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      05.09.2013 18:25
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      A tasty treat!

      Many years ago when I was in high school my friends and I used to think it was cool to eat our lunches out of the vending machine. One of the things I would always buy was a bar of Nestle Crunch, a milk chocolate and puffed rice bar. I used to choose it primarily for the taste of it but also because I used to kid myself that the cereal ingredient made it a slightly healthier option than a Mars bar! I honestly thought Nestle had stopped selling these Crunch bars but on a recent trip to my local 'everything's a pound' shop I found them in the confectionary aisle, felt very nostalgic and bought a few bars because they were on a special offer.

      I used to buy single snack sized bars of this but I'm reviewing the 100g sharing bar which cost me 99p. They come in a paper wrapper which is packed with foil underneath. The wrapper is blue and the front of the packet shows the product name alongside a picture of how the product looks. On the back of the wrapper there is a lot of helpful information about the product although it's printed in several languages and it can be difficult to locate the English version of all the details. Nevertheless, full ingredients are listed and there is a nutritional information chart. There is also contact details for the UK branch of Nestle.

      The ingredients state this bar is comprised of 30% cocoa solids with a minimum of 18% milk solids as well as 15% crisped cereals which is made up of rice flour, maize flour, wheat gluten, sugar, cocoa powder, salt and skimmed milk powder. Each 100g bar provides 513 calories whilst a 25g portion provides 128 calories and 6.5g of fat.

      The bar measures around 16 centimetres long and 7 centimetres wide and is 1 centimetre deep. I recommend taking the whole bar out of it's wrapper to have a look at as the design of the bar is quite unusual and quirky. The whole chocolate bar spells out the word 'CRUNCH' and around the letters the chocolate is cut into crazy shaped segments. It means that when you snap a piece of chocolate off you don't get a conventional sized piece. The pieces with letters on are the biggest then you have random shaped bits that are indented with a zigzag edging which are about half the size. If you wanted to go along the bar in strips as you might do with something like a Cadbury's Dairy Milk then you'd get two random shaped pieces and a letter. It's also possible to snap off smaller bits should you not want as much (that is rarely the case for me!!).

      The chocolate bar is very much like the rice crispies cakes we all make as youngsters. There is a layer of chocolate mixed with crispy, crunchy rice pieces on the bottom of the bar and a thin chocolate layer on the top of this which is the same milk chocolate. The composition of the bar is such that you can't tell that much that there is extra chocolate on the top although I have definitely noticed more chocolate up top. This may be simply due to the cereal pieces sinking to the bottom of the bar or they might melt extra chocolate on top when they shape the pattern into the bar. Either way it tastes great. The chocolate is really creamy and sweet and it melts in the mouth around the crunchy cereal pieces which make the texture really interesting. The cereal pieces are crispy and feel laden with a cocoa rich flavour. They don't go soggy as soon as they enter your mouth. Overall the chocolate and cereal blend feels quite dense and rich. It feels like a filling chocolate bar.

      I'm really glad that Nestle still make these bars as they are really flavoursome and satisfying. I will definitely buy them again if I can find them locally and would recommend these to anyone who has a sweet tooth!

      You can find out more about the brand and the products on their website. Apparently they also have a white chocolate variety!

      http://www.nestle.co.uk

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        10.06.2011 17:26
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        An alternative to plain milk chocolate

        I don't know if any of you remember Dubble bars from Sainsbury's... They were Fairtrade chocolate bars that came out especially for Red Nose Day a few years back. I loved them and since they were discontinued I've had to find an alternative, which is where Crunch bars came in. It would honestly not surprise me if some of you hadn't heard of this chocolate before, because its usually only something I see from time to time, which is a shame because it's delicious!

        Both Dubble and Crunch bars are extremely similar in taste and concept. They differ from other chocolate bars because they contain crispy cereal pieces in the bottom layer and milk chocolate on top. The 100g chocolate bars are 'engraved' with the word CRUNCH and grooves to make it easy to break sections off. I say sections because they differ in size, which is pretty unusual. Normally, block chocolate has identical size pieces. Some may think this wouldn't make much difference, but I got through the bar much quicker because of this. It almost encourages you to eat more! Perhaps that's just my will power... There are 18 sections, 6 across and 3 down. The bar measures roughly 16cm by 8cm and is roughly 1cm thick.

