Friday, February 5, 2010

Bissinger’s 100 Calorie Bar

Warning: today’s review contains a lot of math.

Whole Foods has been carrying Bissinger’s candies, they even have their own custom display in the bakery area of the Whole Foods I frequent. One of the items that caught my eye was this 100 Calorie Bar of Solid Milk Chocolate 38% Cocoa which sounded intriguing. It was only a dollar, so it’s a very low risk investment, especially at Whole Foods.

Bissinger's 100 Calorie 99 Cent Bar

I knew going in that 100 calories of chocolate is a very small portion. In this case it’s only .63 ounces (18 grams). What I didn’t expect was how misleading the box would be about the actual size of the contents. The bar inside is in a cellophane sleeve that’s too big for it, so it’s crumpled at the sides - which kind of anchors it inside the box. When I shook it, it felt like the bar was taking up the whole box because it didn’t rattle around.

Here are some facts:

Dimensions of box: 4.25” long - 1.75” wide - .33” high = volume of 2.454375 cubic inches
Dimensions of bar: 3.33” long - 1.25” wide - .2” high = volume of 0.8325 cubic inches

Yes, 2/3 of that box is empty.

Aside from that, it’s an attractive bar. It’s segmented into four pieces, each marked with the 38, which I’m guessing is to represent the cacao content, not the fullness of the box.

The shiny and nicely molded milk chocolate has a soft bite with a powdered milk and sugar scent, maybe a little cheese twang to it. The melt is a little fudgy and sweet with a strong sour yogurt bite. The cocoa flavors are woodsy and rather limited. The sweetness burned my throat. The aftertaste is rather familiar, like Hershey’s Milk Chocolate. So if you love Hershey’s and wish you could pay twice as much for it but at least get all natural ingredients, this might be the stuff for you.

At about $25 a pound, I expect better chocolate.

The box also mentioned it has an ORAC value of 46 per gram (828 for the full bar). If you don’t know about Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, you can read more on Wikipedia. For reference, the ORAC value of 100 calories of red beans is 13,727.

The box says that it’s Gluten Free, but it also says that it’s processed in a facility that uses milk, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat and eggs. (Soy and Milk are present in the milk chocolate, of course.) This package does not say it’s Kosher. (You may recall my run-in with them last year about the Kosher status of their gummis.)

Related Candies

  1. Bissinger’s Pink Grapefruit Gummy Pandas
  2. Amano Milk Chocolate Ocumare
  3. Trader Joe’s 100 Calorie Chocolate
  4. Scharffen Berger Milk Nibby Bar
  5. Hershey’s Miniatures
  6. Rice Milk Chocolate Bars
Name: 100 Calorie Bar (Milk Chocolate)
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolates
Place Purchased: Whole Foods (Park LaBrea)
Price: $1.00
Size: .63 ounces
Calories per ounce: 159
Categories: Chocolate, United States, Bissinger's, All Natural

POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:41 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. Oh, those look like little frowny faces on each segment!

    Comment by Bunny on 2/05/10 at 2:39 pm #
  2. I was kind of wondering if this company had perfected that Kosher Pork Fried rice my family has been hoping for…

    Comment by Gigi on 2/05/10 at 6:35 pm #
  3. Hahaha, i thought they were frowny faces too!

    Comment by Jeanette on 2/06/10 at 9:37 am #
  4. Shamelessly trivial post

    Comment by Carl on 12/06/12 at 4:31 pm #
  5. I meant to say shamefully trivial post. Capitalism is failing, innocents being slaughtered on behalf of Monopoly Corporations and Finance Capital and you have nothing better to do thatn hype a candy bar? “sounded intriguing”  Oh really?  Your nothing but a phony brainwashed consumer

    Comment by Carl on 12/06/12 at 4:34 pm #
  6. Cybele's avatar

    For the record, dear readers, Carl arrived at Candy Blog via a search on Bing for bissingers case chocolate calories.

    (He may want to use bing to find the definition of hype while he’s at it.)

    Comment by Cybele on 12/06/12 at 4:40 pm #
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