I like it when something really different and interesting comes along. So I was delighted when I was looking on the shelves of CyberCandy to find what I can only describe as one seriously weird bar of chocolate. The Necco Skybar. I’m guessing that most readers won’t have heard of it before- I certainly hadn’t before I found it. It’s essentially 1 bar of chocolate with four pieces. No so unusual I hear you shout? But each piece here is a different flavour. So it’s a single bar, with four different flavours to it. Odd.
It isn’t quite unique. Cadbury have a similar kind of product available in Australia I think called the Snack. That bar has FIVE flavours (got to get me one of those one day!) in different pieces, beating even this for wackiness. But it is Necco’s Skybar that I’m reviewing today, so I’l stop talking about Cadbury’s Snack. This was a 42g packet and I left CyberCandy’s shop about £1.30 lighter for my troubles.
So…what is it? Well it’s described by Necco (the New England Confectionary Company) as “4 flavours in milk chocolate.” Suitably ambiguous right?! The four flavours are- as you can see from the plastic wrapper- caramel, vanilla, peanut and fudge. All flavours that I really enjoy and therefore a real find for me personally.
I loved the novelty of it. It is thinking outside the box to use an already overused cliché. Chocolate companies are expected to produce bars of uniform flavour. Necco buck that trend with the Skybar, in fact this isn’t just a bit quirky- it’s a radically different way of looking at chocolate bars as a concept. Why do we eat bars which are the same flavour throughout? Why can’t it be different?
I thought that the wrapper rocked. It’s loveably retro, and felt like I’d bought a bar from the 1970’s. The font is suitably ‘old timey’ (an elegant description I know haha) whilst the logo looks like it was around when logos were born into existence. It’s likable though- it’s got a charm to it that many modern bars lack. The Skybar actually has character… you look at some recent releases like Cadbury’s Big Race bar. I mean, (if you’ll pardon my French) what the f**k even was that? THIS on the other hand, has that little bit of identity.
Necco’s Skybar smelt amazingly confusingly bizarre. It’s easy to pick up on each individual element at the same time, meaning that you get caramel, peanut and intense vanilla notes all going on (the fudge…not so much). I didn’t smell any milk chocolate at all- just the powerful scents from the other components. But it was seriously cool- there is a staggering amount of variety and it smelt delectable if extremely sweet.
So first we had the fudge piece. The fudge was soft and slightly chewy, and had an almost toffee like flavour to it; with a pleasant and warming taste of burnt sugar. I liked the fudge section of the Skybar- it had a decent strength of flavour. The chocolate was a little more bland though.
We also had the peanut piece. I had expected this to be filled with peanut butter akin to a Reese’s bar, but it was a very strange texture- more like a half-set and half-runny fondant icing. This was initially very sweet in flavour, before leaving an acceptable albeit slightly bland nutty aftertaste.
Penultimately was the (very obviously) vanilla piece. I wasn’t such a fan of this- it had the same fondant icing-esque consistency to it, but the sticky white filling was overly sweet with just a little bit of artificial vanilla flavouring coming through. It looked and tasted a little like the fondant centre to a Cadbury’s Creme Egg.
And finally we had the caramel quarter of the bar. This was incredibly sweet once again, but did have a hint of buttery flavour to it which was not bad. Continuing my Cadbury’s comparisons, this really did taste like those Golden Barrels that you get in tins of Roses. The texture was just slightly more grainy but the flavours were similar.
Overall, as a novelty bar, Necco’s Skybar is one of the funniest and most smile-inducing products that I’ve ever eaten. It certainly isn’t gourmet or classy (far from it) but I liked eating it and the child inside me was beaming with happiness! The peanut and fudge components are nice, the caramel is passable whilst the vanilla….yeah, not the best. I’ve eaten many bars of chocolate which taste better than this.
But as a treat, and something a bit (well, alright RADICALLY!) different to what I’d normally eat, the Skybar hit the spot. I wouldn’t buy it regularly because I think part of its success is linked to its novelty value. But I would thoroughly recommend trying it to anyone who has a fun side, and likes sweets that will put a smile on their face!