Battle of the Vegan Candy Bars

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Inspired by my love of junk food and my desire to eat candy for the greater good instead of just to eat candy, I went to the local food co-op and grabbed all the candy bars that were vegan. There were eight options. My associate and I tried all of these candy bars and have rated them below. As my associate said, being a food critic is pretty stupidly pretentious, but man, if we didn’t want some candy.

The name of the candy is listed below, along with a link and a short description of its attributes.

Almond Smackers ““ vegan, USDA Organic

Me ““ This candy has a slight fruity note. It’s nothing like a Reese’s cup, but it’s good if you don’t expect that. I was expecting that, but I quickly readjusted my expectations to reality.

Associate ““ I thought I tasted coconut but it turns out it was oats and rice. It’s chewier than a Reese’s, and not super sweet but I do enjoy it quite a bit.

Sunspire Coconut ““ Kosher, (vegan, but not certified vegan)

Me ““ These are stupidly hard to open. It’s a good approximation of a Mounds bar. I like it but I also really love coconuts. They’re so adorably hairy!

Associate ““ Yeah, I agree but then again, it’s been years since I’ve had a Mounds. I like the chocolate in it.

Bug Bites ““ gluten-free, Kosher, vegan, USDA organic, Oregon Tilth Certified Organic, 100% ethically traded

Me ““ I love them because you get a mini-card with bug facts and a bug picture. It is just a chocolate square, but it’s tasty!

Associate ““ I really don’t want to look at bugs right before I eat. It’s pretty good for dark chocolate. I don’t like REALLY dark chocolate, like super high cacao content. It’s sweet but still has a strong chocolate flavor.

Chimp Mints ““ gluten-free, Kosher, vegan, USDA organic, Oregon Tilth Certified Organic, 100% ethically traded

Me ““ This is made by the same company as the bug bites, but this time with chimps. No facts this time, which is a bummer, but I like the mint in the chocolate. It ends a bit too strongly minty for me, but this would be a great after-dinner mint.

Associate ““ I really like this. It reminds me of those Andes chocolates. The mint is strong but not overbearing.

Crispy  Cat Toasted Almond ““ dairy-free, gluten-free, non-GMO, no preservatives, Oregon Tilth Certified Organic

Me ““ Personally, I love this bar. It’s all natural, but it’s good.

Associate ““ I really like this one. It tastes kind of like a nutty rice krispies treat covered in chocolate without the marshmallow.

Crispy Cat Mint Coconut ““ dairy-free, gluten-free, non-GMO, no preservatives, Oregon Tilth Certified Organic

Me ““ I can taste the mint OK, but the coconut is a bit subtle for me. It’s like a crunchy, minty, chocolate covered bar of sweetness. I like it pretty well, but it’s not my favorite.

Associate ““ I like the mint-coconut combination and like the other one, I think the crisp rice in it gives it a bit of a lighter flavor. It’s not super dense like a lot of chocolate bars. It’s not as heavy of an eating experience as a lot of candy bars are, which I think is good.

Boom Choco Boom (milk chocolate) ““ vegan, Kosher, gluten-free, free of eight common allergens

Me ““ It’s pretty sweet. I don’t remember milk chocolate too well since it’s been ages since I’ve had any. It’s OK. I think.

Associate ““ I like it. I always liked milk chocolate. The texture is a bit off: it’s not as creamy or smooth as a lot of milk chocolates. A little bit chalky? But I like the taste of it. I like the sweetness.

Boom Choco Boom (dark chocolate) ““ vegan, Kosher, gluten-free, free of eight common allergens

Me ““ It’s way too sweet for dark chocolate and not chocolatey enough. It is a lot like the milk chocolate, to be honest, just a tinge more chocolatey. I’d rather have the Chimp/Bug Bites.

Associate ““ I don’t really like this one too much. It’s probably my least favorite. And the texture is still weird. It’s not as smooth or as rich as the other ones, but I do like the sweetness. I don’t like the bitter of most dark chocolates, so the sweetness is good. I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it.

So there you have it. My favorites were the Crispy Cat Toasted Almond bar and the Sunspire Coconut bar. My associate’s favorites were the Crispy Cat bars (both) and the Almond Smacker. All in all, this was an excellent taste adventure.

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  1. Avatar of Benjamin
    Benjamin

    Thanks so much for mentioning Crispy Cat Candy bars. We think they’re yummy too!

    I thought you might like to know that Nugo Nutrition (the makers of Crispy Cat) has a special offer on Crispy Cat right now.

    50% off all 3 Crispy Cat Bars on sale at http://www.nugonutrition.com with coupon code 50OFFCAT. This offer expires on 5/20/2011.

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    Marcy

    Also if you haven’t tried Go Max Go vegan candy bars, you must. They are made with rice milk chocolate and are incredibly good. They have 4 flavors: Jokerz (like a Snickers), Mahalo (like a Mounds), Buccaneer (like a 3 Musketeers) and Twilight (Milky Way). A little pricey but they’re worth it!

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      Medeine

      These are awesome! I’m not that big on dark chocolate (the vegan standby), so when I discovered the Buccaneer I was very happy cause it tastes just like milk chocolate.

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      Ailanthus-altissima

      This whole thing was started because I wanted the Go Max Go bars but the store that the internet told me would have them DID NOT. So in a fit of pique, I bought all the other candy bars.

      I might just order those Go Max Go bars off the internet.

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        Marcy

        This same thing has happened to me too! I guess they have to improve their distribution. Now I just order them online if I’m ever getting anything from Vegan Essentials.

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