Product Type: Nestle Chocolate
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Its CRUNCH time!
Member Name: strawberry123
Advantages: Great tasting, cheap
Disadvantages: Hard to locate, packaging could be improved
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
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Summary: An alternative to plain milk chocolate