Amy's Kitchen has made a name for itself with organic frozen meals, soups, desserts, and more—all made with no additives, preservatives, or GMOs. So when the company recently decided to tackle candy bars for the first time, they used the same approach. The limited-edition line, called Andy's Dandy Candy after Amy's father, the son of a candy maker, is available online and comes in four flavors: Creamy, Crispy, Crunchy, and Chewy. Here, we put them to the test.
It's important to note that each Andy's Dandy Candy bar is broken into two servings, so the nutritional information on the package is technically for half a bar. When making comparisons to "real" candy bar counterparts (Milky Way, Nestle Crunch, etc.), I doubled this single serving nutritional information because, really, who eats just one piece? As you'll see, the Amy's bars are actually pretty similar when it comes to calorie count, though they have less saturated fat and sugar.
I'm a big fan of Krackel and Nestle Crunch bars, so I had a feeling this one, which is described as "rice crisps, almonds and caramel covered in chocolate", would be my favorite. And it was. The caramel layer was much thinner than in the Creamy bar, and completely overshadowed by the crispy middle. I didn't really find it a problem as there were bits of almond and crisps in every bite, and it made that wonderful crunch sound that echoes in your ear. There was also a welcome hint of salt that the other flavors lacked, and dark chocolate is always a plus (though for some reason, it's not touted on the wrapper the way it is on Crunchy).
Crispy: 200 calories, 12 g total fat (5 g saturated), 16 g sugar Nestle Crunch: 220 calories, 11 g total fat (7 g saturated), 24 g sugar
If this has been a blind taste test, I would have put money on it being a Skor bar based on both the flavor and size (this was the thinnest bar in the bunch). It's described as "English toffee with almonds in dark chocolate"—the only one to tout dark chocolate on the wrapper. The toffee was crunchy, buttery, and got stuck in my teeth the way that it should. My only complaint is that the top, thicker layer of chocolate tends to separate from the toffee when you bite into it.
Crunchy: 220 calories, 14 g total fat (3.5 g saturated), 20 g of sugar Skor: serving size one bar, 200 calories, 12 g total fat (7 g saturated), 24 g sugar
This flavor's description is a mouthful: "Whipped creamy center layered with caramel and covered in chocolate." It looks like a Milky Way, but that's pretty much where the comparison ends. The caramel was incredibly sugary (albeit organic cane sugar) and granular; I wanted it to be denser. The nougat was chewy, but I was not a fan of the flavor (it sort of reminded me of honeycomb). Overall, this one was too sweet for me. I found myself taking large gulps of water after every bite.
Creamy: 240 calories, 10 g total fat (5 g saturated), 20 g sugar Milky Way: 240 calories, 9 g total fat (7 g saturated), 31 g sugar
The last one I tried was "soft caramel with pecans covered in chocolate." Compared to the Creamy, this caramel was darker in color, thicker, and chewier—superior by far. The sizable bits of pecan added more flavor than crunch, not surprising since it's a relatively soft nut. This one was really satisfying, and I liked it despite being made with milk chocolate (I usually prefer dark). I couldn't pin point it to a comparable candy bar; the closest thing I could think of was Rolo caramels, despite their lack of pecans.
Chewy: 200 calories, 12 g total fat (4 g saturated), 18 g sugar Rolo Caramels (one package): 220 calories, 10 g total fat (7 g saturated), 29 g sugar
Put simply: I'm a fan. My favorite is a tie between Crunchy and Crispy, although Chewy isn't far behind. The Creamy was just too sweet for me, though my co-workers seemed to like it. Even after finishing the reporting for this story, I continued to eat every last chocolate bar. And despite what I said before, one piece was actually enough. They were rich and perfectly satisfying. Though I'm not someone who feels guilty after indulging (what kind of Serious Sweets writer would that make me?), I would definitely recommend these for someone who is looking for an organic, preservative-free alternative to "real" candy bars.
Samples provided for review consideration.
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