Big Hunk used to be one of those candy bars that I’d see on the shelf and always pass by. That was obviously before I knew any better! For those of you who are unfamiliar with this candy gem, Big Hunk is a long bar made of honey sweetened nougat that is generously studded with whole roasted peanuts. My mouth is already watering.
I remember the first time I tried a Big Hunk. I had seen it on the shelf at my local Ricky’s Candy Store. I recognized it right away, since it was mentioned several times in Steve Almond’s book Candyfreak. I didn’t buy it since the label says it contains peanuts and I tend to dislike nuts in my candy.
After leaving the store though, Big Hunk remained in my mind and I found myself again at the store a few days later for the sole purpose of buying one to try. I am so glad I did too! Big Hunk is just amazing! The nougat is sweet and the salty peanuts set it off perfectly. It is tough to eat as most hard nougats are, so expect to do a lot of chewing. Thankfully it isn’t a hard chewy, and it’s still safe for us with fillings in our teeth.
On the back of the wrapper there’s even instructions on how to eat the Big Hunk in case of a “snack attack”. One way is to heat it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds to soften it up a little for greater chew. Or you can whack it again your favorite hard surface (annoying siblings and ex-boyfriends/ex-girlfriends are discouraged) to crack it into little pieces. I love how long it takes to eat too. It’s something you can save for after dinner and easily have it last through your favorite show.
Currently Big Hunk is made by Annabelle Candy Company out in California. They acquired it from the Hollywood Brands back in the 1970′s. Another cool fact about Big Hunk is that it is one of the only bars on the shelf today that can claim “Low Fat” on its label; only 3 grams per 2 oz bar!
So next time your craving something salty/sweet, peanutty, substantial, or you just want a really good candy bar, then pick up a Big Hunk. So good, it definitely wins the Candy Addict Awesomely Addictive award.
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