This is one of my favourite bars of chocolate and one that the vending machine in work usually has a plentiful supply of.
A Drifter bar is a crisp wafer, dipped in caramel and covered in milk chocolate. The wrapper is a bright blue with Drifter written on the front in red with a yellow outline. The design is very eyecatching. You tear open the wrapper and you are greeted by two fingers of milk chocolate which hides the caramel wafery goodness inside. DRifter bars have been around since 1980, but they were discontinued briefly in 2007 before being reintroduced in 2008.
The bar itself smells really nice. There is a distinctive caramel and milk chocolate aroma when you open the bar. They do have a very sweet smell, but as I have a sweet tooth, this just makes me want to eat the bar more.
These bars are sweet, but not overly so. The ingredients all mix together to give you a chocolaty, wafery, caramel mouthful. Despite over 50% of the bar being made up of wafer, it's not the dominant flavour
While this isn't the healthiest of treats, I do find that because there is two fingers, usually I eat one and that's enough so I keep the other for later (or that's the idea in theory anyway).
The nutritional information is as follows (per finger)
The following is per finger:
Carbohydrate - 18.6g
Calories - 131
Not the healthiest of snacks, but not the worst either!
I do really like these bars. They provide me with a sugar and chocolate boost and it really satisfies my sweet tooth. I would recommend these to chocoholics, or those just looking for a sweet treat. You can buy these in bars of two fingers. or individual fingers, which are slightly smaller, and less calories. I can usually find these parks for around £1 - £1.50, and the individual bars are 65p from the vending machine in work, and similar prices in most shops.
~ THE CHOCOLATE BAR ~
The chocolate bar is called Drifter and is made by Nestle. Nestle make a large range of products including well known chocolate bars and treats such as Smarties, Kit Kat and more. Drifter was first launched in 1980 by Rowntree's and is still a popular chocolate bar which is why it's still available to buy today. Nestle took over Rowntree's in 1988 which is why this bar now has Nestle on the packaging. In 2007 Drifter was discontinued and then re-launched again in May 2008. The bar itself consists of 2 crispy wafer fingers dipped in chewy caramel and then covered in milk chocolate. I remember seeing this bar in the shops when I was a child, how-ever I don't actually remember trying it until I was at least 15yrs old, as I used to have my favourite choccie bars then. This bar has become a favourite of mine, and I'm not normally a huge fan of Nestle chocolate as I prefer Cadbury's or Galaxy, how-ever I just love the taste of the 2 chocolate fingers combined with the chewy caramel and milk chocolate. I purchased this chocolate bar from my local Co-Op store for approximately 62p.
~ Nutritional information ~
The following is per finger:
* Protein - 1.1g (2% RDA)
* Carbohydrate - 18.6g (8% RDA)
* Fat 5.6g (8% RDA)
* Calories - 131 (7% RDA)
~ PACKAGING ~
The chocolate bar comes in a bright blue wrapper which has the words Drifter in large capital letters across the front in red and yellow. The packaging stands out as it's quite bright and you can't help but notice the name of the chocolate bar on the wrapper. On the front it states how many calories are in per finger and it also states that the product is by Nestle. On the back of the wrapper under the flap it gives you a list of ingredients, nutritional information and contact information fro Nestle should you want to contact them for any reason. It also states what the chocolate bar actually is and tells you to store it in a cool and dry place.
~ APPEARANCE/SMELL ~
When I teared open the blue wrapper I could smell a lovely chocolatey smelt, this did smell very sweet so if you haven't got a sweet tooth then you're probably not going to like the chocolate bar itself. You get 2 chocolate fingers in one packet and each finger is approximately 10sm long and 1.5cm wide. The chocolate is rippled on the top of the bar and on the side of the chocolate bar I can see where some of the caramel has seeped out form underneath the chocolate layer. The caramel is a light golden colour. The fingers remind me of a Twix bar due to the same rippled effect of the chocolate on top of the chocolate bar and around the sides.
