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Any regular readers of my reviews will be well aware by now that I have a love of all things sweet, be it cakes, biscuits or chocolate bars, I do enjoy eating sweet-tasting snacks on a regular basis.
Whilst shopping in a local branch of Lidl recently, my eye happened upon a bright blue-coloured packaged containing eight individual "Drifter" Bars. From the well-known "Nestle" range of confectionary and foodstuffs. Costing only around £1.50 for the pack, I decided to buy the bars for myself and my other half to enjoy. It struck me that I had not had the Nestle Drifter bars for quite some time, and this was the main reason for my purchase of the product.
Drifter bars are available to buy from all good newsagents and grocery stores and are usually available to buy in a 'doubler' bar which contains two individual fingers. The pack of Drifters that I bought contains only single bars, each of which contains "Only 99 Calories" according to the front of the packaging. When compared to other chocolate bars and chocolate biscuits, this is quite low in my opinion.
Taking one of the individually-wrapped bars from the outer packaging, I was impressed by its size; I had been wondering if the bars would be the same length and size as my usual brand of chocolate biscuit, but I was not disappointed to note that they were slightly longer and resembled a small chocolate bar rather than a biscuit-sized snack.
Taking the wrapper off, I could instantly smell the sweet milk chocolate covering the outside of the Drifter bar and it looked to be wonderfully smooth. Biting into the bar, I was met with the most delicious crisp wafer, delicately layered in thin sheets that provided an extremely satisfying 'bite' to the bar overall. The crispness of the wafer offered a delicious contrast to the chewy caramel filling contained in the bar, and the combination of crisp and chewy is the basis for the Drifter Bar's identity.
Whilst other chocolate bars or biscuits that have a wafer-like content can prove to be too 'light' at times, and perhaps struggle to satisfy a little as a result, the Drifter bar, in comparison, contains just the right amount of caramel within its recipe to offer a little balance to the lightly-textured wafer. With a chewy consistency and a deliciously-rich caramel taste, I find that the Drifter bar delivers on both taste AND texture.
I think it is worth noting too that the ingredients in the bar appear to be of a fairly high quality. All too often I find that caramel in bars or biscuits like the Drifter can have a very cheap-and-nasty quality to it, and it can often become over-powering or sickly as a result. Likewise, I often find that the chocolate used on chocolate bars and biscuits can be quite cheap, and it often tastes very sickly or has a sort of mild, 'watered down' flavour. Thankfully, I didn't find any of these annoying traits to be present in the Drifter bars, and the package was consumed quite happily by myself and my other half.
I can see form the packaging that each of the individual 20g bars will provide 99 kcal and 4.8g fat. I can also see that the biscuits are free from artificial sweeteners, colours and preservatives. The Drifter bars are suitable for a vegetarian diet.
Overall, I was very happy with my purchase and would buy the package of individual Drifter bars again. I thought they offered a 'pleasant change' from my usual choice of chocolate bars and chocolate biscuits and I was happy with the reasonable price of the product. A repeat purchase will be made in the not too distant future, I suspect..!
The double Drifter bars can be purchased individually from all good grocery stores, as well as supermarkets such as Asda. The normal price is around 60-70 pence. The package containing eight individual bars that I purchased is available from supermarkets, and the current price is £1.55 in Asda. (Information as @ May 2012).
There are so many chocolate biscuits on the market these days that the choice is bewildering. The drifter is a worthy addition to Nestle's range.
The bar is based on a wafer (vaguely kitkat-like), topped with caramel and surrounded by milk chocolate. The caramel topping is chewy rather than soft - almost toffee like. Somehow the whole flavour is of chocolate, rather than wafer or caramel, while the texture is definitely chewy with an underlying crunch from the wafer. It's a winning combination. It's more chocolatey and less sweet than many bars, and according to my exhaustive tests it's probably the chewiest of all of them.
I think they have adjusted the size of their bars recently, to bring them down to the magic figure of 99 calories. You can eat as many as you like if they're less than 100 calories, right?? Each single finger bar from the multipack has 99 kcal, with 4.8g of fat. This has perhaps left them feeling a bit small - 4 bites and it's gone, but that's the case with most chocolate biscuits.
Spot them on the shelf by the red "hand written" style text in a yellow & white surround on a dark blue wrapper. You can still get 2-finger packs, but the 1-finger "snack size" are the topic of this review. Each biscuit is individually wrapped, so ideal for lunch boxes, snacks etc. And also handy for portion control - somehow it is possible to eat one single-wrapped chocolate biscuit, where one biscuit eaten from a packet quickly becomes "where did all the biscuits go?".
In summary, a tasty, chocolatey snack for a bargain 99 calories - yum.
I always like to have a nice chocolate biscuit bar in the house for when visitors or grandchildren come to visit, so that we can have a cuppa and a natter or just for a treat6 for the kids and everytime I go shopping I like to buy a packet of chocolate biscuit bars.
This week when I went to the supermarket I spotted these Nestle Drifter Bars, I bought a packet of nine single bars for 99p, which I thought was a reasonable price to pay.
The packet is an attractive metalic foil blue and each bar inside is individually wrapper to keep the bars fresh for when you want a nibble.
They are 130 calories per bar so if your dieting I'd steer clear of these as they are very morish and the temptation to have just one more is always an option. When you open the foil wrapper you can smell the lovely milk chocolate and the bar is about five inches long and smothered in thick milk chocolate.
When you bite into the bar you can immediately taste the really chewy toffe caramel inside. This is on top of a crispy wafer which is smooth and melts into your mouth as you chew. These are very chewy bars and satisfy any chocolate cravings you might be having.
I like the chewy chocolate bars more than other chocolate bisuicts as they are bigger and tastier, not to mention you feel that you have had a the satisfaction of eating something both tasty and naughty at the same time.
Value for money wise I think 99p is a small price to pay to see the look of happiness on the grandchildrens faces when you get the bisuits out after all biscuits like custard creams just don't cut the ice with them.
These are great for snacks in your lunch box when your working as they give you the energy you might need if you are looking for a boost during the day.
They can be taken to school by the kids and even put out on the table if your having a party, but with the high calorie count in them they do tend to make the kids more hyper than plain biscuits, so make sure you have games or a garden for them to run around in after you have given them one.
Nestle is a well known brand name and all their products are a quality brand. There is a comsumer service if you need to contact them for questions or if your not satisfied with the product.
P.O Box 203 York
YO91 1 XY
00800 63785385 or www.nestle.co.uk
If like me you cannot resist the chocolate bars then these are the one's to look out for .
A wafer and toffee bar covered in milk chocolate.