        The chocolate lives up to its name. You definitely feel the crunch when you bite into a piece. It would probably be more appropriate to call it Crisp because the pieces are crispy after all. I guess the crunch also comes from the thick block chocolate. The milk chocolate itself is of good quality, which can only be expected from Nestle, and tastes just as good as Cadbury's in my opinion. I'm surprised more chocolate manufacturers haven't bought out their own versions of Crunch because it tastes great. It makes a change from eating fruit or nut flavours.

        The packaging is nothing special. The chocolate bar comes wrapped in paper foil and a printed blue layer with all the relevant information. The packaging is dark blue with the red Nestle and Crunch logos on the front. There are small images of the chocolate on the front but in my opinion, it doesn't show off its unique selling point of the crispy rice pieces. Nestle could make more of a feature of it for those that have never had it before. Of course, the packaging has the nutritional information, ingredients and contact details should you need them.

        I should point out the following... Nestle make the guideline daily amount on the front a lot more appealing by only showing a sixth of an adults recommended amount. But lets face it, not many of us would stop at a sixth. The chocolate bar as a WHOLE contains:

        Calories: 510 (24%)
        Sugars: 55.8g (60%)
        Fat: 27.6g (42%)
        Saturates: 17.4g (90%)
        Salt: 0.6g (6%)

        I bought a 100g bar from Tesco's yesterday for 75p... a small discount from the usual price of £1.02. Considering supermarket own labels are usually around this price, I think it offers great value for money, especially as Crunch is from Nestle. However, if you want to sample Crunch bars they also come in regular sized single bars. You can also get a white chocolate version if that's your thing. I LOVE white chocolate but I'm yet to try this variety. Personally, I don't think it would be as good. As far as I know the larger crunch bars are only available in the milk chocolate variety... These chocolate bars are not available everywhere, which is a real shame. According to mysupermarket.com only Tesco and Asda stock it at the moment. The smaller sized bars are normally available from independent retailers, I hardly ever see them in large chain shops.

        I would highly recommend you give this chocolate bar a try if you like chocolate bars with a bit of a twist, and it would be perfect if you love milk chocolate and rice crispies! The only downside being that they are difficult to locate sometimes because it is not the most popular chocolate bar on the market. Furthermore, the packaging does not do the product any justice! 4/5

        [Review may also appear on Ciao under the username Strawberry_123]

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          01.09.2010 17:18
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          A great tasting chocolate bar that bites back!

          Crunch is a chocolate bar made by Nestle, and it is available in most good supermarkets. I bought a 100g block from Tesco for just £1.00. You can also buy smaller individual bars, and although I've been unable to find it anywhere recently, back a few years ago when I was at college they also did a white chocolate flavoured version of this bar which was the best thing EVER!

          I'll describe the larger bar for now, as this is the type that I favour. It's better value for money and it looks great. The wrapper is a bit bold and brash, but inside the shape of the bar is quite unique. Instead of having a regimented small square block shape, the bar is sectioned off by jagged lines that criss cross back and forth over the bar, and are much larger than you would usually expect. In the middle of the bar the name CRUNCH is moulded in raised letters. It's a big and bulky looking block of chocolate and the appearance is different but appealing.

          The chocolate itself is a nice ordinary milk chocolate flavour. It's creamy and rich but not too sickly, although it does taste very sugary and you will need to have quite the sweet tooth to really appreciate it. The bar gains extra depth by having an interesting texture, as in addition to the milk chocolate there is a generous helping of crisped rice. This is where the name Crunch comes in! The crisped rice within the milk chocolate is incredibly crunchy and retains a wonderful hard bite to it, way better than your average crisped rice cake! The rice is also sweet and overall it gives a lovely sugary taste that is great for a treat.

          The nutritional values of this bar are shockingly bad, but it is chocolate after all so we should all know what to expect. High in sugar, fat, and saturates so it's best to eat small amounts provided you can ration yourself. I love the taste of this bar and because it's so different to other chocolate bars that I usually at, I find that as soon as I start eating it I am longing for more and can end up eating at least double what I should.

          This is a fantastic tasting chocolate bar, and the crisped rice gives it a real edge which makes it unique and different to other bars. I would definitely recommend it to others, it's a very nice chocolate for a low price and is easily available.

