Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Nestle Milk Chocolate

Nestle Milk ChocolateAs the whole thing about Hershey’s and the swap of chocolate for mockolate came up on other blogs and news sites, I noticed quite a few people expressing a preference for Nestle.

I thought, “What am I missing here?” Well, first of all, plain old Nestle Milk Chocolate bars aren’t that easy to find. But with a bit of persistence I did find this fresh 5 ounce “great to share” size bar.

First, I looked at the wrapper pretty carefully. Though Nestle is a Swiss company, this bar was made in Brazil. The ingredients don’t make it sound great, but I try to keep an open mind: sugar, chocolate, cocoa butter, nonfat milk, lactose, soy lecithin, PGPR & vanillin.

So in this case the milk was much lower on the list than other milk chocolates (M&Ms and Hershey’s Milk Chocolate), so maybe it’s a darker tasting milk chocolate.

The Nestle website reveals this little tidbit about the Nestle Milk Chocolate bar’s past:

Searching far into its European and American records, NESTL? has come as close as possible to the original milk chocolate formula invented in Vevey, Switzerland in 1875 by Henri Nestle. In the U.S. NESTL? has been manufacturing milk chocolate since the early 1900s. In 1984, NESTL? Milk Chocolate candy bars were introduced.

Okay, at least I’m not crazy, because I don’t remember plain Nestle chocolate bars being around when I was a kid. There was another strange line on both Nestle’s corporate page and their chocolate classics website, NESTL? Milk Chocolate tastes the way you expect great chocolate should taste, offering a milk chocolate alternative that the entire family can enjoy any time. So what the blazes is a milk chocolate alternative? Or is it the any time part I should be clued into, is that some sort of code that means that this is a morning chocolate bar?

Nestle Milk Chocolate

It does look a bit darker than many mass-marketed milk chocolate bars. It was even and glossy and has a pleasant powdered milk and chocolate scent.

The bar has a rather soft snap but look well tempered. The melt on the tongue is fudgy, not slick or silky smooth, it’s still pleasant. I got a slight aftertaste, kind of like that from powdered milk.

The taste isn’t very chocolatey. It’s not overly sweet and has a lot of milk taste to it, but really lacks much else. It would go well with inclusions like crisped rice or nuts but as a bar where this is all I had to go on, it really didn’t satisfy at all.

I’m not one to be disrespectful towards other people’s preferences (ya like whatcha like!)  and this bar was certainly inexpensive, but I wouldn’t rank it higher in quality than Hershey’s Milk Chocolate or M&Ms Milk Chocolate. In fact, I think I throw it a notch below Hershey’s, just because I didn’t enjoy the flavor. (That doesn’t make it a bad bar, before you go thinking I’m a hater, I just didn’t like it.)

Now, just so you know, Nestle does make other true Swiss chocolate and I have tried that and found it quite tasty, just not American (North or South, as the case may be) and also costs four times as much.

Thank goodness the wrapper tells me it’s great to share, otherwise I wouldn’t know what to do with it.

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Name: Nestle Milk Chocolate
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Nestle
Place Purchased: 99 Cent Only (Silverlake)
Price: $1.00
Size: 5 ounces
Calories per ounce: 138
Categories: Chocolate, Brazil, Nestle, Kosher

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Comments
  1. bettyfelon's avatar

    I have a coworker who swears these bars are the best chocolate out there

    but we don’t get them in our area so maybe them not being easy to attain makes them so alluring to him

    Comment by bettyfelon on 10/16/08 at 3:18 pm #
  2. I don’t believe I have seen these in stores. I will have to keep my eye out for it.

    Comment by CarlWeaver on 10/21/08 at 5:01 am #
  3. Note: I definitely remember Nestle’s Plain (and Almond) Milk chocolate bars from the 1960’s in NY. The bars came in red/white wrapping and the bar itself had NESTLE’S in raised embossed chocolate, a raised “frame” of choc on around the edge, and horizontal lines running inside the frame. This was different than the Almond bar that was Blue/white wrapped, and had NESTLE’S reversed embossed on a thicker bar. I would venture to say these bars were far more delightful than the plain HERSHEY bars of the day.