~ TASTE TEST ~
I took a bite into the finger and my teeth sank into the wafer layers. I had to put a little more force into biting a piece off due to the chewy caramel layer inside the bar. The piece was very crisp due to the wafer and the caramel made it chewy. As I chewed the piece the chocolate melted and merged in within the caramel and wafer and together this tasted lovely. The texture of the piece of chocolate in my mouth was slightly rough due to the crispy wafer layers, how-ever this soon softened up the more I chewed the piece in my mouth. The caramel does stick to your teeth so ensure you have some chewing gum handy, to get rid of these bits. The overall taste of the chocolate finger was delicious and I loved the fact that it was so chewy and the wafer layers were crispy. The finger is a little sickly, so I decided to eat the other chocolate finger a bit later. After eating one of the fingers I was satisfied and didn't want to risk eating another one straight away as I didn't want to feel bloated or sick.
~ OVERALL OPINION ~
Although I'm not a huge fan of Nestle chocolate I love the taste and texture of this chocolate bar. I don't tend to go for this bar all the time, how-ever I will have it occasionally and whenever I do have it I really enjoy it. The chocolate tasted nice and creamy and the caramel was really chewy. The wafer layers were really crispy and you can tell just how crispy they are when you bite into the finger and chew it in your mouth. This is one of my favourite chocolate bars from Nestle and I know I will be buying it again. I give this yummy chocolate treat 4 out of 5 stars.
(review may also appear on ciao)
If you are looking to buy a snack like a chocolate bar there really is such a choice of different brands and types that it can be a time consuming decision. I tend to go through phases of which ones I eat and at the moment I often select a Drifter produced by Nestle. A Drifter is packaged in a blue wrapper with red and yellow lettering and can be purchased for roughly around sixty pence.
The actual bar is two pieces, fingers if you will, similar in size and shape to that of a Twix or a Twirl. These fingers consist of wafer and caramel coated in milk chocolate. I really love the taste of this product and the texture and the way the components that make it up contrast each other add to a pleasant eating experience. You do need to eat with caution sometimes especially if the bar has been chilled as the caramel can become hard and be a shock to your teeth when you bite in to it. These are lovely to eat with a glass of milk or my personal favourite, a mug of tea.
On the reverse of the wrapper it is stated that each finger contains 6.2g of fat and 132 calories and obviously you need to double these figures to account for the whole bar, I wish really that they would just print the contents for both fingers as a whole as I don't know who would be able to buy a Drifter and have enough self control to each a sole finger. My chocolate bar of choice at the moment and one I definitely recommend.
My partner recently bought these chocolate bars and I just ate one so I thought it would be rather silly not to review it after!
I particulary like the Drifter bar because it has a combination of different textures and flavours which makes it more enjoyable to eat. The Drifter is a finger shape and it consists of chocolate, caramel and a wafer biscuit. There is a few layers of wafer biscuit followed by a soft and golden layer of chewy caramel, which is then covered in a delicious milk chocolate. The chocolate is Nestle.
I have started to eat these more instead of eating actual chocolate bars because there aren't very many calories in them and I found that they are equally enjoyable to eat, they only have 99 calories per bar!
I really enjoy eating this bar because there are so many different textures. As you bite into it you can feel the soft texture of the milk chocolate and the chewy caramel followed by the crispy wafer biscuit! There are no artificial colours or preservatives which is good and it is suitable for vegetarians.
You can buy the bars individually or you can buy them in a multi pack, I got mine in a multi pack, which probably save a little money. There are 8 bars in a multi pack and they are all individually wrapped inside.
You can enjoy this chocolate bar on its own or with a cuppa, they are also great to put in packed lunches because they are individually wrapped.
I always like to have a nice chocolate biscuit bar in the house for when visitors or grandchildren come to visit, so that we can have a cuppa and a natter or just for a treat for the kids and everytime I go shopping I like to buy a packet of chocolate biscuit bars.
This week when I went to the supermarket I spotted these Nestle Drifter Bars, I bought a packet of nine single bars for 99p, which I thought was a reasonable price to pay. Sometimes the Co-op is quite good on offers and for the luxury items this is the time to buy them when they are on offer.
The packet is an attractive metalic foil blue and each bar inside is individually wrapper to keep the bars fresh for when you want a nibble.
They are 130 calories per bar so if your dieting I'd steer clear of these as they are very morish and the temptation to have just one more is always an option. I love the taste so have tobe careful how many I eat as I put weight on quickly.
