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Classic Candy Review: Hershey’s Skor Bar

Categories: Candy,Candy Reviews,Chocolate Candy,Classic and Retro Candy




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There were only two reasons my sister and I went grocery shopping with my mother. One: we were kids and we had no choice, and two: if we didn’t smack each other, fight over the lunchbox merits of Shark Bites vs. Fruit Wrinkles, or knock down an entire display of Pop-Tarts while playing “Supermarket Sweep,” we’d usually get to pick out a candy bar on our way through the checkout aisle.

My sister was predictable: she always went with Ouch! brand bubble gum. “It’s band-aids, but gum!” she’d say, clearly excited about the crossover. (She’s a professional chef now. I guess her eye was on fusion from the very beginning.) I’d usually go for something with peanut butter, we’d have to grab a Butterfinger for my older sister, and Dad liked the old school Hershey bars. My mother had her favorite as well: the often overlooked, under appreciated, and overshadowed toffee masterpiece known as the Hershey Skor Bar.

As a kid, I couldn’t figure out why my Mom liked the Skor bar so much. The bar was thin, the wrapper was boring, there were no peanuts involved (the horror!) and the name was… confusing. “Skor” apparently means “Shoes” in Swedish, and there is nothing delicious-sounding about a candy bar named “Shoes.”

As I got older, however, and discovered the wonder that is toffee, I decided to give the Skor bar a go for myself. I’m not sure if it’s possible to inherit candy bar preferences from your parents, but my mother was dead on in picking the Skor.

It’s a tremendous candy bar: a thin, crisp, buttery slice of toffee, coated in a soft layer of Hershey’s chocolate. The nice surprise about the Skor bar is Hershey’s decision to let their chocolate take a back seat, applying just enough to add to, but not overshadow, the marvelous crunch of the toffee. The toffee is firm and can be cracked into pieces, a delightful topping for any ice cream sundae and a highly recommended addition to any Death by Chocolate trifle.

The Skor is comparable to a Heath bar, which is also made by Hershey (and also a very good candy bar), though in my experience I’ve found that the Skor is a bit sweeter, more buttery, and has the better flavor of the two. The Heath vs. Skor debate is akin to Coke vs. Pepsi: some people can’t tell the difference at all, and some people have fierce brand loyalty. I recommend trying both bars, and deciding for yourself.

And if you happen to have trouble deciding between the two, ask your Mom what she thinks. Odds are, she’ll probably be right.

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8 Responses to “Classic Candy Review: Hershey’s Skor Bar”

  1. 1
    nelligan says:

    Are these like Dime or Daim bars, which I believe are Swedish as they sell them in Ikea over here in the UK.

  2. 2
    Margie says:

    I love Skor! And like you I like both Skor and Heath, but I can definitely tell the difference. One has a wee bit more chocolate than the other, and the texture and stickiness is different as well.

  3. 3
    ella says:

    Oh how I LOVE the Skor bar. I think – having purchased both a heath and a skor bar one day for comparitive research of course – I noticed one has milk? Or something different in the ingred. It’s been so long I’ll have to repeat the research ;P

    I agree – Hershey is wise and so good – to just put a thin glaze atop the decedant, rich and oh so yummy toffee…

  4. 4
    Julie Nicolay says:

    Ohh, the Skor bar! One of my favorites over the years and the one to come back “home” to after indulging in other toffee/chocolate combinations.

    Though he rarely ate candy, my Dad loved Heath bars. On the rare occasion that he’d get one, I got to have one, too. When I discovered Skor, I instantly recognized the difference and I did the unthinkable: I switched allegiances! Dad raised an eyebrow the first time I slid a Skor bar across the counter with his Heath, but I stayed the course and went with Sweden.

    I have a thing for that thinner, crispier and more-toffee taste of a Skor. I have a thing about thin-textured stuff (I love angel hair pasta, for example). Just wish the dang stuff didn’t get stuck in my teeth!

  5. 5
    Emily says:

    I knew there was a difference, but never could put my finger on it… It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who is curious about the wonders of candy!

  6. 6
    Katie says:

    Omg I just got to try a skor for the first time and I love it slot better then the Heath bar.

  7. 7
    Chocolicious says:

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhh!
    I just tried my first Skor bar today….it was AMAZING! It does have a buttery toffee flavor without being overpowering, and there is just the right amount of chocolate. This review is what initially made me decide to try one, and I am now inspired to sample all sorts of different/unusual candies.

  8. 8
    Chocolicious says:

    ok….yesterday I tried my first Heath bar, so now I can make a real comparison….Skor is WAAAAYYYYY better than Heath! The Heath bar smells like vomit….ew.

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