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July 2007

Monday, July 2, 2007

Last Week in Candy - New Stuff!

I was running a little slow over the weekend, so here’s TWIC a little late. I’ve got some fun links of candies I’m eager to try but haven’t found yet:

  • 3 Musketeers Mint! I knew they were coming, but apparently they’re out. I saw the wrapper on BradKent and a review on The Message Whore.
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  • I’m mixed about trying this one, the new Nestle Crunch Crisp bar, which William didn’t like but Patti thinks is the resurrection of the Bar None). I did find one, but I haven’t tried it yet. I’m hoping Patti is right!
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  • Of course there are always new KitKat bars, here’s a fantabulous roundup.
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  • If all this talk about chocolate just isn’t that fun for you, there’s a huge Summer Megaparty of Bubbalicious reviews at X-Entertainment.

  • POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:29 am     CandyFun StuffNewsComments (0)

    Elvis Spotting

    imageOkay, weigh in on where you found the Elvis Reese’s Peanut Butter and Banana Creme cups!

    I’ve seen them at RiteAid in Los Angeles in both the regular size two packs and the miniatures. (Original review here.)

    Here’s an article from today’s Baltimore Sun on the subject (with some other interesting suggestions for Elvis-themed candy combinations as well).

    POSTED BY Cybele AT 8:34 am     Candy7-Worth ItFun StuffShoppingComments (61)

    Twix PB

    Twix is one of the most popular candy bar brands in the country (and mighty popular in Europe, to boot). About 43 million are sold each year (source). There are quite a few different versions and limited editions that have come and gone over the years.

    imageTwix recently released the new Twix PB ... this new product replaces the Peanut Butter Twix (shown) that has been around on and off since 1983. I contacted Mars regarding this change.

    It was kind of an odd process. I submitted an email through the Contact page on the Twix website and two days later I got an email (referencing Peanut Butter M&Ms, which really confused me, because if I asked a question about PB M&Ms, it had to be over a year ago when I was trying to find out if they still made Crispy in the States) with a reference number and their toll free hotline. I called the number and gave them the number and they confirmed that there will be no more Peanut Butter Twix once supplies currently in stores and warehouses run out. (This would be the appropriate time to pick up a box at your local grocer when they go on sale for three for a dollar and then sell them for $2 each on eBay.)

    The only difference between these two products is the cookie in the center. The original Peanut Butter Twix has a vanilla cookie (like the regular Twix) while the new PB Twix has a chocolate cookie (like the Limited Edition Twix Triple Chocolate).

    This is how I feel about this bar ... it’s trying too hard.

    I got a hold of the classic Peanut Butter Twix and did a side by side comparison.

    I like the Peanut Butter Twix, not a lot, but enough to finish the bar on hand. The peanut butter is definitely the main attraction here. The bar isn’t very sweet and the cookie gives it a nice texture without doing much else. The chocolate, well, keeps things together.

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    The Twix looks the same from the outside. The cookie isn’t quite as crispy and satisfyingly crunchy. The peanut butter seems to be lost in the Hydrox-style cookie (no, not Oreo, I’m saying Hydrox for a reason). It all tastes like bad frosting. Not like peanut butter, not like chocolate. It has a nice salty balance and isn’t too sweet, but it just doesn’t have much going for it as a candy. I hate to say it, but when I eat this, the word that comes to mind is unctuous. I mean this in both senses of the word ... it’s kind of oily and it’s also kind of insincere and smug.

    Now, if you’re a Twix fan, you’ll probably want to ignore everything I’ve written here. I’ve never actually cared much for Twix. Sometimes I’ll eat a miniature as a reminder to myself that I really don’t like them. I don’t know why. All the elements seem like a good idea. Is it just me, or do Twix always become a melted mess in your fingers too? I don’t have that problem with most other bars.

    If you’re a fan of the traditional (and you should really try this one before you go getting in an uproar) then you should probably call Mars or send them an email to let them know how you feel.

    Related Candies

    1. Candy Source: Jelly Bean Factory
    2. Disney Branded Chocolate Candies
    Name: PB Twix
      RATING:
    • 10 SUPERB
    • 9 YUMMY
    • 8 TASTY
    • 7 WORTH IT
    • 6 TEMPTING
    • 5 PLEASANT
    • 4 BENIGN
    • 3 UNAPPEALING
    • 2 APPALLING
    • 1 INEDIBLE
    Brand: Mars
    Place Purchased: 7-11 (Hollywood)
    Price: $.89
    Size: 1.84 ounces
    Calories per ounce: 152
    Categories: Chocolate, Cookie, Peanuts, United States, Mars, Discontinued, Kosher

    POSTED BY Cybele AT 6:50 am     Comments (57)

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