Tuesday, January 24, 2012

SpongeBob Squarepants Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Filled Snacks

SpongeBob Squarepants Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Filled SnacksIn the candy aisle at the 99 Cent Only Store they always seem to have a lot of boxed items filled with sugar and labeled as Snacks.  When I go into Target or a grocery store these same items are shelved with the granola bars, not far from the cereal, as if they’re real food.

I picked up this box of SpongeBob Squarepants Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Filled Snacks made by Frankford Candy. They also make Disney licensed candy, including a similar set for the Cars characters.

But again, I puzzled over what made these snacks instead of candy.

SpongeBob Squarepants Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Filled Snacks

Inside the box are 6 packets, each are .53 ounces each and hold what must be a child’s portion of teensy little milk chocolate character shapes.

The ingredients are:

Milk Chocolate (sugar, cocoa butter, chocolate, whole milk, soy lecithin, vanillin), sugar, palm kernel oil, partially defatted peanut flour, peanut butter (peanuts, salt, partially hydrogenated palm oil), nonfat milk, partially hydrogenated palm oil, salt, soy lecithin, artificial and natural flavors, TBHQ and citric acid.

It’s not so different from the ingredients for a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. So, let’s just stop calling these snacks, unless all foods designed to be eaten outside of a meal are deemed snacks. They’re candy. Teensy little bags of candy.

SpongeBob Squarepants Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Filled Snacks

They come in three shapes: SpongeBob, Patrick and Mr Krabs. There are about 15-16 pieces in each little pouch. The pouches feature the full ingredients list and calorie count and a large portion of the front of the wrapper is dedicated to the face of SpongeBob.

SpongeBob Squarepants Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Filled Snacks

It’s hard to imagine that something this small is actually filled, but they are. They’re about a half an inch across (except for Patrick’s spiky arms, which give him another eighth of an inch) yet still have a thin reservoir of peanut butter in the center.

SpongeBob Squarepants Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Filled SnacksThe pieces are waxy and smell like Easter. The chocolate doesn’t really melt, but it dissolves well enough and they’re not as greasy as some peanut butter candies can get. They’re sweet and have a strong roasted peanut scent. The but the peanut butter flavor is lacking. The sweet and marginal chocolate is barely smooth and the slightly grainy peanut butter center is rather bitter. There’s a little extra salt in there but for the most part it’s a big old bag of failure.

These have been around for two or three years and Hungry Girl raves about them. My opinion is, if you really need a teensy portion of a snack, buy some really good candy. Even if it’s only a half an ounce, if you’re eating this as a treat, it’d better be good. If you love peanut butter cups, have two of the Reese’s foil wrapped minis - those are 44 calories each or even better, the Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Cups. Or go for something fantastic like a beefy chocolate truffle or a set of very dark chocolate tasting squares. Something that you really pause and enjoy, not this stuff that is only good enough to shovel down your maw without chewing.

What I’m left with when it comes to licensed merchandise is the dismal reality that most of it sucks. My guess is that the candy maker spends a large sum of money securing the branding for the product and they don’t have much left for the actual ingredients and quality. There’s also no indication of the ethical sourcing of any of the ingredients. They’re made in the USA, but for those with allergy issues, it’s made on shared equipment with wheat, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts. At least these sea creatures have no shellfish present.

Related Candies

  1. Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
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  3. Russell Stover 42 Chocolate Mini Bunnies
  4. Trader Joe’s Soft Peanut Brittle
  5. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Minis
  6. Jelly Belly Fruit Snacks
  7. Dogs versus Cats (fruit snacks that is)
  8. Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews

Name: SpongeBob Squarepants Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Filled Snacks
Brand: Frankford Candy
Place Purchased: 99 Cent Only (Miracle Mile)
Price: $1.00
Size: 3.17 ounces
Calories per ounce: 151
Categories: Candy, Frankford Candy, Chocolate, Kosher, Peanuts, 4-Benign, United States, 99 Cent Only Store

POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:48 am Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewFrankford CandyChocolateKosherPeanutsUnited States99 Cent Only Store

  1. “Mr. Krabs”

    Comment by Tommy on 1/24/12 at 12:03 pm #
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