In this era of artisanal and farm-to-table everything, there are still few greater culinary joys than biting into a proudly unhealthy mass-produced candy bar. While there are scores of candy bars on the American market, however, some tend to get the short end of the stick, for no good reason. These are 10 underrated candy bars that are worthy of far more recognition than they get.
If we were to ask you to name what’s in a Snickers Bar, you probably won’t have much trouble coming up with the right answer: nougat, caramel, and peanuts, covered in chocolate. Or how about an Almond Joy? Coconut and almonds, covered in chocolate — easy. Okay smart guy, how about a Take 5? Face it, you have no idea what’s in a Take 5 bar. Which is a shame, because Take 5 is one of the most delicious candy bars on earth (it’s chocolate, peanuts, caramel, peanut butter, and pretzels, for the record).
If you’re not a candy bar aficionado, it’s OK! Candy bars are supposed to be a special occasion treat, and committing to eating an entire candy bar can be a calorie- and sugar-filled endeavor. That’s why most of the candy bars we eat also come in “fun” sizes, because those are the ones we usually get on Halloween. But when you decide to let yourself indulge in a full-size candy bar, why fall back on all the old familiar favorites you’ve had 100 times before? Expand your candy bar horizons, and you’ll discover that there’s a whole new world of chocolate-covered goodness out there.
Read on to learn about 10 underrated candy bars, what their deal is, and what’s in them. Hopefully once you gain some knowledge into these second- and third-tier candy bars, you’ll be inspired to explore the candy store and think outside the Kit-Kat.