Product Type: Mr Tom Food
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Peanut perfection - but not for those with wobbly teeth!
Mr Tom Peanut Bar
Member Name: ryeb
Mr Tom Peanut Bar
Advantages: Tastes delicious, packed with nuts, smells lovely
Disadvantages: Original bar is very chewy, full of sugar [but it is a sweet!], relatively limited stockists
I love peanuts and anything flavoured with them, especially if it is combined with chocolate. Naturally this isn't the healthiest obsession but as I don't eat sweets a lot I feel O.K to have the occasional treat. I first tried the Mr Toms Peanut Bar when I saw it in an independent sweet shop that specialises in imported chocolates. [It is made in Germany.] It cost me more than a £1 for one so I was pleased to see that Poundland offer multi packs of 3 x 40g bars for the same price alongside the chocolate version. I decided as it was such as saving I had better buy a pack of each..
I don't know who Mr Tom is named after but it seems to carry that name in other countries as my boyfriend has bought it with the same packaging elsewhere in Europe. It is something he remembers being around when he was a kid but strangely I don't recall it at all. Another local sweetshop has it in the retro sweets section so my other half must have a better memory than I have. The packaging does look slightly old fashioned but I don't mind as it soon comes off to reveal a very nutty treat underneath. No one could accuse the makers of stinting on the peanuts, that's for sure.
If you like the traditional sweet that is usually called nut brittle or crackle, you will like the flavours of Mr Tom even though the texture isn't quite the same. The two sweets look very similar. The original bar is made of whole peanuts closely packed into a firm, glossy golden caramel. It is more chewy than brittles are to me whilst still being very hard, and therefore not as easy to eat as it could be. It gets softer as you chew but this is definitely not a nibble for those with a wobbly tooth! It is also difficult to divide up, so you have the perfect excuse to keep it all to yourself. Thankfully all the chewing is worth it as the sweet has an intense nutty flavour without being tooth rottingly sweet. The caramel doesn't have the lovely toffee taste of some peanut brittles and is quite bland compared to the nuts, but as the latter have so much flavour I don't mind. I think it mainly serves to hold the nuts together and add a bit of sweetness. It does smell of caramel though, mixed with the aroma of a just opened jar of peanut butter. Delicious!
The chocolate version is in my opinion even nicer as it is easier to eat whilst still being full of nuts. In this case, Poundland only had this variety in a large bar measuring 150g, which thankfully for your teeth, can be divided up easily. It consists of a milk chocolate with caramelised roasted peanuts dotted throughout. The nuts are in pieces this time but there is so many of them that the bar is still dripping with flavour. The crunchiness is more manageable in these small doses and it contrasts deliciously with the smooth chocolate. I didn't expect to like that chocolate at all because I often find European made milk ones aren't as creamy tasting as what we are used to. No doubt they think our Dairy Milks and Galaxies don't taste nice either! Thankfully, the Mr Tom chocolate has a nice flavour even if it is a bit on the sweet side.
I can't see a nutritional breakdown on either packet which is often the case with imported sweets I find. I think it is safe to say considering the ingredients that it won't be a dieters friend but I doubt anyone would buy something like this expecting it to be healthy. Sugar is the largest ingredient after all. They are at least suitable for vegetarians.
I would recommend these sweets to anyone that loves peanuts but only go for the original version if you like hard, chewy sweets. The chocolate one is my favourite but it is also nice to have a traditional non chocolate sweet sometimes. Both are good quality and generously filled and feel like a real treat. You can buy Mr Tom bars in many sweet shops and online confectioners but buying them from non specialist sources always seems cheapest. They have now disappeared from my nearest Poundland and 99p store but they do come and go so it may be worth still keeping an eye out there.
Summary: A delicious treat for peanut fans that is worth tracking down
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