Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Rocky Road Supreme Peanut Butter

Rocky Road Supreme Peanut ButterA couple of years ago I got a preview of a new line of candy bars from Annabelle’s, makers of Rocky Road. The new Rocky Road Supreme bars didn’t even have wrappers yet when I tried them at the All Candy Expo in September of 2007. They were finally released last year, but it took me another full year to find them on store shelves.

I finally found them at a new shop in Burbank called Rocket Fizz. Though it’s supposed to be a soda pop store - with hundreds and hundreds of varieties of sodas sold in single bottles, it was also a candy shop with hundreds and hundreds of items to choose from. Amongst the mostly classic offerings I found the Rocky Road Supreme Peanut Butter Bar. Though it was a whopping $1.99, it’s also nearly 3 ounces ... so consider it a king sized bar.

The package describes it as Handmade Marshmallow and Peanut Butter with Crunchy Peanuts, Double Dipped in Velvety Milk Chocolate. I stopped eating several days ago in order to accommodate this extra 460 calorie pop.

Rocky Road Supreme Peanut Butter

The bar was a little worse for wear, though I tried to choose carefully from the bars on the shelf. I often have this problem often with Rocky Road bars ... they might benefit from at least a waxed paperboard tray.

The layers are nearly equal strips of marshmallow and peanut butter. Luckily the peanut butter is on the bottom, as it’s the densest. Considering how much peanut butter there is in this bar, plus the peanuts on the top, it doesn’t smell very peanutty. Just vanilla-sweet, a little milky and a little like roasted nuts.

The bar has a nice bite to it. The chocolate is soft and not at all flaky and the marshmallow is firm enough that it springs back easily but is dense enough not to give into the weight of the chocolate shell.

The flavors at first do well. The peanut butter layer has a salty pop and a mellow nutty flavor. The vanilla marshmallow isn’t too sweet and gives a bouncy chew to the whole thing. The chocolate coating is a little lackluster in the flavor department, but also not too sweet. The peanuts give a little crunch. The whole thing is a bit slick & fatty though, it never quite melts.

As I went on, I tried eating the separate elements. The chocolate is satiny smooth, but lacks a real cocoa punch. It’s all about the texture, I guess. The peanuts on top were kind of chewy instead of crunchy. The marshmallow is actually great, mostly because it’s foamy and has a smooth texture without being too sweet. The peanut butter layer though is weird. It’s very firm and has a greasy Crisco texture to it. A look at the list of ingredients reveals why #4 on the list is partially hydrogenated soybean & cottonseed oils ... that comes before #5 which is peanut butter.

Now I’m as much a fan of fat as the next person, but fat has to add texture ... it needs to give a pleasing mouthfeel as well as deliver flavors. This peanutty layer simply doesn’t. It’s like the grease is a cloaking device.

I really wanted to like this, I wanted it to be a powerful combination of textures & flavors. Instead it just left me feeling heavy & unsatisfied. (And I didn’t finish it, so now I get to have lunch!)

Here’s Sera’s review from Candy Addict.

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Name: Rocky Road Supreme Peanut Butter
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Annabelle's Candy
Place Purchased: Rocket Fizz (Burbank)
Price: $1.99
Size: 2.96 ounces
Calories per ounce: 155
Categories: Chocolate, Marshmallow, Peanuts, United States, Annabelle's

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:23 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. I’m a big fan of Rocky Road anything so I’ll have to take a plunge and try this one.  I was in Rocket Fizz a couple weeks back and must have missed it in the mass of sodas! Not sure if you’ve tried the Trader Joe’s PB&J bar, but the peanut butter in that one is pretty amazing!

    Comment by Kimberly on 9/09/09 at 11:59 am #
  2. i know - i wanted to like this too! but the peanut buttwe was so gross!  i didn’t know if maybe it was because the bar was really old or something…i actually got it at the expo this year. have you tried the maple one?

    Comment by laura on 9/10/09 at 9:37 am #
  3. These sold horribly for me and we did not reorder

    Comment by Steve on 9/10/09 at 1:23 pm #
  4. Just found this one and a Surpreme Mocha bar at the local Grocery outlet. Haven’t tried the PB one yet but Mocha was good - mocha flavored marshmallow. it was marshmallow where the peanut butter is and there was a layer of dark chocolate between the two mallow layers so it was pretty yummy.

    Comment by J on 3/08/11 at 7:56 pm #
  5. Just tried by first one today from Grocery Outlet ($.99) and thought it was delicious.  Not extremely peanut buttery or overwhelmingly chocolate, just a nice blend of each flavor along with the marshmallow.  Too bad they are so high in fat and calories!  I will definitely purchase them again.

    Comment by Susan on 8/21/11 at 6:04 pm #
  6. I’m trying to find Annabelle’s Rocky Road Supreme Peanut Butter candy bars.
    Very hard to find. In fact next to impossible in my area.
    How do I order a box???

    Comment by Karen Faust on 12/12/16 at 7:48 pm #
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