Tuesday, May 9, 2006

100 Grand Dark

It was a dark and stormy bar ... the 100 Grand (or $100,000 Bar as it was originally known) was always a favorite of mine. The smooth and chewy caramel with the crisped rice and sweet milk chocolate was such a good combo. I’m also a big fan of two small size bars packaged together. It makes it easy to share, easy to keep some for later; or you can eat them both at the same time. It’s flexible.


The 100 Grand Dark is just semi sweet chocolate instead of milk. It actually looks a little different than the regular bar, besides the color of the coat, the crunchies seem smaller. Take a look at this shot of a regular 100 Grand. Joanna at SugarSavvy had the first review I saw.

The less sweet bite of the dark chocolate really helps to highlight the salty/chewy caramel. The crispies are a nice texturizing element here.

I didn’t really want to like this bar and didn’t think that I did, but I ate it ... I mean gobbled it up. I took the picture and then instantly finished off that piece with the bite out of it. But usually I save the second half for when I am writing up the post ... not so here. I had lunch yesterday and then I ate it. I tried to linger over it like I do with the upscale chocolates, but instead I just enjoyed it on the purest level: without words. I have nothing but good feelings about my consumption of this bar and I’m a little disappointed it’s not a new addition to the line. And I want another one. It’s the kick that the 100 Grand has needed all along.

Now watch them let it fade into obscurity.

A last note, I’m a little irritated that they use High Fructose Corn Sweetener in there instead of sugar, but it’s pretty far down on the list of ingredients, so it might not be much more than a dash of it.

See other review on the Limited Edition 100 Grand with Peanuts.

Name: 100 Grand Dark
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Nestle
Place Purchased: 7-11 (Hollywood)
Price: $.85
Size: 1.5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 127
Categories: Chocolate, Caramel, Cookie, United States, Nestle

POSTED BY Cybele AT 6:34 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. I’m so glad you found it - and enjoyed it so thoroughly.  You’re right, the crunchies ARE smaller - I knew something was different.
    Will you buy a backstock, or does this just prolong the tragedy of it’s impending extinctness?  Sometimes I think it’s best to just walk away and avoid the long goodbyes.  Two ships in the night…

    Comment by Joanna on 5/09/06 at 7:22 am #
  2. That bar sounds so good to me.  Hopefully I can find one somewhere. If they’re even still making them.

    Comment by g on 5/09/06 at 8:50 am #
  3. Looks delicious, sounds delicious… perhaps they’ll decide to add it to the line permanently.

    Comment by Nic on 5/09/06 at 11:05 am #
  4. *sigh*  I think I’m the only one in the world who is bothered by crunchies.  They really hurt the roof of my mouth.

    Comment by Julilla on 5/09/06 at 11:51 am #
  5. I JUST ATE THIS!  And by “just” I mean less than 5 minutes ago!

    ...I didn’t really like it.  I think I don’t like caramel that much.  Caramel kinda ruined the Crunch + caramel bar also…weird eh?  As I ate the second half of the 100 Grand, I thought, “WHY AM I EATING THIS?” 

    God, I’m weird.

    Comment by Robyn on 5/09/06 at 3:25 pm #
  6. I remember when these came out, or when I discovered them. The regular ones, I mean. I thought they were pretty good, but not as good as your description.

    Comment by Russ on 5/09/06 at 4:43 pm #
  7. MMmmmm. I’ve always been a fan of 100 Grand. I’ll have to keep an eye out for this one.

    Comment by Sera on 5/09/06 at 4:45 pm #
  8. I HEART 100 Grand.  I HEART dark chocolate.  I must find it.  MUST FIND IT.  GRRR.

    Comment by Marvo on 5/09/06 at 5:54 pm #
  9. The 100 Grand has long been one of my go-to candy bars.  I’ll definitely look around for this one.

