Big Cherry Candy

Big Cherry Candy

With surely one of the most descriptive names in candy-dom, the Big Cherry is a lot like a cherry Mountain Bar, but with the addition of an actual maraschino cherry inside.  Aside from the cherry, it's virtually identical, and I would challenge anyone to tell the difference in a blind taste test.  (I mean, if you surgically removed the cherry, I guess.)

The cherry turns out to be superfluous, if not actively gross.  Cherry is my least favorite flavor of Mountain Bar, and the idea of sticking a maraschino cherry - complete with some of the fluid - was a total turn-off.  I didn't realize that was the deal until after I had already bought it, so I forged ahead.  The roots of my teeth still ache at the memory.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.  

I'm one of the few people who openly appreciates cherry cordial candies.  But this is like a cherry cordial wrapped in a crème filling and covered with a pile of chocolate and peanut fragments.  I cry uncle!  I probably would have loved it when I was a kid, but I just don't have the insulin for something like this at my advanced age.

Maybe I'm just finding more excuses not to like this thing, but it packs a huge caloric wallop into a tiny package.  Weighing in at a mere 50 grams (1.75 ounces), it clocks in at a staggering 230 calories, including 10 grams of fat and 31 grams of carbs.  

Another interesting thing that I learned about Big Cherry is that if you cut it open to take a picture, it leaves sticky little bright pink dabs of filling all over your photo studio set-up.  Hm.  But in contrast with the Strawberry Milkshake Whoppers I recently tested, the filling of a Big Cherry is indeed the exact same shade as the wrapper.  

Big Cherry is made by Adams & Brooks, a family owned candy company based in Los Angeles.  Adams & Brooks also makes P-Nuttles, Coffee Rio, and Cup 'O Gold candy bars, among many others.  These should all be recognizable to West Coast residents, but I'm not sure of the market penetration farther east.  

Adams & Brooks started during the Great Depression.  The eponymous Brown & Haley (makers of the Mountain Bar) met in 1908, and launched the first Mountain Bar (then called the Mount Tacoma Bar) in 1916.  So as to the question of who's ripping off whom,  I'm going to say that Adams & Brooks is ripping off the Mountain Bar.

Of course, they have been ripping it off for so long that it's hard to get worked up about it.  This is a scuffle that happened back in Abe Simpson's day, when wearing an onion on your belt was the fashion at the time.  But still, I like to back the Mountain Bar, and not just because it's a local favorite.  I would have to put them up against each other back-to-back, but my memory is that the cherry Mountain Bar isn't as potently sweet.