Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Top 5 Best Candy Bars

Who doesn't love a candy bar?  Fascists, probably.  But they aren't reading this blog anyway.  Here are the five candy bars I'd want if I were trapped on a desert island.

5: Symphony with Almonds and Toffee Chips (Hershey's) - Really smooth, velvety, melt-in-your-mouth milk chocolate with bits of almond and toffee in it.  A regular Symphony bar is so rich and smooth that it's great on its own, but when you factor in the crunchy bits, it's downright epic.  My favorite is to get a piece and let it melt away, then chew up the remnant almond and toffee.

4: 100 Grand (Nestle) - Formerly the $100,000 bar (when that was a lot of money--maybe it's time to bring it back), this is milk chocolate with crisped rice covering a small batch of soft, chewy caramel.  It isn't one bar, it's two half-bars in a regular-sized package.  There's something very satisfying about biting through the crisp and rich chocolate and hitting that chewy center.

3: Payday (Hershey's) - Sick of chocolate?  Hershey's figured you would be and came up with the Payday bar--soft, chewy caramel covered in peanuts.  The best of it?  The peanuts are salted!  Mmm...

2: Almond Joy (Hershey's) - Chewy and sweet coconut covered in milk chocolate with an almond right on top.  It's two half-bars per package--the only way this could be better is if they provided a variety option, letting you get an Almond Joy half-bar and its cousin, a Mounds half-bar (the same coconut, no almond, dark chocolate instead of milk), in the same package.  We can dream, right?

1: Twix (Mars) - You get two of them!  Sometimes, they are just stale enough that the caramel is a little bit harder than intended, and if you bite it just right, the caramel and and cookie split and you get two distinct candy bars in each stick of Twix.  Twix has had multiple variations over the years, but it's never mattered--original Twix is number one.

Man, I look at the list and there are so many missing!  But alas, there's only room for five...  What would you add?


  1. Where does the line get drawn between candy and candy bar?  Kit kat?  Reeses Peanut Butter Cup?  How about the ones that look like a candy bar in the wrapper but actually have two square pieces inside?

  2. Twix really are the most delicious

  3. That's a great question.  I just don't know--it's like Justice Scalia said about porn: "I know it when I see it."  Some things have a candy bar feel, others don't.  Peanut butter cups don't (to me), so they aren't on the list.  If I were to include them, they might jump in at #3, but if I did include them, what else would I need to include that also might make the list?  Who knows...  Great point though.

  4. Bonomo Turkish Taffy, or anything with Dark Chocolate

  5. I keep going back to Kit Kat needing to be in there.  PBCups are tough to define - they're certainly not a bar from a shape perspective, but from a content/feel they're about there. 

    Also, you forgot Three Musketeers. :)

  6. goin with the pb cups, and i will debate with anyone on the subject. Fore kooz has declared me a master, of the debate that is. Plus, seeing as I am a fat kid to the core, I know the subject of chocolate based bars well.

  7. I live in New Zealand and the only thing I recognize on that list is Twix.
    I demand less American centric coverage of chocolate bar issues!

  8. I'm glad to see Twix is international, but maybe you'd be happy if I included Curly Wurly?  What are some of your NZ favorites--what are we in the States missing out on?

  9. Check out the best "non-bar" chocolate candies here: http://kooztop5.blogspot.com/2011/11/top-5-best-chocolate-non-candy-bar.html