“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Caramel „
I am currenly salivating while writing this review. Nutty nougat are in my opinion the best of the own brand chocolate bars from tesco. They consist of a nougat base topped with a mix of peanuts and caramel, all wrapped up in a chocolate coating. These are a lot cheaper than the branded chocolate bar equivalent, yet taste very similar, so i think going without the luxury of a branded chocolate bar when you fancy some chocolate is worth the saving.
Cant imagine, however, that health conscious people are too keen on them, being as they are full of fat and sugar. Despite that i would happily eat one instead of making myself some toast if im peckish in the evening. The reason? Well, it just tastes so great. If you want a cheap snack and cant be bothered to make anything, have one of these, make it last while watching a film or something.
I have recently been trying to save a few pennies on the supermarket shopping bill and this has involved buying various supermarket own brands. Me and the boyfriend both love our chocolate but as the big name choccie bars can be a bit on the pricey side we were happy to give these a go.
These Tesco Nutty Nougat Caramel bars are part of a range that imitates well known chocolate bars but for a credit crunch friendly price. These particular ones are the Tesco version of Snickers but they also do their own versions of Mars Bars, Kit Kats, Twix, Bounty's and Milky Ways. I chose these Nutty Nougat ones because I love Snickers and welcomed the idea of a cheaper version.
You can buy these Nutty Nougat bars in packs of 8 snack sized bars or a bag full of fun sized ones. I tend to buy the snack sized packs as I think they make a more satisfying snack. Cost wise both options are priced at £1.06 plus Tesco seem to constantly have them offer for 3 for £3. This is a great bargain - comparatively a 10 pack of Snickers snack sized bars will cost you £2.14.
These chocolate bars come in a brown and caramel coloured outer wrapper which looks attractive as it resembles a giant chocolate bar! On the front of the pack is a picture of some tasty looking chocolate bars with the name 'Nutty Nougat Caramel' in chunky colourful writing. The back is jam-packed with info regarding ingredients, allergy advice, storage instructions and nutritional information.
Each 40g bar is individually wrapped in a brown and caramel wrapper similar to the outer wrapper. When you open one you can smell an appetising sweet chocolatey smell. On biting down you can taste that it does indeed taste and look similar to a Snickers bar. As the pack describes the bars are made up of 'soft nougat topped with smooth caramel and crunchy peanuts and covered in a thick milk chocolate'. The outer chocolate is tasty, maybe not as good quality as the chocolate on a Snickers bar but it is still creamy, thick and tasty. The caramel is rich and flavoursome and gives the bars a lovely original taste that differs slightly to the Snickers taste. The nougat is soft and is complimented by a generous amount of crunchy peanuts. The bar is satisfyingly chewy and all the flavours and textures work really well together.
It is similar to a Snickers but, as I said, the caramel and chocolate do give the Nutty Nougat bars a slightly different taste to the Snickers but it is a delicious chocolate bar it it's own right. If I had to choose out of the two I would choose the Nutty Nougat bars because they are gorgeous tasting and a brilliant price. You do not lose any of the great taste by buying these over Snickers bars but you are saving quite a bit of money.
Obviously these bars are not particularly healthy. One snack sized 40g bar contains: 201 calories, 17.5g sugar, 11.6g fat, 4.8g saturates and 0.4g fat. It does seem quite high in calories and fat for the size of the bar so obviously not the best things in the world to eat but ok in moderation. If you buy the fun sized ones they contain 105 calories and 2.6g fat so not as bad for you but I would find to just have one fun sized one and probably scoff 2 or 3 in one go!
Overall I highly recommend these Nutty Nougat bars if you want a great tasting chocolate bar. If you are a fan of Snickers you will enjoy the taste and enjoy the price. Give them a go!
... Firstly, I just want to apologise: this review is for Tesco Crazy Caramel Bars, which I couldn't find listed and the Tesco site wont give me a link to the product to attach to a new product suggestion. They're pretty much the same thing, except Nutty Nougat has nuts, and Crazy Caramel doesn't. Both are pretty darn tasty though! ...
