“ Brand: Nestle / Type: Caramel „
I always enjoy an Aero bar, its the bubbles that do it, making the chocolate nice and light. So when I saw an Aero Caramel by the check out desk in my local supermarket I waved away all thoughts of trying to lose a few pounds and popped it in my basket.
The bar is enclosed in a foil wrapper and tearing off the end exposes the chocolate bar which has lines across at intervals dividing it into 5 chunks. Biting into the bar reveals a thin layer of caramel on the top which I found to be quite firm, not runny as in the Cadbury's Caramel bar. The bottom layer of the bar is the light and airy chocolate with plenty of bubbles that is the Aero trademark. This dissolves in the mouth really quickly so that I wanted to immediately bite into the next chunk!
I quite liked the fact that the caramel was firm as I find the runny caramel in the Cadbury's bar a bit annoying when it runs out as you eat it and ends up dripping on my clothes or down my chin! I also find that the caramel isn't too sweet, another gripe I have with Cadbury's. I love the light bubbly chocolate at the bottom of the bar which makes the whole thing feel as though it isn't too calorific.
The bar was 59p in my local supermarket so a little expensive for the size but so yummy that I will definitely buy again.
I love standard aero bars - one of the few nestle products I actually eat - but the nestle aero caramel does not live up to the standard set by it's parent bar.
In fact there seems to be a bit of a fad in taking a perfectly decent chocolate bar and putting a thin layer of caramel in it - why? It very rarely works in my opinion regardless of the make/ brand or even the quality of the chocolate. This is easily evidenced by the Wispa Gold and the aero caramel is no exception.
A standard aero bar consists of bubbly chocolate, with larger holes than that of a wispa giving it a different feel completely, making a nice contrast.
When a layer of caramel is added inside the aero bar it is much harder to appreciate the bubbly texture of the chocolate taking something away from the taste. This I feel would be true of any caramel, but the caramel in these aero bars does leave you feeling even more cheated as it isn't even that great. The caramel is pretty tasteless and solid and you don't really get the pleasure of enjoying it. It's like it overshadows the texture of the bar whilst giving nothing in return.
They don't seem to be around much now. The chocolate bar with caramel layer seems to be going out of fashion all together in fact maybe this is a good thing as you can get back to the standard aero bar that will never go out of fashion. If you want aero buy aero. If you want a caramel buy Cadbury's or Galaxy caramel.
Nutritional information per bar:
Energy - 205 kcal
Protein - 2.3g
Carbohydrate - 25.4g (mainly sugar)
Fat - 10.5g
The Aero range of aerated chocolate bars is one of Nestlé's most successful and enduring. It hasn't changed all that much over the years, but this Caramel bar is one of the newer entrants into the collection. The bar I ate (a little while ago now) cost me 50p in my local newsagent, but as usual it's likely that you can get it for a few pence less from supermarkets. It's not the largest bar at a mere 42g, but then it does have all those bubbles in it! Still, at least that means it's fairly light on the calories at just 205 kcal per bar.
The packaging isn't anything particularly thrilling, with the usual Aero "brown bubbles" design on the left of the wrapper, and a slightly lighter, caramel-coloured (startlingly enough!) tint used on the right. The ingredients list throws up no surprises, and the milk and cocoa solids proportions are very standard at 14% and 20% respectively. Sadly for vegetarians, there's no indication that the Aero Caramel is suitable for them, though I'm not sure what the problematic ingredient might be: conceivably the lecithin is of animal origin?
Unwrap the Aero Caramel, and you are confronted with a sweet smell. A very sweet smell, actually, and one that's maybe just a little too much of a good thing. It's not at all sophisticated, and gives the impression of a bar aimed squarely at the impulse-buy market - which at least in part means kids, though of course this truth cannot be admitted nowadays! The design of the bar is nothing to write home about: shallow lines give a vague approximation to chunks, but I don't see the point: this is not a bar to share nicely; it's a bar to gobble up yourself in a fast and frankly somewhat greedy manner....
