The Zero Candy Bar (currently produced by Hershey) is billed as “caramel, peanut and almond nougat covered with white fudge”. The first thing you’ll notice about the Zero (apart from the sleek silver wrapper) is that covering of “white fudge”– fairly unusual in the chocolate-dominated array of candy bars.
A sweet, almond aroma accompanies that first peek at the crisp, white candy bar.
I must admit to being a bit suspicious of “white fudge”. Sure, it looks interesting, but I’m not sure it adds much to the Zero experience– except a little more sweetness and a protective covering for the rest of the candy bar. The relatively soft white coating isn’t the star of this show, by any means. For that, look inside the candy bar.
The interior of the bar is made of up a thick layer of nougat and a much thinner layer of caramel. The Zero doesn’t seem to contain whole peanuts or large pieces of peanut. Rather, very small bits of nut add a little crunch and texture to the creamy, smooth caramel and nougat. The nougat is brown, but instead of tasting of chocolate (as you might expect) it has a sweet, malted, slightly nutty (almondy) flavor.
This candy bar is seriously sweet. If you don’t like serious sweetness, you’d probably do well to look elsewhere for your next candy fix. As for me, when I was growing up, the Zero bar was my mother’s favorite. I’ve concluded that I inherited my love the Zero from her.
These are dangerously easy to eat. You may find that you’ve gobbled down the whole thing without even thinking about it.