I recently wrote a review for Tesco Wild & Whippy, a cheaper supermarket own brand version of Milky Way snack size. Crazy Caramel bars are a similar concept; a decent copy of Mars bars at half the price!
Crazy Caramel bars are sold in 3 sizes; a 320g pack of 8 for £1.06, a 220g 4 pack at 99p and a funsize 280g bag for £2.50. Unfortunately Tesco don't sell their own brand chocolate individually, but an 8 pack for a little over £1 is a bargain compared to branded Mars bars. These would be equivalent to Mars Snacktime, which cost £1.99 (Tesco) for a pack of ten. The mars minis/funsize are £2.20 (Tesco) for a bag only slightly larger by 40g, so the Tesco make would save you about half the price.
They come a red pack with a cross-section picture of the bar which looks like a very good copy of Mars and very appetising!
Crazy Caramel bars are snack-sized bars, with a soft nougat centre with a layer of caramel on top, which is in turn covered in milk chocolate. Imagine a Mars bar and these will come very close.
The milk chocolate is thick and smooth, so there's plenty to get your teeth into before reaching the thick, sweet caramel. Once your gnashes have made it past the caramel, they easily sink into the soft nougat, which is also of a good consistency without being too soft or hard. The texture is smooth, relatively creamy and quite chewy. The taste is sweet and quite rich, but it's just the right size to taste delicious without being sickly sweet.
The regular bars are designed as snacks, but are of a good length and depth to fulfil hunger and a chocolate fix. The funsize bars are much smaller, so you'll only get one or two bites before it's all gone, but they're good for smaller children or for when you just want something light and not too filling.
Overall I would definitely recommend these. It's not fair to compare them entirely to Mars, but they are along the same lines. Judging them on their own merits, they're a good price, good consistency and size, and taste smooth, rich and chocolatey. Yum :o)
This is Tesco's version of Mars Snickers Bars. Tesco do others in the range such as versions of Mars Bars, Twix's and Milky Way. So far my fav in the range is the Milky Way version, but this has it's good parts as well.
You can now buy these in a 4 pack, but i'm unsure of the price, as i've got in the habit of buying the Snack Sized pack, which has 8 Bars in it and costs £1.15. Tesco often has an offer of 3 packs through the range for £3, so a little saving to be had!
The packaging of these isn't that eyecatching. It is a brown wrapper with some cream bits on it and the title of the product on it. For some reason the Nutty part is in blue and that just looks odd against the rest of it. The individual Bars are also in Brown wrappers with the writing in white. There is the normal little picture of these on the front and this is in the form of a half eaten bar, so you see all the Caramel and Nuts inside of it.
The size of each bar is just a bit bigger than an individual Milky Way in my view. They are slightly thicker though and you can feel they are quite heavy when you hold them, so a lot packed into the Bar.
So now to the taste of these. They are alright. The base of fluffy nougat is quite nice. It is soft and has a nice sweet taste. Over the nougat is a good amount of Peanuts covered in a thick sweet Caramel. The Caramel is sickly, but in a nice way and what I mean by that is that it a god taste, but I would find this pretty sickly if I was eating a lot of bars one after the other. The whole bar is covered in Milk Chocolate. The Chocolate is Milky and tasty enough, but it does taste a bit of cheaper Chocolate. It's certainly no brand named Chocolate, and sometimes i'm not that keen on Cheaper chocolate. It also tastes odd against the other ingredients which in my view could nearly pass for the real Snickers.
A nice budget friendly Chocolate bar. Perhaps others out there wouldn't pull this apart like I have and judge it for what it is - a cheaper take on a popular brand name.
Tesco Nutty Nougat Caramel Bars are one of the tastier Tesco own chocolate bars available. They come in two different packets, in multibags of fun size bars for £1.06 for a 280g bag, or in standard snack sized bars at £1.05 for 8 bars.
The funsize bars are nice little bite size treats that I often get in the mixed multipacks. Okay, actually they are the daughter's and grandson's but a hungry grandad is not a happy grandad, and theft is justified when you pay most of the bills.