Biting into the bar produces a surprise if you're more used to the standard Aero: the bubbles in the chocolate are noticeably smaller, which produces a feel on the teeth and tongue very similar to a Wispa. This is good, and there's a nice crumbly sensation as you bite further into the bar, although the chocolate itself is not as tasty as Cadbury's. However, the caramel layer on top slightly lets the bar down: it's just a tad too runny and so sweet as to be almost sickly. I wouldn't call it *bad* exactly, but although I used to like very runny caramel, these days I prefer it to be a bit thicker.
With the reintroduction of the Wispa, and in particular - temporarily, at least - the Wispa Gold, there is now a more-or-less direct competitor for the Aero Caramel. I'd generally choose a Wispa Gold ahead of an Aero Caramel, if only because the chocolate is superior, but the Nestlé bar is still quite nice, and matches the Wispas in terms of chocolate consistency at least. It's also almost certain to be cheaper than a Wispa Gold, and you could do worse than an Aero Caramel if you're after a quick bite.
Aero bars? Yes please. Aero mint bars? If I have to. Aero caramel bar? No thank you!
Constitutionally, there is nothing wrong with this chocolate bar. If you are a fan of Aeros anyway, then you will no doubt enjoy at least half of this bar - the Aero bit. However, unless you enjoy very runny caramel that tastes a bit metally, I doubt you will enjoy the top half. Of course this is all a matter of personal taste, but I prefer my caramel to be of a thicker consistancy such as the caramel found in a Mars Bar than the caramel in here; which is gloopy and has a habit of running away down your chin and onto your top.
The rather odd sensation of expecting to bite into a solid (well, almost solid) bar of chocolate and being confronted with in fact a thin shell of chocolate and then a lot of runny mess is not one I enjoyed. The Aero 'bubbly' bit on the bottom is too thin; a fifty fifty split between caramel and bubbles was not the best ratio and I feel something more like a 25/75 split to the bubbles may have been better.
If you compare this chocolate bar to it's predecessors of mint and plain Aeros, it looks like a poorly planned marketing gimick, which is a shame, because I want to like it! It just doesn't work for me as a chocolate bar.
Nestle Aero's are one of the biggest known chocolate bars in the United Kingdom and over the past few years they have released more and more chocolate bars. They have introduced Honeycomb bars and also Aero Caramel which I have decided to review today.
There are now more and more Chocolate bars with Caramel nowadays with the likes of Galaxy Caramel, Caramel Dairy Milk, Mars and of course Aero Caramel is one of the other bars trying to be the market leader. Although these all contain caramel the bar is quite different which is a good thing as you tend to want a change between the top chocolate bars.
You can buy this bar in just about anywhere that sells chocolate and nearly all places I have seen the normal Aero bar I have seen this bar next to it. They are around the same price, usually around 50 pence which is what most similar chocolate bars are priced at.
This bar is wrapped in a nice look wrapper with orangey yellow and the brown Aero bubbles pictured all around the wrapper. Sometimes the wrapper can have a little of the caramel stuck to it when you open it but that happens with a lot of other bars too like Mars and Galaxy Caramel so it doesnt affect this bar greatly.
The Caramel Bar looks like the normal aero in terms of texture but the bubbles are much smaller than they are in a normal Aero, And there is a layer of Caramel that runs through the middle of the bar. This bar is rather a similar consistency as the old Cadbury Wispa which has made a comeback quite recently.
This is a really nice bar that is a worthwile difference to the regular aero chocolate bar and the other caramel bars. I love caramel and this bar is one of the nicest caramel bars I have tried. It is quite sweet but not too sweet.
Sugar, Modified Milk, Glucose, Fructose, Cocoa BUutter, Unsweetened Chocolate, Palm Oil, Lactose, Soya Lecithin, Salt, Sodium Citrate, Polyglycerol, Polycrinolate, Artificial Flavour.
Energy - 205 kcal (calories)
Protein - 2.3g
Carbohydrate - 25.4g
Fat - 10.5g
Fibre - 0.3g
Sodium - Trace
This is a very nice chocolate bar and is one of the nicest caramel bars I have tasted. The good thing about this bar is that it is also available in a multipack which saves money if you are buying a few individual bars in doing a regular food shop.
