The U-No Bar

The U-No is basically the indie version of a 3 Musketeers bar.  In fact, I have always assumed that the name was a sly play on the theme - instead of three it's just one, or "uno."  Although I could just be over-thinking it, because the dash in the name indicates that it's probably meant to be pronounced "you know."  

As you might expect from the small producer's version of a big corporate product, the U-No is considerably better than its counterpart.  The chocolate filling is smooth, not gummy in the fashion of a 3 Musketeers.  You could not, as I did with the 3 Musketeers I sampled recently, pick off a chunk of the filling and roll it into a little rubbery ball between your fingers.  

The chocolate is more convincingly chocolatey, whereas the 3 Musketeers has that sort of bland waxy taste.  The overall effect is one of creaminess, like one of those little chocolate cream candies from a Whitman's sampler writ large.  In fact, the Annabelle website describes the U-No as having "a truffle-like center."  

Maybe this is as good a time as any to confess that I don't really have a good handle on the meaning of the word "truffle."  There's the truffle fungus, of course.  And truffle chocolates were originally said to resemble the fungus - small, round, dark, and crumbly-looking.  The problem is that "truffle" gets used as an all-purpose term for anything the manufacturer wants to come across as luxurious, decadent, or (more to the point) slightly more expensive than you would expect.

Of course, as long as we're comparing the U-No to the 3 Musketeers, it must be admitted that the U-No has 17 grams of fat, whereas the 3 Musketeers has only 6.  The added fat surely helps the dreamy texture of the U-No bar.  But it makes me think that the 3 Musketeers saves on fat by recycling art gum erasers into filling.  

There are little bits of texture sprinkled throughout the U-No bar.  In perusing the ingredients list I find roasted almonds listed.  These are just the tiniest flecks of almond, maybe half the size of the bits in a Toblerone bar.  They flash past as you nosh, leaving just enough of an impression to catch your attention.  Just a little something to keep you on your toes.

Of all the west coast-only candies, the U-No bar is one of the easiest to obtain.  I regularly see them at Safeway and other grocery stores, although they are often consigned to the less-popular corners of the candy end cap.  (Whenever looking for interesting candy, I always scope out the lower right and lower left hand corners.  That's where they hide the weird stuff!)  

U-No bars were created by the Cardinet Candy Company sometime around the Great Depression.  Cardinet was bought out by the Annabelle Candy Company in 1978, which continued their manufacture (as well as another Cardinet success, the Abba Zabba).  The Annabelle Candy Company, which describes itself as "one of the largest independently owned candy bar manufacturers in the United States," also makes Rocky Road, Big Hunk, and Look! Bars.  

Seek them out!  Buy more!  Indie candy foreva!

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Synthetrix

I love these. One of my dad's favorite candy bars. I get mine at Fry's Electronics. Yum!

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Anonymous's picture

Anonymous

THIS IS THE WORST REVIEW I HAVE EVER READ. THIS CANDY BAR IS DISGUSTING. I HATE MYSELF FOR EVER EATING ONE!!!!!

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Snacky

SINCE YOU ARE SHOUTING, YOU MUST BE HARD OF HEARING SO I WILL RECIPROCATE.

IF THIS IS THE WORST REVIEW YOU HAVE EVER READ, THEN YOU MUST NOT GET AROUND MUCH.  AND IF YOU HATE YOURSELF FOR EATING A CANDY BAR YOU DIDN'T ENJOY, I DON'T HAVE MUCH HOPE FOR YOU.

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U-No bars are definitely not the sugarblasted bombshells that North Americans are used to. They are more subtle, and are an acquired taste to some. But they are treasured by hundreds of thousands of people, like myself. One thing I really appreciate about them is that they haven't "modernized" the original recipe.  They're the same as they were when I was a lad forty years ago.

U-Nos are the best!

 

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Anonymous's picture

Anonymous

17 v. 3? Ouch.

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Anonymous's picture

Anonymous

oh my gawd, its so gross.  it tastes like chalk...into the trash you go, see ya never U-NO.

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Robin

I grew up in Oakland and these are the BEST! When I get homesick, it is for U-No bars, Golden West tamales, Casper's hot dogs and Emile Villa's barbequed ribs!

 

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Bookemdano

u-no bars are one of my favorite candies. Love em!

I also get mine at Fry's, as many other stores don't carry them.

Great review, and for those who hate u-no bars, that's good, more for me!

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Lisa

I grew up in Oakland, too, and I love U-No bars.  When I was in graduate school on the East coast, my boyfriend used to mail them to me!

U-No bars taste a bit like ice cream--except they aren't liquidy.

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2hot 4 u-no's

I don't care what anyone says these are and have been my favorite candy bar for so many years its not even funny.. now that I live in FLORIDA I can't get them they don't even know what they are here!! they don't even know what a Safeway's is here!! they should make them come in a refer truck to get them down south for us transplants!!!!  And its not nice you cutting one of them in half and showing it like that it makes me want to lick the screen!!! *insert very large pout arm folded look here!*

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