This year, when it came time to think about candy, we asked ourselves, "When's the last time you tried a new candy—just because?" We couldn't remember the last time, and suffice to say we made it our mission to rediscover the joy (and sometimes more disgust than joy) of trying a new candy. Check out all of our experiences here. (Glass of milk suggested.)
'new candy project' on Serious Eats
Maybe I just have a problem with personified candy in general (those M&M commercials where Red is being dragged home by a lady to be eaten are messed up, am I right?), but regardless, Mr. Goodbar, you're dragging that good name in the mud.
Toblerone may have finally outdone my beloved Hershey's Symphony bar with their new variant, which includes not only chunks of almonds, but chunks of salted caramelized almonds.
Milky Way Midnight Dark features rich, dark chocolate, golden caramel, and vanilla nougat. But what's always appealed to me more is the name itself. This bar sounds sultry, maybe even dangerous.
Somehow I'd never seen Lion before, despite its place in the pantheon of beloved British candy bars. Here's what I thought of my first taste.
When you peek inside a Fast Break, you'll see a thick layer of milk chocolate, filled with a flat base of nougat and a square of peanut butter. The shape of the peanut butter hints at how solid it is. It's more crumbly than creamy, and drier than you might expect, but with a good punch of salty flavor.
I was a little bit nervous as I peeled back the outer wrapping on my Whatchamacallit bar. Not just because it was uncharted territory, but because there's something about its packaging, its muted earth-tone color scheme, that just screams "1978!" But I don't mean mean 1978 as in the year the line started, I mean 1978 in the Yo-I've-been-sitting-on-this-shelf-since-1978 sorta way.
The Peanut Chew is old timey done right: roasted peanuts are suspended in thick, chewy caramel, then coated in surprisingly good crisp dark chocolate. Consider it, if you will, like a grownup Snickers, all the essentials with none of that nougat mishegas to get in the way.
Crunchie is described as "Milk Chocolate with Golden Honeycombed Centre". Honeycomb?! In a candy bar?! I hoped it was going to have a honey flavor in addition to the combination of gooey caramel and crunchiness that I love.
The wrapper for the U-No describes the candy bar as "RICH CREAMY CHOCOLATE." Nope. What it should say is "DIET CHOCOLATE-FLAVORED FROSTING."
Each bar of Time Out features a milk chocolate ripple sandwiched between two wafers and covered in Dairy Milk chocolate. Or as its original slogan states, "the wafer break with a layer of Flake." Basically, it's one of Cadbury's best products covered in another. What's not to love?
The Chunky fascinates me. The name alone made it worthy of my selection. And what about that early 90s outfit it's wearing? Those power-suit pinstripes, that clunky font! Chunky feels no need to keep up with the times—it's confident in its retro-self!
When's the last time you tried a new candy? Not a seasonal new release, but an established candy or candy bar that, for no reason in particular, you've never picked up? For the SE staff, that time is now. Each day for the next two weeks we will try a candy we've never had before then tell the tale. First up? The GooGoo Cluster.