Wednesday, January 31, 2007

100 Grand Coconut

100 Grand was one of my favorite bars when I was a kid. Back then they were called $100,000 Bars and there was some sort of jingle that went with it that I’ve forgotten (and I know a lot of jingles). The bars when first introduced were one piece, a long log of caramel, crispies and chocolate. Later when the name changed they made it into two pieces, which I fully supported in theory, but didn’t try at the time because of the Nestle boycott (which I followed from 1983 until 1989 or so).

The 100 Grand was a bar I missed (and I have to admit that I had a few fun sized ones during that boycott period because they were around in office candy dishes or brought home as Halloween booty by someone). There’s nothing else like it on the market.

Of course it hasn’t been immune to the Limited Edition craze and has undergone at least two versions, the Dark (yummy) and the Peanut (shrug). What’s especially confusing is that this 100 Grand with Coconut is not a limited edition version of the bar. It appears to be an actual addition to the line. CandyAddict’s commenters spotted them a full year ago, yet there’s no mention of them on Nestle’s website (well, there’s very little mention of the 100 Grand bar on Nestle’s site, period). 

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I saw this on SugarSavvy.net a few weeks ago. Joanna got a hold of two new items from Nestle, the 100 Grand with Coconut and the Crunch Bar with Coconut. I have to say that I was skeptical about this version, but I had to pick it up when I saw it.

The bar looks the same as always. The difference is inside. Instead of putting the coconut shreds in the milk chocolate coating with the crisped rice, they put it into the caramel center. What this does, however, is ruin the texture of the chewy, stringy caramel. It’s now more solid and a bit grainier. (See the 100 Grand Dark photo for a better view of what the caramel is supposed to look like.) Joanna pegs it when she calls it a version of Brach’s Neapolitan.

The final curiosity of this bar is that it’s bilingual. It’s in both English and Spanish. I don’t know if it’s supposed to be marketed in Hispanic neighborhoods or if it’s for export and they’ve decided to carry it in the States as well.

Name: 100 Grand with Coconut
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Nestle
Place Purchased: 7-11 (Hollywood)
Price: $.89
Size: 1.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 150
Categories: Chocolate, Cookie, Caramel, Coconut, United States, Nestle, Kosher

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Comments
  1. For some reason it seems to be a little like a Samoa?

    Comment by Jamie on 1/31/07 at 9:20 am #
  2. I really love your blog and read it via Google Reader. Unfortunately, none of the images show when I view your feed. Just an “Image” link in Firefox, or a broken image in IE7. Other feedburner-based feeds show images correctly, and in fact if I look at the raw feedburner-feed I do see the images. I couldn’t find any other way to contact you. Hope you don’t mind. Thanks again for a great blog.

    Comment by Bwana Rik on 1/31/07 at 10:04 am #
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    Bwana - yes, I’m really sorry that the feeds can’t show the photos. I’ve had some issues with bandwidth drain (basically kiddies on MySpace hotlinking photos). If I allowed images to be viewed offsite I couldn’t afford my hosting package (literarlly hundreds of thousands of hits a month on the photos alone that would probably amount to 500 gigabytes).

    Unfortunately the feeds can never replace visiting the site entirely (you can’t see the comments via feed either).

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    Comment by Cybele on 1/31/07 at 10:27 am #
  4. “This is your caramel bar!  Nestle’s hundred thousand dollar bar!”
    That was the jingle and for some reason it has been lodged in my brain since 1975.  I can’t tell you my phone number or anything useful but oh how those jingles stick!  Love your blog, been lurking for quite some time and the 100 Grand moved me to write.  Oh yeah, it tasted better in the 70’s too. tongue laugh

    Comment by Mary on 1/31/07 at 11:24 am #
  5. Ugh…I’m not a fan of coconut at all.  I think this is one limited edition candy bar I will not be adding to my gut.

    Comment by Marvo on 1/31/07 at 3:26 pm #
  6. “Chocolate! Chewy chewy chocolate! Rich and thick and chocolatey, Nestle’s Hundred Thousand Dollar Bar!”

    Comment by Dana on 1/31/07 at 6:14 pm #
  7. Huh.  I was very happy with the 100 Grand the way it was.  I’m not sure I’d even want coconut in there much less messing up my caramel.  I’ll keep an eye out for one (because I figure I should try it before I decide I hate it) but I seem to have a hard time finding the limited edition bars.

    Comment by william on 2/01/07 at 6:51 am #
  8. Jamie - I don’t think I’ve had a Samoa in years! I guess GSC season is coming soon too.

    Mary- That’s absolutely it (I had the Nestle’s 100 thousand dollar bar part, but that was all.)

    Marvo - I’m curious to see if it pops up in Hawaii.

    William - I don’t think this is LtdEd, or at least they forgot to put it on the wrapper. (The last couple of Lt. Ed. 100 Grands have had a gold script on them ... this one doesn’t.)

    Comment by cybele on 2/02/07 at 9:34 am #
  9. I love your blog! I agree with Jamie, these really reminded me of a Samoa cookie. I liked it!

    Comment by Kate on 2/12/07 at 6:18 am #
  10. I just found the 100 Grand w/coconut at two of our local Dollar Tree stores in the last two weeks.  THEY ARE FANTASTIC!! I cannot find them anywhere else, though.  Is there a reason for this?  I hope they will become easier to find.  I LOVE THEM!!

    Comment by Judy on 2/16/07 at 2:17 pm #
  11. Hello-

    I am a marketing associate for 100 Grand at Nestle USA and we are looking for consumers to make a commerical that would be aired on TV-

    Anyone have any ideas?

    Cat

    Comment by Cathleen Caruso on 5/18/07 at 1:08 pm #
  12. I just had the 100,000 bar with coconut and I love it!  It does help that I like the GS Samoa cookies : )

    Nestle, please keep it going!

    Comment by Ohiogirl on 6/30/07 at 11:08 am #
  13. Well what brought me to your blog is: I went to my local gas station to get a 100 grand and they were out and it seems that all the places around here do not carry them anymore so I thought that something had happened to them. Are they discontinuing them and I’m finding out the hard way?????? I hope not I’ve got to have my fix once in a while….....

    Comment by Brandy on 10/10/07 at 4:28 pm #
  14. They have been discontinued.  (big sigh, I found this out in July)

    I’d say call around locally to see if you can find any spares and, you can call or write Nestle to tell them your thoughts.

    Comment by ohiogirl on 10/10/07 at 5:25 pm #
  15. WHY did they ever change the name?

    Comment by Sonia on 9/21/08 at 2:57 pm #
  16. I used to LOVE $100grand, but it seems they’ve done the veg. oil thing with these so the choc. tastes terrible and the chewy caramel can’t make up for it - boo.

    Comment by Rana B on 3/28/12 at 12:27 pm #

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