Nokyoung Xayasane
October 30, 2012

Candy That Isn’t Junk Food? Is UNREAL Candy for Real? (VIDEO)

Okay, like all of us, I love candy. Love it. I once ate a whole large bag of gummy frogs. I tried my best to remove the temptation. I put it in another room. Then I found myself just trekking back and forth between rooms. I tried putting it in a hard-to-reach drawer. But then I just awkwardly adjusted my body so I could reach the sweet sweet candy.

With Halloween just around the corner, there’s no doubt I will experience a raging sugar headache. So imagine my glee when I found out about Unreal candy.


Why Is It Not Junk Food?

According to the makers of Unreal, this is candy reinvented. The father-son duo of Michael and Nicky Bronner may have revolutionized candy as we know it. Yet what makes it not junk food, but “real food”?

There are no artificial colors and flavors, GMOs or preservatives. Gone are the main junk food ingredients of corn syrup and hydrogenated oils. There are more cacao, peanuts, caramel and nougat. Oh my. This seems almost too good to be true.

It Has Star Power But Is It Better Candy?

It’s also being hyped by big names like supermodel Gisele Bündchen and her handsome football hubbie Tom Brady. Actor Matt Damon and candy chef Adam Melonas are also championing the candy cause.

There’s also a cameo by big-time doctor Mark Hyman who wrote The Blood Sugar Solution. He lets viewers know that today’s candy isn’t what it used to be in the days of yore: “It’s got artificial colors, trans fats, processed foods.” But he also paints us a utopian future where candy can be healthier, tastier and won’t stretch your candy budget.

Does all this star power equal a healthier, tastier candy? The video shows research participants all vying for Unreal candy, but I think I might have to do my own taste test. Oh, the horror of it all…


Should You Give It a Try?

Trying new foods never hurt anyone. Well, unless you have a fatal peanut allergy or something. Then this isn’t the candy for you. It seems legit, and trying something that has less corn sugar and more protein and more fiber couldn’t hurt. Just because it’s healthier than normal candy doesn’t necessary mean it isn’t as tasty. Either way, you’re getting to eat candy. It’s a win-win situation.

Bonus: Besides the healthier side of Unreal candy, the company also gets some of its ingredients from smaller farming communities and obtains other ingredients in ways that prevent rainforest destruction.

And like all foods out there, it’s best to eat in moderation. Don’t go by my example and gorge on bags and bags of candy. Too much of anything can be a bad thing. As I can personally attest to with gummy frogs.

So, Unreal may be for real. Who would’ve thought.