Friday, June 12, 2009

Baby Ruth Crisp & Nestle Crisp Bars

Baby Ruth CrispI got this one slightly smashed sample of the new Baby Ruth Crisp from All Candy Expo.

I’m a little hesitant to do a full review of the product based on a “fun sized” bar, so consider this a preview.

The wrapper says that the new bar is Baked Wafers, Caramel, Peanuts & Creme. It’s a nice white & waffle pattern background with the familiar Baby Ruth logo.

Baby Ruth CrispFrom the description it sounds like it could be the old Bar None. But a quick sniff and it’s clear that this is a bar with a strong peanut identity.

The layers are pretty complex. There are wafers and in between the lower wafers is a peanut butter creme. On the top of the wafers is a pretty thick layer of caramel and then some chopped peanuts.

The whole effect is a startlingly familiar flavor to the Baby Ruth but with the texture of a KitKat.

The only disappointment here is the chocolate. Nestle doesn’t really make many chocolate candies any longer and this new bar is no exception. I don’t have the ingredients, but judging by the other Nestle Crisp bars that I do have access to, this is a mockolate coating.

It lacks a good creamy component (more waxy) but has a little cocoa punch to it ... just no good dairy milk chocolate addition.

Nestle Crunch Crisp Old & NewThe addition of the Baby Ruth Crisp also marks the change in Nestle’s rebranding & repackaging of their Crisp bar line.

The new packages for Butterfinger Crisp and Crunch Crisp sport the tag line De * LIGHT * fully CRISPY

The most significant change is the reformatting of the bar.

The original Crunch Crisp was a long & wide bar. The new version is not only smaller (the overall weight of the package) but is also now a narrower (but slightly taller) bar in two separate pieces. The original was 1.74 ounces, the new on is 1.34.

Nestle Crunch Crisp Old & New

The last few times I’ve tried the Crunch Crisp bars the ambient temperature was over 80 degrees ... not the best climate for this bar.

Since then I’ve acquired these two versions and both benefit from temps in the high sixties. (Hooray for Southern California’s June Gloom.)

The flavor & overall ratio of crunch, creme & mockolate is similar with both bars. It reminded me a bit of chocolate pudding & ice cream cones. It’s harder to take a “big bite” of the new small bars.

Because of the wafers they seem less like candy and more like decadent cookies.

Since having the Q.bel bars, though, it’s hard to say that these are more than passably decent.

Butterfinger CrispThe Butterfinger Crisp disappeared from store shelves around me, and I thought it was discontinued. It turns out it was just going through this reformatting.

Like the Crunch Crisp this one has gone from 1.76 ounces to 1.41 ounces. It also goes from being manufactured in Venezuela to the United States.

The innards look virtually the same to the last one I ate four years ago.

It smells like fake butter flavor ... or maybe butterscotch candies. The crispy wafers are good, the cream in between is a little salty and has a light peanut butter taste (actually less peanutty than the Baby Ruth).

The chocolate on this seems less punchy and more like the waxy stuff from a Butterfinger Bar.

I’m sure the new two piece format makes production for both full serving & fun size much simpler. (And I really don’t have a problem with that, I like fun sized bars because sometimes I want variety for my “single serving”.)

Nestle Crunch CrispI don’t have much of an issue with companies making products smaller in order to keep prices the same (or raising prices) though in this case they’ve not only made it smaller, it’s not quite the same as before because the shape may change some ratios. Still, they pack some calories for such small bars - the new Crunch Crisp is 190 (was 250) and the Butterfinger Crisp is 210 (was 250).

Again, having found the Q.bel line, I see no reason to personally entertain this stuff any further unless I had some sort of financial issue that I couldn’t afford the Q.bel or no longer had access. (But these still wouldn’t be a choice high on my list. Nestle is capable of making chocolate and I think these would be much better with it.)

Expect the new line of Crisp bars including the Baby Ruth Crisp to hit shelves late August or early September.

