Product Type: Nestle Chocolate
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Nestle toffee crisp - sweetly satisfying!
Nestle Toffee Crisp
Member Name: geodougal
Nestle Toffee Crisp
Advantages: perfect ratio of chocolate, toffee and biscuit!
Disadvantages: Perhaps a little too sickly, chocolate isnt of the best quality
Who doesn't enjoy a proper good substantial chocolate bar? I know I do! But with chocolate bars being so expensive these days I only tend to buy them when they're on offer and it's not often you get the bigger, popular more substantial chocolate bars included in the offers. Well this week I was a happy bunny, bouncing along the isles I came across the one and only toffee crisp chocolate bar on BOGOF! So in two packs went (no I didn't eat them all to myself, my other half is helping me!)
~ Nestle & toffee crisp ~
Toffee crisp bars are produced by the confectionary company 'Nestle'. Nestle has been around since the 1860's. The first Nestle UK factory opened in 1905 and merged with the anglo-swiss condensed milk company as well as taking over rowntree's. Before long Nestlé's name was appearing on instant formula, chocolates and tinned milks. Nestle has since made our best loved chocolate and confectionary such as kit kat and smarties, Buxton water, Nescafe coffee, a range of cereals such as shreddies and go -cat cat food!
Nestle's toffee crisp bars were first produced in 1963 and consists of of puffed rice embedded in soft toffee and shaped into a rectangular cuboid, the whole bar being covered by milk chocolate.
~ Product and availability ~
Nestle toffee crisp is available to buy in most supermarkets as well as some discount stores and corner shops. It can be bought in several different forms including the traditional bar (which I'm reviewing), the snack size bar, the biscuit bar and the clusters. The average price for the standard sized bar is around the usual price for a chocolate bar, 60-80p. The multipacks (4 bars) work out much cheaper at around £1.49 for four (roughly 38p a bar). At the moment (24/09/12) they are on offer at £1.00 in Sainsbury's, Waitrose and Asda and are on BOGOF in Tesco's.
~ Packaging ~
Nestle toffee crisp bars come in a very bright, eye catching orange plastic wrapper, which makes it stand out on the shelves against other chocolate bars. Printed along the centre of the wrapper is 'toffee crisp' in large, bold brown lettering which is outlined in yellow. Above this is the Nestle logo. In the corner you can see the amount of calories per bar which is useful to see without having to search for it on the back. On the side of the wrapper it says 'crispy crunch, chewy munch!' in the same lettering as the front just slightly smaller. On the back you can find the full nutritional table, ingredients list and contact information.
~ Appearance, taste, smell and texture ~
Nestle toffee crisp is about 6cm long and 1.5cm high so it's quite a big substantial sized bar. The top of the bar is sort of rippled slightly and the whole bar is coated completely in lovely glossy milk chocolate. Biting into the bar I notice that the chocolate is not very thick nor is it of the quality of say Cadbury but it doesn't need to be because of the amount of filling there is to make up for it. It is one thing though, very sweet! First you sink your teeth into the lovely gooey, sticky toffee which can be hard if you leave it in the fridge or soft if you leave it out, either way it's delicious! The toffee layer is very thick and chewy, just as proper toffee should be! Then your teeth hit the crunchy biscuity base which balances out the textures perfectly! This is also nice and thick and chunky. The bar doesn't really smell of anything, perhaps just a bit chocolaty. I find one bar is definitely enough otherwise it would be too sickly and sometimes I even find one bar too be a bit over powering but I eat it anyway because it's so moreish! The flavours do complement each other perfectly and the ratio of chocolate to toffee to base is spot on in my opinion!
~ Other information ~
Per Toffee crisp there are 228 calories, 21.1g of sugar, 12.2g of fat, 7.9g of saturates and 0.1g of salt. Not really any surprises there, it is a chocolate bar after all and they are not a health food, in moderation and as a treat these are ok just as everything else.
Surprisingly there is no allergy advice given on the packet nor does it say if its suitable for veggies or not so eat at your own risk. One can only assume these are made in a factory that deals with nuts because of the other confectionary nestle make and they obviously contain dairy.
~ Overall opinion ~
I think toffee crisp are perfect if you need an intense sweet hit! If your looking for a good quality chocolate then this isn't for you as the chocolate doesn't really play a huge part in the bar. You definitely need a sweet tooth to handle one of these as I think they are for sure one of the sweetest chocolate bars out there! I for one don't think this is a bad thing because I love sugary snacks! I would recommend toffee crisp to anybody who needs a good energy boost or fancies a real treat! One bar is very filling and satisfying so I doubt you will want another one like with other chocolate bars out there which is also a good thing. If you're watching the calories I would recommend trying the toffee crisp biscuit bars which contain only 99 calories each!
Overall these are one of my favourite chocolate bars out there and are a perfect chocolatey pick me up!
I give the toffee crisp 4/5 dooyoo stars, nocking one off for the fact that the quality of the chocolate isn't the best and that they are perhaps a little too sickly but definitely enjoyable!
Summary: A super sweet chocolaty satisfaction from nestle!