Monday, January 23, 2006

Elite - Black, Peanut Butter & Red

Pesek Zman means “Time Out”, kind of like the tagline for KitKat bars is “Give me a Break”. They are, in fact,  a nice little respite from a busy day and like the KitKat, easy to break off a piece and share (if you must). The shape of the bars and packaging is really cool, too.

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The Black bar is dark chocolate with crispy wafers with a chocolate nut paste filling (hazelnuts and cashews). This is a pretty sassy bar. It has the light crisp, the nutty flavor of the nuts and the smooth creamy combination of the cream and the smooth dark chocolate. It’s lot of flavors and textures all at once, but very successful. It’s very sweet, but the hazelnut has a strange cooling sensation on the tongue that keeps it from being cloying and sticky.

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The Peanut Butter bar is pretty much the same as the Black bar, only it has milk chocolate instead of dark and instead of hazelnut cream, it has peanut butter. It’s a good thing I’m typing this review, because I wouldn’t be able to talk while eating this bar. The peanut butter is very sticky, as in “sticks to the roof of your mouth.” My solution to this was to turn each piece upside down before I ate it, meaning that the peanut butter layer was on my tongue instead of the top of my mouth. It was much more successful that way, but the peanut butter in this bar is quite overwhelming in its texture and flavor dominance.

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I have to say that this is a unique bar. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. It reminded me of the Kliks, in that it’s a toasty cookie rolled up, but this one was far more delicate and had some more complex flavors going for it. The center of the bar is a loose, flattened roll of crisp waffle cookie (like a ice cream sugar cone). Then it’s covered with chocolate that can be sectioned off. When you break the sections, you can see right through the middle of the bar, just like the photo shows. The caramelized wafers are crispy and flavorful and there’s a good hint of hazelnut in the chocolate itself. It’s a very tasty bar with no real equal in any other brand I’ve seen. Of the three bars, it’s the one I finished first. The bar is slightly smaller than the others at only 42 grams instead of 45, but I wasn’t missing a thing.

If I were at an airport or international market and saw these, I’d definitely grab a few of the Reds. Even though the center was delicate, the bar traveled extremely well, making it all the way from Israel and then I carried it around in my “tasting bag” for weeks and it still looked factory fresh when I unwrapped it.

Name: Pesek Zman - Black, Peanut Butter & Red
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Elite
Place Purchased: gift from Michal
Price: unknown
Size: 42-45 grams
Calories per ounce: 153 / 151 / 153
Categories: Chocolate, Cookie, Peanut, Nuts, Elite, Israel, Kosher

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:55 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. Great angle! I didn’t realize the Red was hollow (kinda like lace cookies) too. The things you see from afar…
    Upside down, never tried that either… smile Thank you!!!

    Comment by michal on 1/23/06 at 6:23 pm #
  2. I would sort of feel gypped if I had a hollow candy bar.  It’s like when I got a big foot tall chocolate Santa when I was little.  I was so excited to have so much chocolate, but when I bit Santa’s head off, I found out that it was hollow.  It was so disappointing.

    Comment by Marvo on 1/23/06 at 9:29 pm #
  3. Pesek Zman regular (like the Black, but with milk chocolate) is my number one all time favorite any kind of candy. I love them to the point of refusing to share, like a two year old.

    Comment by Dashrashi on 1/24/06 at 1:38 pm #
  4. it is the delicious candy ever

    Comment by makwena on 4/07/10 at 9:19 am #

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