Thursday, November 13, 2008

Rally Bar

imageI picked up this Rally Bar at Hershey’s Chocolate World last month. The only place I know these are being sold is at the Hershey’s stores, as a few other candy bloggers have mentioned. (Hershey’s Insider, Jim’s Chocolate Mission & Sugar Hog.)

The Rally Bar was one of the few candy bars introduced by the Hershey’s company under its own brand name during the 70s. Sure, Hershey’s has plenty of chocolate bars with inclusions and they also have other candy bars like Almond Joy and Fifth Avenue but those were made by other companies that were later purchased by the Hershey’s corporation.

The Rally Bar wasn’t much of an innovation. It’s a nougat center with a coating of caramel, rolled in peanuts and then covered in a chocolatey coating.

I remember them existing when I was a kid, but I also recall them having a yellow, orange and red wrapper, not this generic white wrapper. The Rally isn’t quite extinct either, it’s found in some small enclaves around the world.

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I was intrigued by the idea that Hershey’s would re-release nostalgic bars. Kind of like bringing back Good & Fruity.

The bar looks nice, it’s great to get a fresh candy product. Thought it wasn’t a real chocolate coating, it was glossy and smelled sweet and milky.

Biting into it, I got a feeling that this was familiar. The nougat center is a decent toasted vanilla flavor, the caramel around it didn’t do much for the flavor but adds a great texture and cements the peanuts to the bar. The nuts were well roasted and of the three bars I’ve eaten, only one had a bad nut. The mockolate coating is rather smooth, certainly less grainy that Hershey’s Milk Chocolate is these days and at least let the stars of the bar, the nougat and nuts come through.

After seeing them on Frances’ blog post though, I was pretty convinced that these were not really the Rally Bar, but just repackaged Oh Henry! bars as sold in Canada.

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On the left is the Canadian Oh Henry and on the right is the Rally Bar.

They look rather similar. Each weighs 2.2 ounces (larger than most American bars). And Hershey’s no longer makes any of its candy in Canada, leading me to believe that they’re now made in the United States and exported. (Perhaps some Canadians could confirm this.) And they’re both mockolate.

The only appeal I see in this bar is the nostalgic value, whether you’re Canadian or American and remember it from the 70s. There are plenty of other bars that are remarkably similar and could probably serve the same role. Snickers, Chocolatey Avalanche Payday, Oh Henry (USA) and of course Baby Ruth. But I’ll finish the ones I picked up. No use letting them get stale.

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Name: Rally Bar
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Hershey's
Place Purchased: Hershey's Chocolate World (Hershey, PA)
Price: $3.69 for four bars
Size: 2.2 ounces
Calories per ounce: 136
Categories: Mockolate, Nougat, Caramle, Peanut, United States, Hershey, Kosher

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:41 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. WOW! Oh Henry and the Rally Bar could be twins, definitely siblings, at least. That being said, it doesn’t sound like it’s a bad tasting bar!

    Comment by Cocoazilla on 11/14/08 at 5:21 am #
  2. Hi Cybele, as you saw on CM I had my suspicions as well that this my bit a repackaged Oh henry! I guess it had a bit more of an appeal to me as we dont get bars like the Baby Ruth / Oh Henry etc so readily as you guys in America! Good review though, glad to know I wasn’t away with the fairies in my thoughts!

    Jim

    Comment by Jim on 11/14/08 at 5:54 am #
  3. I’m a Canuck (a native of Smiths Falls, ON, even), so I thought I’d chime in.

    As I understood it, they were planning to move the lines of production in Smiths Falls to Mexico. So there’s as much a chance that the “Oh Henry” could be made in Mexico, as in the U.S.

    I broke the habit of a lifetime when they announced they were closing our plant - I don’t eat Hershey’s anymore.

    Comment by Heather on 11/14/08 at 11:18 am #
  4. I remember Rally bars! They were pretty good. I thought they were long gone!

    BTW, Cybele, I received my See’s cinnamon lollipops this week and they are GREAT. Very spicy and cinnamony—not caramel-like at all. More like a true hard-candy type lolly. I’ll be ordering more. I tried the pumpkin spice ones, and they were okay, but I didn’t adore them. The cinnamon ones are really tasty though. Get some!

    Comment by Kim on 11/14/08 at 12:23 pm #
  5. i just found your blog and it’s adorable!!! i love how you have a candy rater. it’s the coolest thing ever.

    Comment by Joanna on 11/14/08 at 1:28 pm #
  6. Do they have any idea how awkward the word “chocolatey” looks?

    Comment by Kyle on 11/16/08 at 3:58 pm #
  7. The Rally bar is an Oh Henry bar it was made in Smiths Falls plant on the Oh Henry line for the American market.

    Anyone who would trust eating a Hershey product now is NUTS, most of it is made in Mexico regardless what the company reports.

    Nice company that Hershey is, it uses Americans and Canadians workers for nearly 100 years then runs off to Mexico while screwing thousands of employees and arrogantly still believes Americans and Canadians consumers will support them.  WHY ?

    Comment by Shawn on 3/07/09 at 9:44 am #
  8. The Hershey Rally Bar is delicious! Can I find any in Connecticut?

    Comment by Eric on 5/05/09 at 5:01 am #
  9. Anyone remember the TV ads for this…

    Oh really ... no oh rally

    Comment by T on 1/06/11 at 2:53 pm #
  10. I am so happy to find out they’re still being made.  They were my favorite candy bar ... better than Snickers ... and when they discontinued Rally, it was the first of many big corporation disappointments in my life.

    “Really?  No, Rally” was how the TV ad went.

    Comment by DHB on 3/20/11 at 11:44 am #
  11. I was involved in the new item introduction of Rally.  It was a super product with real milk chocolate unlike the compound coating on Baby Ruth.  Not sure what Hershey is doing with Rally.  O’Henry was owned by Hershey in Canada but not in the U.S. with Nestle owning the brand.  Hershey does not produce most of its product in Mexico as some suggest.  No, I did not like it when the New Hershey made all these changes.  Milton Hershey is spinning in his grave.

    Comment by David on 4/10/11 at 3:12 pm #
  12. I’m not sure if anyone posted this yet (too lazy to read EVERY post).

    Oh Henry is produced by Hershey in Canada and the Rally bar (was) produced by Hershey for the states because Nestle produces Oh Henry’s now.

    Its on wiki too.

    smile

    Comment by :) on 4/21/11 at 5:27 pm #

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