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snickers dark?

Ruth Lafler Oct 23, 2007 11:47 AM

I saw a commercial last night for Snickers dark -- part of the growing trend toward dark chocolate in mass market American candy, for which I can only say "hallelujah!"

Anyone tried it? Also, anyone else have a shameful sorta-liking for the new razzberry M&Ms?

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  1. rworange RE: Ruth Lafler Oct 23, 2007 11:52 AM

    It's been out for a while. Yeah, if you are looking for a dark chocolate fix from Snickers, look elsewhere. I tried it and it has that sort of Hershey's dark chocolate taste. I prefer my Snickers in the regular milk chocolate. As far as the dark chocolate coatings on any of this category of chocolate candy I haven't found anything yet that I'd try twice.

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      Ruth Lafler RE: rworange Oct 23, 2007 11:56 AM

      I really like Milky Way dark -- much, much better than the milk chocolate version. Mounds is about a million times better than Almond Joy (although Mounds is a classic and doesn't really fall into the new dark chocolate version trend). I didn't care at all for the M&Ms dark, though. If I want plain dark chocolate, I can do so much better. On the other hand, the nougat-peanut-caramel-dark chocolate combo -- what other options are there?

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      gourmethunter RE: Ruth Lafler Oct 23, 2007 11:55 AM

      I've seen that same commercial and I'm with you "hallelujah!" although part of me thinks the trend toward dark is just some marketing person's way of making the most of the "dark chocolate has less fat/is better for you" stories in the news of late. I just might give in to my craving at the grocery store checkout one of these days... easier to get a Snickers Dark than it is to get across town to a Callebaut Chocolate shop (and probably easier on the wallet).

      There's such a thing as "razzberry M&Ms"??? Yikes I like M&Ms and even went to the M&M store in Vegas this past spring...but I have to say my tastes in that department lean toward the more traditional. Something about it being "razz" instead of "raspberry" worries me :-)

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        Ruth Lafler RE: gourmethunter Oct 23, 2007 12:00 PM

        I think they've realized that American taste generally is trending more toward dark chocolate and they're scrambling to keep their market share. I really don't care what their motivation is, as long as they're bringing me better candy bars!

        Yeah, "razz" is never a good sign. However, they are ... not awful ... and certainly not like anything else on the market!

      2. Glencora RE: Ruth Lafler Oct 23, 2007 11:56 AM

        I love dark chocolate and Snickers is my favorite trashy candybar, however the Snickers dark was disappointing. It just wasn't very good chocolate. I'm not 100% sure I could tell the difference between the dark and the milk with my eyes shut. Same was true for me with the dark chocolate M&Ms. I think I'll go on eating good dark chocolate regularly and indulging in a Snickers once in a while (Usually around Halloween.)

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          rockandroller1 RE: Glencora Oct 23, 2007 12:24 PM

          I really like the snickers dark, better than the regular snickers. I guess everyone is different. I almost never eat ANY candy though, so perhaps that's why it tastes so good. :)

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            brendastarlet RE: rockandroller1 Oct 23, 2007 12:27 PM

            Dark Mars chocolate in general is still too sweet as is the dark Hershey's. I would like these candy bars better if they adopted the Canadian/British Cadbury type dark chocolate (very chocolately, but less sugary.)

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              Springhaze2 RE: brendastarlet Oct 23, 2007 12:55 PM

              At least Mars uses "real" chocolate where you cannot say the same about Hershey.

              Mars vows not to water down its chocolate
              The big confectioner breaks with some companies that seek to replace cocoa butter with cheap substitutes.
              By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
              September 18, 2007
              "Mars Inc. broke with much of the chocolate industry Monday to pledge that its M&Ms, Snickers and Dove bars won't be watered down with cheaper ingredients."

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                smartie RE: brendastarlet Oct 23, 2007 05:45 PM

                sigh - British chocolate, now I have a craving for a Cadbury's Flake which cost something like $2 at Publix in the Brit section. All the choccies that are the same brand in the US or UK taste better when made in England - Kit Kat, Snickers, Cadbury's DM, Mars and so on.

          2. jfood RE: Ruth Lafler Oct 23, 2007 01:04 PM

            The only things in jfood's car ashtray are snickers wrappers. By mistake he grabbed a dark chocolate at CVS on the way out and started munching on the way to work. Almost hit the car in front of him with the first bite. Instead of that 40+ year flavor-fix, the tongue was whacked with a new flavor, and not one that was pleasing. Jfood looked at the wrapper and sighed.

            Yes he finished it, but will never buy anything other than the original milk chocolate in the future.

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              spellweaver16 RE: Ruth Lafler Oct 23, 2007 04:10 PM

              If I want dark chocolate, I go with Lindt. Mars and such just don't do a good job of dark chocolate.