          Ingredients: Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Crisped Cereals (15%) (Rice Flour, Maize Flour, Wheat Malt, Sugar, Wheat Gluten, Dextrose, Cocoa Powder, Salt, Skimmed Milk Powder), Whole Milk Powder, Cocoa Mass, Whey Powder, Butterfat, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Flavourings. Milk Chocolate contains Cocoa solids 30% minimum and Milk solids 18% minimum

          Nutritional values per 1/6 bar -
          Energy 356 kcal - Energy 85 kcal
          Protein 1.1 g
          Carbohydrate 9.7 g - of which: sugars 9.3 g
          Fat 4.6 g - of which: saturates 2.9 g
          Fibre 0.8 g
          Sodium Trace - Salt Equivalent 0.1 g

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            18.08.2010 16:34
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            Not for me.

            Nestle Milk Chocolate Crunch


            What is it?
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            A chocolate bar by Nestle.


            Special features?
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            This bar of milk chocolate contains crisped cereals that make it particularly 'crunchy' in texture.


            What do I think?
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            This is not really a chocolate bar for those who prefer 'soft' foods, because as the name suggests, this bar is really crunchy and hard in texture. You really need strong teeth to get through this one, and I wouldn't really recommend it for those who like to look after their teeth, because they do get a good battering from this bar (!).

            Okay, it's not exactly as hard as rock, but it's one of those bars that don't melt very easily in your mouth as the bulk of it is made from the cereal part of it. Generally, there is a crispy texture, but mainly a crunchy chunky feel.

            It's not really going to be a favourite with chocoholics either. I love chocolate and can really taste the difference with this, in that there doesn't seem to be as high a content in cocoa beans as there should be. The taste of the cereal already dilutes the taste of the chocolate, but even without it I know the chocolate will still taste pretty bland as the ingredients do also confirm that there is a very low content of decent chocolate ingredients.

            The good thing about this bar is that it seems to have a slightly lower sugar content compared with the other bars and brands. It also seems to have a lower milk content, and in general, it also seems to have a slightly lower calorie and fat content than the average chocolate bar.

            However, with chocolate, particularly with a chocoholic, the taste of the chocolate is always the most important thing. It's worth a try for the texture but it's not really one of my favourites and I think it would be at the bottom of my choices if I ever do buy chocolate again...

            On a positive note, one of the best things about the bar is that, despite or the crunchy cereal bits in it, the bar doesn't crumble much when you break it up. The bar is segmented into nice bite sized sections where you can break it up easily, and it has each of its logo letters stamped into each of the segments which make it a bit more interesting....



            Thanks for reading.



            ©Leighsa 2010.

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              27.05.2010 11:24
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              A tasty bar, but nothing extraordinary about its cereal crunch.

              This was another one of my Tesco bargain buys as I first tried Crunch when it was on offer at 51p. Whilst it was a bargain buy at half price, I don't think it was anything extra special to spend just over £1 on, though I'm hard pushed to actually find anything negative per se about it. Crunch doesn't seem to be as popular or as well known as other chocolate blocks/slabs, such as Cadbury's or Galaxy, and it doesn't have the sense of luxury the latter does, but it's still quite yummy.

              Crunch is produced by Nestle, so I expected the product to be good quality as it's made by a reputable brand with a long history of knowledge and experience dating back to 1866. At 100g, it's a fairly decent size for sharing, or for breaking off small chunks whenever you want a bit. That said, a bar really didn't last me very long, but I blame that on the way the squares are organised.

              The bar is divided into 18 squares, giving 3 squares across and 6 in length. The squares are therefore fairly big, so I ended up eating more than I realised. When you break one off, you can see at the side the biscuity cereal in the middle.

              The concept is very simple; these are purely milk chocolate with crisped cereals dispersed throughout inside the chocolate. There's plenty of the crisped cereal, which gives the chocolate its 'crunch' but without being too hard on your teeth.

              Imprinted on the top of the chocolate is 'Crunch', and the surface feels smooth and very tempting. However, although the chocolate has a good taste, I would still argue it doesn't match up to Galaxy. But the crisped cereal does spice it up a little and give it a bit more texture. It's sweet and a tad dry, but good for a chocolately hit when you want one.

              Each serving is classed as 3 squares (one width), which contains 85 calories and 4.6g of fat. That seems quite reasonable, but the squares really didn't seem to be that great in depth or weight to me, meaning more than 3 squares would probably be eaten before I'd say I felt satisfied I'd had enough. None the less, it also meant I ate a serving without feeling it was too sickly or too filling, which was a good thing.