When you open the foil wrapper you can smell the lovely milk chocolate and the bar is about five inches long and smothered in thick milk chocolate.
When you bite into the bar you can immediately taste the really chewy toffe caramel inside. This is on top of a crispy wafer which is smooth and melts into your mouth as you chew. These are very chewy bars and satisfy any chocolate cravings you might be having.
I like the chewy chocolate bars more than other chocolate bisuicts as they are bigger and tastier, not to mention you feel that you have had a the satisfaction of eating something both tasty and naughty at the same time.
Value for money wise I think 99p is a small price to pay to see the look of happiness on the grandchildrens faces when you get the bisuits out after all biscuits like custard creams just don't cut the ice with them.
These are great for snacks in your lunch box when your working as they give you the energy you might need if you are looking for a boost during the day.
They can be taken to school by the kids and even put out on the table if your having a party, but with the high calorie count in them they do tend to make the kids more hyper than plain biscuits, so make sure you have games or a garden for them to run around in after you have given them one.
Nestle is a well known brand name and all their products are a quality brand. There is a comsumer service if you need to contact them for questions or if your not satisfied with the product.
P.O Box 203 York
YO91 1 XY
00800 63785385 or www.nestle.co.uk
If like me you cannot resist the chocolate bars then these are the one's to look out for .
For some unknown reason I thought that Nestle had stopped producing their Drifter bar but I was wrong, it appears that the Drifter bar is still in demand.
Nestle started to produce the Drifter bar thirty years ago and the company describe it as a chewy bar that you can get your teeth into.
Nestle produce some very popular chocolate snack biscuits that include the ever popular Kit kat, which surely must deserve a place in the history books. The Blue Riband wafer biscuit, another delicious wafer snack that is a little bit on the light side for me, I prefer a biscuit with some substance.
Then the Nestle Breakaway is a luxurious chocolate biscuit comprising of a slab of wholemeal digestive covered in extra thick milk chocolate.
So what is so very different about the Nestle Drifter bar?
The Drifter bar has layer upon layer of feather light crispy wafer in between those crispy wafers they have added some sweet chewy caramel.
I like to store my Drifter in the refrigerator for an hour or so before I eat it so that the milk chocolate hardens off and the caramel becomes even chewier.
The packaging is unique and for as long as I can remember the Drifter bar has had that same bright royal blue plastic packet. The name of the chocolate bar is printed on the top of the packet and for all the world the oddly shaped lettering looks a bit like driftwood floating haphazardly across the front of the packet.
Inside of the heat sealed plastic packet there are two thick Drifter fingers, they look handsome and the thick rippled Nestle milk chocolate smells really sweet.
Once the Drifter has been refrigerated it tastes superb, the chilled sweet thick chocolate needs to be prized away from the endless layers of crisp wafer which are heavily laced with super sweet caramel.
There is only one major problem, you have no sooner started to enjoy the hearty Drifter finger only to find that you have popped the last piece into your mouth. But there is one small consolation, the chewy caramel seems to hang around for a while so if you have fillings in your teeth then beware.
One Drifter finger contains 132 calories but it is hard to produce anything so sweet and tempting that contains less. The Drifter bar is high in fat and sugars too, so maybe we should enjoy these in moderation.
Maybe I was not far out when I said that I had not come across a Nestle Drifter bar for ages, I have just read on a national newspaper blog that the Drifter was relaunched after Cadbury brought back their famous Wispa bar.
A Nestle Drifter makes a good snack if you are in a hurry or they are perfect to put in an adults lunch box. I am not sure that the schools would appreciate it if you added a Drifter bar to your child's lunch box, the accent is on healthy eating and many schools now insist that the children leave their chocolate biscuits at home!
You can buy packs of eight single finger Drifters and they work out at about £1.40 a pack. If you stop off and buy a two finger Drifter in the supermarket or the petrol station then you could expect to pay as much as 52 pence.
The Nestle Drifter bar will almost certainly appeal to anyone who has a very sweet tooth and I am afraid to say that I am one of them.
Drifter bars are delicious.
Out for a walk last weekend with my grandson and as we passed the shops on our way home he asked if he could get a sweet, well what kid wouldn't?
