Look! Candy Bar

Look! Candy Bar

There aren't many candy bars that incorporate punctuation into their names.  In fact, I can't think of any off the top of my head.  (For some reason I thought that the Whatchamacallit bar ended in an exclamation point, but that turned out to be wrong.)  Not counting apostrophes (used to indicate the possessive, as in "Reese's Peanut Butter Cups," and as an abbreviation, as in "Hershey's Cookies 'N Crème") the only one I could scrounge up is the Oh Henry! Bar.  

In doing my research for this review, I learned that Look! bars are related to Big Hunk.  In fact, a Look! is merely a Big Hunk with a chocolate coating.  This horrified me, because I have a childhood horror of the Big Hunk bar.  It's one of the few candy bars I detest, although as a childhood preference, I really feel that it behooves me to re-examine that belief.  

I was also intrigued to learn that both Look! and Big Hunk are West Coast-only candies.  Take that, East Coast!  Having basically lived my entire life on the West Coast, I just took these candies for granted.  One assumes that the things one encounters every day are also everyday items elsewhere.  But obviously, this is not always the case.

Nevertheless, in this world of sameness, where everything is marketed and distributed and sourced and globalized and televised and homogenized, it's endearing to find things that are still truly local.  

As for the candy bar itself, Look! Was originally manufactured by the Golden Nugget Candy Company, which invented it (along with the Big Hunk) in the 1950s.  It is now owned by the Annabelle Candy Company, which is a family-owned candy company based out of California.  Annabelle also produces the U-No, Rocky Road, and Abba Zabba candy bars, all of which are also endearingly historical.

As for the candy bar itself, I liked it even though I am not a huge fan of nougat.  This is, as previously mentioned, one big brick of nougat with a chocolate coating.  There are peanut fragments stuck in the nougat, to give it a little bit of body and crunchy texture.  The nougat has a definite honey taste, and reminded me of a Bit 'O Honey candy.  

Nougat is one of those strange, indefinable substances.  It's like a taffy that can be snapped in half.  How does that work, exactly?  The physical properties of nougat often distract me from the pleasure of eating it.  

(Incidentally, I couldn't help but research nougat.  I still don't really understand what it is, but I found a food blogger who made some incredibly beautiful nougat candies.)

Overall, the effect was surprisingly similar to that of a Heath bar.  In fact, if you made me take a blindfolded taste test, I'm not sure I would be able to tell the difference between them.  The toffee in a Heath bar tastes more like butter than anything else, and the nougat in the Look! Bar tastes like honey and peanuts.  Texturally they are almost identical.