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I have not had chocolate candy bars for a long time.

There was a time when I stuffed my face with cookies and Tim Bits (doughnut holes from Canadian coffee shop Tim Hortons, for those who don’t know), but that stopped when I started caring about my health and weight in general.

So when I decided to take a walk down my gustatory memory lane today by enjoying a Coffee Crisp bar, let’s just say I had a knock-out punch from the deathly amount of sugar packed in that 50 gram bar.

A Coffee Crisp chocolate bar. A wafer containing coffee creme surrounded by a thin layer of chocolate. However, I only tasted the sugar.How on earth did I enjoy these things in the past? Really, you can’t taste anything besides the sugar! Sure, there’s that hint of coffee goodness, and a suggestion that there is actually chocolate somewhere in the coating, but the first thing that hit me was the sugar. Halfway through the bar, I didn’t even want to finish it — a shocking statement from someone who loves her chocolate and sweet things so much.

Perhaps I’ve been sensitized to large amounts of sugar since I’ve stopped regularly consuming junk food, or maybe it’s because I’ve grown to like dark chocolate too much to revert to candy bars. In any case, I don’t think I’ll be having another Coffee Crisp (or any candy bar, in fact) for a very long time.

(Image courtesy of candywarehouse.com)

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I’ve discovered that eating cookies with creme filling always requires some sort of work.

For example, eating Oreos requires pouring yourself a tall glass of milk and getting your fingers wet as you dip the deliciously unhealthy cylinders of sugar/flour/shortening into it. One should never eat Oreos without milk. In fact, I actually dislike Oreos without milk — they’re way too sweet that way.

But today, no milk or dunking was needed, as I was eating Fudgee-os. For those who don’t reside in Canada, these are basically Oreo cookies, but with a chocolate filling and a more chocolatey cookie. I find Fudgee-os awfully good…once the filling is scraped off. I’m not sure why I find the filling so disgusting — maybe it’s because of their stiff texture, or their mutated “chocolate” flavour, or the shocking amount of oil they leave on my fingers after touching them. Or perhaps it’s because it’s actually possible to peel the filling off the surface of the cookie with your fingers neatly, so that you have an almost dent-free perfect circle of sugar, shortening, and artificial flavour to…uh… Well, to throw away, in my case. I’m not sure what one would want to keep that stuff for, anyway. The fact that this “creme” can keep its shape so well proves that it’s not what it claims to be.

But then again, we can’t expect real, quality ingredients when we buy cheap, commercial cookies.

In any case, once the filling is removed, the Fudgee-o cookies actually taste wonderful — a crumbly texture matched with a slightly bitter chocolate taste. Sure, they’re no match for a bar of Lindt Excellence 70%, but they’re not bad when you just need something to nibble slowly on.

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