              Overall, a good texture and tasty crisped cereals make this stand out slightly in terms of it being a larger share-sized bar, but it wasn't anything overly special. It's something I might buy every now and again as an everyday type of treat, but if I wanted something a bit more special or luxurious, I'd spend the £1 (or just over) on Galaxy or similar.

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                18.05.2010 19:19
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                Scrummy!

                This is basically a milk chocolate bar with rice crispies in it. I have to say the packaging doesn't make it look very appealing and actually looks a bit cheap, but don't be fooled as it is lovely!

                Whilst it is available in small 'normal' chocolate bars (as pictured) it is also available in bigger bars and in a white chocolate version. The big bar is 100g and I bought one just the other day for £1, which when you compare it to a similar sized bar of other well known chocolate brands is a pretty reasonable price. Even more reasonable when you consider I paid 85p for just a small bar in a service station recently!! Not many places seem to sell these chocolate bars unfortunately, but I have recently discovered them in Tesco.

                The chocolate is absolutely delicious, which surprised me when I first tried it because I'd never thought of Nestle chocolate to be as nice as galaxy or Cadburys but this is definitely on a par. The crisped rice pieces give it a lovely crunch & texture and there are plenty of them.

                The white chocolate version of this is also delicious which considering I don't usually like white chocolate at all is quite a statement!

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                  18.05.2010 15:06
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                  A great bar by nestle who also do a white chocolate variation :D

                  This review is about the large 100g bar as opposed to the pictured small bars you can pick up from paper shops/news agents.
                  Nestle crunch is made by Nestle , would you believe it???.
                  The packaging is very bold and in your face, it gives an imposing impression.
                  The main packet is a thick glossy paper in a royal blue colour. On the front you have the nestle logo in white inside a red almost heart shape. Under this is the word "crunch" in red in capital letters. This is slightly broken between the "u" & "n" to give the impression of the crunch and cracking. To further this image the white background is shown through parts of the blue background with cracks as if the chocolate is trying to burst out.
                  Toward the bottom right of the packet is the GDA per bar. On the back of the packet is all the nutritional information and the ingredients of the bar. You can also find contact information too.
                  The bars can be bought in different sizes, the small bars and the large slabs (100g)

                  Now onto the chocolate, well first off you need to unwrap it from the blue foil like paper casing. Once you have opened this you will see the underside of the bar which is very very uneven. You can basically see all the little bits of rice which make up the crunch in this bar as there are so many crammed in. If you imagine little coco pops smothered in chocolate you'll have a pretty good idea what the chocolate is like.
                  The top of the bar has "crunch" stamped into it, as well as having a cracked and boulder like look to it. This also adds to the effect of the name and looks pretty good too.
                  Now the chocolate itself is not as creamy like Cadbury's but is still very chocolaty. It seems to have a more nutty flavour to it than most chocolate, but mixed with the rice bits is a good combination, the flavours booms through when you first start crunching, this does fade away quite quickly though.

                  GDA's per 1/6 of a bar.

                  Calories - 85 - 4%
                  Sugar - 9.3g - 10%
                  Fat - 4.6g - 7%
                  Saturates- 2.9g - 15%
                  Salt - 0.1g - 1%

                  As you can see from the GDA the amount of sugar and saturates is actually quite high considering this is your intake by eating a sixth of the bar. That's not a lot to be honest.

                  Overall this chocolate bar is very nice, by mixing a number of combinations, chocolate, nut, smooth and crunchy. But it works, the only slight issue as with most sweet and lovely treats is the GDA charts. Other than that well done nestle.

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                    22.03.2010 04:21
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                    Not bad but nothing special. I'd buy more if they were cheaper

                    ** Nestle Crunch **

                    The Nestle Crunch bar was -so I first thought- a new one on me until fairly recently but as I have a very sweet tooth I was bound to get one sooner or later! I like Nestle chocolate anyway although not as much as Mars and Cadbury chocolate.

                    The Nestle Crunch is an oblong bar of milk chocolate mixed with rice that is split into segments that you can break off. I liked the mixing of rice into the chocolate it worked well for me and made the chocolate taste less dense and add more variety.