So in we went to the local Spar store and I fancied a bit chocolate but something different and there it was, a Nestle Drifter the forgotten chocolate bar.
I have not had a Drifter bar for about 5 years so I can tell you it went down a treat. A Drifter for anyone that may not know is a two fingered bar similar in shape and size to a Twix, it has layers of crispy wafer covered in smooth caramel and then coated in chocolate.
These can be eaten two ways and each gives the snack a new dimension, you can either eat them straight off the shelf at room temperature where you get soft runny caramel or you can freeze them and then what you get is more like toffee, either way they are a great chocolate bar.
One of these cost me 52p but my local Spar store isn't exactly cheap so perhaps these can be bought cheaper elsewhere, these are one of the few chocolate bars I have never seen in multi packs though so i guess you cannot save by buying them that way.
As with any chocolate bar the nutritional info makes scary reading, these bars have 264 calories and 12.4g of fat in them so if you are watching your weight then you can pretty much forget enjoying one of these.
For those of you not watching your weight though or perhaps like me and just don't seem to put weight on then go grab a couple of these eat one and freeze then eat the other and see which way you prefer your drifter!
I was a little surprised to see the reviews on dooyoo of the drifter bar and see that it had so many bad reviews as I have always loved the drifter bar, so I though I would do a review on it and explain why I like the bar so much.
The drifter bar is a great chocolate bar, it contains chocolate, wafer and caramel. I love wafer in chocolate bars but most of all I am a big fan of all things caramel so the taste of these three things combined just tops it all.
The drifter bar is made up of two long thin fingers similar in size to the fingers of Twix. I like the idea of this as it seems like your getting more for your money, but there great as you don't have to eat the whole bar in one go, you can make it last longer or even share it with some one.
The wafer inside is really fresh and always crunchy, this is then dipped and surrounded by a chewy caramel similar in consistency to that of the Twix so its not going to run everywhere when you bite into it but its quite soft and still chewy. The whole thing is then coated in nestle milk chocolate which finished it off nicely.
These are a similar price to all the other chocolate bars out there at about 45p or so and I think I do actually prefer these to the Twix as I think the wafer goes so well with the caramel.
This has to be one of my favourite chocolate bars. It comes in a pack with two bars. It is a crispy wafer which has been dipped in chewy caramel and covered in milk chocolate. It is 30% caramel and 23% milk chocolate. The packaging is quite simply blue with "Drifter" written in red and a yellow outline. Each finger contains 132 calories and is well worth the taste, the package itself weighs 52g. There is nutritional information and ingredients on the back as well as contact us details. The packaging has a "keep Britain tidy" logo and shows that it can be recycled. As with most products the best before date is clearly marked on a white background and can be seen easily.
I am a wafer person and since I love chocolate so much this is ideal for me. Just the first crunch in my mouth and the chewy caramel is fantastic. The chocolate is not soft and so not for those who like silky tastes. I like the fcat that there are two bars... one would be consumed upon purchase and then I can keep the other bar for later on as a treat with some tea. I bought one packet today and I would admit that I feel they have become smaller then I remember and at 50p for one I would have expected it to be the same size. They had disappeared last year where I couldn't find them anywhere but am now glad to see them back! Hopefully to stay 
Coming in a 2 finger design (though I think there is also single finger ones sold) the Drifter bar comes in a mostly blue packet with the name of the product in Red with a white outline then a yellow outline. It's created by the Swiss company Nestle who's chocolate biscuit bars (anything in the Kit Kat brand really) are often better than their stand alone chocolate bars, due what I personally find as being quite a cheap chocolate. However the drifter should be safe, the bar, as described on the edge of the wrapper are "Crispy Wafer dipped in chewy caramel & covered in chocolate", that to me sounds like a biscuit style bar.
The bar has been around for almost 30 years, though some seem to suggest it was almost phased out in early 2008 then brought back in the middle of the year, the actual idea seems to strike me as rather silly. Also there is a suggestion that they are hard to find, though the multi packs seem to be sold in every major super market and the bars as a whole are much easier to find than Nestles white caramel bar, the Caramac.
