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Nestle

Feb
11



Yorkie Bar Wrapper

“NOT FOR GIRLS!” cries the wrapped of this infamous candy bar. It’s made by Nestle and sold only in the UK, as we folks in the US obviously don’t know how to take a joke, especially when it’s written on a candy bar. I’d seen this bar around for a long time, but had never actually eaten it. I liked to point it out to friends, we’d all have a good chuckle over it and we’d move on. For me, Yorkie bar was not something to eat, but more of a humorous thing to stumble across in the store from time to time.

Considering how my boyfriend brought this one back to me to review, well, I had to finally sit down and give it a taste. I should have stood my ground and told time he’d have to try it for me, since you know, I am a girl after all.

The bar is really unremarkable in many ways. Taking it out of it’s wrapper it’s really just a big, thick bar that’s segmented into 5 pieces. It’s a good bite for each piece, and I can’t understand how that’d be considered “manly”.

The chocolate is a nice medium brown, creamy color. It has a subtle sheen and smells sweet.

The chocolate is hard to eat because it’s so thick. It’s very sweet with lots of caramel, creamy, milky flavors to it. The overall effect is a very rich milk chocolate. It does deliver a nice chocolatey flavor that’s faithful to that standard dry milk UK chocolate flavor. It’s just a fatter, thicker Cadbury Dairymilk in a way. Nothing noteworthy at all and I guess it boils down to how big you like the size of your chocolate bar.

Remember girls, bigger is not always better.

Rating: Not Worth It

 

Not Worth It

Links  Nestle Website

 


Feb
05



Nestle Walnut Whip

I’ve heard tales of the infamous Walnut Whip. Many love it and consider it a very overlooked confection, others say it’s really nothing noteworthy. So when I was presented with a pair of Whips, I was excited to try them and see where I stood in the great Walnut Whip controversy. Would it be as good as some claim? Or as blah are many insist?

This Walnut Whip is the vanilla flavor (there’s others?) and comes in this cute, bright blue, upright standing package. The wrapper describes it as “Milk chocolate whirl with a vanilla fondant cream center”. Sounds tasty!

As soon as I open it up it smells of the iconic, sweet, Nestle milk chocolate. I was slightly disappointed to find that my walnut has loosened itself and had fallen to the bottom of the package.

Taking the candy out and placing the walnut on top where it should be. I admit, it’s a pretty funny looking candy. It reminds me of a beehive, a tall swirled mound. I first ate the walnut, alone. It’s buttery and fresh with that slight astringent taste from the skins. Then my first nibble of chocolate: it tasted sweet, buttery and of maple syrup. It’s nice and smooth with good flavors of cocoa and milk. It’s a sweet milk flavor and has no tang to it as British chocolate often does.

The vanilla fondant center is really fluffy, I was surprised by. I was expecting more of a thick, ganache center as fondants usually reads as heavy and thick in my mind. Instead, it’s light and fluffy like a nougat or marshmallow. The fondant is very sweet with the light vanilla flavor that is supplemented with notes of butter and hints of strawberries. It’s a little tangy and it’s very tasty.

I found the most enjoyable way to eat this was pick the walnut off the top and then bite into the chocolate at the peak. From there I lick out the fondant center and then eat the empty shell. Yes, I am aware that I’m weird.

Rating: Will Eat Again

 

Will Eat Again


Jan
20



100 Grand Package

100 Grand, that’s such a rich name for a candy bar. Ha ha, get it? I remember always liking these bars, and I really remember coming to appreciate them fully in Fourth grade during a week at summer camp. It was the one food that I could stomach as I was wrought with anxiety from being away from home for such an extended period of time. 100 Grand was there for me when my parents weren’t.

The premise behind this bar is pretty simple: rice crispies and caramel covered in Nestle’s milk chocolate. Kinda like a different shaped and pumped up with caramel Crunch bar, really.

 

100 Grand

There’s many things that this bat has going for it. Firstly, I appreciate how the bar is two pieces, rather than one. It allows for a more slow and satisfying eating experience. Especially since I’m more apt to eat a single bar much faster in one fell swoop. The two pieces keep me front doing that.

The texture is extremely chewy. You really have to work this one. The first bite is immediately crispy from the rice and then you hit the very dense caramel. The flavor is mildly sweet. I get a little caramel flavor, a little chocolate and a little malt. Overall, I’m underwhelmed. It’s not as flavorful as I remembered.

A good example on how memory and circumstance can make a candy taste better. To be fair though, I still enjoyed it.

Rating: Might Eat Again

 

Might Eat Again

Links:
100 Grand Bar Website


Dec
24



Kitkat Black Sugar Spring 08 Package

I love Japanese Kit kats. Even though my review history hasn’t shown it, I do keep up with all the new flavors that are released, almost obsessively so. I have a pretty big backlog of these, I assure you. Getting a timely review of them up, considering the quantity of Kit kats that I have and the ones I’ve yet to taste, make it a very difficult endeavor. So I hope you don’t mind that when I review these flavors that some of them may be unavailable. Unless you look on eBay, of course.

So, all that aside, these were a release from this summer. They’re Kokuto “black sugar” flavor and they come in this giant bag filled with mini, two-fingered bars. Now, you may be wondering what “black sugar” is, and it’s an easy thing to not know about unless you’re into regional Japanese foods. Okinawa produces a special kind of sugar, the very black sugar that’s flavoring these Kit kats, and it’s similar to brown sugar. This black sugar contains lots of minerals and is considered a very healthy, and tasty, sugar to eat. You can easily find hard candies made from this special sugar, and I am ashamed to say I have not yet tried them.

 

Kitkat Black Sugar Spring 08

The base of these Kit Kats are white chocolate, which I feel is a good decision since I don’t want heavy flavors to overpower what flavors the black sugar may impart. The bars are attractive as Kit kats always are.

As for the flavor? It tastes of molasses. Thick, blackstrap molasses. I’m a big fan of molasses, so I’m immediately addicted. The rest of the bar is the tried and true Kit kat, with crisp wafers and a nice balance of chocolate to wafer.

I love the flavor, and these are great with a nice cup of tea. I wish I had gotten more.

Rating: Will Buy Again

 

Will Buy Again

Links
Japanese Kit Kat Webpage


Oct
14



Nestle Violet Crumble

My sister discovered this bar during her freshman year of college and kept begging me to try one for the longest time. I finally did and though this was a few years ago, I still remember being impressed by the texture and flavor of the honeycomb center. I think it was my first experience with the stuff.

I was really interested to see how this compared to the Cadbury Crunchie I had earlier. The bar was already cracked when I opened it, so I immediately took a look at the cross section. There’s no burnt sugar stripe in the center like in the Crunchie, which is a defining feature in my opinion. The texture is lighter and crispier and doesn’t have the foamy melt in the mouth.

As for the flavor, it’s sweet and has a really good burnt sugar caramel flavor that’s reminiscent of how a perfectly toasted marshmallow tastes on a graham cracker. There’s also a subtle smokiness to it (perhaps why I’m thinking marshmallow) that’s very addicting. The coating is unfortunately mockolate, and therefore it doesn’t add any chocolate flavor but instead more sweetness. The mockolate also provides a cool, smooth texture contrast to the crunchy center.

Half way through the bar I started to get the sugar throat burn, which is unusual for me. The sweetness started to take precedence on my taste buds. Still, that smokiness followed through in the aftertaste and kept me interested enough that I finished the bar.

If I had to choose which honeycomb bar to eat next time, I’d rather have choose a Crunchie.

Rating: Might Eat Again

 

Might Eat Again

Links:
Violet Crumble Wikipedia Page

 


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