                    I am not convinced it is particularly crunchy though it does lean slightly in that direction. It was a nice change from the supermarket home brand chocolate I often buy but then it was 3 or 4 times the price too at just over a pound for a 100 gram bar of Nestle Crunch.

                    I don't think I would buy it often. If you remeber the start of my review I said I thought I hadn't tried it before but I have a feeling that I have tried it before when I was a child but the packaging was completely different so when I saw the Nestle Crunch on display it didn't ring any bells. Still it has been so long since I have tried a Nestle Crunch it may have well has been the first time.

                    If the taste and memory of a Nestle Crunch didn't stay with me from my childhood years I can't have been all that impressed with it. So that for me is the problem, Nestle Crunch is nice but unremarkable and easy to forget. I would still try them every once in a while now I know what they are again!


                    ** in conclusion **

                    The Nestle Crunch is quite enjoyable but but somehow unmemorable or unremarkable when compared to some of the other confectionery by Cadbury and Mars. If they dropped the price I'd buy them a lot more often though.

                    Thanks for reading my review.
                    Mike xx

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                      11.03.2010 08:09
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                      An average bar of chocolate, slightly enlivened by the addition of Rice crispies.

                      This blame for me subjecting you to this review of a 100g (3.1/2 oz) bar of Nestle crunch is placed firmly at the foot of Dooyoo. If I hadn't read another users review a few days ago I wouldn't have bought it, but seeing as it got such a good write up, and I just happened to be able to buy it at a "Special" price from Tesco's I felt obliged to buy a bar and offer my "Penn'orth" on it today. The offer price was an excellent 51p, as opposed to the full price of £1.02, which, after reclaiming 50p from Dooyoo for the review, will leave the bar actually costing me the magnificent sum of ONE PENNY..., that makes my wallet very happy and me even happier.. Who wouldn't be at getting almost a gash bar of Chocolate... just to upset you all even more, this price was for the LARGE bar of Dairy crunch, not the smaller snack size bar.

                      Anyway, to the bar, - not that sort of bar!

                      The external packaging is somewhat ordinary in truth, basically a dark blue wrapper with Nestle crunch emblazoned across the front in big red letters. The rear of the packet is festooned with various details and notations including Nutritional facts (Detailed below), an ingredients listing, Nestle contact details and a few other miscellaneous offerings. But what we are really interested in, is the contents of this nondescript packaging, isn't it?

                      The bar itself is actually a melange of Chocolate and crisped rice, combined to form a quite appetising looking block about 6 inches long and just under 3 inches wide, approx ½ inch thick. Its initial appearance is slightly different from the typical "Blocked" one that we are used to Cadbury / Galaxy etc, but not too much. The straight lines that you would expect to see are actually Zig Zag lines, which is different and not unappealing. The word crunch is embossed across the Full width of the bar in 6 big capital letters. This slightly unusual appearance does make it fractionally more awkward to break the blocks cleanly, but not enough to worry about. After all, who cares what it looks like, it's the eating which counts.

                      The underside of the bar is where the crisped rice comes in; it looks like a heavily cobbled road surface as opposed to a smooth one. The very small rice crispies are heavily distributed across the whole of the underside and give it a really rough look. The crispies, of course, are what give it the crunch...Some say that they can smell the chocolate when they open the packaging, but not me, then again I can hardly smell anything so I am not really surprised at that. Yes, yes, yes... but what's it taste like?

                      Now bearing in mind that I am not a great fan of the taste of Nestle chocolate, I was pleasantly surprised by this bar. It had a decidedly creamy taste and lacked the usual Nestle bitterness which is what usually puts me off Nestle chocolate. The crispies added a new dimension to the taste, which was not unpleasant in any way, but was not particularly inspiring either. It was a different sensation to what I was expecting, but in truth quite a pleasant one.

                      Now I realise that everyone has their own opinion on taste so don't let me try to sway you one way or the other. As a rule, if you like Nestle chocolate you will probably like this bar, if you don't like Nestle chocolate then you probably won't like it. Or you may be like me and be somewhere in the middle.


                      NUTRITIONAL / ALLERGY INFORMATION - (For those who are interested).

                      A 100g (3½oz) bar contains the following:-

                      Calories - 500kcal (24% RDA)
                      Sugars - 55g (60% RDA)
                      Fat - 28g (13% RDA)
                      Saturates - 17g (84% RDA)
                      Salt - 0.3g (12% RDA)

                      The wrapper states that the Chocolate used in this bar contains a minimum of 30% Cocoa solids and a minimum of 18% Milk solids. There may also be the chance of it containing nut traces - you have been warned.