From the outside the biscuits look identical to Twix's same size, same colour, same slightly rough outer layer on the top as well, and lets be honest, being compared to a Twix is far from an insult. Biting into it you get hit very quickly by the tough caramel and the multitude of wafer inside, it's actually a bit of a battle to get your mouthful away from the bar, which may not sound good, but it's genuinely lovely. For those who like to chew, the bar is really chewy, putting up a good fight because the wafer is all destroyed, an it's easy to forget about how bad Nestle's chocolate tastes when you're having fun actually eating the bar. As for how it compares with the Kit Kat, well this is pretty much a thicker tough caramel based Kit Kat, still a delight to eat though the wafer doesn't have the same "crack" to it as the Kit Kat it's the caramel that separates the two.
Nutritional information per finger(about 26g)
The bars include milk, whey powder, soya, lactose, wheat flour, vegetable fat, rice flour, yeast, barley extract wheat and E471 (an emulsifier). The bar fails to clearly state it's suitable for vegetarians so I'd assume you none meat eating bunch will have to go with out (though I couldn't see any reason why...)
Overall a really delightful and enjoyable bar that may not be able to call it's self the most filling, or the most original or the greatest, what it is however, is one of the most enjoyable, one of the most pleasing and one of the most playful bars available. It wasn't to taunt you a little when you need to struggle to break bits off, it wants you to chew and experience it's depths and it wants you to ignore it's poor outer layer and remember it's what's inside that counts. To fan of Kit Kats this is certainly worth a try, same suggestion applies to fans of Twix's though this does replace the biscuit layer with several layers of wafer the overall concept is similar as is the taste to an extent (lets be honest, biscuit is quite a bland taste, just like wafer).
Of late I have to come to realise that when it comes to buying myself a bar of chocolate (which I do with enormous regularity lol) that I'm a bit of a creature of habit really! I usually pick up a Mars Bar of my favourite Twix and bypass other offerings which has meant that when I realised this that I have been trying out other choccy offerings, and on the whole a new world has opened up for me!
Oblong plastic royal blue wrapper. On the front in large red letters with a light yellow outline to them I'm told it is 'Drifter' and that it is Nestle and that each finger contains 132 Calories (2 in the packet). On the side of the wrapper I'm told it is a crispy wafer dipped in chewy caramel & covered in chocolate and then on the back of the wrapper ingredients and nutritional advice is given, the best before date is clearly stamped on as is the recycle symbol and weight (52g), contact details for Nestle are given and finally there is bar-code on there. The only thing that stands out about this wrapper to me is how flipping boring it is really but it is informative enough to be fair to it.
The Chocolate Itself:
Well you get two 'fingers'. Milk chocolate which is rippled to the top of it and thicker and flat at the base which covers an oblong wafer and is encased with a thin layer of golden caramel and it has little smell to it really.
As the wrapper suggested to me when I purchased it, it is boring. The chocolate is overly sweet, the caramel is simply sugar with no real taste to it and only a small amount is given and the wafer reminds me of something left out unwrapped for a couple of days uncovered and going soggy and not as fresh as I'd like it to be and then shoved in here! Chewy, yes it sure is!
The whole thing isn't vile but for me the chocolate, although thick enough was as I have just mentioned really sweet and missed a richness I would have appreciated. The whole thing was just a bit dense and soggy, and me I wasn't one bit keen I'm afraid!
I picked up a multipack of snacksize Nestle Drifters with the shopping this week. There was 8 or 9 in the packet, which was on sale for £1. Normally, a pack of this size would cost a little bit more than that, or you can get the full size bars individually in shops for around 50p each. This is one of the slightly cheaper chocolate bars on the market which is a plus.
The thing that caught my eye with these is that the packet claimed that these are 'now with caramel'. Now obviously I blinked and missed something, but I thought they always had been with caramel?! Obviously not, perhaps they used to have toffee in them or similar.
The packet now also bears a big vegetarian logo along with a circle saying "99 calories" on the snacksize packets. Presumably this is a bid to convince people that Drifters are slightly healthy little chocolate snacks. Not a bad marketing ploy that, I know I was sold.
These chocolate bars are basically long fingers of soft, slightly soggy waifer biscuits that are sandwiched around a layer or two of caramel, and coated in Nestle chocolate. If the waifer had the crunch of a Nestle Kit Kat, I think these would rate considerably higher with people than they presently do. As it happens, the caramel filling makes the waifers all soggy and floppy, and that's just not a great texture to be honest.