    Comment by Alex on 5/09/06 at 5:57 pm #
  10. Julilla, I don’t much like crunchies in candy bars, either (although the crunchiness of cocoa nibs I don’t mind as much as crisped rice). But maybe we’re the only two in the world! :^)

    Comment by Tricia on 5/10/06 at 8:33 am #
  11. Cybele's avatar

    Robyn - see, the fact that you continued eating it says something about the bar ... I’m not sure what, because I had the same feeling. I ate it and now I want another one.

    Joanna - I haven’t decided my strategy on these yet. I’m still lamenting the fact that I didn’t stockpile the Hershey’s Whoppers bars. But I’m not sure how well these will store in the wine fridge because of the caramel.

    g - they’re brand new, I think just released in April, so they should be around for a while.

    Nic - I’ll talk to Nestle at the candy expo about their plans for their Lt. Editions, but I haven’t seen them make one part of the line yet (but they did bring back the White Choc Crunch bar again).

    Julilla - I have that problem with sharp crunchies with Cap’n Crunch.

    Marvo - well, if they just made it to LA, Hawaii shouldn’t be far behind.

    Julilla - that’s what this bar needs! nibs! (of course then it’d be five times as expensive) ... it really does sound good though
    Russ - I really liked the originals, I recall eating them A LOT when I was in college.

    Sera - the only place I’ve seen them so far is 7-11 but I’m not sure what their release plans are for Lt. Editions and if they’re different from the way Hershey’s does it.

    Comment by Cybele on 5/10/06 at 8:48 am #
  12. Damn. I can’t find these anywhere (a bunch of 7-Elevens, drugstores, supermarkets) in Suffolk County.

    Comment by The Velvet Blog on 5/10/06 at 9:45 am #
  13. The bar sounds great. But it is yet another confectionary I will never taste in the UK! Could I just say I love the reviews but I would also add the photos are excellent - I drool.

    Comment by Howard on 5/10/06 at 11:01 am #
  14. This bar is good, but the Dark Nestle Crunch with Caramel is AMAZING.  I was surprised, because I didn’t love the milk Crunch with Caramel, perhaps I had a bad bar.

    Comment by Matt on 5/11/06 at 2:05 pm #
  15. When I was a kid “100 Grand” was my favorite candy bar, but that hasn’t been the case for 30 years, especially after I lost my taste for most milk chocolate.  But “100 Grand Dark” is incredible—it’s a totally different taste as far as I’m concerned, and it’s my new favorite.  I found this web page by doing a web search for the candy so I could order some (in fact, I just ordered two cases from theworldofcandy.com ) because I couldn’t find any at the candy stores.  I certainly hope this “limited edition” isn’t discontinued but becomes a regular.

    And yes, I did try Dark Nestle Crunch with Caramel as well, and it’s good, but 100 Grand Dark is superb.

    Comment by Eric on 6/21/06 at 11:09 am #
  16. Today I received the following response from Nestl? consumer response representative Tara Williams:

    Thank you for contacting us regarding the availability of Nestl?? 100 Grand? Bar Dark Chocolate. This product is available for a limited time, 4/06-6/06, at most supermarkets as well as drug, discount and convenience stores nationwide. Only a limited quantity is produced. Once the supply is depleted, it is no longer available.

    Comment by Eric on 6/22/06 at 8:04 am #
  17. I FINALLY got one of these today at a Dollar Tree.  I was on the prowl for Pink Grapefruit Mentos when I saw a lone bar sitting so temptingly in a promotional display.  I promptly snatched it up and proclaimed “I’ve been looking ALL OVER for one of these!”  Just now, I got home and quickly ate it.  It’s hard to describe my feelings about it.  The dark chocolate really had no flavor, but the milk chocolate on a regular 100 Grand doesn’t really have any flavor either.  However, I liked it.  A lot.  There’s only a small difference to me between the regular and the dark…but I’m definitely gonna miss the dark.  I might have to snatch a few up this weekend at my local Dollar Tree.

    Comment by Alex on 6/27/06 at 2:59 pm #
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