Candy is lively, bold and beautiful. Loaded with FD&C certified colors, it comes in bright hues of blue, orange, green, yellow, and red. Is it possible to have beautiful shades of candy without the FD&C colors? Instead of using certifiable “man made” colors, Unreal™ uses “exempt from certification” natural spice and vegetable extract to color their candies. Unjunked™ touts:
- No artificials
- No hydrogenates
- No corn syrups
- No preservatives
- No GMOs
The ingredients listed are:
Milk Chocolate (chocolate, skim milk, cane sugar, cocoa butter, milk powder, organic blue agave inulin, soy lecithin, vanilla extract), cane sugar, calcium carbonate, colored with(beetroot juice, turmeric root extract, purple cabbage juice) gum arabic, vanilla extract, carnauba wax and beeswax.
To this mom,candy coated chocolate, is still junk food (food with little nutritional value). The small amount of milk powder and organic blue agave inulin, redeems it some. Inulin was mentioned in one of my earlier posts http://flavorscientist.com/2012/04/27/nature-valley-100-natural-protein-chewy-bars-review/. Besides sweetening properties, inulin, a polysaccharide is a fiber source and probiotic.
The story of Unreal™ involves a Food Science Professor in the UK and a chef in Spain. http://getunreal.com/our-story/ Unreal™ chocolate has a European profile and tastes of cooked milk. My daughter describes this taste as caramel chocolate and loves it. She also likes the colors of the Unreal™ candies and prefers their red to M&M Mars red. Check out her video review at http://youtu.be/aliTVWiwRb4
Usually, I like new foods and looks, but chocolate coated candies are a classic that I depend on being unchanged. Unreal™, I like what you are trying to do, but find it ordinary. Make it extraordinary and give us a unique candy to enjoy; so I don’t have to compare it to a tried and true classic candy.