Aero has always been one of my favourite chocolate bars, mainly because of its bubbly, creamy texture. But sometimes that just isn't enough. I want something MORE!! If, like me, you have a sweet tooth, worry ye not. I think I have found the bar you've been looking for. It comes in a brown and orangey wrapper and is called.... Aero Caramel!
This particular flavour has been around for a few years now, but has just recently undergone a relaunch, with the promise that it is now made with 'creamier tasting chocolate'. As you might have guessed from the name, Aero Caramel is pretty much the same as a standard Aero bar, but unlike the original bar, benefits from a delicious layer of soft, gooey caramel. According to the wrapper, the caramel layer constitutes 22% of the whole bar.
* PACKAGING *
For the most part, the wrapper looks like that of a standard Aero bar, with lots of chocolatey bubbles in the background and the 'Aero' name in bold white lettering. But at the far end there is a pattern of golden swirls, denoting that this is actually the caramel flavour, and the word 'caramel' in smaller, brown writing within a banner-like strip.
Because I am greedy, I bought a multipack containing three individual Aero Caramel bars. Visually, the outer packaging looks quite impressive, and if this wasn't enough, there is a short blurb on the back which appeals directly to your senses. It tells you that:
"The bubbles in your Aero have been added especially. First they collapse, then they melt before flooding your mouth with delicious milk chocolate."
There is great use of metaphor here. You can almost feel the chocolate melting in your mouth!
* THE BAR *
Tearing open the wrapper reveals a bar of approximately 13cm in length and 3cm in width. I can only describe it as 'tunnel-shaped' because it has a curved surface and a flat bottom. Although the bar isn't split into sections as such, there are small etchings into the surface of the chocolate which appear to divide it up, and each one of these bears the 'Aero' insignia.
To me, the bar looks and feels smaller than a standard Aero bar, which is a shame really. I can only put this down to the fact that it is from a multipack.
* SMELL & TASTE *
Nestlé milk chocolate always has a smell of its own and the chocolate in Aero is no different. It is sweet and creamy but has quite a strong aroma, which you don't get with other chocolates, like Cadbury's.
As you bite into the chocolate, you are immediately met with a contrast in textures. The caramel layer is soft and gooey and the chocolate base solid and chunky. The caramel is very sweet and a lot runnier than the kind found in Cadbury Caramel, making it a bit messy. However, its toffee-like flavour makes it very moreish and enjoyable to eat.
The milk chocolate, on the other hand, is a bit sickly for my liking, due to its intensely sweet, creamy flavour. I do like its bubbly, velvety structure, though, as this gives it a smoothness that other chocolates don't have. Rather than munch the chocolate, I think the best way to enjoy it is to let it dissolve into naturally, as suggested in the blurb on the packet. My only criticism of the bar is that the bubbles are not as big as those found in standard Aeros. As a result, they lack the same airy delicateness. The chocolate is like that found in the old Wispa bar.
* NUTRITION *
Energy - 205 kcal (calories)
Protein - 2.3g
Carbohydrate - 25.4g
Fat - 10.5g
Fibre - 0.3g
Sodium - Trace
Unfortunately, the wrapper does not specify whether the bar is suitable for either vegetarians or those suffering from allergies, so I cannot advise further on this.
* VALUE FOR MONEY? *
I bought a multipack containing three bars from Morrisons and paid £1.24. This is the same price that Tesco and Asda are charging. I usually buy chocolate bars this way, because they generally work out cheaper in the long run. However, given the small size of each bar in this multipack, I am not so sure whether it is such good value for money after all. Each bar works out at over 40p each, which I consider to be fairly expensive! However, if you buy them separately, they work out even more expensive - 45p each to be precise!! Given this fact, I suppose any saving is better than nothing.
* CONCLUSION *
If you like Nestlé milk chocolate, you are bound to like Aero Caramel bars. I will definitely be buying them again and recommend you try them too. However, overall, I think I prefer the standard Aero bars more for their superior chunkiness and delicate texture.
For more information, write to:
Nestlé Consumer Services
P.O. Box No. 203
Tel. 00800 63785385 (UK)
This bar is about half as narrow and twice as long as the regular Aero bars. It combines the bubble-filled chocolate of an Aero bar with a layer of liquidy soft caramel near the top, and then all of it is coated in chocolate.