Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Jer’s Peanut Butter Bars

In the pantheon of candy bars, the simple combination of chocolate and peanuts dominates the most popular candies in the United States. Snickers and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are usually jockeying for the top positions with M&Ms. I’m always eager to see what other candy companies are doing with this duo, especially with premium ingredients. Jer’s Chocolates, here in Southern California, makes a line of peanut butter bars from all natural ingredients.

Jer's Peanut Butter Bars - Pretzo Change-0 and Original IncrediBar

Jer’s Peanut Butter Bars Original IncrediBar is all natural peanut butter mixed with crunch rice crisps covered in milk chocolate while Jer’s Peanut Butter Bars Pretzo Change-O is all natural, peanut butter with salty pretzel bits covered in milk chocolate.

Jer's Peanut Butter Bar - Original IncrediBar

The Original IncrediBar is rather irregular looking, but for the most part about 4.5 inches long and 1.25 inches wide.

The milk chocolate coating is sweet and milky but with a good cocoa note to it. The filling is soft and crumbly, though not quite fudgy. It’s peanutty, like a peanut butter dough, almost. There are bits of crisped rice in it, which gives it a mild crunch and hint of malt, while there are also bits of crushed peanuts that give a heartier crunch. The salt is a nice touch to keep the whole thing from getting too sweet.

The bar is hearty, at only 1.5 ounces, I found it very substantial, as the 5 grams of protein would indicate. It’s not shy on calories either, at 230. The bars are very soft, and in warm temperatures, they turn to goo, as many peanut butter chocolates tend to. I made sure to keep mine stored properly and was pleased with the fresh taste of the peanut center.

Jer's Peanut Butter Bar - Pretzo Change-O

The Pretzo Change-O sounds right up my alley, instead of the crispy rice bits of the IncrediBar, this one has pretzel pieces. This was also a milk chocolate bar (Jer’s makes two varieties with dark chocolate, I’ll review those soon) with the same flavorful and smooth coating. I didn’t really notice much of a difference between the two bars, the crunchy bits were a little larger and perhaps the overall effect was less sweet. Both are fine bars. I preferred them over the the Cadbury Wunderbar or Snickers Peanut Butter Squared (which has caramel) which were the closest thing I could think of to these.

One of the thing that vexes me about these is the packaging. The boxes are great at protecting the bars within, but I have a devil of a time opening them. They’re securely glued at both ends, but snug enough that I worry about smashing or poking the bars if I use scissors to open it.

Jer's Squares Jer’s Chocolates also makes a mini version called Jer’s Squares of their popular bars. I like these quite a bit, partly because there’s a greater ratio of chocolate and partly because I like smaller pieces of things so I can moderate better. The big issue I have with them is that their list price is twice that of the bars but you don’t get twice the product. The pair of bars is about $4 (3 ounces, so it’s $21.33 a pound) and the gable box of about 10 pieces retails for $8 (4 ounces, so it’s $32 a pound).

Though all the ingredients are natural, there is no statement on the Jer’s Chocolate website about the ethical or sustainability sourcing for the ingredients.

Related Candies

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  2. Justin’s Peanut and Almond Candy Bars
  3. Cadbury Wunderbar
  4. Snyder’s Peanut Butter Pretzel Sandwich Dips
  5. Trader Joe’s Soft Peanut Brittle
  6. Green & Black’s Peanut Milk Chocolate
  7. Koeze Cream-Nut Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cluster


Name: Original IncrediBar
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Jer’s Chocolate
Place Purchased: Cost Plus World Market (Farmers Market)
Price: $3.49
Size: 3 ounces
Calories per ounce: 153
Categories: All Natural, Candy, Chocolate, Cookie, Kosher, Peanuts, 8-Tasty, United States, Cost Plus


Name: Pretzo Change-o Bar
    RATING:
  • SUPERB
  • YUMMY
  • TASTY
  • WORTH IT
  • TEMPTING
  • PLEASANT
  • BENIGN
  • UNAPPEALING
  • APPALLING
  • INEDIBLE
Brand: Jer’s Chocolate
Place Purchased: Cost Plus World Market (Farmers Market)
Price: $3.49
Size: 3 ounces
Calories per ounce: 153
Categories: All Natural, Candy, Chocolate, Cookie, Kosher, Peanuts, 8-Tasty, United States, Cost Plus

POSTED BY Cybele AT 12:08 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     All NaturalCandyReviewChocolateCookieKosherPeanuts8-TastyUnited StatesCost Plus

Comments
  1. Love Jer’s, but I wait for them to show up at Costco cuz they can be pretty expensive otherwise!

    Comment by Ruffy- on 9/11/13 at 3:25 pm #
  2. I found these recently at Cost Plus World Market.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them!!!!!

    Comment by JS on 9/12/13 at 3:39 pm #
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