                      There is no mention of whether this product is suitable for Veggies so I make no comment on that front.

                      In conclusion, I have to say that I wouldn't rush out specifically to buy another bar of this, but for a change, and if it happened to be on another very attractive special offer, I could be tempted.

                      3 out of 5 from me.

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                        08.03.2010 00:02
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                        Yummy Milk Chocolate With Crunchy Bits

                        Nestle Crunch is quite simply, Milk chocolate covered crisped rice.
                        A winning combination if ever there was one.

                        Apparently these have been around since 1938 and I can certainly understand why. It does not appear to have lost any of it's appeal over the years, which is more than can be said for many of it's competitors in the confectionary market.

                        Today I purchased a 100g bar from Morrison's for £1.00 and in my opinion it was worth every penny. Inside the distinctive blue outer wrapper with "Crunch" emblazoned in suitably bold red type and inner deep blue foil is a slab of chocolate. It's not sectioned in the traditional way as it appears to be one solid mass with the word crunch engraved on the surface. However, it still breaks into strips and smaller pieces with ease.

                        It's witchcraft I tell thee!

                        Worth noting that the under side feels as rough as a badgers bottom. That'll be the crispy bits then!

                        Like most of the chocolate that Nestle produce, it's light, creamy and isn't sickly. It is extremely moreish though, so beware if you are counting calories. 509 in a 100g bar if you're that way inclined.

                        For me, eating Nestle Crunch always reminds me of the homemade rice crispy cakes that I enjoyed as a child and now occasionally make with my own children. That familiar texture and flavour, mixed with fond memories makes it perfect comfort confectionary.

                        Please be aware, Nestle Crunch is not gluten free and may contain traces of nuts.

                        It's worth checking out the website at www.nestlecrunch.com if you get the opportunity. It contains plenty of product information, trivia & games.

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                          20.02.2010 19:48
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                          An okay bar - but nothing to write home about.

                          I love food. More to the point - I love chocolate. I am Steve and I'm a chocoholic. There I feel better for saying that now. Last week I was getting a bar of my daily fix from Home and Bargain when I saw Nestle Crunch. Now normally I buy Cadbury's. I find the flavour much more milky and the chocolate more satisfying, but I thought I'd give Nestle a go. Why? Well it was a huge bar 100g of Nestle Crunch to be precise. I would eat some then and save some for a bit later. Yeahhhh. What I really meant was I'd sit in the car and scoff the lot. Then feel totally guilty and annoyed that I'd been so greedy.

                          Well here it goes. The bar comes in a blue wrapper. It has Nestle Crunch all over the front so no mistake. It also had pictures of broken bits of chocolate with bits of rice in the middle. So what was the experience like. Well firstly upon opening the bar you can see emblazoned across the middle CRUNCH. It is also not split up like other bars, so you need to just snap it yourself. Upon snapping it you can see all the bits inside.

                          Upon biting into the bar you know straight away that it is Nestle. The chocolate itself just doesn't have the same taste as Cadbury's. It just doesn't seem as milky. You can taste the rice bits as you munch through the bar. The recipe just doesn't give you the feeling you expect from chocolate. The words 'delicious' do not jump straight to the front of your mind!!


                          Nutrition per 100g

                          Energy 509kcal
                          Protein 6.6g
                          Carbohydrate 58.2g
                          of which sugars 55.8g
                          Fat 27.8g
                          of which saturates 17.3g
                          Fibre 4.5g
                          Sodium 0.1g
                          Salt Equivalent 0.3g

                          In summing up the bar was okay to eat. It was filling (you would expect that with 100g) but I was not impressed to think I'd go and buy another next time. The chocolate in my opinion was ordinary. The experience was just the same. I will be sticking with another chocolate manufacturer in future. The one which has just been taken over by an American company.

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                            16.01.2010 23:24
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                            Worth £1 definitely

                            Nestle Crunch isn't an item I've really seen in the UK. I used to see it in the shops in France a lot but our market for slabs of chocolate here seems to be dominated by Cadbury's Dairy Milk followed by Galaxy. So when I happened across this 100g pack for £1 at Poundland I picked it up. I have noticed that Poundland often has a lot of different confectionery that you don't see on standard British supermarket shelves.

