Saturday, November 12, 2011

Top 5 Best Chocolate Non-Candy Bar Candies

I love chocolate, typically in candy bar form.  However, there are some non-bar chocolate items I won't pass up!  I know people have strong opinions about their candy (the debate starts with the top 5 candy bars), and I'm curious to see if there's any agreement here.  To make this list, it can't be a candy bar, has to be commercial, can't be a gourmet/specialty item, and can't come as part of a box set (i.e., Russell Stover).  And now, the top 5: 

5: Whoppers - Whoppers are, apparently, "the original malted milk balls."  They also melt in your mouth in a sweet burst of chocolatey-malty-saliva (yeah, that's gross sounding to me too).  Malted milk is apparently evaporated milk, flour, and barley.  Not sure why they're so delicious, but they are.

4: Tootsie Roll - Tootsie Rolls don't melt, they're bite-sized, and they're chewy.  The jingle goes: "whatever it is I think I see becomes a Tootsie Roll to me!"  That's a bit much, but consider that without Tootsie Rolls we'd have no Tootsie Pops, so they've brought double the amount of goodness into our lives.

3: Hershey's Kiss - Perfect bites of pure Hershey's milk chocolate.  They melt in your mouth, coating your tongue with a very good (if slightly too acidic) chocolate taste.  It's the simplest candy on this list, but in all its simplicity, it's among the most perfect candies ever made.

2: M&M's - They actually do melt in your hand, turning your digits various shades of blue, red, and green.  And they've changed colors multiple times in my life (anyone remember when they had light brown and dark brown?).  But M&M's have succeeded in one area where other candies have failed--expansion.  Peanut M&M's are excellent, Peanut Butter M&M's are amazing, and other variations (dark chocolate, almond, etc.) are not as good, but certainly aren't bad.

1: Reese's Peanut Butter Cup - When a guy got his peanut butter into a girl's chocolate, it was amazing--from this kinky pairing, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups were born.  The perfect balance of these two ingredients in the perfect form.  There's no wrong way to eat a Reese's, and that's why the earn the #1 spot.

I went into this list fully thinking Sixlets were going to make the top 5, but then I tried some and they are not as good as I remember.  Anyway, please tell us your top 5 below!  (And don't forget to share via Facebook or Twitter!)


  1. Even better than the standard peanut butter cups are the miniatures. Classic miniatures, not the newer microscopic ones. Same flavor combination, but with an improved chocolate to peanut butter ratio.

    And make mine frozen.

    -Jim in LA

  2. Addicted to Reeses. Love the new king size cups.