Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Necco Skybar Zombie Food

Skybar Zombie FoodNecco is an odd company that makes antiquated candies and buys up old candy brands. While the nostalgia is comforting, it’s a little odd when they try to be hip, like when they update their conversation heart mottoes, or came out with a line of Twilight themed candies.

However, for a couple of years they’ve been trying to do more novelty and seasonal candies, many of which I’ve appreciated. They have quite a few zombie themed items and for the first time I was able to find the Necco Skybar Zombie Food. They’re priced well at Cost Plus World Market at 59 cents each, though they were $1.50 across the parking lot at Dylan’s Candy Bar.

Skybar Zombie FoodI bought two of these, hoping for two different shapes, but ended up with two hearts. The first one I opened was cracked and oozing and sticky. Though that’s probably acceptable to a zombie, I wanted to photograph and eat something a bit more pristine. Luckily #2 was in great shape.

The pieces are exactly one ounce, so it’s a little less than a regular portion and two might be too much.

It’s a striking looking candy. The chocolate mold is well made with an anatomically accurate human heart. My unbroken one looked great, though the packaging does little to protect the candy from getting cracked.

Skybar Zombie Food

It smelled nice, pleasantly milky and sweet. The chocolate is passable, a little on the grainy side and sweet. The caramel filling is grainy but also not terribly sweet, there’s a cereal flavor to it, not quite a toasted sugar caramel. It’s nicely balanced. Of course the red food coloring left a weird, metallic aftertaste for me, but your mileage may vary.

The whole thing lacks anything else though. For 59 cents it’s passable, but only as a novelty item. If you’re looking for a drug store caramel, opt for the Milky Way Simply Caramel for better chocolate and caramel (though I still wasn’t wild about them either). But if you’re a fan of Cadbury Caramel Eggs, these might be a nice Halloween option. I’d like to say that they’d be great for Halloween trick-or-treat, but I fear that being thrown into a bag with a bunch of other candy is just too rigorous for them, if half of mine were cracked just from the store.

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Name: Skybar Zombie Food
Brand: Necco
Place Purchased: Cost Plus World Market (Farmers Market)
Price: $.59
Size: 1 ounce
Calories per ounce: 120
Categories: Candy, Halloween, Necco, Caramel, Chocolate, 6-Tempting, United States, Cost Plus

POSTED BY Cybele AT 7:11 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewHalloweenNeccoCaramelChocolate6-TemptingUnited StatesCost Plus

  1. my main “complaint” about these is that it doesn’t make sense as a brand extension. The Skybar’s main claim to fame is not that it’s filled chocolate - it’s that each segment is filled with a different filling.

    My favorite Necco holiday oddball was from last year - they were cinnamon bats. It was just pressed sugar like their Sweetheart hearts, but thinner and with a very strong cinnamon flavor.  Haven’t seen them this year yet, but the local grocery store that regularly had Necco products has been sold and may not be quite as unique in what it offers as it was in the past.

    Comment by Jim Kosmicki on 10/01/14 at 8:55 am #
  2. I had Necco wafers today..regular type. You should do a piece on Skybar’s rival, the (I think subsquently introduced) Trudeau then Pearsons-made, no beverage association, Seven Up bar which miffed the soda company SO much that THIS had to be used on each package:
    “Used under license from Seven-Up” I already saw a mention by you of that as one of the trademark issues and it could make for a whole conversation!

    Those had almost twice as many fillings for those who forgot or don’t know,
    cherry, butter cream, vanilla(?)m and five others..instead of Sky Bar’s four.

    I keep waiting for Necco to license this like they did other old candies just to add to the Sky Bar line but to keep a licensed seven up name.

    Yet while it’s “Seven-Up” or “7-up”, or the candy or drink, sigh, Seven Up Bottling by the 1940s eventually had to have full rights (like Columbia entertainment names-records,pictures,etc.which Sony has.)

    Cadbury, of course, has had those filled bars and you already covered an Australain one they did like Skybar or Seven Up.

    Comment by SteveCarras on 7/16/15 at 9:38 pm #
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