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                Ruth Lafler RE: spellweaver16 Oct 23, 2007 05:29 PM

                Really? Lindt makes a bar with nougat, caramel and peanuts?

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                  spellweaver16 RE: Ruth Lafler Nov 2, 2007 03:54 PM

                  No, but if I'm craving dark chocolate, one of their truffles really hits the spot.

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                    Ruth Lafler RE: spellweaver16 Nov 2, 2007 04:05 PM

                    You're kind of missing my point: a Snickers dark is not for satisfying dark chocolate cravings (that's what dark chocolate is for!), it's for satisfying *Snickers* cravings but with less-cloying chocolate.

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                      CrazyOne RE: Ruth Lafler Nov 4, 2007 04:06 AM

                      In my experience it is not, though. It just doesn't taste right at all. I like dark chocolate, but dark Snickers, dark Milky Way, dark M&Ms, lessee, what else have I tried? None of those have been good. Okay, in one of the bags we gave out for Halloween there were regular, white and dark Kit Kats. The dark Kit Kat bite was pretty decent. I dunno if they sell those in a regular sized bar, as I don't think I've ever seen them. Oh yeah, and the dark mint 3 Musketeers is not that great either. Just have a Peppermint Patty instead, pretty much the same.

                      Actually, a good dark chocolate mass market candy (to me) is Mounds. It has had dark chocolate for years, and coconut. Mmmm....

              2. PikaPikaChick RE: Ruth Lafler Oct 24, 2007 01:03 PM

                I will eat Snickers *anything*. I'm a sucker for that flavor combination. I'll happily pay $5 for a single gourmet truffle at a fancy confectioner's shop every once in a while, but sometimes a girl just needs some trashy, waxy American Hershey's or Mars chocolate.

                ...mmmmh... Special Dark..... nomnomnom...

                And I'm assuming you're talking about the commercial with the viking at the gas station? It cracks me up *every* time. "YYYAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYY!" *WHAM*

                1. meatn3 RE: Ruth Lafler Nov 1, 2007 01:47 AM

                  Opened the giant mixed chocolate bag for trick or treaters tonight & tried it. Then tried the original. Repeated both...The dark (and I love dark) is just not working with this flavor combination. The original is the better of the two. Unfortunately there were not many children, so I will be repeating this experiment nightly for awhile!

                  1. Chinon00 RE: Ruth Lafler Nov 1, 2007 03:33 AM

                    Dark m&m's are nice too. The candy coating (which can be down right cloying with regular m&m's) are nicely balanced by the dark chocolate.
                    I think that this dark chocolate trend has some link to the whole anti-oxidant movement. Which means as soon as the next big trend comes out all of this will go away? I hope that this is all more food related than another health related trend. This country . . .

                    1. Chew on That RE: Ruth Lafler Nov 2, 2007 03:58 PM

                      Raspberry M&M's?!! I'm intrigued!

                      I haven't yet tried either but they BOTH sound good to me! :)

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                        Ruth Lafler RE: Chew on That Nov 2, 2007 04:06 PM

                        The "razzberry" M&M's say "limited edition" on the package, and the one store I saw them at seems to have run through their supply. Too bad, because I made a deal with a friend to send her two bags of razzberry M&M's in exchange for two Mint 3 Musketeers!

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                          Glencora RE: Ruth Lafler Nov 2, 2007 04:11 PM

                          Mint 3 Musketeers? That sounds so awful! We gave out regular 3 Musketeers for Halloween because I won't eat those blobs of sticky, foamy yuckiness and I didn't want to be tempted. For the first time in years, I got through the week with no Snickers. And, to be honest, I'm feeling a bit sad.

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                            ArikaDawn RE: Glencora Nov 4, 2007 04:38 AM

                            I am not generally a 3 Musketeers fan either, but the other day in line at the grocery checkout the SO and I were starving. I gave the candy section a quick once over for something to split and found the Mint 3 Musketeers to have the fewest cal.s AND it already came in two pieces. Not brilliant candy by any means, but not bad for a 75 cal. bite to tide you over in a pinch. Generally, as far as mass market candy goes, I am more of a Twizzler girl than any of the chocolate stuff, but I do like having the option of dark chocolate now. More choice is always good.

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                              ArikaDawn RE: ArikaDawn Nov 5, 2007 03:36 PM

                              Saw the Razzleberry M&M's today and decided to try for myself. I was pleasantly surprised. They sort of remind me a bit, flavorwise, of the inexpensive choc. covered cherries carried everywhere. I also thought the slightly larger size was nice, less shell w/more chocolate. Not a candy I'd seek out, but I was not disappointed.

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                        jlafler RE: Ruth Lafler Nov 5, 2007 08:41 PM

                        The Fran's Gold Bar (dark chocolate, caramel, almonds) is like a Snicker's that died and went to heaven.

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