day when I did this tasting, so it’s possible that the candy has lost some of its structure. The caramel is very buttery and toasted, it almost comes across as peanut butter to me at first. The combination of the caramel and chocolate is incredibly sweet, so much so that I had a hard time finishing the sample piece.
This candy was really tasty and really fun. I could see these being handed out at parties and to trick or treaters. They’re the size of the Reese’s Pumpkin, so they aren’t as large as a normal candy bar nor as small as the mini sizes. I mentioned this find to my Mom and she asked me to save her some, which I will as I’m interested to see how she likes them. If you see these around I highly recommend you check them out.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links Skybar Webpage
The first of the Halloween candies! It seems that each year finding new, original Halloween candy just gets harder and harder to come across. So far, this year candy hunt has felt a bit easier than past years. Yes, I did see many repeats from years past, and like old friends I am happy to see them again. I’m happy when a seasonal candy is successful. Which, leads me to today’s gem of a find, as I squealed out loud when I saw it in its display: The Cadbury Scream Egg!
It seems Cadbury has finally solved the issue of the CCE only being available at Easter. We now have a Halloween variety, with a very clever name to match! The wrapper sports a black, green and purple color scheme, and it feels very festive. The Cadbury Bunny was shown on the display wearing a wizard’s hat. I will certainly scream at the cuteness!
I unwrap the foil on the CSE, and it looks the same as the CCE. It has the same outer rings on the edges and the star etched into the middle. It smells the same as a CCE. It’s sweet with an intense dry milk dairy scent to it. So familiar and so awesome.
The flavor is just as I remember it. The chocolate is smooth and sweet with the same dairy notes to it as the aroma. It’s creamy with a slight yogurt tang. The nougat cream center is thick and very sweet. The “yolk” is green. Clever! The flavor of it is, sweet of course, with very slight flavors of vanilla and a hint of coconut in there. The texture is slightly grainy and yet so smooth. It’s just a good as the regular CCE from Easter.
So here you go CCE fans! Finally you can get your CCEs during another time of the year. As for myself, I am very happy about it. Now I wait 6 months instead of a year for my fix. I hope you all are as excited about this as I am, as it feels that if any other holiday would make room for a CCE, it would be Halloween.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links Cadbury Website
This is the second of the two Unreal candies I bought to review for the blog. I really loved the Candy Coated Chocolates that I reviewed last time, so imagine my anticipation when I prepared for their Peanut Butter Cups. I was very much looking forward to it!
The wrapper for these Peanut Butter Cups follows the same logic as the Candy Coated Chocolates did. A black background with the “Unreal” logo on the front in a bright color. There’s pretty photos of the Peanut Butter Cups included, which makes the candy even more enticing. It’s a really nice, simple design.
I feel it is always hard to review peanut butter cups, since everyone wants to know what they’re like compared to a Reese’s. Since, you know, Reese’s is the king of peanut butter cups right now.
I excitedly open the wrapper to finally give them as taste. They are packaged similar to most other peanut butter cups. They sit in a protective hard paper tray to keep them from sliding around too much. The cups smell of peanut butter, sweet and roasted. You can also get notes of chocolate mixed in with the strong, nutty aroma. It’s extremely enticing.
The flavor is excellent. The peanut butter is smooth and creamy, and has an excellent roasted, nutty, salty flavor. The chocolate is smooth with a nice milky sweetness to it. The combination of the chocolate and the peanut butter is a beautiful combination, and these peanut butter cups are no exception. So, question of the article: how do they compare to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups? Well, it’s a complicated answer. The chocolate in Unreal’s peanut butter cup is much taster I think. The peanut butter in Unreal’s cup is not as salty or crispy like a Reese’s. So really, it depends on your tastes.
I am a big fan of that Unreal is doing with their candy. They have a bunch of other candies to try besides their peanut butter cups and their candy coated chocolate. I am going to make sure I get to the others soon! In the meantime, I really recommend that you check them out, as so bar both candies I’ve had have been stellar. If you’re a peanut butter fan at all, you should be giving these a try.
Rating: Will Buy Again
Links Unreal Website