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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Overload Cups

Name: Overload Peanut Butter Cups
Brand: Nestle
Place Purchased: Target
Price: $.79
Size: 2.55 ounces
Calories per ounce: 152
Type: Chocolate/Peanut Butter

In my mind, there is no more perfect melding of chocolate and peanut butter than the Reese’s Miniature (yes, the minis are better than the full-sized cups). I do not pursue anything above that, but in the interest of fairness, I’m giving these Overload thingies a chance to prove themselves.

Overload is three peanut butter cups, each a slight variation on the tried and true original. One with balls of Butterfinger crisps tossed on top, another with some sort of fake m&ms (called ‘candies’) and the last with Buncha Crunch, which are just chocolate covered crisped rice like a Nestle Crunch bar.

First, when I pulled the tray out of the package, I could see that there was some sort of industrial accident. There were little ‘candies’ in ALL of the peanut butter cups and the ‘candies’ one had some buncha crunches in it. So much for segregation.

The chocolate is smooth and sweet, if perhaps a little more of it than a standard Reese’s cup. The peanut butter center is a little smoother than a Reese’s which is neither a good or bad thing, it just is. I kind of like a little grain to my nut butters, but that’s me. It was salty and very roasty tasting. The Butterfinger mixed in with that is a really good combo, a nice variation of smoothness, sweet, a bit chewy later with the Butterfinger and a lingering salty tone. The Buncha Crunch also has a nice texture to it, but in my mind it’s not quite enough crisp to make it through the cup. The ‘candies’ one is just kinda silly - is it the color that’s suppose to impress me or the texture of the candy shells? It’s by far the most chocolately, but the peanut butter part gets kind of lost without a texture to set it off.

These don’t even come close to most other peanut butter and chocolate products for me. The variety was, however, a welcome change when you’re buying a King Size item.

Rating: 5 out of 10 for ‘candies’ and Buncha Crunch and 6 out of 10 for the Butterfinger

POSTED BY Cybele AT 10:42 am     CandyReviewNestleChocolatePeanuts5-Pleasant6-TemptingUnited StatesComments (12)

Monday, October 24, 2005

Abba Zaba

Name: Abba Zaba
Brand: Anabelle
Place Purchased: gift (but I’ve seen them at 7-11)
Price: $.85
Size: 2.0 ounces
Calories per ounce:
Type: Chew/Peanut Butter

Again, I grew up on the eastern seaboard, so some of the candies I see on the west coast are unfamiliar to me. Abba Zabas are one of them. I think we had something similar, but I can’t recall what it was. The website for Annabelle’s is quaint, circa 1996, and entirely sincere like the candy. It’s a little disturbing that the ingredients label on the candy spells it Palm Kernal instead of kernel, but I have to admit that many spelling mistakes have made to the screen in this site.

Abba Zabas are a white taffy with a stripe of peanut butter in the center. If you open the package and take it out, it looks like a white subway tile and kind of sounds like one if you whack it on the side of the table. They’re dangerous things, really, the taffy is firm and sticky, so if you have any sort of dental work (fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures) you’re liable to lose it or loosen it. If you have firmly planted teeth, you’re probably their target consumer.

I found the taste to be very nice, the sweet taffy is a really good backdrop to the peanut butter, but I have to admit that I prefer either a hard candy shell on my peanut butter or a molasses chew like Mary Janes or Peanut Butter Kisses. The dental destroying qualities are just too overwhelming for me, so I’ll leave this one to the kids.

Rating - 4 out of 10.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:31 am     CandyReviewAnnabelle'sChewsPeanuts4-BenignUnited StatesComments (19)

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Coming up this week

Since I’ve gotten so many emails and comments about the new Target line of candy called Choxie, I thought I’d let everyone know that I went and purchased some today.

I’ll take some photos and have some reviews next week (or maybe the week after).

