UNREAL

Happy Thursday!

I wanted to do a product review today since I like being able to sample foods (especially chocolate!) and share them with you.  I had read about UNREAL candy a few weeks ago and it has been in the back of my mind to try since then.  With Halloween coming up, what better time is there?

Every time I went to stores that carried it, I always forgot.  I had been meaning to get a magnetic list for the fridge so I could jot stuff down that we needed, but the problem was that without a list to write things on, I always forgot to buy the list! Well the list has been purchased and has proven to be very helpful. Now the problem is remembering things in the middle of the day when I’m not near the list.  Post it notes are my best friends.

I made a special trip to Target yesterday just for this candy.  I left only paying $0.91.  I don’t think I have ever spent that little at Target! I chose the peanut butter cups because those were my favorite out of the selection:

First let me give you a little background.  I was intrigued by this candy because it was started by a 13 year old boy after his parents confiscated most of his Halloween candy due to its health profile.  In an effort to prove his parents wrong, he started researching candy on the internet and what he found instead was that they were right.  His quest to develop a healthier candy spanned many continents and after some hard work he was able to enlist the help of others and UNREAL candy was born.  Read the whole story here.
This company has worked to remove the artificial ingredients, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, and the ungodly amount of sugar found in today’s candies.  There are more natural, real ingredients which also result in a lower glycemic index.
So back to my peanut butter cups:

I have to say that these are pretty delicious.  They’re no Reese’s peanut butter cups, but that’s not what they’re supposed to be.  The peanut butter actually tasted like real peanuts and the chocolate was also really good.  They were sweet but not the kind of sweet that causes my brain to crave more and more.  Overall I was pretty satisfied with them.

Here is the nutritional comparison between UNREAL and Reese’s (UNREAL on top, Reese’s on bottom):

(source)

They also make other healthier versions of popular candies: M&Ms, Peanut M&Ms, Milk Way, and Snickers.  I figured I shouldn’t try all of them on the same day…

As a final note, even though they are a healthier alternative to most of the candy out there, they are still candy.  They should be eaten in moderation.  A healthier alternative does not mean you can cram 25165741 in your mouth and not have any negative effects.

I find that the healthier I eat and the longer I go without sugar, the less I crave it.  If I do decide I want candy, this is definitely a better choice, but lately I don’t find myself wanting candy that often anymore (who am I??).  These days I satisfy my sweet tooth with fruit more often than not.

Question of the day: Has anyone else tried UNREAL candy? What are your thoughts?

Semi-unrelated question of the day: Does anyone know what they are being for Halloween? With the wedding coming up around the same time I haven’t even thought about it! Maybe I’ll be a bride and be able to wear my dress more than once 🙂

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