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Product Review & Giveaway: GoMaxGo Foods Vegan Candy Bars! | GreenGut Wellness

Product Review & Giveaway: GoMaxGo Foods Vegan Candy Bars!

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I don’t know about you, but before I went vegan, I loved candy bars.  There’s something about going down the grocery checkout aisle, especially as a kid, and treating yourself to a gooey, chocolatey treat that you know is terrible for you but tastes darn good anyway.  Or maxing out your pocket money on after-Halloween sales.  Or after-Christmas sales, after-Valentine’s-Day sales, after-Easter sales…

Yes, I ate a lot of candy.

I still enjoy the occasional bit of dark chocolate, but being vegan and lactose intolerant, those grocery aisle impulse buys and post-holiday sales are out.  Unfortunately, none of those old favorites are even the last bit vegan.  If you’re jonesing for an old-fashioned candy fix, you’re out of luck.

Except that you’re totally not, thanks to Go Max Go Foods.  If you’re not familiar with them, they make some of the most amazing vegan candy bars ever.  Each of their six varieties is a blast from candy past, sure to catapult you back to those days of grabbing an Almond Joy or Milky Way at the checkout and begging your mom to pay for it.  The awesome folks at Go Max Go sent along a box of these chocolate delights for me to gobble try, and I’m happy to share the results of my taste-testing.

The breakdown:

Buccaneer is your bar of choice if you miss 3 Musketeers.  First of all, it has a pirate flag on it, and what’s not to love about pirates?  Once you  get past the cute wrapper, there’s a whole bar of fluffy, rich chocolate to enjoy.  It tastes exactly like I remember 3 Musketeers, only more dense and with a lot more chocolate flavor in the filling.

Jokerz is what you want if you like Baby Ruth bars.  Inside the rice milk chocolate coating, you’ll find stacked layers of nougat, caramel, and peanuts for the perfect combination of smoothness and crunch.  And boy are these suckers smooth.  With the way they taste, that you’d expect them to be heavy, but they’re actually quite light.  No post-candy stomach aches here!  (ETA: Some commenters have pointed out that these Jokerz are similar to Snickers…how I forgot about all the Snickers bars I used to suck down is beyond me!)

Mahalo will satisfy even the most staunch Almond Joy lover.  I can say this with certainty because I shared one with my omni, meat-and-potatoes Dad who I’ve watched scarf down Almond Joy like they’re going out of style, and he loved it.  The coconut filling is smoother and a bit sweeter than Almond Joy, and the almonds are big.

The purple wrapper on Twilight doesn’t hide Edward Cullen; it’s covering the vegan version of Milky Way!  The nougat isn’t as creamy as that in Buccaneer, but the flavor is just as good.  Along with the caramel, it makes for a creamy center that balances well with the chocolate coating.  I’d take one of these over a shiny metrosexual vampire any day.

Cleo’s were recently voted the favorite by VegNews in a vegan peanut butter cup taste test, and with good reason.  They bear absolutely no resemblance to Reese’s except in shape, and that’s a good thing because they’re way better.  Both the chocolate and peanut butter are so creamy and smooth that the entire peanut butter cup practically melts in your mouth.  It’s also good thing that these come in a two pack rather than those bulk bags of Reese’s you can get around Halloween.  Because if there were bulk bags of Cleo’s, all us peanut-butter-loving vegans would be comatose in happy sugar comas.

And, last but not least, there’s Snap, a personal favorite of mine.  Anyone who knows me can tell you of my obsession with all things crispy and chocolatey, to the point where I used to request entire bags of crispy M&Ms as a Christmas stocking stuffer.  But Crunch bars were my ultimate weakness, and thanks to Snap, I don’t have to miss them any more.  Creamy rice milk chocolate plus bits of puffed rice equals one happy vegan!

And did I mention that these bars are all 100% vegan with no hydrogenated oils, trans fats, or artificial ingredients?  They’re not exactly health food, either, but they’re way more than a step up from all the things you’ll find in a grocery checkout aisle.  In fact, I’d love to see someone do a blind taste test between these bars and their non-vegan counterparts.  I’m betting Go Max Go would win, hands-down!

If I’ve got you craving chocolate, then you’ll be happy to know that Go Max Go Foods is so awesome that they’ve got a box of six candy bars, one of each variety, waiting for one lucky QV reader!

How to Enter:

Leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite non-vegan candy bar used to be and if you’ve found a comparable vegan version yet!
Entries will be accepted until 8pm EST on Wednesday, November 16th.  Good luck!

ETA: The company can only ship within the US, so only US residents are eligible.

Giveaway is now closed!  Good luck to all who entered!  Winner will be notified by Saturday, November 19th!

You can also follow Go Max Go on Twitter to see what they’re up to!


About the Author:

Sam has been eating a plant-based diet since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of plant-based food. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a graduate of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Program. She is a former member of Toastmasters International and was awarded a Competent Communicator designation for public speaking. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read and study the Bible, play silly card games and knit socks.
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  1. sarah g  November 11, 2011

    My favorite nonvegan candy bar was the hersheys cookies n cream bar. Unfortunately I’ve never found a vegan alternative to white chocolate. =\

    • Sam  November 11, 2011

      I loved those, too! Also the cookies & mint, which seemed to disappear after a while.

