Friday, June 22, 2012

Zero review

Today we've got a pretty unique review for you, its time to look at Hershey's Zero candy bar!

The Zero bar is pretty astounding right off the bat. I mean the wrapper makes it look like a crossbreed between a York Peppermint Pattie, and a tube of toothpaste, but what grabbed me most was the text. "Caramel, Peanut, and Almond nougat covered in White Fudge" ?!?!?!!? whoa! that's crazy talk. Is this a candy bar or some kind of exotic delicacy. I mean by all rights it shouldn't sound so peculiar, all of those ingredients are common enough, but to see them listed in a candy bar is... just totally unheard of. Seriously, there is not a single mention of chocolate here! I am more than a little excited to get into this bar.

As for the wrapper, its a bit silly, but hey it works, it's different, if a bit antiseptic. At least it plays into the "cool-ness" of a white bar. Makes me think of alpine skiing or something similarly cold.

So yes, unfortunately my particular bar got a bit crushed. I'm sure its not supposed to be all cracked and leaking caramel. That's just one of the hazards of eating a lot of candy bars... sometimes there are casualties. But looking on the bright side, I'm not going to hold it against the bar, and I'm even more fascinated to eat this thing now. Look at how much caramel is inside it!

Hopefully my bites wont be dry and drained of all the caramel...

Ok, so biting into the bar is... a very different experience. I guess my mouth is just so trained on milk chocolate bars after doing so many review that I'm not used to anything different, but even knowing what this bar is all about going in, I'm still caught off guard. The Zero bar's white fudge coating of course behaves totally differently than a chocolate coating would. Its got a bit more heft, a bit more chalkiness, and it break differently than chocolate. It'd definitely fudgy as well. A good blast of that is the first sensation when biting into the bar, followed by a complex mixture of a unique nougat texture as well. Seriously everything about this bar is just different. The nougat is totally strange as well. Its got the consistency of... homeground smooth peanut butter. Its a bit grainy. Where I was expecting chunks of peanut and almond, I'm met with whats closer to mixed nut paste, only with the stickiness you'd only find in a caramel infused nougat. This is very weird. Not bad, not great, just totally different.

I like this bar, its got real guts for trying something totally off the wall. I don't think its great, but maybe that's just my taste. Everything about it is unique, and that goes a long ways in my book. I don't think I'd seek a Zero bar out, but its definitely something I'm glad I tried.

Walking the Candy Aisle rates Zero - 4 / 5

The Zero candy bar is a product of The Hershey Company, please find out more right here.


  1. I love Zero bars, have for years. Your description is very accurate. I don't eat many candy bars any more, but Zero is one of the two I'll always grab if I find them. (The other is the Pearson's Salted Nut Roll, but that's for some other day.)

  2. Amazing. I exactly agree with the above comment. At 60 years old, there are only two candy bars I will buy now: The Zero bar, and a Pearson’s Salted Nut Roll.

  3. This is my fave candy bar. I guess that I have eaten so many chocolate-type bars that I like the different taste and texture. I bought some bars to give out on Halloween this year to add some variety to the treater's candy haul.

  4. My fav candy bar of all time!

  5. Also my fave candy bar when I am in the states

  6. Was my favorite many years ago. Today's doesn't compare. Not "nougat"y like it use to be.