Saturday, August 17, 2013

Review: SNICKERS Ice Cream Bars

We all know that SNICKERS is a classic and one of the best selling candy bars out there.  The wife of one of my friend swears by taking a classic SNICKERS candy bar, throwing it in the freezer and then eating it that way.  Instead of doing that, Mars took that idea, put a spin on it and started producing SNICKERS Ice Cream Bars.  This isn't anywhere close to being a new product, but sometimes it's fun to review the classics on the blog and this one is definitely that.  I picked up a box of six of these bars on sale at Meijer for $3.50.  Each bar in the box is 1.8 ounces and consists of 180 calories.

When you compare the standard candy bar to this ice cream bar version, there is one key difference:  instead of the nougat interior, the interior of this ice cream bar is peanut butter ice cream.  In my mind, peanut butter (especially ice cream) wins out over nougat every day of the week, so the fact that SNICKERS made that substitution when they ice cream-ized this bar makes me very happy.  As for the rest of the bar, the wonderfully smelling peanut butter ice cream is topped with a layer of gooey caramel and then also includes several impressively large peanuts that are spread like camel backs throughout the spine of the bar.  The bar is then encased in an ice cold and strong smelling chocolate hard outer shell.

I wasn't expecting to be disappointed going into eating this bar and that certainly played out to be true as I was far from disappointed.  I knew going in that this would probably be a very tasty bar and it was that.  I can honestly say that my favorite part was the nougat/peanut butter substitution from the original candy bar to this ice cream bar.  The peanut butter ice cream works so much better with the combination of caramel, peanuts and chocolate than nougat does and this was incredibly delicious.  The peanut butter was more of the hearty variety and that heartiness mixed with the sweetness of the gooey caramel and then the hard outer chocolate shell was quite a great combination.  What was also fun about this is that unlike the candy bar, which of course has a soft chocolate exterior that melts in your mouth, this one had that hard crunchy outer shell that brought some additional crunch before it melted in my mouth (just like the candy bar).  The camelback peanut also added some great crunch to this when I encountered them as well, which was in just about every bite.  It's funny, they basically spaced these peanuts out so that unless you took tiny bites or enormous bites, you were guaranteed to get one peanut per bite.  For some reason, I just got a funny (to me) visualization of someone measuring out a mouth and then measuring out this bar with a ruler and then decided where to place the peanut based on that.  I don't know why that amuses me so much, but it does.

Buy It or Fly By It?  Going into this, I expected a tasty treat, but not something that really excited me.  After spending half a week devouring this box of six, I can honestly say that I absolutely loved these bars and they are exceeded my expectations.  Their deliciousness give them a BUY IT rating.  I had always fought buying these because they just seemed like they'd be boring to me.  I'll know have to fight not buying these in the store because I know if I do, I"ll find a way to eat at least two of them with every sitting.  They are that good and addicting.


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