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(Caramel and Maple flavors)
OFFICIAL SNACK REPORT
Sanctioned By WASAW Snack Committee
Reviewed By: Paddy O'Poppycock
Location: Old Time Candy
OFFICIAL NAME OF SNACK:
Price: $0.89 each
DESCRIPTION OF SNACK:
SSI RATING (SNACK SATISFACTION INDEX - 1-10): 7.0
UPSIDE: There is something very satisfying about biting into a Bun. It's not necessarily the taste, although there's nothing wrong in that department. I think it comes down to the fact that Bun seems like a candy you could make in your kitchen if you really wanted to... but you know you've just saved yourself the time, effort, and mess by ripping open a Bun. It's the one candy bar you actually feel superior to given its sloppy appearance, and yet you respect and admire it at the same time.
Props to the peanut and chocolate combo that make up roughly half to two-thirds of the candy.
In fact, it almost pained me to write that Bun looks like a cow pie in the Description area above. Sounds rather juvenile, and you would think such an image would turn one off to the candy. But it doesn't. Bun is what it is, no apologies. Ugly, thrown together haphazardly, with a real sweet center. Like me during my college years.
First 4 Ingredients - Caramel
So... it appears that peanuts hold a bigger role in the caramel version.
Like other recent types of candy purchased at OldTimeCandy, Bun is hard to find. And as good as Bun is, it's not life-changing. And, ultimately, not worth scouring the country to find another.
Very well done. Simple, yet enticing. You have no idea looking at the packaging what a messy looking candy blob lies waiting for you inside. (Warning: Actual candy may scare young children, the elderly, and uptight cityfolk.)
DO YOU RECOMMEND THIS SNACK? (YES/NO - EXPLAIN):
Yes. Again, though, given its rather limited distribution, should you finally come across a Bun and consume it, you may be left with the same feelings I had - good snack, but I don't necessarily need to go out of my way to find it again.
That said, if another Bun should suddenly show up at my doorstep, I'm not going to hesitate to invite it in for dessert.
YOU HAVEN'T MENTIONED THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BUN'S CARAMEL AND MAPLE FLAVORS YET. WHY NOT?
I think we're all adults here, are we not? We've all had caramel and we've all had maple flavor? Basically, it's what you're into. All Bun are nearly the same until you hit the sweet center - which, because of all the peanuts and chocolate, is actually located near the bottom of the candy. (Bun is a very top-heavy candy - I could say it's the Pam Anderson of chocolate bars, but then, I've already said Bun looks like a cow pie, and Ms. Anderson does not fall under that category.)
One interesting note - the caramel version appears to have a higher number and concentration of peanuts. The maple version includes much more maple than the caramel version holds caramel. I'd be curious to learn why (a little highly-sweetened caramel goes a long way, perhaps?), but not curious enough to pick up a phone and find out.
Do I have a preference between the two? I'm originally from Northern New York, just miles from Lake Placid and Vermont. So I'm a big maple fan. And Bun does right by maple fans. Bun Caramel ain't bad, either, and there are more peanuts, which I love. I may lean slightly toward the caramel, but give them both a try. Just don't go waving them in front of young children.
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