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Of course, there is no chicken in Chick-O-Stick, which is actually a flaky mixture of peanuts, corn syrup, sugar, and coconut. So why the name? Even Atkinson, the Texas-based company that produces the candy, isn't sure. Its website states that "the real answer [to the origin of the name] has probably been lost in our corporate history," then speculates that the toasted coconut on the outside made the candy resemble fried chicken. Um....sure!
Ignoring the chocolate coating of the Butterfinger, the innards are similar to the Chick-O-Stick in that you're working with crisp layers of flaky, peanuty candy. With the Chick-O-Stick, you can actually see the ribbons of peanut butter that run throughout the stick:
The Butterfinger is the more delicate of the two, with a more refined, buttery flavor. The Chick-O-Stick is denser and, especially as it ages, has a tendency to become stick-in-your-molars chewy after the first couple of chomps. But barring any major texture problems with an aged bar, the flavor is lovely: a combination of peanut and light coconut with a hint of salt to balance out the sweet.
We like the old-fashioned feel of this chocolate-less bar and are partial to peanut butter variations, so the Chick-O-Stick is a-okay in our book.
Would we eat the whole thing? Done and done.
Would we purchase again? Of course.
Rating: 4 out of 5