PayDay Candy Bar
PayDay Peanut Caramel Bar

PayDay Candy Bar:  It's not bad, but it's not chocolate.

Have you ever opened a package thinking you knew what was in it?  And been very surprised by what was really there?  Yup, wouldn't be the first time for me either.  So I bought this chocolate PayDay Bar to put on my chocolate candy website. 

You can imagine my surprise when I opened the package and there was - no chocolate! 

Well, nobody's fault but mine!  (Just like the rest of life.)  Had I read the label, I would probably have noticed the complete absence of cocoa, cacao, or chocolate anywhere in the ingredients list. 

Although, I did see on Google that a number of people searched for "chocolate payday candy bar." So at least I'm not the only one who was confused. Actually there is a chocolate-covered version - it's called PayDay Chocolatey Avalanche. But later on that.

What we have here is a bar of soft caramel encrusted with peanuts, mostly in the form of half-peanuts and mostly encrusted on the outside of the caramel.  The wrapper is plastic and glued shut, so it has an excellent chance of surviving a trip to the bottom of your cooler.  And no chocolate to melt, run down to the lower end of the wrapper then resolidify. So this could be a good choice for hot weather it you're not seriously in search of a chocolate fix.

PayDay qualifies as an inexpensive salty-sweet snack with reasonable taste, nutrition and price in the budget category. I paid $1.19 for this 1.85-ounce 240-calorie bar.  For comparison purposes, that works out to $10.29 per pound.  Definitely towards the low end, price-wise.

Nutritionally?  Sugar is not the first ingredient, peanuts are.  However, the second and third ingredients are both sugar ("sugar" and "corn syrup").  So although we can't be sure from the label, there's a good chance that, combined, sugars are really the main ingredient.  The bottom line?  Probably mostly sugar, with a good amount of peanuts.  Likely to give you that quick energy boost.  The good news is the peanut content will stretch your energy boost out a bit.  And reduce the hours-later sugar crash that can be more intense when candy is almost all sugar.  Plus, there is none of the dread "hydrogenated" in the label.  Overall, don't eat a lot of these (too much sugar) but an occasional one can give you an energy boost when you need one. 

I'm giving this my personal score of 2.9 out of 5 stars for Overall Enjoyment, 3.3 for Nutrition, and 3.5 for Value. Keep in mind this is just my personal opinion.  Your mileage may vary, and there's no accounting for taste.

Now you know what a PayDay candy bar is (and isn’t).
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