Also in the queue for review right now (in no particular order):

Choxie Hot Chocolate Bar
Choxie Chocolate Tiles
Choxie Spiced Caramels
Cadbury Dairy Milk Bubbly
Nestle Overload Peanut Butter Cups (Butterfinger, Crunch & Candies)
Trader Joe’s Slate of Bliss (Espresso & Cocoa Nibs)
Reese’s Candy Bars - NutRageous, SnackBarz, FastBreak & ReeseSticks
Haribo Mega-Roulette
Chupa-Chups Whistle Pops
Ritter Sport - Cappuccino & Rum, Raisin & Nuts
Karuna Manija XL
Vilniaus Pergale Dubingiai
Danutes Vaflinis pyragas
Sostines Kartusis sokoladas
Karuna Pieninis Sokoladas
Princas Pieninis Sokoladas
Veliuona Saldainis
Hershey’s Mocha Almond (Limited Edition)
Divine Fair Trade Chocolate
Equal Exchange Fair Trade Chocolate
Harry London Mint Cookie Bar
Abba Zabba
Toothache Candy
Craniyums

Okay, maybe that’s more than a week’s worth of candy ... and who’s to say that I won’t get something else and want to shoehorn it in there sooner.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 2:33 pm     ReviewNewsComments (10)

Friday, October 21, 2005

York Pinkermint Patties

Name: York Peppermint Pattie (Special Edition - Miniatures)
Brand: York (Hershey’s)
Place Purchased: freebie!
Price: usually about $2.89 a bag
Size: 12 oz
Calories per ounce: 113
Type: Mint/Chocolate

York Peppermint Patties hardly need a review from me. They’re a dense/fluffy minted center with a thin dark chocolate coat.

The reason I bring these up is that instead of the regular market-testing Limited Edition, these pink-centered patties are to raise awareness and money for the Young Survival Coalition.

“YORK is donating $125,000 to support the Young Survival Coalition. You can show your support for the cause with YORK’s special Pink Patties. Our donation will help provide programs and services to help young women affected by breast cancer.”


While I don’t find $125K to be an extraordinary amount in the fight against cancer, the Young Survival Coalition isn’t that big of an organization, and it’s a good sum to them. I also like the tagline for the patties for this occasion ... Be Sensational.

(Here’s the press release from YSC.)

They’ve been out since this summer, but I’ve yet to see them in any store on the West Coast (okay, I’ve only looked on the coast of California from San Francisco to Los Angeles), these were sent to me by a friend of my sister-in-law in NY. If you find them, grab them. They’re no different than a regular YORK, except for the color. Eat them in the dark if the pink squicks you.

Rating - 10 out of 10 (cancer is bad, breasts are good ... actually I love Peppermint Patties, the miniatures especially)

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:02 am     CandyReviewHershey'sChocolateFondantMints10-SuperbUnited StatesComments (6)

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Chick-o-Stick

Name: Chick-o-Stick
Brand: Atkinson’s
Place Purchased: gift (but I’ve seen them at 99 Cent Only stores)
Price: unknown
Size: .7 ounces
Calories per ounce: 130
Type: Peanutbutter Crisp

These have always scared me. I think because they’re called Chick-o-Sticks and look like they could be chicken legs. Not something I’d consider to be a sweet treat. And let’s face it, the orange color is pretty freaky. The Atkinson site doesn’t really say why they’re called that except that that’s what they’ve always been called.

What they really are is a peanut butter toffee crisp covered in coconut. Pretty simple. A lot like the inside of a Butterfinger bar, but a bit more solid (as you can see in the close up if you click on the photo).

The taste is good, sweet with a nice hit of salt and a really good roasted peanut butter flavor. Even though the coconut looks pretty minimal, the taste is pretty significant. Unlike some of the other crisped peanut butter candies, this one contains no trans fats, in fact the only fat in it comes from the peanut butter itself. They’re much easier to carry around than some chocolate candies because it doesn’t melt, so I can see this being a good treat for hiking or shipping long distances (the Atkinson website mentions shipping them to Iraq).

I know, I need to get a hold of a Clark bar and Zagnut to round out my tour of peanut crisp.

Rating - 7 out of 10

Related: Butterfinger & 5th Avenue head-to-head

POSTED BY Cybele AT 1:41 pm     CandyReviewAtkinson'sCoconutPeanuts7-Worth ItUnited States99 Cent Only StoreComments (26)

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