Review: Pop Rocks Mega Bar – Part II

I previously reviewed the Pop Rocks Mega Bar and concluded that it was the worst candy bar I had ever had, partly because the chocolate was crap. Well, some anonymous person contacted me with a profanity laced tirade about that review. They must have been a huge fan of the Pop Rocks Mega Bar because they said my review was crap and my blog sucked. Who knew people would get so upset about a candy blog? Anyway, I figured I’d give the bar a second chance because the first one I tried was admittedly not very fresh and maybe with better, fresher chocolate, the product would be decent. I had serious doubts, but I tried to keep an open mind.

Pop Rocks Mega Bar wrapper

Structure
A 6-segment, molded bar of milk chocolate with Pop Rocks mixed throughout.

Pop Rocks Mega Bar cross-section

Texture
The consistency of the chocolate is okay, but I don’t really like how thick the bar is though. It makes it rather hard to bite through. It would be better if this bar were about half as thick as it currently is. But the chocolate is of course, not the interesting part of this candy bar. The Pop Rocks are. At first, they feel just like regular crisp rice pieces. After a couple of seconds though, their carbonated properties become noticeable. Maybe others enjoy the fizzy, popping sensation, but it’s too much for me. If it only lasted a few seconds, I’d be okay with it. Instead, the popping lasts for a while though and moves down your throat as you swallow. It’s just a really odd sensation.

Taste
The Pop Rocks are completely flavorless, so the Mega Bar tastes like a plain milk chocolate bar.

Verdict
The second time tasting the Pop Rocks Mega Bar was a little better than the first, but only because I knew what to expect this time. That didn’t really help me like it any better though. I think the biggest problem is that the Pop Rocks themselves don’t have any flavor. I actually like strawberry flavored Pop Rocks and think those might work well with chocolate. I came across a review of the Chuao Firecracker Chocolate Bar, which also uses popping candy, but has better chocolate and some other flavors. I’m interested to try Chuao’s version out and see if popping candy belongs with chocolate after all.

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4 Comments »

  1. hswo said

    I believe you. I am super curious to read the “profanity-laced tirade.” Can you post it? Please?!

  2. acsla said

    I thought the chocolate on these was slightly better than some other pop rocks confections. But I agree, I’m intrigued by a strawberry pop rocks with quality chocolate.

    Christopher Elbow also makes a pop rocks bar and it was pretty good. (Dark chocolate.)

    Wonka does some things called Tinglerz which are crisped rice and pop rocks clusters with a pretty good overall effect … but again, substandard chocolate.

    The Chuao was far too spicy for me, but that’s a personal preference.

    Pop Rocks also makes a candy cane (peppermint) version that would also be an excellent pairing with dark or white chocolate.

  3. cybele said

    Dang, I’m signed in as another account … this is Cybele from Candy Blog. (Yes, I’m also a whale watcher.)

  4. Kevin Vigneault said

    @hswo – I deleted the message. I totally should have saved it. I don’t know what I was thinking.

    @cybele – I was thinking about candy cane Pop Rocks too. That may work. I think I might have to do an experiment and make my own Pop Rocks candy bars using good chocolate and strawberry and peppermint Pop Rocks – in different bars of course.

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