“ Brand: Mars / Type: Bar „
I have to confess that I'm not a massive fan of the ordinary Twix bar. That's not to say that I hate the thing, simply that it's rarely higher on my impulse-buy list than quite a number of other chocolate bars. I'm also not a massive fan of coffee: it's a nice enough drink, but I've never got into the whole coffee-bar culture and find Starbucks' idiotic jargon to have no redeeming features whatsoever. So, why am I reviewing the coffee-flavoured Twix Cappuccino? The answer is simple: because it's there!
I first came across this bar in Poundland, of all places. Thankfully it didn't cost a whole shiny gold piece for just the one: you could pick up four of them for your quid, and 25p for a standard-sized chocolate bar is good going in anyone's book. It's not that easy to say what they might usually cost, since most of my usual chocolatey haunts seem not to stock the things, but from memory I think 45-50p is about what I've seen this bar sold for, so slightly cheaper than some but a few pence more than the standard Twix.
I don't much like the gold and silver design of the wrapper; it looks really rather dull. Silver commonly does, actually: I suspect that packaging designers come up with the pretty pictures on their computer screens and everyone goes "ooh", but it very often doesn't look nearly so good in the "flesh". The ordinary gold Twix wrapper is better, without a doubt. My bar turned out to have come from Poland, and seemed to have some sort of competition advertised, probably one where you text in, but I don't speak enough Polish to be able to tell for sure!
As most of the text on the wrapper is in Polish only, I can't really say very much about that, though it would seem that the splashed phrase "Smak na Tak" is some sort of advertising slogan. It sounds very like "Snack Attack", but I think that's just coincidence: some wrestling with a Polish dictionary suggests that it may mean something along the lines of "Taste for yes" - not that that's terribly informative, I know! Strangely, the words "limited edition" *are* in English, which doesn't seem to make a lot of sense...
At least I was able to decipher the nutritional information reasonably easily. The bar weighs a reasonably chunky 51 grams, and consists of "milk chocolate covered caramel flavoured with cappucino and biscuit", which seems clear enough, though there's no indication as to the milk or cocoa solids percentages. A bar contains 251 kcal of energy, which is around the average for chocolate. I couldn't find any confirmation that the Twix Cappuccino is suitable for vegetarians, so it's probably best to assume that it isn't.
The lacklustre impression continues as you remove the packaging. It doesn't really smell of anything much other than a slightly strange Twix; a moment's thought will tell you that it's coffee, but that's about it. As for the taste... well, as mentioned, as a non-coffee fan I'm rather biased. I was never likely to find this one of the all-time great chocolate experiences.
Even allowing for that, I honestly think that producers Mars could have done a bit better than this. If you imagine the dregs from the bottom of a very average jar of supermarket own-brand instant coffee, mixed with the usual (and admittedly not bad in texture) chewy caramel from a standard Twix, then you're just about there. One to pass over, this.
Twix are one of my favourite chocolate bars, since they come in twos (so you can eat one and leave one) and are margianlly more filling than some others thanks to their biscuit-y insides.
I bought these limited edition polish versions from a online bulk retailer, in a box of 36, so I'm not sure how many normal UK shops would stock them.
I'll take them apart in the order that they come.
The packaging is okay, as can be seen from the picture they look very much like a standard Twix, but with limited edition and cappuccino at the side. It also has a cheery logo that says smak na tak!
It appears to be a competition pack, simillar to our Mars Balls, but I have no idea what you can win, or if it would be open to us, as I don't speak polish!
The packaging also contains the pack size (51g) and nutritional information but again I don't speak polish, so the only info I could understand is that it contains 492kcal/100g.
The chocolate is milk and pretty much the same as the normal versions. It has the mars "pulse" design on the bottom, and is slightly rippled on top.
The biscuit is satisfyingly crunchy, but perhaps a bit too crumbly.
I'm not sure where the cappucino flavour is, but I think it is in the caramel. The caramel is quite firm for a soft caramel, and I would dispute the cappucino tag, as it is not milky or creamy at all, it is more of a coffee icing kind of flavour (not saying this is a bad thing, as I do quite like it, but a little misleading for me.)
Twix Cappucino is one of those rare items that I came across when browsing in the local newsagents once, it's a limited edition chocolate bar from Masterfoods that in theory is only available on the Polish market but can supposedly be unearthed in Poundstretcher too.
I'm always keen to give the limited edition choc bars ago, even if they rarely make it on to the market permanently and aren't as good as their permanent contemporaries! If you like cappucino then you'll probably like this, whilst it may be artificial the cappucino taste is relatively similar to the real mccoy and gives a real twist to the brand, making a refreshing change from a regular twix, the coating seems to be of a slightly thick layer than the regular chocolate one and the biscuit isn't quite the same as in the regular twix, I noticed that it was less hard and more crumbly.
If there is one thing that I would critiise then it's the design, the colour of the label is pretty much the same as the regular one and apart from the word Twix being in a different place and the word Cappucino in italics on it, there's no real noticeable difference and you could easily skim past it in the shop.