The taste is alright though if you can overlook the dodgy texture. The chocolate is acceptable, and the caramel is a bit on the sweet side but gooey and tasty nonetheless. The really shocking thing here for many will be the nutritional value attached to such a standard and unenthralling chocolate snack. Each snack size bar has 99 calories, but also 4.8g of fat!
I'm really not terribly impressed with these at all, and wish I'd gone for the Toffee Crisps which were also on offer. At least the crispy bits in those stay crispy, and after eating one of them I feel like I can justify the fat consumption.
Drifter chocolate bars, made by Nestle, used to be one of my favourites when I was growing up (along with Banjo's which have, sadly, long since disappeared) and until recently they've been quite hard to find. The other day I spotted a pack in Tesco of Drifter single finger bars so naturally I had to investigate and see if they've changed over time.
There are 8 individually wrapped single finger bars in an outer plastic pack, which is blue with the graffiti style Drifter font in red and yellow. There's a photo of the chocolate bar, nutritional information, ingredient list and a bubble stating 'now with more caramel' - always a good sign. Also a bubble telling you that they are 99 calories and the little vegetarian tick. I seem to remember a while back a vegetarian friend telling me that Nestle chocolate was not vegetarian friendly, so I guess the change is a good thing now.
Two things to note on the packaging, firstly they describe the product as the chewy caramel 'biscuit' - note 'biscuit' not chocolate bar as I always assume it to be. Secondly, nowhere on the packaging does it state the weight, neither on the outer bag or inner wraps, which I found strange. (My rough calculations comparing the 100g nutritional values with the per bar values makes them approximately 20g each)
What's In Them?
Each biscuit contains:
99 calories (GDA 5%)
4.1g sugars (GDA 5%)
4.8g fat (GDA 7%)
1.7g saturates (GDA 9%)
0.1g salt (GDA 1%)
Milk Chocolate (25%) (sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk powder, cocoa mass, vegetable fat, whey powder, emulsifier (soya lecithin), flavouring), Glucose Syrup, Vegetable Oil, wheat flower, maltodextrin, sugar, glucose-fructose syrup, whey powder, skimmed milk powder, stabiliser (glycerol), lactose, milk proteins, salt, minerals from milk, emulsifier (soya lecithin), raising agents, milk fat, flavourings
Allergy Info: May contain traces of peanuts and nuts
Suitable for vegetarians and no artificial colours or preservatives
Look and Taste
In case you've never experienced a Drifter before, they are a stick of wafer completely dipped in caramel (44% apparently) and then covered in chocolate. They are usually sold as a bar with two fingers in, a bit like a Twix. These individual fingers are about the same size as one of the fingers from the two finger packs, approximately 9cm long.
On opening you can instantly smell the chocolate and a hint of the caramel as well. When you take a bite you get a weird sensation of chewy and crispy at the same time and of course the lovely chocolate taste. Nestle chocolate is not as good as, say Cadburys, I would say it's a little sweeter, but still very nice.
The wafer is crisp but doesn't really taste of anything in particular as the caramel taste takes over. The caramel is lovely, really chewy (especially if you keep them in the fridge) probably because there is so much of it, all the way around the wafer not just on top. The nearest product I could liken a Drifter to would be a Tunnocks Caramel Wafer, but with more caramel. Overall taste is quite sweet, like a slightly crispy chocolate toffee.
I have to say, I'm a sucker for anything caramel or toffee-ish, and I really loved the single finger Drifters, they're very scrumptious and very very more-ish. They are just the right size for a little snack without making you feel like you've consumed a whole chocolate bar, and if you do want to eat a whole chocolate bar then just have two. At just 99 calories each they're not too naughty either if you're watching your weight, unless of course you do eat more than one! They did bring back memories for me as I took the first bite, so I guess they haven't changed much since I last had one (many years ago). At just £1.29 in Tesco for the pack of 8 (about 16p each) they're pretty good value too, so I'll definitely be buying them again.
Now, if they'd just bring back Banjo's as well...
