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Mar 21, 2017

Review: Trader Joe's - Sponge Candy

Trader Joe's Sponge Candy features a type of sugar candy covered in milk chocolate.

An 8-oz package was $3.49.

While "sponge candy" might make you think of something soft, airy, and squishy like a marshmallow, it's actually a toffee-like confection with a texture somewhat like a pumice stone and named for how the candy looks rather than any sponge-like quality. It also might be better known as honeycomb candy and is more popular abroad under brands like Crunchie and Violet Crumble.

Unlike those brands which come in bars, Trader Joe's version come in irregularly-shaped nuggets, which doesn't make for much of a difference other than the occasional thicker side of chocolate. The pieces also came in various sizes.

The chocolate was smooth, creamy and pretty standard. The sugar candy was very light and crispy but also a little hard and with a bit of sticky chewiness to it. Flavor-wise, it was sweet with a light caramel note so that it's mostly the chocolate that comes through.

While I was a little disappointed it wasn't like cotton candy covered in chocolate like I'd half-hoped from the name, Trader Joe's Sponge Candy was nice enough if like your chocolate with a crackly center but not too much heft.

Nutritional Info - Trader Joe's Sponge Candy
Serving Size - 1/5th of package (42g)
Calories - 190 (from Fat - 70)
Fat - 8g (Saturated Fat - 5g)
Sodium - 160mg
Carbs - 29g (Sugar - 24g)
Protein - 2g


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