M&M's, the adorable, smirky, little guys dressed in their colorful attire of either yellow, red, blue or green. The presentation cannot get any cuter than this. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that they also dance, really, they dance, shake their hips, move their arms, okay, not literally but on advertisements, and that is how they are brought to life. I enjoy those commercials tremendously but unfortunately, the excitement ends right there. The candy itself is good enough for a child that has not yet acquired taste buds for sweets with high-quality ingredients. The artificial coating of the M&M is hard and tastes exactly as described, artificial. It surprisingly leaves a very bitter taste, since this is supposed to be milk chocolate, not dark. Once you have crunched your way through this hardened shell with unnatural ingredients, the chocolate finally peeks through. Oh, boy. Not a pleasant surprise. Is this even chocolate or some concoction put together by a kindergartener? Actually, I take that back. A three year old child could probably create something much more appetizing. I have no doubts. I am sorry to all of you dedicated M&M's fans, I love these dancing, petite, little bon bons, but I really cannot say that my taste buds are doing the rhumba, more like the Halloween dance.
Ingredients: Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Chocolate, Skim Milk, Cocoa Butter, Lactose, Milkfat, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Artificial Flavor), Sugar, Cornstarch, Less than 1% - Corn Syrup, Dextrin, Coloring (Includes Blue 1 Lake, Yellow 6, Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 1, Red 40 Lake, Blue 2 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Blue 2), Gum Acacia
Chocolisciously Delightful Rating: 1.1 / 5.0
Twix is created by Mars Inc., and was first introduced in the United Kingdom in the year 1967. The chocolate cookie bar was originally called the Raider in many European countries prior to its finalized current name, Twix. It sounds much cuter than Raider, don't you think? This bar is a great alternative to some biscuits, and is quite a tasty cookie/chocolate delight, however way you would want to label it? The bar is not too gooey and overly runny, but has just enough oomph for a good consistency. All of the ingredients are distributed perfectly, one item is not overpowering the other. The cookie has a good texture with just the right amount of crunch. I do think though, that a tiny, tiny bit more chocolate could be added but then again, Twix is pretty tasty just the way it is. I truly enjoyed this cookie bar, and would definitely reach for more. As the name implies, it is just a regular cookie covered with chocolate, but at the same time, it is so much more. I am impressed and think that Twix could be a great addition to any afternoon tea. Just imagine dunking Twix in your coffee, what a pleasure that would be, and tons of yumminess. Who would have thought of such a great combination. Nicely done Mars Inc.
Ingredients: Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Chocolate, Skim Milk, Lactose, Milkfat, Soy Lecithin, PGPR, Artificial Flavors), Sugar, Enriched Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Palm Oil, Corn Syrup, Skim Milk, Dextrose, Less than 2% - Food Starch - Modified, Salt, Cocoa Powder, Baking Soda, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Flavor
Chocolisciously Delightful Rating: 2.5 / 5.0 (Bad Ingredients)
Butterfinger was first invented in 1923 by Otto Schnering who was of German origin but raised in Chicago. Mr. Schnering was a great business man who founded and oversaw every aspect of his enterprise, The Curtiss Candy. So far so good right. Well, unfortunately, it is not so positive from here onwards. Butterfinger was dropped from the German market in 1999 due to consumer rejection when one of its ingredients, corn, happened to be genetically modified. Nestle, who owns Butterfinger, choose to lose the German market and instead, retained the GMO's in the bar. I cannot believe this. Why not take this artificial gunk out and replace it with something healthy for the human body, why continue to manufacture it as is and go through the trouble of losing sales in Germany? I do not understand this business decision and I probably never will. Having said that, here is my review. I am sorry to all of you Butterfinger lovers out there but this is not going to be pretty. At first bite, the chocolate bar tastes as though I am biting into shards of glass. Really. It is agonizing and not appetizing at all. I have no idea where the "crunchy" word associated with this bar is coming from. It is more like "crunch on a rock." The bar does not have a strong peanut flavour but instead, chooses to focus most of its taste from the texture. The surrounding chocolate is of poor quality, no smoothness or a nice melt in my palate, just a harsh, bad aftertaste. Please read the ingredients below. I have no idea what the need is for majority of these ingredients. I cannot even pronounce half of them. In conclusion, this bar has everything but enough peanut butter, which is supposed to be the main act of the show. I do not get it. Well, as the famous Simpson commercial states "Nobody lay a finger on my Butterfinger." The truth of the matter is that I would not lay any fingers on this Butterfinger, not even my pinky. No thank you. No need to worry about me sneaking in a few bites. This bar is a true failure in my opinion.