I'll be honest. I'm not the biggest chocolate fan. (waits for the collective disbelieving gasp of females the world over.) but just on the odd occasion i can be rather partial, but the mood has to take me. For example. I am in the rest room at work rummaging through my handbag and i just so happen to have exactly 45p in change.. spooky that, virtually every piece of chocolate in the vending machine costs 45p. Such a coincidence!! The vending machine looked as hungry as me so i felt it to be rude not to feed it.
Standing looking at the delights within i settled on 2 choices. Kitkat or twix. I always eat kitkats and a twix was just too mooshy for my fancies at that moment in time. So i thought i'd settle for an inbetweeny and chose a drifter.
*what is a Drifter?*
Drifter is an ages old chocolate bar that is manufactured by Nestle. It is described on the side of the packet as "crispy wafer dipped in chewy caramel and covered in chocolate." basically, in a nut shell it doesn't know if it wants to be a twix or a kitkat, so decided on being both. That is the rather eclectic taste that you get on biting into a bar.
Firstly you get the wafery texture of a kitkat, but the drifter is much crunchier. then you get the caramel of the twix, but this caramel is crunchier and much much chewier. The packet also contains the typical two fingers of the twix.
Nestle a few years ago, very controversially, decided to switch to using animal based whey powder for their chocolate bars resulting in a massive boycott of their chocolate products by vegetarians, of which lets face it there are quite a few now! This bar does not display the vegetarian symbol and a good search of the nestle and associated sites reveals, surprisingly to me that whey is produced when rennet or vegetarian subsitute is added to cheese during the curdling process. There is no information readily available to clarify whether nestles source for whey is a vegetarian cheese producer or a rennet cheese producer.
Although Nestle, following the backlash, announced a reversal of their decision, the amount of information to clarify is non existent on their site.
Therefore I have to advise that if you are strict vegetarian you research this matter further before indulging. I have to admit that whilst researching for this review it has made me cautious.
each entire bar of 2 fingers containings a whopping 264 calories!! and that is without mentioning the rather large 35.8 grammes of pure carbohydrate and 12.4 grammes of fat!! so a drifter is certainly an occasional treat and not to be eaten on a regular basis if you wish to avoid the calorific effects!
Over all i was a tad too disappointed in drifter to be able to give it a good mark. The wafer was too crunchy and the caramel too chewy. Just a poles apart series of texture going on in my mouth that didnt allow to enjoy it as i wished. The bar seemed to me like Blue Riband's (remember those?) slightly posher relative and I never was too keen on those to start with. The chocolate itself also tasted cheap and not of the usual quality apparent from other nestle bars. The clarification over the whey powder issue also raises concern from me and I would certainly wish to know the status of this before eating another nestle product. Certainly a good thing as my waistline could do with a few less choccie bars!!
All in all not one that I would regularly purchase and ok occasionally. but, unlike crunchie or dark kitkat, didn't blow my socks off.
The most popular chocolate bars are allegedly Kitkat and Twix, but one I enjoy very much that doesn't seem to be as popular is Drifter. If anytime you're stuck and can't decided whether to go for the crispy wafer of the Kitkat, or the chewy caramel of the Twix, then I say go for a Drifter, as its the best of both.
Drifter is a two stick bar, (about the same size and shape as Twix) but inside it is very different. On the packet, it tells you that is is crispy wafer dipped in chewy caramel and covered in chocolate. The packet is bright blue with the word Drifter across the front in bright red lettering which is surrounded by a yellow and white'glow'. Just above the lettering is the name Nestle in white on a red background. The packaging is bright and cheerful, and eyecatching, and it needs to be, as you don't always see them everywhere.
When you bite into the bar it has a lovely sweet taste, sweeter than the wafer of a kitkat, and I really like this. I also prefer them when the caramel layer is a bit chewy, if the bar has been in a refrigerated cabinet the caramel is more brittle and will break when you bite it. Either way its a caramel treat.
When I was a little girl we used to have biscuits at school that were caramel wafers, and Drifter's remind me of those. They didn't have the added delight of a chocolate coat, so drifter is even better.
If you can just eat one of the two fingers the calories aren't too bad either, but I certainly couldn't, unless someone else had already eaten the other bar!
Nutritional information for one bar
They usually cost around 40-50p, 45p from the vending machine where I work