Thursday, January 5, 2012

Heath vs. Skor


In two days time we're going to look at some chocolate covered English toffees in time for the "National English Toffee Day" on January 8th.  But today we're going to look at two readily available check out line "toffee" candy bars here in the USA.  We're calling this our "Heath vs. Skor" match and if the response is good, maybe we'll do more of these comparisons in the future, Sisters and Brothers, so leave a comment and let us know what you think.




I saw Heath more often when I was growing up.  Externally the bar is covered with milk chocolate with movement drips along the top.   The bar measures 5 X 1.25 X 0.25 inches.  Inside it is a light hard center with pieces of almonds visible.  It has cocoa butter and chocolate both but also dairy, added oils, soy, and of course tree nuts.  One bar has 200 calories the bulk of which are sugars (23g) and saturated fats (7g).  This is very crunchy and the almond flavor is quite strong, easily overpowering the milk chocolate with the buttery tang the secondary flavor.  From a chocolate perspective, very disappointing.

The Skor bar is the same in terms of looks and even dimensions.  The inside is darker in color and there are no visible nuts even though the nuts are listed.  This bar has a stronger chocolate scent.  It has the same basic ingredients minus the palm oil.   This has 10 more calories, twice as much cholesterol but 5mg less sodium and 1g more sugars than the Heath; otherwise they are pretty much identical nutritionally speaking.  Biting into it reveals a few almond piece and a burst of much more buttery flavor.  The chocolate is a bit stronger in terms of tastes but still sinks into the background.

Both bars are made by Hershey so why do they need two bars?  One, the Heath, calls itself a "English Toffee Bar" while the Skor called itself the "Crisp Butter Toffee" even though it has a crown on the wrapper.  Both were 1.4oz when I bought them and the same price even.  Result is that both aren't particularly good in terms of chocolate.  The Skor is more for butter lovers, the Heath more for almond and tangyness.  So pretty much what the wrappers say minus the strong chocolate that being first in their descriptions implies.

37 comments:

sweets said...

Never had a Skor and didn't realize how alike the two are. Good comparison.

Pauline said...

Well you've educated me yet again, as a visitor to the states I didn't realise English Toffee was so different to what we have here with nuts etc. I am working my way through various brands so I'll try and get to these :-)

TheChocolatePriestess said...

In terms of English Toffee we might be best off to get it from an English company?

Thank you both for reading and commenting. I wonder what you thought of the toffee we looked at on Saturday after this post?

Gary said...

Why wasn't Butter Brickle included? Man I my old!

TammyJo Eckhart said...

Is Butter Brickle a brand? I always heard it as a type of candy.

These were the two brands I happen to find in the stores back when I did this review, Gary.

PrincessVashti said...

I like Skor far better. The chocolate is stronger, no palm oil. I felt the toffee was prominent too. Now I want one. lol

TammyJo Eckhart said...

Hi, Princess Vashti, I'm so glad you found our blog. I appreciate your comments and I hope you come back and keep reading and giving us your opinions.

Downstrike said...

The name Skor, and the crown featured on the Skor wrapper, are Swedish, so I assume that it contains the Swedish version of toffee. Knowing of the Norse influence on the British isles, I would guess that the English learned toffee-making from them.

TammyJo Eckhart said...

Hey, Downstrike, that's an awesome comment! Very interesting to know this. Thanks so much for reading and letting me know that fact.

David Holland said...

Skor is my favorite between the two as a bar by itself. However, if you are using as a topping, the broken pieces of Heath really are the real deal. Skor is the Swedish version of the two bars and really gives a better chocolate offering than Heath, but neither I could consider a chocolate bar.

TammyJo Eckhart said...

Hi, David, thanks for commenting. I'm amazed that almost two full years after this post that folks are still finding it.

We cover everything with chocolate here on The Chocolate Cult, David. I hope you'll keep reading.

Esco Esco said...

Heath for MVP!!!!!!! GREAT article!

TammyJo Eckhart said...

Another comment in the same day, two and a half years after the article went live? Crazy! How are you all finding it?

Chrysla said...

I always liked them both. I bought some Heath bars today for a recipe for a friend and just wondered what the difference between a Heath and a Skor was. I searched for Skor vs. Heath and this site came up.

As an aside, I would like to see this site find some good vegan chocolate. I had to go vegan because of a medical condition and good creamy rich chocolate has been a devastating loss.

TammyJo Eckhart said...

Chrysla,

Thanks for reading and commenting.

We don't sell anything so we get the products that companies send us primarily. We only did this particular post because we were in our first years and occasionally bought products and wrote about them.

We have covered several brands of vegan chocolate -- you'll have to dig around in our site to find them but you'll primarily be looking for darker chocolate. I'm not sure how much you'll find using the "search" feature and typing in "vegan" but you can give that a try.

