More Unreal products today, folks. Of course, this involved me going back to their silly website to check out the details on the UN8: Chocolate Caramel Peanut Nougat Bar. Their website compared this bar to both a Snickers and a pear, which again seems completely logical. This time, I also looked into the company history. As legend has it, Unreal started when a man and his son fought over Halloween candy. The kid brought it home, dad took it, kid tried to convince his dad that candy wasn’t so bad, only to find out through the magic of the internet that candy was filled with all sorts of terrible things. As a side note, often when I read stories like this, I marvel at the fact that my parents never took any of my Halloween candy (except whatever good stuff they wanted), nor were they particularly interested in it. I was either a lucky child or a rather neglected one. Anyway, they ended up in communication with a chef in Spain named Adam, who “was so inspired by the mission of changing junk food that he immediately brought together top scientists and chefs all across Europe to recreate America’s biggest selling candies, without the junk.” As a result, these bar contain no corn syrup, no hydrogenated oils, no GMOs, no artificial colors, preservatives, or flavors. Also (and I didn’t know this until I read their history), all dairy products come from grass fed cows with no antibiotics or hormones, and “key ingredients” are responsibly sourced. The more you know.
This Unreal Chocolate Caramel Peanut Nougat Bar is slightly smaller than a Snickers at 49g (versus 59g), but packs a fairly similar caloric punch with 4.08 cal per gram in the Unreal and 4.75 in the Snickers. The bar’s smaller size will do you favors in portion control. The fat content is also similar, relative to size. The main differences lie in the sugar content, which is 30g for Snickers and just 17g for the Unreal version. That’s a pretty vast difference, even accounting for size. There are also 5g of fiber in the unjunked version, beating the pants off Snickers’ 1 measly little gram.
I don’t often get to say this in my non-candy life, but this bar smells awesome. The Snickers is classic, but its super sweet scent does nothing to mask the 30g of sugar hiding inside. The UN8 is a bit flatter than a Snickers and gives a clean break, revealing a neatly organized interior. I do feel that it may have a slightly lower peanut content than Snickers, but I could easily be imagining that, or it could just be my bar. I actually enjoyed the lower crunch factor, as it allowed a chewier experience with caramel as the star of the show. It’s definitely not as sweet as a Snickers, which is wonderful. I often have trouble finishing a Snickers without getting tired of the taste, and I ate the first half of this bar quickly and not with enough study.
I really dug this and I’d eat it on another occasion. I wouldn’t say it’s quite like a Snickers bar, but it is good on it’s own and honestly doesn’t need to be compared. Pick it up if you see it in your local CVS, and if you’re lucky, Walgreens. Soon at Target and various other grocery stores we don’t have in Chicago.