Friday, July 8, 2011

3 Musketeers Truffle Crisp

3 Musketeers Truffle CrispA couple of years ago Mars introduced some new candy bars to the United States based on their popularity in Australia. They were called Fling and came in bright pink packages along with lots of marketing directed towards women. They came in three flavor varieties: Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate and Hazelnut.

About a year later the test marketing of Fling waned and a new bar came out nationally, the 3 Musketeers Truffle Crisp. The bar is described on the package as whipped-up chocolate truffle on a crisp layer enrobed in real milk chocolate.

3 Musketeers Truffle Crisp

The bars are narrow fingers, nicely domed with drizzled chocolate across the top. They’re light, literally - each weights a smidge over a half an ounce. (For comparison, a single Twix finger is about an ounce.) The package says that each one contains less than 85 calories. Well, that’s pretty easy since it doesn’t weigh much. In reality, the calories per ounce are quite high at 155 but the package limits your portion.

The bar snaps nicely with a light cracking sound. The construction is interesting (and this is where the bar is unique). The base is a plank of chocolate meringue. It’s crispy and airy with a light sweetness and hint of salt and cocoa to it. The truffle on top really isn’t - it’s a mix of cocoa and hydrogenated and/or non-hydrogenated palm and palm kernel oils. (In my world a truffle is made of actual chocolate and some sort of dairy fat.) The chocolatey cream is okay, fluffy but a little greasy and flavorless to my tongue. It’s all wrapped in a good amount of milk chocolate. The milk chocolate is sweet and creamy with a strong dairy note to it. It pulls it all together well.

The idea and execution of this is actually really good. I wish the truffle part was better and having had the Fling in dark chocolate, I know this is actually better in dark chocolate.

I actually like these bars, even with all my complaining about various elements of the promotion, packaging and ingredients. They’re unique and inventive, once consumers try them, I think the rest of the weirdness of the rest of it will be irrelevant. It would also be cool if Mars extended the use of the meringue crisp - I could see them as interesting centers for M&Ms, different flavored cream toppings for this bar (like coffee) and perhaps something berry with dark chocolate.

Though there are no wheat ingredients on the list, it is made on shared equipment with wheat (and peanuts) so it’s not technically gluten free, so try at your own risk.

Update 10/29/2012: I just heard back from Mars, they are discontinuing the Truffle Crisp bar. They just weren’t popular enough. My suggestion for those who love the bar is to write to Mars and propose that they bring them back seasonally. So you can stock up.

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Name: 3 Musketeers Truffle Crisp
Brand: Mars
Place Purchased: RiteAid (Echo Park)
Price: $.79
Size: 1.10 ounces
Calories per ounce: 155
Categories: Candy, Mars, Chocolate, Kosher, 7-Worth It, United States, Rite Aid

POSTED BY Cybele AT 3:08 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyReviewMarsChocolateDiscontinuedKosher7-Worth ItUnited StatesRite Aid

  1. I LOVE these! I saw them at a gas station once about a year ago and i have a couple a week… guilty pleasure I guess? lol

    Comment by Lauren on 7/08/11 at 3:21 pm #
  2. They are worth more than a 7/10! I don’t like 3 Musketeers but I love these.

    Comment by Evelyn on 10/14/11 at 1:25 am #
  3. I just recently spotted these at our 1 grocery store. They are superb! The cookie reminds me of Whoppers minus the malt flavor. The truffle is sweet and chocolatey. I love them!

    Comment by Suzanne on 3/17/12 at 5:43 pm #
  4. What’s happening to the Truffle Crisp???  All the WalMarts here have marked the Crisps as close out items and they are disappearing from the shelves!!!  We LOVE them and can not imagine why they would be discontinued. Does anyone have any info on the Truffle Crisp’s future?

    Comment by LInda on 10/07/12 at 6:06 am #
  5. That’s not good. Thanks for the heads up. I will buy all of the ones I can find.

    Comment by Suzanne on 10/07/12 at 9:55 am #
  6. I just love this candy.  It’s so good - I just can’t eat one have to have two pks!  I hope their not discontinuing with the 3 Musketeers Truffle Crisp!

    Comment by Deborah on 10/09/12 at 1:45 pm #
  7. I went to our grocery store and the candy bars were already gone!! WTF??

    Comment by Suzanne on 10/10/12 at 9:33 am #
  8. I love these candy bars…..the first time I bought these was at Sams Club….then I was getting them from Walmart… neither place has them….I cant find them anywhere….. =(....I need somewhere to find them so I can buy some…....

    Comment by Kim R on 10/14/12 at 2:28 pm #
  9. I hope these candy bars are not being discontinued,.......

    Comment by Kim R on 10/14/12 at 2:29 pm #
  10. Are there any 3 Musketeers versions left, or just the original?

    Comment by ElmoAttack on 11/11/12 at 11:57 am #
  11. These candy bars are nowhere to be found! I had to purchase a box of 24 from ebay.

    Comment by Suzanne on 12/07/12 at 1:48 pm #
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