Thursday, September 13, 2012

OTL: Unreal Candy



Thanks to BzzAgent I had a chance to try out Unreal candy. Unreal candy is available in varieties similar to your favorite chocolate bars but with fewer calories, less sugar, and more protein. Essentially the claim is that because it has no artificial ingredients the candy will taste better while being better for you than regular candy. Notice that I didn't say the candy will be good for you. It is still candy after all.

BzzAgent and Unreal candy sent me a coupon for a free candy bar plus several buy one, get one free coupons. We used these some of these coupons to purchase Unreal 5 (similar to Milky Way), Unreal 8 (similar to Snickers), and Unreal 77 (Similar to Reese's). We did not try Unreal 41 or Unreal 54 (similar to M&Ms and Peanut M&Ms).

Out of the varieties that we tried the Unreal 8 was by far my favorite. I think it tastes the most similar to the candy it is supposed to mimic. Unreal 77 did not have enough of a peanut butter flavor to satisfy me and Unreal 5 just tasted a bit off somehow. All of the candy bars are less sweet than their traditional counterparts due to the reduction in sugar. The serving sizes for these candy bars are smaller as well which can account for the calorie reduction. Any time something has added protein I'm skeptical about the taste because I usually notice an aftertaste with these products. I had the same experience with this candy. There is that distinct protein taste that seems to be in protein shakes and bars.

While the taste of the Unreal candy didn't "Wow" me, I think it is something that I could get used to as an occasional candy treat. My husband liked the candy well enough and didn't notice the differences in taste that I did.

I do have to say that I HATE the packaging!! I think using numbers for the candy names is really annoying. The name itself doesn't give you any indication of what type of candy you will be getting. I find the super-shiny wrappers hard to read and it is only just now as I sit here writing this blog post that I finally noticed the brightly colored areas actually spell out Unreal in the logo. Considering how long I've been looking at these wrappers for various BzzAgent activities that tells you how difficult it is to read.

We purchased Unreal candy at CVS and have seen it at Kroger as well. The price was the same as other candy bars.

Have you tried Unreal or another brand of "better for you" candy? What did you think of it? What is your favorite type of candy?

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