Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Product Review: Unreal Candy Bars
This product review seemed appropriate given the candy centric holiday some are celebrating today.
A friend of mine told me about these candy bars that are supposed to be healthier versions of some of our old favorites. They tout "no corn syrup, no partially hydrogenated oil, no artificial ingredients, no GMO's and no preservatives." Well if you tell me I can get a Milky Way, Reese Peanut Butter Cups and a Snickers "knock off" for lack of a better term and with less sugar and no artificial ingredients!? Pssht, you can bet I'm going to try them. It's all in the name of research I tell you! These are the ones we tried.
Unreal 5 which is their version of Milky Way, Unreal 77 is their version of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and Unreal 8 which is their version of Snickers. Let's dive in, shall we?
Unreal 5. Milky Way is one of my all time favorites (well they all are) so I was excited to try this. I took one bite, chewed thoroughly to attempt to let the flavors develop and decided it wasn't worth the calories to research it more. It was very bland and to me, tasted nothing like Milky Way. I expected there to be some subtle differences but if you were to blindfold me, I couldn't have told you that there was even chocolate on it.
Another favorite I was anxious to try. Taste wise, there is no other way to describe this than flavorless. I was so disappointed. I wouldn't have been able to identify there was peanut butter in these and it was dry to boot. Again, one bite and I was done with it.
Finally, Unreal 8.
Of the three, this one had the most flavor. Now I'm not saying it had a Snickers flavor but it had flavor which I suspect came solely from the peanuts and maybe a bit of nougat but the caramel didn't taste like caramel and the chocolate didn't taste like chocolate. One bite and done though of the three it was definitely the best. (The Mr had the same opinion on all three as well.)
While it would seem pretty clear what the verdict is for us, I still would not steer people away from trying them for themselves to see if it's a way that they can still indulge from time to time without putting something overly processed in their bodies. Food is a matter of taste. I like brussels sprouts whereas 60% of people out there probably don't. So if you see one in a store, I say give it a shot and see for yourself! They might just be your new favorite indulgence.
Have you heard of or tried Unreal's products? If so, what did you think of them?
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