My Top 10 Candy Bars

So it’s February, and it’s time for a Top 10 list. When thinking of February, Valentine’s Day was the first thing that came to mind. I considered doing a Top 10 Romantic Comedy movies list, but I’ve done movie lists back in December 2016 and June 2016. I thought another one would be too soon, so maybe I’ll save that for next year.

From Valentine’s Day, my mind drifted to candy. That was a drastically different enough topic. In fact, it’s the first Top 10 list I’ve written about eating! Looking for a snack? I’d recommend some of these:

 

#10 – Nestle Crunch

As you read down this list, you’ll see that I like stuff in my chocolate bars. Caramel is good. Peanut butter is good. Nougat is good. But I also like a little bit of crunchiness, so I’ll start this countdown with an onomatopoeiacally named crunch bar. Ah, those crunch bits of puffed rice give the smooth chocolate the perfect taste and texture. I also like Krackel, the equivalent candy from Hershey’s, but you only see those in miniature form. If you want a full puffed rice cruncy candy bar, this is the way to go. Oh, and they’ve released special edition bars flavored like Girl Scout Cookies. That’s super awesome!

 

#9 – Snickers Almond

They say it really satisfies! For much of my childhood, I wasn’t a fan of Snickers bars. I mean, I liked nougat, loved caramel, and liked peanuts back then, but Snickers was never a go-to candy for me. Even as an adult, I’d gravitate toward the candy bars further down this list. Then they introduced an almond version of the bar, and I tried it. I kinda suffer from a compulsion to try new candy bars whenever I learn one exists, and this one was worth the effort. As for the original bar, I will say this: their “You’re Not You When You’re Hungry” advertising campaign produced some of the funniest commercials ever. Betty White playing football? Danny Trejo and Steve Buscemi as Marcia and Jan Brady? Willem Dafoe as Marilyn Monroe? Now that’s satisfying!

 

#8 – m&m’s

Okay, so M&M’s aren’t technically aren’t candy bars, but it wouldn’t feel right to exclude them. They’re iconic candies, bar or not. I’m old enough to remember not only when blue M&M’s were introduced (1995), but when red M&M’s were returned (1987) AND removed (1976). Back then, there were only two flavors: regular and peanut. But now? There’s peanut butter (perhaps to make up for the missed opportunity of appearing in the movie E.T.—M&M’s were offered it before Reese’s Pieces), pretzel, crispy (yum!), and coffee. And there are now both mini and mega sizes. You can even order them in up to 17 different colors. Not bad for the little candy that “melts in your mouth, not in your hands!”

 

#7 – 3 Musketeers Mint

Ever wonder why it was named the 3 Musketeers Bar? I did a little research on that. When first created, it was packaged in three pieces, each with a different flavor—chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Okay, I really want to try one of those! Due to restrictions on sugar during World War II, the vanilla and strawberry pieces were phased out. And once phased out, there wasn’t much of a need to package it as three different pieces. So now it’s the one, and it’s all about the yummy light and fluffy whipped chocolate nougat. They’ve released various flavors in limited release, but Mint has continued since its introduction in 2007. They come in a package of two pieces, slightly smaller than a full 3 Musketeers Bar, and the white fluffy filling is surrounded by dark chocolate instead. If you like mint and haven’t tried these, you really should.

 

#6 – Kit Kat

I have three children, so whenever there’s a situation when we need a snack but I don’t want them to have a lot of candy, a Kit Kat bar is perfect. Four segments of simple chocolate-covered wafers. Gives them a nice crunch (gotta have a crunch) and a great taste. I was brought up that the proper way to eat a Kit Kat was one segment at a time, but I recently had a discussion with a student who claimed otherwise. He treats the entire thing—all four attached segments—as one candy bar and eats it that way. To him, I say, “Gimme a break!” Ha! See what I did there? Do I have that really catchy commercial jingle going through your head now. No? Ah, gimme a break! And while you’re at it, “break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar.”

 

#5 & #4 – Heath and Skor

I first started eating Heath Bars in the late 80s/early 90s. A coworker at the time then turned me on to the similar Skor bar. They’re similar in that they’re both chocolate surrounding toffee, but Skor bars are thinner and have darker toffee inside. I’m lumping them together here because I’m not entirely sure which one deserves to be higher on the list. As a candy bar, I usually gravitate towards Skor—I like the taste of the darker toffee a little better, and the thinner size makes it easier on the teeth to bite through. HOWEVER, Heath deserves high spot on this list because it’s the best candy to crush up and mix in ice cream.

 

#3 – Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme

I’ve never really been a big fan of Hershey Bars. Sure, they’re one of the most iconic candies in the country, with their twelve little rectangular segments to make sharing easier, but they were just chocolate. As I said earlier on this list, you know that I like things—particularly crunchy things—inside my chocolate bars. Hershey’s already had bars with almonds, and though I do like almonds, I rarely would choose one of those bars above some of the other candies on this list. When their Cookies ‘n’ Creme bar came out in 1994, it demanded to be tried. White chocolate? YUM! Crunchy chocolate cookie pieces? DOUBLE YUM! Now they’re talking!

 

#2 – Twix

It’s fitting that the candy bar that comes in twos lands at number two. But why? Let’s look at the key ingredients. I love cookies. My kids call me the Cookie Monster because cookies don’t last long in my house. Seriously, there have been instances when I’ve had my girls for a weekend, bought a couple things of cookies for us all to snack on, only to have my kids miffed at me the next morning when they’re practically all gone. And I love caramel. It’s my favorite ice cream topping. Love the taste, the consistency, you name it. Put them together in generous amounts and you’ve got a perfect candy bar. Well, two of them—they’re packaged as twin sticks. Yes, that’s where the name Twix comes from: TWin stIX. That right there makes them cool, but the trademark cookie crunch makes them awesome.

 

And finally, my favorite candy bar…

#1 – REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER CUPS

Again, not technically a bar, but closer to it than M&M’s were. It’s at least chocolate covered with something inside—wonderful peanut butter inside! “Two great tastes that taste great together.” If I had compiled this list a few years ago, they probably wouldn’t have topped the list. Then they introduced the Big Cup, with about twice as much peanut butter. Now, I can’t eat the regular sized cups because the peanut butter to chocolate ratio is too low for my taste. Then they started experimenting with other combinations. They have white chocolate cups, and though I like white chocolate, I don’t like it with peanut butter. Then they put peanuts in the Big Cup. They already had the crunchy cups, but in the Big Cup, they didn’t have to crush the peanuts. But in late 2016, they went all crazy and put Reese’s Pieces inside the peanut butter cups. Mind. Blown. That slight candy shell crunch inside a Big Cup, along with the slight differences in cup and piece peanut butter consistency has elevated them all the way to the top of the list.

 

Agree? Disagree? What do you like to snack on?

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