As I mentioned on a previous post, I'm a Bzzagent. Because of this, I get to try products for free. My most recent campaign was for Unreal candy.
My review is below:
I had the opportunity to try all five varieties of Unreal candy. It was
difficult to find - the first Kroger I went to did not carry Unreal (I
even went to customer service and they said they had never seen the
product). The second Kroger I went to had them, but I had to ask
customer service for help; they had to ask a manager to help me find the
product. I had expected to find it in one of three places - 1) the
candy row, 2) the natural foods section, or 3) the checkout. It was in
none of those places, rather it was an end cap (which even as the
manager was pointing to the product, I couldn't see it easily). I say
all this to recommend that Unreal change how and where they display
their product, I walked right past it and didn't notice it (while
searching for it), I'm sure many other people have walked by without
seeing the candy.
I decided to try all five varieties since my store had all of them in
stock. Below is my review on each product.
1 - Unreal 41 (candy coated chocolates). When I first picked up the
package, I was surprised at how light it was compared to a bag of
M&Ms. The serving size of Unreal is smaller than the serving size
of M&Ms, so I feel that it would be very easy for someone to be
misled by the nutritional content if they just compared the labels of
the two candies without taking size into consideration.
I do like the packaging, it's attractive.
Upon opening the candy, I found that the colors of the actual candies
were quite different from the colors on the wrapper. I was surprised by
that. My kids (3 and 5) actually said they liked the colors of Unreal
better than the colors of M&Ms (and I liked the source of the colors
better!). The taste was very good. It was less sweet than M&Ms
and tasted more like dark chocolate, which I really liked. My kids said
they prefer Unreal to M&Ms.
2 - Unreal 8 - chocolate, nougat, peanuts, and caramel. This one was my
favorite. It was so good. The salty and sweet were balanced very
well. The nougat reminded me of a Mars bar, (which happens to be one of
my favorites). The texture was fantastic. I have nothing negative
whatsoever to say about this candy bar. All good!
3 - Unreal 54 - candy covered chocolate with peanuts. These were very
good too. Again, the colors on the packaging were much different than
the actual colors. There was a good salty/sweet balance and the
chocolate again was less sweet than what we've come to expect in candy.
I actually prefer this level of sweetness. I did feel that the serving
size was small. My children devoured them, so it could just be that
they ate so quickly that I only got a couple.
4 - Unreal 5 - chocolate, nougat, and caramel. This one was also very
good. The caramel is milky and soft, almost buttery. Very good. The
nougat is a little denser than what I would have expected, but still
delicious. This candy also tasted more like dark chocolate (again, as I
5 - Unreal 77 - chocolate covered peanut butter cups. When I first
opened them, I was surprised that there was no liner on the peanut
butter cups (as I was expecting Reese). Now that I think about it, it's
smart to not have the liners - less packaging = less waste. I also
noticed the logo on the bottom of the peanut butter cup, I thought that
was a nice touch. The actual cup was thinner than a Reese cup, and at
first (before tasting), I was disappointed in this.
Once I tasted the peanut butter cup, there was absolutely no
disappointment! The candy tastes rich, almost like a buckeye. The
peanut butter was smooth and tasted more like peanuts than Reese cups.
The texture and balance of sweet and salt was perfect.
I am now a fan of Unreal. I was shocked at how delicious the products
are. This has (to date) been my favorite BzzCampaign!
Before trying the candy, I thought, "why would they pick the name
'Unreal'? Since there's no artificial ingredients, shouldn't the name
be 'Real'?". Then I tasted it, and one word came to mind: Unreal.