                            It is quite distinctive packaging. The wrapper is a very bright blue with a white background and the word Crunch written in large red font. There are then pieces of the chocolate bar scattered in the background. Inside the chocolate is wrapped again in blue foil. 100g provides 509 calories.

                            The bar is described as milk chocolate with crisped cereals. I am guessing by that they mean Rice Krispies cereal or maybe even Coco Pops. As it is you can't see the crisps that well inside or from the top but if you look at the underneath of the bar you can see all the little krispies.

                            The milk chocolate they have used for this is of a pretty good quality and sufficiently creamy and melts in the mouth quite nicely. They are also very generous with the krispy bits. I think this is important it might become quite sickly quite quickly. The krispies make eating this an intersting experience as it does crunch whilst eating as promised. I felt it made a nice change from all the typical slabs with nut or caramel. In fact, this really rather reminded me of rice-krispy cakes but with a higher percentage of chocolate and that which there as being of a creamier nature. It also reminded me a bit of a Kit Kat where you get that same of flavours though of course that is slightly different as it is biscuit.

                            I would highly recommend this. It makes a change from Cadbury's certainly. Only drawback is it is very more-ish. Acutally, I acccidentally eat it all without really realising it because it's not too full on as it were so be warned. If you have more self-restraint than I do, give it a try next time you see it....

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                              21.10.2009 22:46
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                              ***CRUNCH***
                              Crunch bar is made by Nestle and was first launched in 1965. These were available in milk chocolate with crisped rice also in white chocolate as well. This bar is available one of which is a standard sized bar which is 33g and it's also available in a large bar which is 100g.

                              Both bars come in slightly different wrappers. The smaller standard bar comes in a plastic wrapper which is easy to tear open and the large bar comes in a blue foil packet with a paper wrapping on the outside with the words Crunch on the front. Both standard and large bars are available to buy from supermarkets and some local shops. A standard bar will cost approx 54p and a large bar will cost just over £1.00.

                              ***NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION***
                              Each standard bar (33g) contains the following:

                              * Calories - 168kcal (8% RDA)
                              * Sugars - 18.4g (20% RDA)
                              * Fat - 9.2g (13% RDA)
                              * Saturates - 5.7g (28% RDA)
                              * Salt - 0.1g (4%)

                              May contain traces of nuts.


                              ***APPEARANCE/SMELL***
                              As you open the back of the packet you can smell a light scent of milk chocolate. You can see all the crispy pieces in the chocolate and the bottom of the chocolate feels bumpy and isn't smooth like other bars. When you look at the front of the bar is has Crunch in letters written across it and it has sections of which you can break pieces off easily and eat at a time.

                              ***TASTE TEST***
                              When putting this into my mouth I could immediately taste a chocolate taste and I could feel the crispy pieces on my tongue. As I bit into the pieces of chocolate my teeth simply sunk into the milk chocolate and the crispy pieces. The crispy pieces in the chocolate are very crispy and give the bar a fantastic texture and taste. The chocolate isn't as nice as Cadbury's as it's not so creamy and milky but it's still a nice taste. I found this bar very more-ish and I could quite easily sit there and eat the whole bar to myself as I think it's just too good to share!

                              ***OVERALL OPINION***
                              Although I'm not a huge fan of Nestle chocolate I found this extremely more-ish and was a yummy combination of chocolate a crisped rice pieces. It only took me a few hours to eat a large bar of this as it was so more-ish. This bar isn't as sickly as other chocolate bars, but I was very thirsty after scoffing this bar. The standard crunch bars are great for putting in lunch-boxes and are great for a snack on the go as well. They are very satisfying and also cure any sweet cravings I may be having. I would definitely buy this bar again and would buy it on a regular occasion. My sister also love's this bar and also finds it very more-ish too.


                              (review also on ciao)

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                                28.09.2009 09:09
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                                Really nice chocolate bar

                                I picked up a 100g size bar of this last night in Tescos for the bargain price of 83p, it was on offer so I am unsure of the regular retail price. It is made by Nestle and I remember in my childhood having the white chocolate version. However, this one was nowhere to be seen so I opted for the milk chocolate. The bar comes in a dark blue wrapper, with a large crunch logo taking up the entire front of the packet. There is a nutritional information bar at the bottom. Inside the wrapper, the bar is wrapped in blue foil.