      I think there is vegan white chocolate out there, but I haven’t found it yet, either.

  2. VegAnn  November 11, 2011

    I used to love Almond Joys + Mounds … I’m dying to try the Mahalo! Someone should make a vegan Junior Mint. I’ve done the homemade Peppermint Patties vegan and they are ahhmazing.

  3. Becca  November 11, 2011

    I loved Snickers and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I think that Jokerz comes pretty close to Snickers!

    • Sam  November 12, 2011

      You’re right! I somehow forgot about Snickers, which was remiss of me. I used to eat a lot of them, including the short-lived peanut butter ones.

  4. Ashley  November 11, 2011

    I would have to stay what I miss most is the peanut butter twix , i haven’t found a replacement yet.

    • Sam  November 12, 2011

      Oh man, ME TOO. I was a Twix monster. I know there’s a caramel Twix recipe on VegWeb, but I’ve never seen a PB one…

  5. Emma  November 12, 2011

    Oh my these all sound incredible. I’m a Brit so I don’t know if I’m eligible to enter but it’s worth a shot. The young me was a sweets fiend..in fact I didn’t really eat real food! Eek. We don’t have all the same choc bars but I always loved snickers- the caramel, the nougat, the nuts! I’ve not found an equivalent but I’ve seen some homemade healthier versions which I’ve been thinking about trying like these http://vgan-jar.blogspot.com/2011/10/raw-snicker-bars.html

    • Sam  November 12, 2011

      Ack, I forgot to put this in the post…the company can only ship to the US, sorry. 🙁 I’ve edited it to reflect that.

      I used to love snickers, too! In fact, somewhere I have a (non-vegan) recipe for cookies with a bite-size Snickers in the center. Perhaps those need veganizing…

      Thanks for sharing the link!

      • Emma  November 12, 2011

        Aw bummer. Never mind. I guess I’ll give those homemade snickers a go!

  6. Noelle (@singerinkitchen)  November 12, 2011

    Reese’s and twix oh and Mounds. I have not found a vegan version for twix so… I totally want to try these bars! thx for the giveaway!

  7. Katie of Vegan Noms  November 12, 2011

    Omigosh, I remember at Halloween I would section off all of my Reese’s cups and savor them only after I’d eaten all of the other crappy candy… The best sugary, sugary childhood memories. I was so psyched to see the creation of Cleo’s and would love to win a bite!

    • Sam  November 12, 2011

      I used to try and carve a hole in the middle of Reese’s with my teeth. XD When I was really little it worked pretty well! I think one of their commercials showed a kid doing it so I had to give it a shot.

  8. Kelly Garbato  November 12, 2011

    I’ve been allergic to milk my whole life, so haven’t tried very many non-vegan candy bars. Growing up my favorite was Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews, the dark chocolate variety of which is accidentally vegan!

  9. Tiffany  November 14, 2011

    I used to eat a good amount of chocolate prior to go vegan, too. Twix and 100 Grand were among my favorite bars (haven’t found store-bought replacements yet), but what I really miss are peanut M&Ms.

  10. Lindsay  November 15, 2011

    I loved butterfinger and i would say the closest i have come to it is chick-o-stick

  11. VeganWheekers  November 15, 2011

    I loved Twix too. Always bought it from the school vending machine as an afternoon pick me up. 🙂

    • Sam  November 16, 2011

      It sounds like we should petition Go Max Go to do a vegan Twix next. XD

  12. ella  November 15, 2011

    Butterfingers are my favorite non-vegan candy bar, though I have not found a vegan version.

  13. Cee  November 16, 2011

    My favorite non-vegan candy are Whoppers. I have searched for those, but I haven’t yet found a vegan counterpart. I may just not be looking that hard …

  14. Elisabeth @CzechVegan  November 16, 2011

    I used to like Milky Way and Mars, thankfully I found Twilight bars 🙂 czech.vegan (at) yahoo.com

  15. Kimberley  November 16, 2011

    I had somewhat of a obsession with Snickers, Glosette Peanuts & M&M peanuts – notice a peanut theme:) No replacements yet, but I recently tried Cleo’s and it was yum delicious!!

  16. Tanya Rothe  November 16, 2011

    I have been doing the gerson therapy from home and have recently (today) decided to go vegan to better my health and my planet. My favorite candy bar was always peanut butter cups or snickers and have yet to find any organic or vegan candy anywhere until seeing this site.

    • Sam  November 16, 2011

      Dark chocolate can be “accidentally vegan,” like some varieties of Newman’s, Chocolove and Endagered Species. I also recently tried Alter Eco and it was pretty amazing. Go Max Go is my favorite when I want a “classic” candy bar, though!

      You might also want to give NaturalCandyStore.com a look…they have a LOT of vegan and allergen-free candies.

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