Jeniffer Himelrick said...

I just ate both kinds of bars because I was curious about the difference. Then I found your blog. LOVED reading your take on the subject. Thanks for still having it up

TammyJo Eckhart said...

Hi, Jennifer. We start our 7th year at the end of this month, February 2015. I hope you go through the site and check out other posts we do. We post over 100 articles each year.

steven minix said...

I am eating a skor bar right now. I prefer heath. By the way I found this article on Google while searching for "heath vs skor" I noticed you were asking how readers still find this years after you published it. It seems to rank high. Good read.

TammyJo Eckhart said...

Thanks, Steven. Yeah I figured it was Google searches but I think it is kind of odd that out of all of our articles this seems to be the one generating the most comments.

Is this question a heated debate that goes on and on over the years?

I hope you check out our other pieces and leave more comments, please.

Charity Steve Boisseau said...

I don't think that Hershey has always owned both candy bars. I prefer Skor because it has better chocolate flavor.

TammyJo Eckhart said...

Wow, Charity, a four year old post... have you read our newer posts?

Unknown said...

I prefer a skor when eating just the bar. I prefer heath when i crush it and put it into my milk shake. Both are winners in my book.

TammyJo Eckhart said...

I could see the difference in how you use them. At ice cream, frozen yogurt, and frozen custard shops I see Heath listed not Skor, I figure it was a matter of business contracts but maybe it reflects the difference in how they are made, too.

Unknown said...

I found this while googling skor vs heath bar tp see what the difference was. It was the top entry on the list. I guess you're famous! In Ontario Canada the packaging is bilingual - english and french. The labeling on the skor bar is "Buttery Toffee Crunch Enrobed in Rich Milk Chocolate" which puts the emphasis on the toffee not the chocolate. In french that reads "Croquant de caramel au buerre enrobé de riche chocolate au lait". Perhaps that's how they picked 'enrobed' instead of the more common 'covered' in the english version.

TammyJo Eckhart said...

HI, Unknow!

We are read in 186 countries and have been around since 2009 so we've had time to build up a following. Hope you look around and keep reading and commenting.

Unknown said...

I'm all for skor. Legend has that he heath bars are exclusively for homosexuals, and I ain't no fag! Lol.

TammyJo Eckhart said...

That is not an appropriate comment and unnecessary. However it does not break the rules of our comments so I won't delete. But I want everyone who reads this post to understand that The Chocolate Cult welcome EVERYONE except for people who feel the need to try and denigrate others with rude or insulting comments. If it were not left anonymous, that commenter would be banned.

If this happens again, I will ban anonymous comments on the entire blog.

Unknown said...

Just enjoyed a Skor and wondered the difference. Thank you for the article and interesting comments.

TammyJo Eckhart said...

Thanks for commenting. I hope you look around our blog more and leave a few more.

sue said...

I like the flavor of the skor toffee better. It seems to have a more toasty flavor to it. I think I would like both bars better sans nuts.

TammyJo Eckhart said...

Thank you for commenting, Sue. Actually without the almonds it isn't true toffee by some definitions. My husband who has a tree nut allergy would join you in this wish.

Unknown said...

Just really started getting into this type of chocolate after my mother gave me some expensive toffee for Christmas. Wanted to know what the difference was and it brought me here. Good info. Wanted to comment and say hi to ya!

TammyJo Eckhart said...

I hope "unknown" comes back, reads more posts, and leaves more comments.

HonestEnd said...

No experience with Skor bars here, so I have to go Team Heath. Hmmm, maybe I'll try one today.

Also, I look forward to reading some of the other interesting articles on this site.

TammyJo Eckhart said...

HonestEnd, I hope you do continue to read, follow us on social media, and keep commenting.

RilakkuSara said...

I also found this article by googling "skor vs heath bar." From my experience, their respective popularities seem to be regional. I.e. My family has always enjoyed Skor when we visit my grandmother in Wisconsin, but a bit further south in Indiana, Heath Bars are more popular and easily found (I can only find Skor in certain convenience stores in IN). When we did a side by side taste test Skor won hands down because of the more rich and buttery taste of the toffee.
Finally I wanted to thank you for calling out that offensive homophobic comment. It was completely inappropriate and I appreciate you making clear that it's not ok.

TammyJo Eckhart said...

RilakkuSara, first, thank you for looking through the comments and noticing that homophobia comment and my reply. It was just out of the blue weird, wasn't it? What kind of person would even make a comment like that on a post about candy bars?

Second, thank you so much for sharing your experiences with these two products. While a google search brought you here, I hope you'll continue to check out our posts and leave more wonderful comments. We don't make much money with this because I want you all to trust we are being 100% honest about our experiences so comments "feed" us and give us energy to continue.