Better-For-You Candy

In this season of gummies, candy corn and chocolate bars, imagine a world where your favorite candy didn’t contain corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, GMOs, artificial flavors and synthetic colors. That is exactly what Boston entrepreneur, Michael Bronner, and his now 15-year-old son, Nicky, did. Their mission was to unjunk junk food. The result? UNREAL candy, a lineup of five candies that contain 30 percent less sugar, 60 percent more protein and 250 percent more fiber on average per serving than the leading competing brands.
The father and son worked with Adam Melonas, an Australian chef with a Michelin-rated restaurant in Madrid, to create  candy recipes over the course of two years that cut the sugar and calories–but maintained the same great taste–as some of America’s favorite candy treats. After thousands of recipes, they came up with UNREAL 41: Candy Coated Chocolates, UNREAL 54: Candy-Coated Chocolates with Peanuts, UNREAL 5: Chocolate Caramel Nougat Bar, UNREAL 8: Chocolate Caramel Peanut Nougat Bar and UNREAL 77: Peanut Butter Cups. UNREAL uses only high-quality ingredients to create its products. The dairy, from example, comes from pasture-raised cows in New Zealand and California without antibiotics or added hormones while the treats’ organic palm kernel oil are from a responsible farm in Brazil. The traceable cacao beans are from farms in Ghana and Ecuador and, instead of synthetic dyes, natural colors are derived from the likes of beets and cabbage.
We were able to take a taste test of a few of the UNREAL ingredients. The candy-coated chocolates (both with and without peanuts) were similar to M&Ms but featured a more delicate candy shell. Though the shell is pretty tasteless in M&Ms, the UNREAL shell provided a bit of a fruity pop to the chocolate. The peanut butter cups were very similar to the Reese’s variety, making the UNREAL option a completely delicious and more healthful substitute to the popular Halloween candy.

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