The list of delicious dairy-free products keeps on growing, and the latest addition really takes the cake. Or should I say, candy bar? Go Max Go candy Bars will make you forget about those processed corner store selections.
Each of the Go Max Go Candy Bars is made without artificial ingredients, hydrogenated oils, and high fructose corn syrup. And to top it off, they are completely vegan! Yes, caramel and “milk” chocolate without dairy and nougat sans eggs. Seriously, I never thought I would see the day, but here it is.
Tasting Notes for Go Max Go Candy Bars
We had three taste-testers on our initial group, myself (strictly dairy-free), Tony (also dairy-free, but for general health), and Stacy (not dairy-free or vegan, our most impartial judge). Hannah of Bittersweet and Sarena of The Non-Dairy Queen also trialed a few of the bars and offered their feedback.
Mahalo (think Almond Joy)
Something compelled me to select this bar first, and it turned out to be an excellent choice. We all loved it. I haven’t had an Almond Joy in a while, but the inside tasted a bit chewier (almost like caramel) than what I remember. Yet it was perfectly “coconut” and spot on for sweetness. The almonds tasted incredibly fresh, and I really loved the rice milk coating. It was a sweet treat compared to the usual dairy-free options of dark chocolate. I felt like a kid again eating Halloween candy!
Tony said, “It tastes like an Almond Joy but better. The coconut has a smoother finish. I find Almond Joy’s to have a slightly harsh taste from the “chemicals” used. They taste more processed than this.” He agreed this one had a slight caramel like flavor and texture, but the whole bar really worked for him.
Sarena shared this bar with her husband, and he liked it better than the original! He said, “it tastes fresher and more like real coconut.” She even caught him telling other people about this bar!
Twilight (think Milk Way)
Okay, I love(d) Milky Ways, so this one hit home with me. Chewy and packed with flavor, it was a definite winner. The nougat isn’t as fluffy as the processed stuff, so the texture of the caramel is dominant. I remember pulling chunks of chocolate right off the top of the nougat, but can’t do that with this bar. Nonetheless, the flavor is spot on and the sweet indulgence of it all is over the top.
Tony said, “This is just like a Milky Way! They have really knocked these bars off nicely.”
At this point, Stacy chimed in to give her opinion on both the Mahalo! and the Twilight. “I’m liking these better than the name brand ones, these are really good!”
Hannah said “the dense, chewy, almost creamy nougat is very sweet, but still possesses a good chocolate flavor.” She thought the smooth, milky chocolate coating was quite prominent, but that it all married harmoniously with the deep, burnt sugar notes of the caramel.
Buccaneer (think 3 Musketeers)
If you are all about the rice milk coating, go for this one. A layer of soft and chewy nougat is enrobed in a very thick coating of rice milk chocolate. I loved it as a serious contrast to dark chocolate, but some may find it too sweet.
Tony said, “It’s good. Sugary … but that’s why I like it.”
Stacy said, “Yeah, it was really sweet, but I still loved it!”
Hannah elaborated, “Somewhat top-heavy on the chocolate coating, the thick exterior gives way to an intensely sweet and chocolatey nougat. Absolutely delicious, but akin to taking straight frosting shots. This bar is for the serious sweet tooth only!”
Jokerz (think Snickers)
This candy bar shares some serious caramel love with a thin milk chocolaty coat. As mentioned, their nougat is slightly chewy, but with a nice light chocolate and caramel vibe. Consequently, it blended almost seamlessly with the very thick layer of what I called “the perfect caramel”. It was really good (as evidenced by how fast the bars disappeared), but seemed to have fewer peanuts than a Snickers bar. I really wanted more peanuts in there. And it would definitely need more peanuts to win over my Snickers-loving dad.
Tony thought it was good, but not the best one. I had to leave Stacy’s sample for her, but when I returned she exclaimed with big eyes, “I just got done inhaling that candy bar! It was good, but I do think there is a little too much caramel.”
Hannah thought there were plenty of peanuts. Perhaps her bar had more. “Packed full of chewy, sticky caramel sprinkled with ample amounts of fresh-tasting peanuts, one bite is an intense taste sensation. A good hit of salt brings out the high notes in those crunchy nuts and rounds out the whole flavor profile.”
Snap! Candy Bar (think Nestle Crunch)
I was the only one of our tasters who sampled this particular bar, which is scored into perfect nibble-sized chunky squares. Just two squares at time seemed to satisfy thanks to their sweet, milky chocolate. Plus, it was dotted with the perfect amount of brown rice crispy crunch to keep things interesting.
Cleo’s Peanut Butter Cups (think Reese’s)
Don’t expect to find an identical vegan replacement for those Reese’s cups here, but do expect to find an amazing peanut butter and chocolate dessert! Do you remember those days of dipping chocolate bars in the peanut butter jar? Come on, I know my sister and I weren’t the only ones doing that! These Go Max Go Candy Bars are really like that. Each bite is a true all natural peanut butter meets chocolate experience. The milky chocolate coating is super thick, and sweeter, but perfectly tempered by the slightly savory, soft and almost gooey peanut butter filling.
The Facts on Go Max Go Candy Bars
Certifications: Go Max Go Candy Bars are Certified Vegan and Non-GMO Verified.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Go Max Go Candy Bars are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, vegan / plant-based, vegetarian. Select varieties are made without gluten, nuts and/or peanuts. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit Go Max Go’s website at www.gomaxgofoods.com.
Special Allergen Note
Like most chocolate products, Go Max Go candy bars are made on shared equipment with milk chocolate products. They do clean between batch runs and this is a vegan product, but there is a risk for trace cross-contamination, which could be a concern for those with severe milk allergies.
This warning is only being included on this product review at the request of a consumer (whose child had a reaction to these chocolate bars). When severe milk allergies are a concern, caution should be taken with ALL packaged foods, not just this one. Many products, even dairy alternatives without the voluntary “may contain” statements, are made on shared equipment. It is always up to the consumer to evaluate the cleaning processes to decide on the safety for their needs. Go Dairy Free is not affiliated with these companies and cannot report on the safety of any food products for your individual needs.