It's the standard snack sized bars that I usually have for myself though in my stash. Each bar is a fair bit smaller than the individual adult sized bars that you buy individually in the shops, but then they're also really thick and packed with tasty filling. So I think these are actually quite a good size given how rich the caramel filling is.
These are basically a poor man's snickers bar. They're bars of acceptable quality milk chocolate, that are filled with thick but slightly fluffy chocolate nougat, lashings of sticky thick caramel, and lots of little peanuts too. There's nothing about these that could possibly pass off as a Cadbury or even Mars chocolate bar, but they really are perfectly acceptable for the times when you want to cut back on price a bit.
As with any chocolate bar, there are some drawbacks of course. In this case, the fat content is not something to be scoffed at. There are 11.6g of fat in every bar, which is very high given that there are only 205 calories for these smaller than standard sized chocolate bars. It's about the same content as a snack time Snickers bar has, and yet it doesn't taste quite as satisfying as a Snickers does.
So it's an acceptable chocolate fix that's not good for your waistline, and not the most satisfying fix you pick either. But hey, it is cheap, and at 13p per bar - you can't expect perfection. If the price of these went up by 40p or more, I wouldn't buy them though.
The munchies often attack while I am working at my desk. And they are generally of the chocolate-craving variety. Once they make themselves known, I cannot concentrate until I have not only acknowledged their existance, but given in to them.
There is a newsagents across the road from my office, where I can get no end of chocolate bars, packs of crisps etc, but the prices of these just seem to be going up and up, and to be paying 60p for a Mars Bar or something similar just seems extortionate to me! (or perhaps I am just getting old, and hankering after the good old days when I would get a Mars Bar and change from 20p.....).
There are numerous delis and coffee shops nearby too, but these, whilst yummy, are even more expensive, because apart from anything else I am tempted to get a lovely latte to go with my munchie-craving induced pastry or muffin.....
So, I have been trying to go for the cheaper option, and to keep a stash in my work drawer that I can dip into when the cravings strike, but that do not lead me to spend masses of money in the process.
This week it was the turn of 3 packs of Tesco own brand nutty nougat caramel bars - These are similar to Snickers (or Marathons if you are stuck in the 70s or 80s) and are available in mini bars, in a bag similar to the one shown above or snack size bars which come in packs of 8.
The mini bars are what used to be called "fun size" - this can only mean "you must be joking".......as one fun size bar is not even going to touch the sides - one and a half mouthfuls and it is all gone, no craving satisfied and therefore I am in serious danger of demolishing the whole packet.
The mini bars are, however, a good idea for party bags (check peanut allergy before giving these to little Rosie and Josh) and on halloween to give to trick or treaters. For anything else, they are just too small in my opinion.
However, the snack size, are a good way to satisfy those cravings.
You get 8 of these bars in a pack - at 40g per bar they are smaller than a standard Snickers bar - probably about 2/3 of the weight and size. However, because they are slightly smaller, they can be discretely scoffed at your desk, keeping the munchie monster at bay, but yet not spoiling your lunch or your dinner.
Each bar has a layer of soft nougat, with a further layer of caramel and peanuts. The whole bar is then encased with milk chocolate. The taste is every bit as good as a Snickers, I really cannot fault it.
Because these are smaller than a "standard" chocolate bar, the calorie and fat count is not bad - one bar is 201 calories and 4.8 grammes of saturated fat. For something that is so satisfying, this is not horrific, and if you are craving your sweet stuff while on a diet, one of these is not going to halt your weight loss progress too much - eat without guilt!
Obviously, being a nutty bar, they contain nuts.......suitable disclaimers are provided on the packaging for those that might not believe such a claim.
At the moment, these are on offer - 3 packs for £3 at Tesco, meaning each bar is just 12.5p.........much better value than the 60p I would have to spend on a Snickers in the newsagent. Even if I am forced by the munchie monsters to eat two of these, it has only cost me 25p. I can live with that!
Of course, the biggest problem is that having 24 bars of these in my drawer can be quite distracting.........