Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sky Bar Twilight Saga - Eclipse

Twilight Saga - Eclipse- Sky Bar PiecesNecco is continuing its licensing agreement with the Twilight novels/movie series. The newest is a Halloween release of their Sky Bar pieces for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

This mix has three different varieties, one for each of the main characters in Eclipse: Peanut Butter filled Milk Chocolate (Jacob), Chocolate Truffle filled Milk Chocolate (Bella) and Caramel filled Milk Chocolate (Edward). The bag contains 20 pieces and weighs 10 ounces. As the Halloween candy was just being placed on the shelves in stores over the weekend, I didn’t get this on sale, so yes, I paid $3.99 for less than a pound of chocolate candy from the drug store.

The package design is rather nice, I like the new deco style Sky Bar logo design, it’s not completely subservient to the Twilight logos & look, but does well in combination. The artwork on the package shows what’s inside very well, and describes the product accurately. It’s a peeve of mine when makers of licensed products just think they can slap a logo and movie key art on there and folks don’t care what’s actually inside.

Sky Bar - Eclipse - Chocolate Truffle

The Bella themed piece is Chocolate Truffle filled Milk Chocolate. The shape is of a large heart with the Bella name on it. Each piece is a half an ounce, so it’s a pretty large bite of chocolate. It’s about an inch and a half long and over a half an inch thick.

Sky Bar - Eclipse - Chocolate Truffle

Necco is very helpful on the back of the package and lists the ingredients and nutrition information for each variety, so I was able to see that the ingredients were actually pretty good. It’s made with real chocolate for the shell and the center “truffle” is also real chocolate with a small boost of partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil (not that much though based on how low it is on the list, right before soy lecithin).

The center isn’t quite crumbly, but is dry and has a melt like a Frango. It has some cocoa flavors, but mostly it’s a sweet balance of vanilla and the milk of the chocolate coating. There’s a slight grain to it, which is made of salt. This definitely gave it some interest and kept it all from being sickeningly sweet. It wasn’t very strong on the chocolate front and definitely didn’t have the vibe of an actual chocolate truffle.

80 calories each.

Sky Bar - Eclipse - Caramel Filled  Milk Chocolate

The Caramel filled Milk Chocolate piece for Edward Cullen is very nicely crafted. It’s the Cullen crest in milk chocolate.

Sky Bar - Eclipse - Caramel Filled  Milk Chocolate

I opened a few pieces and they were all in excellent condition, glossy and with nicely created details.

Sky Bar - Eclipse - Caramel Filled  Milk Chocolate

So for the vampire character, inside his family crest is a salty, caramelized sugar syrup. This was by far the saltiest piece of the set (though only 25 mg per piece). The milk chocolate smells sweet and milky. The piece has a good snap and gooey bite because of the syrupy nature of the caramel filling.

The first thing I got from the caramel was a salty hit, the second thing was a cereal flavor note. I can’t quite describe it, it’s like a combination of butter flavoring and Cheerios or Sugar Pops.

It’s very sweet, a little too much for me as it gives me a sore throat, but it is a mercifully appropriately sized piece.

70 calories.

Sky Bar - Eclipse - Peanut Butter Filled Milk Chocolate

Peanut Butter filled Milk Chocolate is the piece themed for Jacob, the werewolf. I guess peanuts are earthy and wolves are wild animals, so maybe that’s the connection.

The little medallion is cute, it’s a oval with a howling wolf relief and full moon.

Sky Bar - Eclipse - Peanut Butter Filled Milk Chocolate

The whole piece is soft. It has a good roasted peanut scent that has a light floral and grassy note. The filling however, disappoints. It’s missing something, it’s like it’s been watered down (or perhaps oiled up with some partially hydrogenated palm oil). The center is smoother than a Reese’s PB Cup and less crumbly, but it needs to melt a bit to get the flavor out. So it’s greasy and just unsatisfying. The only thing I can say is that the piece is balanced well on the sweetness and didn’t really need more salt in it.

80 calories each.

10 of the pieces in the package if 20 were Peanut Butter. The breakdown for the others as 6 for Caramel and 4 for Truffle. So it’s either random assortments, or the peanut butter is deemed to be the most popular (or possibly cheapest).

All of the individual packages have spectacularly unhelpful “Best Before” stamps on them. The Cullen ones were 32150 and the Jacob ones were 321102.

I’m not fond of the Sky Bar, but these strike me as much better than that. First, everything was fresh (and I’m pretty sure that every Sky Bar I’ve ever bought was three years old) - even when a candy is on the cheap side, freshness does wonders. I wasn’t keen on the use of partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil, but I don’t think it comprised a large amount of the product. I like the choice of these flavor variations, the vanilla cream piece I tried last year was simply uninspired. These feel like they could stand on their own without the licensing tie-in. I would never spend this much on this quality of chocolate if I didn’t have this blog, so if you’re interested in these, I wouldn’t spend more than $2.99 - hopefully you can find them for $2.00 or so on sale.

I couldn’t find any statement about gluten on the package, though no wheat ingredients are mentioned. It has all the other allergens though - soy, dairy & peanuts plus processed on equipment with eggs & tree nuts.

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  8. Necco Sky Bar

Name: Sky Bar Eclipse - Truffle, Caramel & Peanut Butter
Brand: Necco
Place Purchased: Rite Aid (Glendale)
Price: $3.99
Size: .5 ounces each / 10 ounces for the bag
Calories per ounce: 160
Categories: Candy, Halloween, Necco, Caramel, Chocolate, Peanuts, 6-Tempting, United States, Rite Aid

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:13 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyHalloweenNeccoCaramelChocolatePeanuts6-TemptingUnited StatesRite Aid

  1. The assortment is random…I got a bag the other day and I had one peanut butter only and the rest were largely caramel.  I really kinda wanted more peanut butter :(

    Comment by Traci on 9/15/10 at 4:14 pm #
  2. its bad enough they made the movie! now this!!!! they are going a little far with this

    Comment by charlie on 9/28/10 at 6:57 pm #
  3. I’m not a fan of Twilight, but my co-workers and I were ravaging the Walgreens for half off Halloween candy and this ended up in the pile. It was a lot better than I expected it to be. The caramel was my favorite, the filling is delicious.

    Comment by Bioterror on 9/28/11 at 2:41 pm #
  4. I enjoy Twilight..but, marketed by NECCO?? smile What will they do for an encore, Hunger Games hearts? (I wouldn’t mind..still waiting for Necco to do the inevitable Circus peanuts lines, including those flavored and colored like the wafers…:D)

    Comment by SteveCarras on 3/14/15 at 8:46 pm #
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