Roundy’s Milk Chocolate Almond Bar


It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a candy review, in fact, I may have last done one in an issue of Psychotherapy zine published (on paper) back in 1993. No matter…. you’re here for a candy review, and that is what you shall get!

Today we’ll be looking at the Roundy’s Milk Chocolate Almond Bar, and we’re going to try our best not to make too many direct comparisons to the classic HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate with Almonds Bar.

But who am I kidding? The “Roundy’s Milk Chocolate Almond Bar” is a direct competitor to the “HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate with Almonds Bar” in every respect. Think of the Roundy’s version as the “generic equivalent” that is cheaper, and maybe not quite as good…

Roundy's Milk Chocolate Almond Bar
Here’s an image courtesy of our desktop (candy) scanner.

Besides the design, which I find a bit uninspiring, you’ll notice that between the 3 samples, the amount and distribution of almonds varies wildly!

The first bar has 5, while the second has 4 1/2, and the third is the jackpot with 4 1/2 almonds on each side! This is the one you’ll want to break in half to share with a friend. Doing so with number 1 or 2 would leave either you or your friend seriously lacking in almonds.

As for the chocolate itself, I’d rate it as “ok but not great” and if I compared it directly to the chocolate from the fine folks at HERSHEY’S, I’d probably be more disappointed.

As for the actual ingredients and the “Nutritional Information” label? I don’t even look at those, because if I did, I wouldn’t be eating either of them.


Trick or Treat Observations

I took the kids Trick or Treating over the weekend. Below are some observations (well, rules really) I came up with afterwards…

  • If you are old enough to drive, maybe you shouldn’t be trick or treating.
  • If you have to tell the person you are talking to on your Motorola RAZR to “Hold on” so you can say “Trick or Treat”, maybe you shouldn’t be trick or treating.
  • If you need to pull a wagon with 2 six packs of beer in it, maybe you shouldn’t take your kid trick or treating.
  • If you are not wearing anything that is recognizable as a costume, maybe you shouldn’t be trick or treating.
  • If you are going to complain about the candy you get 2 seconds after you get it, you don’t deserve any candy.
  • If you are a female below the age of 21, you should have your parents approve your costume.

Besides all that, we had a blast. Most people have some common sense which helps them navigate Trick or Treating, so I really can’t complain too much.

Pirate #1Kitty CatsPirate #2Kitty Cat

I love the people who get so into it, they recruit every member of their family to be part of the show on the front lawn, either working the elaborate set, or dressing up like a maniac, or pretending to be a live pumpkin head… Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. There’s no baggage involved, it’s pretty much just about fun.