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Taste test: ice cream candy

Serving size one sandwich one bar 26 pieces one bar
Calories 250 180 240 280
Fat/Fiber 13g / 0g 9g / 0g 24g / 0g 19g / 1g
Sugars/Sodium 24g / 150mg 20g / 70mg 20g / 80mg 18g / 130mg
Carbs/Protein 34g / 3g 23g / 2g 30g / 2g 22g / 4g

It's not enough for our favorite candy bars and treats to come in various sizes, manufacturers are now making sure many of the brands come frozen as well. This week, we asked four trick-or-treaters to sample the frozen versions of some popular candies to see how they stack up against the candy they hope to find in their bags tonight.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent


Ice Cream

Milky Way

Simply Caramel Ice Cream Bars


Peanut Butter

Ice Cream Cups

Judges liked the smooth texture of the ice cream in these M&M cookie sandwiches. "This is easy to eat and you can really taste the M&Ms," said one panelist, who added, "It's easy to eat and not too messy." Another judge said her favorite part was the cookie. "It's really pretty good," she said. The cookie was the star of this treat. One said, "It's a soft cookie with creamy ice cream — what's not to like?""This looks exactly like a Milky Way bar that is frozen," said one judge. "It has a whole lot of caramel and a good amount of ice cream." This was the favorite pick from one judge who loved the caramel. The others said the caramel was too heavy. "It tastes like a Milky Way with vanilla ice cream in it," she said. "I think it has an aftertaste," said one nonfan.Nestle Crunch lovers on our panel liked the appearance and texture of these bits. "These look just like a chocolate crunch bar," said one judge. "I think they are super, duper yummy," she said. "This is what I like. I would definitely buy them because they have a perfect vanilla and chocolate twist." Another said, "They are crunchy and creamy but leave you wanting more."These didn't look a whole lot like candy peanut butter cups, but one bite gave away their origin. "They taste exactly like a Reese's with peanut butter ice cream, but not as good as an actual Reese's," said one judge. Another said he liked it better because of the ice cream, saying, "These are delicious. You can really taste the peanut flavor and the chocolate is crispy."

they buy?
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Shopping information$4.99 for a 24-ounce box of six sandwiches from Publix.$3.28 for a 12-ounce box of six bars from Walmart.$4.99 for a 22.7-ounce package of 140 bits from Publix.$3 for a box of six,

3.3-ounce cups from Publix.

Panelists: Amy Fagan, St. Paul Catholic School in St. Petersburg; Alex Valadie, Northside Christian School; Maxwell Overton, St. Jude Cathedral School; and Julia Saunders, Shorecrest Preparatory School.

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