November 4, 2012

National Candy Day

"There's nothing as cozy as a piece of candy and a book." - Betty MacDonald

It's National Candy Day!

Sponsored byGo Max Go

I come from a long line of candy lovers. My grandfather used to keep a Tupperware container of sugar-free chocolates under his couch and would offer us - when he thought no one was looking - one piece of our choice. My mom has been known to keep chocolate in the back of her freezer and throw it at unsuspecting people when they're least expecting it, but needing the pick-me-up the most.

A couple years ago my mom was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Because of how MS affects the brain and the initial medication she was taking, certain foods she once loved started tasting bad to her. Unfortunately, chocolate was one of them. She explained to me that it smelled like dirt and tasted like gritty sand. A pretty heartbreaking blow to a woman who used to end her night with a handful of chocolate covered raisins or a peanut butter cup.

The point is: good vegan candy isn't just a blessing for those of us eating a more compassionate diet. We've found overtime that my mom can actually eat it as well, without it adversely affecting her body or just tasting weird to her. So today she and I are celebrating with Go Max Go, all-natural vegan versions of old-timey favorite candy bars.

Go Max Go combines great taste, good sense, sweetens it with compassion, and offers really incredible chocolate options that are dairy, egg, hydrogenated oils, trans fat, artificial ingredients, and cholesterol free. The company was named after the family's dog, Max, who taught them that life should be about big love, having fun at every opportunity, and not worrying about tripping when you're chasing after your dream.

... I love this company.

And I love that I get to celebrate today in a way that both my mom and I with our unique diets - one by choice and one for medical reasons - can indulge on.

Jokerz (think Snickers)
IT TASTED JUST LIKE A SNICKERS! I really wasn't expecting it to be so similar. Actually, it was better than a Snickers, because it had a much creamier chocolate coating and an incredibly stronger peanut taste.

Twilight (think Milky Way)
"This is a great candy bar, but it doesn't taste like a Milky Way," my mom commented. "It actually tastes better. The nougat isn't as squishy... I like that!"

Buccaneer (think Three Muskateers)
I'm not sure in a taste test I would know the difference. Kudos to Go Max Go for being able to replicate these candy bars so effortlessly!

Mahalo (think Almond Joy)
I didn't realize Go Max Go made an Almond Joy-esque candy, so it was a pleasant surprise for me to bite into this one. I thought the almonds were a little soft, but overall it was a beautifully crafted piece of chocolate. It didn't taste artificial at all (you know, sometimes I feel like candy bar companies do something to coconut to make it taste like an amped up version... I want the real stuff, not a hyperflavored one that I know came out of a lab, and Mahalo's deliver BIG time!).

SNAP! (think Crunch)
Both my mom and I thought it had a bit of a weird rice milk aftertaste.

Cleo's (think Reese's)
This is the one I was most looking forward to trying and in the end was my favorite. Both my mom and I agreed that it tasted less like a Reese's and more like a supremely rich, decadent chocolate/peanut butter fudge. I literally had to cut my Cleo into four pieces to force myself to ration out the epicness (as opposed to shoving the whole thing in my mouth which is what I really wanted to do). So. SO. Good.


Thumbs Up (think Butterfinger)
I feel so lucky that Go Max Go sent me a pre-production prototype of this new candy bar. I was so impressed that it had the same crunch and consistency as a Butterfinger. It was creamy and, in the words of my mom, "a total peanut butter dance in my mouth!"

If you need a chocolate fix, Go Max Go is available for purchase online, but also in stores throughout the world. Check 'em out on Facebook and Twitter for more information!

Happy National Candy Day!

Disclaimer: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer. Opinions expressed are totally my own and are NOT in anyway influenced by monetary compensation. Logo used with permission of company.