Consumer Report: Healthier Candy

By: Lauren Evans Email
By: Lauren Evans Email

Unreal Candy says it’s “reinvented candy without the junk.” It doesn’t use artificial colors and ingredients such as hydrogenated oils to produce its “unjunked” sweet treats. It’s promoted by celebrities like supermodel Gisele, football ace Tom Brady and actor Matt Damon.

Unreal Candy offers alternatives to iconic candies. Consumer Reports did blind taste tests to see how they stack up.

Unreal’s Candy Coated Chocolates went up against plain milk chocolate M&M’s. Their unusual color actually comes from beetroot, turmeric, and purple cabbage juice. They were both good, but the M&M’s were definitely sweeter.

Unreal’s Chocolate Caramel Nougat bars battled Milky Way. The Peanut Nougat bars took on Snickers. Candy Coated Chocolates with Peanuts went up against Peanut M&M’s. And Unreal’s Peanut Butter Cups fought it out with Reese’s. In those categories, Consumer Reports found that Unreal’s candies were good, but most weren’t as flavorful.

As for claims that Unreal Candy is better for you, Consumer Reports found that they have comparable calories and fat to their “junk” counterparts. The bottom line: If you want to indulge in a treat and avoid artificial ingredients, Unreal’s candies could be worth a try.

Consumer Reports says it’s interesting to note that Unreal Candy’s website points out that fruit, such as an orange, is a better nutritional alternative to candy.


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  • by Andrea Location: Michigan on Apr 11, 2013 at 09:38 PM
    The reason that Unreal Candy is better for you is not because of calorie or fat content as stated in the article. It is still junk food but there are no GMO's, artificial colors, high fructose corn syrup and other highly processed chemicals that have been proven in multiple studies around the world to increase cancer, ADD and ADHD, obesity, etc. Other nations, including many in Europe, ban or label these ingredients with warnings because of their health risks but here in the U.S. the same foods/candies are not subject to any warning or ban. Many of these artificial ingredients also increase the craving for more sugary junk food and prevent the body from being able to lose weight. No wonder we are one of the fattest nations in the world.
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