Ingredients: Corn Syrup, Sugar, Ground Roasted Peanuts, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, Cocoa, Molasses, and less than 1% of Dairy Product Solids, Confectionery's Corn Flakes, Nonfat Milk, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Soybean Oil, Cornstarch, Natural Flavors, Monoglycerides, TBHQ and Citric Acid (To preserve freshness), Annatto Color
Chocolisciously Delightful Rating: 1.2 / 5.0
Ohhhh, my, what can I say about these delightful little cups. Decadent and heavenly. Just the perfect amount of blended peanuts and then drizzled with chocolate. Seriously, what a marvellous idea. Thank you Hershey. Reese's was introduced in 1978 and since then, this joy has been striving and thriving. This is one of the most popular treats amongst the budget-friendly chocolates, and it has even made a stance within the higher-end guilty pleasures. Way to go Reese's, you are holding your own. Every single bite of this soft and smooth mixture of divineness is cheery. Trust me, it never gets old. The downside though is that it is a bit on the sweeter side. I am certain that if the sugar was cut back, Reese's would be a perfection.
Ingredients: Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa Butter; Chocolate; Nonfat Milk; Milk Fat; Lactose; Soy Lecithin; PGPR, Emulsifier); Peanuts; Sugar; Dextrose; Salt; TBHQ (Preservative)
Chocolisciously Delightful Rating: 3.5 / 5.0 (Points Taken due to Ingredients)
Mr. Goodbar, what can I say about this ohhh, so very pleasant and delicious chocolate bar. Seriously, it is so subtle at first bite, so much to the point that I would have thought of this as a granola bar instead of a chocolate infestation with nuts. This misconception might be due to the amount of peanuts submerged in the chocolate. Mr. Goodbar is a pure refreshment from other affordable chocolate bars since it is not overwhelmed with sugar and yet, at the same, keeps you coming back for more. Hershey introduced Mr. Goodbar in 1925 and I must say, they get a high-five for this creation. This is some divine work. I am certain that the taste has not changed much. Back in 1925, chocolate and candy in general contained much less sugar than what today's treats contain. Mr. Goodbar has a line-up of loyal customers, one of whom is of course me. I, along with millions agree that if the "oomph" changed in any way or form, us consumers would be devastated.
Ingredients: Milk Chocolate (Sugar; Cocoa; Butter; Chocolate; Nonfat Milk; Milk Fat; Soy Lecithin; Salt; PGPR, Emulsifier; Vanillin, Artificial Flavor); Peanuts
Chocolisciously Delightful Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
The Hershey Company has been around since 1894, quite a while to satisfy millions around the world with its chocolates. This is a nice and modest bar that still has the "aristocratic" ingredient, almond, but is at the same time is affordable and very tasteful. The chocolate is not overbearing, and the thinness of this bar allows for just the right portion of chocolate upon every single bite.
Ingredients: Milk Chocolate (Sugar; Milk; Chocolate; Cocoa; Butter; Lactose; Milk Fat; Soy Lecithin; PGPR, Emulsifier; Vanillin, Artificial Flavor)
Chocolisciously Delightful Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
Dairy Milk is an old-fashioned chocolate bar that has been around for more than a century. It is well known for its subtle simplicity. It does have a satisfying sweet aftertaste. It is a good all-rounder chocolate bar that is neutral enough for the young generation and yet bold for the older individuals looking for an "uncomplicated" treat. Due to its simplicity, it is a nice snack that does not overburden the palate.
Ingredients: Milk Chocolate (Sugar; Milk; Chocolate; Cocoa Butter; Lactose; Soy Lecithin; PGPR, Emulsifier; Natural and Artificial Flavor)
Chocolisciously Delightful Rating: 3.0 / 5.0
What can I say about this yumminess - coconut flakes and almonds swimming in milk chocolate = happy taste buds, screaming Yahooo. This is truly a delightful treat. All of the ingredients are porportioned perfectly although, it is a bit on the sweeter side. I love how once the chocolate melts in your mouth, there is still something left to ponder, something extra special, the coconut flakes. The ride is not over sort of speak. Coconut infestation, ohhh yeahh. I enjoyed this bar tremendously and for its affordable cost and mini size,I can indulge on a daily basis. No guilt here!
Ingredients: Corn Syrup; Milk Chocolate [Sugar; Cocoa Butter; Chocolate; Milk; Lactose: milk Fat; Non-fat Milk; Lecithin (Soy); Pgpr (Emulsifier)]; Coconut; Sugar; Almonds (Roasted in Sunflower Oil); Contains 2% or less of: Vegetable Oil (Palm Kernel and Palm Oil); Cocoa; Whey (Milk); Salt; Hydrolyzed Milk Protein; Lecithin (Soy); Sodium Metabisulfite (to maintain freshness).
Chocolisciously Delightful Rating: 3.2 / 5.0 (Points taken off due to the poor ingredient list)
Affordable but still Savory
This blog page is dedicated to inexpensive chocolates that are continuously, to this day, enjoyed daily by many chocolate lovers out there. I still happily delve my taste buds into a good old-fashioned, so tasty, and yet simple Mr. Goodbar. To top it off, the cost allows for a much "Sweeter" satisfaction on your fuller wallet!