    Comment by rich weiner on 1/02/09 at 1:46 pm #
  4. My father would visit my uncle in “West Germany” in the mid 1980’s and bring back Nestle White Chocolate bars as treats.

    I just stumbled across a photo I took around June 1987 of a box of ***White Chocolate Nestle Crunch*** bars from that era.

    Happy white chocolate nostalgia - http://dcsutherland.smugmug.com/gallery/7873133_85xsn#510373533_Cpz7T-A-LB

    ( p.s. anyone may feel free to use this photo under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license if you have any reason to.  Just attribute my name and a link to the photo or that gallery and let me know you are using it. ref
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ )

    Comment by David Sutherland on 4/11/09 at 2:46 pm #
  5. I love candy so much! Im insane for it!!  ahhbhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    Comment by TooDee Winckles on 11/27/09 at 5:38 pm #
  6. I can attest to the fact that the Nestle plain milk chocolate bar differs depending on its country of origin.

    The American version tastes more like what we North Americans refer to as milk chocolate. In fact, I preferred the Nestle milk chocolate to the Hershey’s version, even when Hershey’s was still milk chocolate and not “mockolate”.

    However, having tried the Brazilian version of the Nestle Milk Chocolate Bar, I can say it’s rather bad compared to the American version. It tastes like Palmer Chocolate, which is the cheap junk you get at Easter as the main component to low-priced chocolate bunnies. It’s gritty, sugary, and overly-sweet. There’s very little “milk” feel or flavor to it, and the chocolate is odd-tasting.

    I’ve come to the conclusion that the Brazilian version is not a very good representative of Nestle quality when it comes to milk chocolate. I’m not sure what they do differently, but before you judge a plain Nestle chocolate bar in the red wrapper, take a look at its country of origin.

    If it’s Brazilian, then I’d say skip it unless you’re a fan of Palmer chocolate.

    Comment by ZC on 10/04/10 at 1:19 pm #
  7. Why do Nestles “Swiss” chocolate bars taste much sweeter and more intense than the same bars that are made here in the USA or in Canada?  5 years ago while running through De Gaulle Airport, I picked up one of those giant Nestles “swiss” chocolate bars and was knocked over by the sweeter, more intense taste.  Then, the same thing happened earlier in February as I ran through Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam.  Does it have to do with the use of sugar instead of corn sweeteners?  Trust me, the difference in taste is dramatic.

    Comment by Robert Yuna on 3/01/13 at 5:46 am #
  8. Why did China destroy all those Nestle cholate bars? They said there was too much sorbitol. You ask me, I think they’re miffed cause we caught ‘em with their pants down. Imagine that, lead in baby formula, then Pastuerized milk, then kids toys with lead paint? I think Nestle is number #1 and have been since I was a little eating chocolate chip cookies made with tollhouse chips.

    Comment by Larry Cox on 3/05/13 at 4:54 pm #
  9. The NestlĂ© Milk Chocolate bar of the mid 1980’s was a fine thing!  They could be hard to find, but were worth it.  They were sweet, slightly a lighter color, and the bar seemed super-refined, as the texture was very silky smooth.  The bar seemed to have disappeared for years, then I started seeing it around again about ten years ago.  I was so excited!  I bought one immediately, and upon eating it, darn near spit it out in dismay.  It tasted like they were trying to make it more like Hershey’s, perhaps less heavy cream, more cocoa, but tasting not nearly as good as Hershey’s, and certainly nothing like the delicious milk chocolate Nestle I loved so much in my early to mid teens.  They brought the bar back, only to have changed their recipe.  These days, the closest thing I have found to the flavor I remember is the chocolate in Hershey’s Symphony bar.  I don’t know why NestlĂ© would change something that was so good in the first place.  I can still taste the bar I remember, and still feel it’s texture in my mouth to this day.  I sure miss it!

    Comment by Jamaica on 4/01/13 at 11:14 am #

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