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Boys vs. Candy

January 11, 2013

When a 13-year-old boy is annoyed that his dad confiscates a lot of his Halloween candy because it's so bad for him, there are a couple of scenarios. He could yell and storm up to his room, slamming doors. Or he could decide to research candy, intending to prove his dad wrong. Nicky, the teen in question, was shocked when he discovered his father was right: All his favorite candy was loaded with sugar, corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, fake colors, and preservatives. Now he was on a mission, to strip candy of the "junk" factor and give kids a healthier option that was affordable and still tasty. Unreal is the name of the new brand, and I decided to try it out on a willing team of boy testers. (I just told them it was a new candy, not that it was a healthier variety.) Not everyone had an opinion on each candy, and Ed enjoyed them all and happily downed any leftovers. So, is it possible to "unjunk" candy and please kids too? We found mixed results. Chocolate Caramel Peanuts Nougat Kris (12): "It's like a mix of Snickers and Milky Way tastes." Chocolate Candy Shell Peanuts Oliver (15): "Hmmm, they have a weird fruit taste." Jon (14): "Don't like it!" Kris: "The coating takes over the peanut taste." Chocolate Candy Shell Oliver: "Wacky colors, but pretty good" Ed (7): "I like these!" Chocolate Caramel Nougat Kris: "Bueno." Oliver: "Really good!" Greg: "Like a soft Milky Way." Jon: "Kind of powdery, but good." Chocolate Peanut Butter Jon: "Horrible." Kris: "Salty chocolate flavor." Oliver: "Very salty." Ed: "I like it!"

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