Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Route 1 Racer Bar

Aldi Route 1 RacerOne of the most popular candy bars in the country is the Snickers bar. This is not review of that.

Instead I’m testing a knock off version, presented by Aldi, the German grocery chain under their house brand Route 1.

The Route 1 Racer Bar comes in a well priced bag of nearly 10 ounces (9.8) fun sized bars for only $1.79.

Aldi Route 1 Racer

The little bars smell good, like milky chocolate and roasted peanuts. They’re small bars, smaller than the Romeo and clock in at about .70 ounces and about 110 calories. The size is still a nice portion, and two make a good treat.

Aldi Route 1 Racer

The construction of the bar is just as you’d anticipate for a Snickers knock off. There’s a nougat base, which has a light peanut butter flavor to it then a caramel over that studded with peanuts. The whole thing is covered with a very thin coating of chocolate.

Aldi Route 1 Racer & Snickers 3X Chocolate
(Racer Bar compared to Snickers 3X Chocolate for ratios)

The textures were great, though the ratio of chocolate was a bit lacking. I didn’t miss it though, because it really wasn’t that good. It was more a toffee milk flavor than chocolate. The flavors though, well, sometimes they were what I’d call good. But there were bad peanuts. The photo of the first bar with a bite up there, that was a bad peanut, like spit it out bad. And I accept that when using a natural ingredient that there will be bad peanuts, but then I got another. I’ve eaten seven of these little bars and two had bad peanuts. The flavor of the peanuts is a little more grassy than I’m accustomed to, which leads me to believe they may not be American peanuts.

This is the first product I’ve bought at Aldi that I’ve been truly disappointed about. I doubt I’ll finish the bag, and I doubt that folks who come grazing for candy in my office will be interested in them. I’ll stick to Snickers, even if it is twice the price.

Name: Racer Bar
Brand: Aldi
Place Purchased: Aldi (Camp Hill, PA)
Price: $1.79
Size: 9.8 ounces
Calories per ounce: 149
Categories: Candy, Aldi, Caramel, Chocolate, Nougat, Peanuts, 5-Pleasant, Germany

POSTED BY Cybele AT 3:46 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     CandyDesigner ImpostorReviewAldiCaramelChocolateNougatPeanuts5-PleasantGermany

  1. After getting bad “spit it out” peanuts, it’s hard to understand why you would rate this a 5 for Pleasant.  Sound more like a 3 for Unappealing to me!

    Comment by Chris on 5/18/12 at 3:47 pm #
  2. is it bad that i still wanna eat them?!?!

    Comment by kat on 5/21/12 at 8:21 am #
  3. The Aldi in my town sells Racers under the Choceur brand, rather than Route 1; they have much different packaging as well.

    I don’t know if the different brand name indicates a different manufacturer as well, but the Choceur Racers are definitely much better than Snickers (and the Choceur Titon and Dreemy bars are likewise superior to Milky Way and Three Musketeers).

    Comment by Jeff on 10/27/13 at 8:03 am #
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