I am for sure one of those crazy ladies that dresses up her dog for Halloween – every. single. year. Our dog, Brodie, has lived out his wildest fantasies in past Halloweens as a bumble bee, shark, sheriff, and even a pumpkin. This year he requested a new look that fit in more with his new house in the country. We found the perfect fit – a Lumberjack! Our whole family even got into the plaid this year in our support of his dreams. Yes – that’s Brodie’s happy face in case you were wondering.
This year, we picked up a few vegan candy bars that we thought would be great alternatives to the traditional counterparts. We actually purchased these at Whole Foods, but we have seen them at other stores like Kroger or Target. Since my husband has the sweet tooth in our family, you’ll have to rely on his opinion more during this round.
Amy’s Dreamy Bar
I think most people reading this are very familiar with the Amy’s brand, but their more well known products in the frozen department. I didn’t even know they made any other products until I stumbled upon this one day. The store I was at sold a variety of chocolate bars, but this was the only one labeled vegan at that time. The label describes the bar as a dark chocolate bar filled with nougat. Traditional nougat is not vegan since it is made with egg whites. Upon reading the label, the bar sounds most like a 3 Musketeers bar. It is far from it though. The bar is way more dense than the counterpart and has a gritty texture in the filling. This bar also boasts the highest sugar with 25 grams!
Wannabe Vegan: 2/10 ~ Omnivore: 6/10
Enjoy Life – Dark Chocolate
I was that weird kid that always collected the Hershey’s Special Dark pieces out of the mixed bag. Most kids hated them and would fight over the Mr. Goodbars, but not me. Dark chocolate is my personal favorite. I keep several bars in my fridge ready to eat at all times. I particularly like the 70% to 85% dark chocolate and bonus points if it has sea salt in it! This bar didn’t quite live up to the hype in my head. The texture is very chalky and didn’t have that melt in your mouth quality. I will say that their cookie products are way better than this bar tasted.
Wannabe Vegan: 3/10 ~ Omnivore: 3/10
Enjoy Life – Rice Milk Chocolate
This bar is a rice milk alternative to a classic milk chocolate bar like Hershey’s for example. Simple – just a bar of solid chocolate. It certainly isn’t as dry as the other two Enjoy Life bars and did melt in our mouths a little bit more. It didn’t have quite the same creaminess as traditional milk chocolate, but it isn’t gritty or chalky like the dark chocolate version. It is a little too sweet for my taste personally.
Wannabe Vegan: 4/10 ~ Omnivore: 5/10
Enjoy Life – Rice Milk Crunch
Do you remember Nestle Crunch bars? That’s exactly what I thought it tasted like. I know it’s been awhile since I’ve eaten one, but I feel like it’s a really good copy cat product. My husband, on the other hand, wasn’t as much of a fan. He thought the chocolate still had a dry taste, but he did like the crunch of the rice to break up the flavor more. I will also state that this product does contain honey in the rice crisps not the chocolate per the nutrition label. Honey is a subject that many debate over its classification so use your own judgement there.
Wannabe Vegan: 7/10 ~ Omnivore: 4/10
Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Obviously, we all know what this product is made to mimic – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I’m confident in saying that if you never liked Reese’s – you can’t be trusted. It is a perfect match. I had very high hopes for this product. I already know I like the flavor combination and I particularly love dark chocolate the best. This particular pack is filled with the mini size product, but I have seen them in trick-or-treat sized portions at stores like Target. Have you ever tried a PB2 product? That peanut butter that’s a powder form since the fat has been removed. That’s what it tastes like inside the dark chocolate exterior. It’s missing that melt in your mouth texture and the creaminess of the peanut butter isn’t there. Not my favorite treat at all.
Wannabe Vegan: 4/10 ~ Omnivore: 4/10
Happy Halloween y’all!