Sunday, December 31, 2006

Munch Bar

Every once in a while I get a hankering for peanut brittle. But aside from buying a tin of it or making it myself, it’s not that easy to find.

Enter the Munch bar. Billed on the label as “Only 6 Simple Ingredients” it’s just a buttery hard candy studded with peanuts. In fact, there’s more peanuts in here than most brittle I’ve had. The ingredients are: peanuts, sugar, butter, corn syrup, salt and soy lecithin.

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The bars aren’t that easy to find, which is a shame, because they’re a nice alternative to a chocolate bar. Kind of like a Payday. Mars actually markets it using its wholesomeness as a selling point. I like it because it’s sturdy. You can expose it to higher temperatures without it losing its shape and taste.

The candy part of the bar is sweet and crunchy, not quite toffee and more solid than the usually slightly foamy peanut brittle candy. It’s buttery and has a light salty hit. The peanut flavor is, of course, the attraction. I love peanuts. There are 6 grams of protein in this bar, and at less than 1.5 ounces, that’s a lot of protein which makes it quite filling and satisfying.

They’re an excellent summer bar and worth the work at finding them. There’s another version of this made by Planters, I’ll try to have a review of that soon.

Name: Munch Bar
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Mars
Place Purchased: Long's Drug
Price: $.69
Size: 1.42 ounces
Calories per ounce: 155
Categories: Peanuts, Hard Candy, United States, Mars

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Comments
  1. I find it at Walgreens.  I like it because it’s a nice, sweet protein bar.  The thickness of Snickers can be a turnoff sometimes.  But this sort of bar is almost perfect for a late afternoon energy boost.

    Comment by Cat Skyfire on 12/31/06 at 9:22 am #
  2. The Planters ones (when they’re fresh) are crisper and somewhat less crunchy.  I prefer them, but can’t find them here, and getting them mail-order is hit-or-miss: sometimes they’re stale and just rather blah.

    Comment by Todd Larason on 12/31/06 at 4:45 pm #
  3. If I remember correctly these used to be labeled as Snickers Munch Bar.  I’m surprised Mars kept them on the market after dropping Snickers from the name.

    Comment by Ash on 1/01/07 at 4:57 pm #
  4. ooh, i love these. i feel so virtuous after eating one. ha ha! i get mine at big lots and walgreens.

    Comment by Pam on 1/02/07 at 3:55 am #
  5. my memory is that the Munch bar has a more buttery flavor to the toffee part than the Planters, but both are a solid non-chocolate choice.

    Comment by Jim Kosmicki on 1/03/07 at 7:18 am #
  6. I’m pretty picky about brittle and toffee.  I hate the aftertaste of munch bars and other commercial products.  I’m not sure what it is.  Sees Candy peanut brittle is pretty good, but I recall eating some bad pieces of it.  Maybe it went bad?  Homemade, of course, is best.

    Comment by kathy on 1/06/07 at 10:09 am #
  7. hey everyone!  Just wanted to let you know that I couldn’t find Munch Bars anywhere for a good price but I finally did!  Heres teh website if you wanted to take a look.

    http://store.wholesalecandyforless.com/ca149.html

    Comment by max rosen on 1/13/07 at 8:06 am #
  8. Cybele's avatar

    Max - I’m not so sure about that website. It describes the Munch bar as “Fresh coconut is smothered in rich milk chocolate to create the amazing Mounds bar!” and it also has a picture of a very old version of the label. Did you get the right product when you ordered?

    Cat - I’ve had two of them now, and I’ve got to say I wish they sold them at the vending machine at work because I know I’d buy one at least once a week.

    Todd - I found the Planter’s bar but haven’t tried it yet. But sometimes with any peanut bar there’s a bad one in there and it ruins the whole thing.

    Ash - check that link that Max has and it shows the old Snicker’s branding.

    Pam - I’ll have to check the dollar stores (yes, I’d like to pay less than 69 cents for them).

    Jim - I looked at the Planter’s label and you’re right! No butter in there at all!

    Kathy - it’s been years since I’ve made peanut brittle, but it’s definitely better!

    Comment by Cybele on 1/13/07 at 8:16 am #
  9. is the Munch candy bar included in the nationwide recall of peanut products?

    Comment by Steve Kaver on 2/12/09 at 2:48 am #
  10. Cybele's avatar

    Steve - Mars asserts that they roast their own peanuts and source them directly. Here’s their statement:

    http://www.mars.com/global/News+and+Media/News+archive/Salmonella+Investigation+in+Peanut+Butter.htm

    Comment by Cybele on 2/12/09 at 4:30 am #
  11. I love them and was looking to purchase them and ran into this blog…...while searching I just found this website…and it is from the makers of SNICKERS….put out by MARS…check this out http://www.munchnutbar.com

    Comment by LaVonne on 3/23/09 at 11:20 am #
  12. I heard Munch is being taken off the market because no one is buying the product!? Is this true?

    Comment by Slyvia on 11/29/09 at 11:52 am #
  13. Can I still get this product and WHERE? I really liked it.

    Comment by Carlos Ponce on 3/10/11 at 6:41 pm #
  14. Munch!!! Love them way back. Love them still. The only place I can get them is at Shell gas station for almost $1 each! This sucks but I buy them every chance I get. I would sure love to get some free coupns like they use to give out way back. Enjoy Yall

    Comment by Dee on 3/25/11 at 2:26 pm #
  15. I found Munch Bar today at Walmart, in have not been able to purchase there before today…. .74 cents.

    Comment by Pat Addaway on 9/03/14 at 8:08 pm #

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