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Choceur Milk Chocolate Peanuts Candy Shell (Aldi)

Aldi’s Choceur line generally serves up some delicious chocolates for the price. But, outside of a couple noteworthy exceptions (their peanut butter cups chief among them), the one area they seem to falter is in their copies of mass-produced candies. It’s like they can’t quite get the generic quality of mainstream chocolates down-pat. (Further reading: Check out my review for Choceur’s “Legends Mix” to get individual rundowns of several of their attempts.)

So when I saw they were offering peanut versions of a candy that shares the name of a white rapper, I was both enticed, and skeptical. Would this be yet another failure in the Choceur cannon? Or would this one rise up above its peers to be a shining example of what the private label chocolatier can do?

The first thing that I just have to point out: What in the hell is up with the name? I mean, it’s pretty evident just from the color scheme the product they’re trying to copy. But “Milk Chocolate Peanuts Candy Shell” seems very…lazy. It’s not even “Milk Chocolate Peanuts in a Candy Shell,” which would still be annoying, but at least more descriptive. “Milk Chocolate Peanut Candy” would probably have sufficed. But enough about grammatical issues; let’s move on.

One thing that immediately gave me some hope is the price: $2.99 for a 3-pound bag. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If the price is too-good-to-be-true, then it probably is. Here, the price is nowhere near low enough to insinuate a low-quality product, but also isn’t high enough that you might as well just get the name brand. It hits that perfect price point.

An image of blue, green, red, yellow, and brown Milk Chocolate Peanuts Candy Shell, from Aldi
A little more pastel and less bold than the name brand.

Opening the bag and we immediately get our first difference: the colors. They’re just not as bold as the national brand. That’s not to say that they’re off-putting, but they seem almost pastel-like. Again, it’s just a cosmetic issue – and one that can be expected of a private label knockoff – but something I felt is worth mentioning. Choceur also resisted the temptation to stamp each one with a letter, which is a trademark of the original candies. That would have been kind of cool seeing a “C” on each one, but alas, all we get are plain, solid-colored candies.

Texturally, these are pretty much the same, with a tough outer shell giving way to a softer chocolate interior that also houses a single peanut. It has a very similar crunch and chewability: Even the peanut in the center has the same kind of texture as the real brand, with a softness that matches the chocolate, making it all too easy to eat in large quantities.

Thankfully, all of these similarities also translate to taste: These are pretty much exact copies of the national brand candies. The flavor pretty much matches it to a “T”, with that famous flavor of low-grade chocolate mixed with a single, solitairy nut. The saltiness of the nut gives it that classic mix of sweet and almost savory…I mean, this is essentially half of a basic trail mix all in one small package.

Unlike their peanut butter cups, which take a classic candy and improves upon it tenfold, this one is content with sticking to the original. In other words, it’s not going to win anyone over who’s not already a fan of the national brand. But for those who are looking to get a familiar flavor at a good price, this should check all your boxes.

Overall: 8/10. I actually wish they would have changed the recipe up a little but, but these are excellent copies of the candies that share a name with a white rapper. The texture is pretty much exact to the national brand, as is the taste, which is that expected mix of low-grade chocolate with a peanut. The $2.99 price tag (for a 10.7 oz. bag) isn’t record-breaking, but it’s about a dollar cheaper than buying the original. Choceur’s candy knockoffs are usually more miss than hit, but this is a fantastic “hit” that will appease fans of chocolate peanut candies.

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