                                Opening the bar, the first thing I noticed was that there were no chunks or lines to break the chocolate along. However, there was again the big crunch logo on the chocolate itself. Due to the lines and shape of the writing, this meant you could snap it into roughly similar sized pieces, a little larger than those you would get in a standard bar of chocolate.

                                Turning the bar over, I noticed how many pieces of crisped cereal were in the bar. The packaging thells me this is only 15% however it looks so much more and there is lots throughout every chunk.

                                Biting into the bar, the chocolate tastes quite cheap to be honest. This doesn't put me off though as it is creamy, easy to eat and melts in the mouth. The crispies each coat really well in chocolate and the taste is not dissimilar to rice krispie cakes. The crunchiness of the bar makes it taste really fresh and the texture is really interesting and is a welcome break from standard chocolate bars on the market. The chocolate is not at all sickly making it very moreish, meaning you could end up eating the whole bar!

                                A sixth of the bar contains 85 calories, 9.3g sugars, 4.6g fat, 2.9g saturates and 0.1g salt. As with all chocolate it should really only be enjoyed in moderation.

                                I really enjoyed this bar and will be looking out for it again. In my opinion it was quite different to other chocolate bars out there and had a really nice texture. I only wish I could find the white one!

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                                  16.09.2009 12:27
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                                  Edible but far from great

                                  Nestle Crunch comes in a blue and white wrapper with red writing where the name is making it look like it's snapping the white bar across the middle, this, is supposedly a crunch. With an ever increasing price for chocolate it's always nice to find bargains so when you can buy a 100g for less than £1 it's always worth trying, even if it is a Nestle bar. Nestle are probably the worst of Britain's "big 4" as far as the chocolate bar market is concerned (Kinder, Cadbury, Mars and Nestle) due to the quality of the chocolate, though with a nice range that includes KitKats, Aero, Matchmakers, Milky Bar, yorkie, Walnut Whip, Toffee Crisp and of course the Crunch bar.

                                  According to wikipedia the bar has been available for over 70 years (since 1938), and like all chocolate that's been around that long, you know it must be popular. So what is it exactly? Well it's a chocolate bar (duh) with pieces of rice in the back, the front of the bar is broken into 18 "bits", with 6 of them having the word "CRUNCH" across and 12 being plain. Although they aren't pieces that can easily be broken off properly the bar is easy enough to snap. When bitten into you can see where the product gets it's name from, the crunching of the rice pieces as you chewy the bar. Though you also remember it's Nestle chocolate which is substantially worse than Kinder chocolate (and much less tooth kind). The feeling you get when eating it is almost "This is a toffee crisp...with out the toffee" which although some people may like the toffee, it can be rather messy at times and so this is perhaps what adults should give their kids.

                                  It seems funny that as much as I criticise the taste, the crunching sound has meant I've almost sat and eaten the full bar in the last 10 minutes which probably shows it's appealing beyond it's taste, a quality not a lot of sweet items do. Though I wouldn't pick this up instead of a couple of Kinder Bueno's unless it was as cheap as it was (79p) as it's not an amazing chocolate bar, or anything special, but what it is is really edible and enjoyable.

                                  Nutritional Information (100g)
                                  509 Calories
                                  7g Protein
                                  58.8g Carbohydrates
                                  27.3g Fat

                                  Overall I would say that eating a full 100g bar isn't healthy (around 40% your RDA fat for a start) it's hard to stop your self when you've started. In fact if I wasn't still writing it would have all gone already. Yet I don't think it tastes especially nice it's just addictive I guess. The smaller bars are available but never seem to be that widely available to be honest so it's the big ones or none. So what we'll do is leaving the remaining ¼ of the bar on the table, go to work, and I'll happily bet it's gone before I get home yet no one will comment on how nice it was, it'll just be gone. That's the problem, it goes but it feels less than pleasing, it's edible but doesn't fill it's easy to eat, but yet doesn't fully satisfy the lust for quality chocolate.

                                  The bar can also be found in a variety of other forms such as white chocolate, caramel, peanut and a wafer and creme one (again according to wikipedia) though I've only actually seen the white one and that was years ago. Though I'd assume they are pretty much the same, a cheap-ish tasting chocolate with a peculiar addictive quality and a crunching sound every bite, should that be sound bite?

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