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  1. Is it my imagination or are more candies being developed with cookies, wafers, or other wheat products?  Could this be an attempt to end-run around junk food taxes? (I seem to recall a proposed junk food tax in Minnesota that would exclude foods that included wheat flour among the ingredients.)

    Comment by Maureen on 6/16/09 at 7:52 am #
  2. i love butterfinger crisp! good to know there’s crunch crisp din..

    i don’t like baby ruth though.

    Comment by u8mypinkcookies on 7/19/09 at 4:19 am #
  3. I just had a BABY RUTH CRISP and it was the best candy bar i have ever tasted in my whole life!!!!!    And i’ve had a lot of candy bars

    Comment by Stephen on 11/17/09 at 1:41 pm #
  4. mom and I love love what you have done with baby ruth crisp bars.

    Comment by thaddeus on 2/16/10 at 7:21 am #
  5. tried the new baby ruth crisp. i was not thrilled. i think less crisp and more peanuts,to give back its Baby Ruthness. but thats me, i like the original. hey never seen the butterfinger crisp, send me sample.

    Comment by michael on 2/23/10 at 10:00 am #
  6. the new baby ruth is my new favorite cookie candy bar

    Comment by leah sawyer on 3/26/10 at 12:23 pm #
  7. I tried a new Baby Ruth Crips candy bar at work and have been looking for them in stores. Can’t fint them. Are they in grocery stores?
    It is a wonderful candy bar and I waould like to buy some, thanks

    Comment by Joyce on 4/01/10 at 11:53 am #
  8. I can only find Baby Ruth Crisp at my local liquor store, doesn’t seem to be available at any of the major grocery/convenient stores. What a drag because I think it’s a nice lil treat when you get tired of all your favorite candy bars.

    I don’t think Baby Ruth Crisp is better than OG Baby Ruth but it’s still a respectable candy bar when you get the munchies.

    Rocky Road has a ‘waxy’ mockolate - not a good candy bar by any means.

    Comment by Mr. Peace Pipe on 7/30/10 at 1:43 pm #
  9. :(  no score ratings on these?  ....

    Comment by TriciaGab on 8/12/10 at 1:38 pm #
  10. Cybele's avatar

    Tricia - as I mentioned, the samples I had weren’t in great condition and I didn’t think it’s fair to the candy to rate it. But if you need a rating, I give them a 4 or 5 out of 10.

    Comment by Cybele on 8/12/10 at 1:41 pm #
  11. Thx Cybele!
    Oh, I see, I missed that comment, sorry.
    I sometimes scroll down to the bottom and look for that colorful scores table! 
    I take it you much prefer having chocolate on these wafer candies (as in the Q-bel line), right?

    Comment by TriciaGab on 8/12/10 at 1:45 pm #
  12. My daughter gave me a Baby Ruth Crisp about 2 weeks ago. Surprisingly I fell in love with the candy. It was so good. It was a shock and a disappointment to find out that I can’t find the candy anywhere. I checked grocery stores, big chain stores, convenient, and everywhere in between. Can somebody please to me where I can get this candy from?!

    Comment by Barbara on 4/04/11 at 9:14 am #
  13. Do you have this in Malaysia. Just love to try this.. Where can i get Baby Ruth

    Comment by Thila Pillai on 6/12/13 at 8:37 am #
  14. I have not seen a butterfinger crisp in years. they were my favorite candy bar when they came out.  I even shopped at a walmort in Memphis, TN and they told me this item had been discontinued and walmart was told to pull them off the shelves. Any idea what happened??  I miss them.

    Comment by Crickett on 9/13/13 at 4:24 pm #
  15. Are you gonna do a review on the regular Baby Ruth bar (unless you already did)?  (I,too,like many thought that Babe Ruth inspired it, but it was a baby girl that did..Beany and Cecil cartoons of the early 60s that many of us grew up watching, had that Baby Ruth character, named after cteator Bob Clampett’s sister Ruth!)

    Comment by SJCarras on 1/17/16 at 8:02 pm #
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