THE CANDY MAN
Your favorite sweets get a healthy makeover
It should come as no surprise that the Halloween and/or hurricane provision candy you may will consume tonight isn’t exactly healthy. But try telling that to a 13-year-old. That’s exactly what Nicky Brooner’s parents did--but instead of reacting the way we might have at that age, Nicky took the candy industry into his own hands.
Unreal Candy was created by the now 15-year-old Nicky and Australian chef Adam Melonas in an effort to “unjunk” America’s best-selling sweets. Just think--your beloved Snickers bar with no corn syrup, no partially hydrogenated oils, no GMOs, no artificial flavors or preservatives and 40 percent less sugar. Sounds ambitious, but does it taste good?
Surprisingly, yes. Unreal has replaced many of its competitors' ingredients with natural, responsibly sourced foods like cacao, real caramel and fresh peanuts (the Candy Coated Chocolates with Peanuts taste seriously nutty). They even compare their own candies to natural fruit sweeteners: You’d never guess that there’s almost as much sugar in half of a grapefruit as in the Peanut Butter Cups.
Halloween guilt? What Halloween guilt?