Monday, January 23, 2012

3 Musketeers Coconut

3 Musketeers CoconutIt’s as if Mars has a multi-year bulk deal with some coconut flavor supplier. They’ve added coconut varieties to their major brands over the years: Dove, M&Ms and Twix. The newest is 3 Musketeers Coconut.

3 Musketeers has been advertising that it has 45% less fat than average of leading candy bars. (This is true because the leading candy bars have more chocolate and/or nuts, which makes them more fatty.) This bar, which is described as Whipped Up, Fluffy Chocolate Coconut Taste says it has 40% Less Fat. This bar is also Canadian. There’s something strange about using our neighbors to the north to tropical-ize an American candy bar.

3 Musketeers Coconut

There are two bars inside, each about 2.25 inches long and 1 inch wide. They’re about .75 ounces each (for those keeping track at home, that’s the same weight as a single Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup).

The set of bars is 30% smaller than the classic (chocolate flavored) 3 Musketeers. The regular one is 2.13 ounces and this set of small bars is 1.49 ounces. Now, if you need help with portion control, not only does the separate bar format help, but the lighter weight means that this package is only 180 calories (90 per little bar) while the classic is 100 more at 280 calories. So while the value of the bar is in question, the moderation aspect is certainly a selling point.

3 Musketeers Coconut

I like the smaller bars, they used this style for the 3 Musketeers Mint. The coating is attractive and has little ripples and swirls on the top. The chocolate doesn’t look particularly dark, not very glossy but still in good condition. It sticks well to the foamed nougat center. The filling is fluffy and sweet but also a little salty. The coconut flavor is there ... but I’m never quite sure where. Is it in the chocolate coating? Is it in the nougat fluff? It’s more of a scent, like a candle is nearby or I’m wearing suntan oil or maybe someone’s baking macaroons. Whatever it is, it’s not in the actual candy bar. No toasted coconut flakes, no creamy coconut milk caramel stripe. Just this vague coconut scent adjacent to my candy bar experience.

That’s okay, I like the combination well enough. It’s extremely sweet, but mercifully small. I wish it was a dark chocolate coating instead, or maybe just better milk chocolate. But I actually enjoyed it more than the classic 3 Musketeers. My favorite would still be the Mini version they made about 5 years ago that were Cappuccino flavored. They should bring that back ... after they run out of coconut flavoring.

Mars still isn’t ethically sourcing their chocolate for the North American market. There’s hydrogenated palm kernel and/or palm oil in there. Of course vegans can’t eat it because of the milk and the egg whites. There’s no statement about gluten but it does say it may contain peanuts.

Related Candies

  1. 3 Musketeers Richer Chocolate Taste
  2. Limited Edition 3 Musketeers Marshmallow
  3. Twix Coconut (Limited Edition)
  4. Limited Edition M&Ms Coconut
  5. 3 Musketeers Cherry & Raspberry
  6. 3 Musketeers Mini Mix
  7. 3 Musketeers Mint with Dark Chocolate
  8. Kisses Coconut Creme

Name: 3 Musketeers Coconut
Brand: Mars
Place Purchased: Walgreen's (Union Square, San Francisco)
Price: $.69 (on sale)
Size: 1.49 ounces
Calories per ounce: 121
Categories: Candy, Mars, Chocolate, Coconut, Kosher, Nougat, 7-Worth It, Canada, Walgreen's

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  1. I still haven’t been able to find these. My guess would be the flavor is in the filling, but I’ll try and figure it out when I can finally get a hold of one.

    Comment by Rodzilla on 1/24/12 at 9:08 am #
  2. I read your review and bought one anyway…  Should have listened to your review!!

    Comment by Amie on 1/28/12 at 7:15 pm #
  3. This is by far, the best candy bar on the market.  The only rivals are: the original Mars Bar, zero bars, milky way midnight and the old 3 musketeers (before the newer nougat).  I do not like the new 3musketeers at all… To sweet and the outer chocolate is almost crunchy.

    Comment by justin on 2/27/12 at 5:52 pm #
  4. Was so excited to see this in the store today. But didn’t love it. This could have been so good!  But the chocolate was kinda grainy. And your description of the hint of coconut flavoring was right on. I was hoping it would have been more coconutty.It just tasted like someone added a drop of generic coconut extract to the original 3 musketeer’s candy bar.  :(

    Comment by Amy Jurist on 4/17/12 at 3:04 pm #
  5. i absolutely hate coconut. I accidentally bought this candy..It sat in my freezer til i got the urge. But it actually taste like the original. I didn’t taste coconut.

    Comment by Donnay Hyatt on 7/24/13 at 11:42 am #
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