Thursday, September 11, 2008

Scharffen Berger Milk Nibby Bar

Scharffen Berger Milk Nibby BarThis is the fourth Scharffen Berger Milk Nibby Bar I’ve gotten a hold of. The first one was a sample from a trade show last year. Unfortunately I stored it next to something minty and it was absorbed into the bar. I didn’t think it was fair to review it that way ... but I ate it and it was tasty enough for me to put it on my list. But I couldn’t find another one!

The second one I bought earlier this year when I was in San Francisco. I needed to get my parking validated at the Ferry Terminal so I figured the Scharffen Berger store there was the perfect place to make my $5 minimum and try this bar again.

And I did! I just, well, ate it, without making any notes.

So then I had to find it yet again. Luckily after my dismal experience with the Krackel bar, I went on the prowl at Cost Plus World Market’s high end chocolate shelves to console myself and grabbed one.

And then I ate it. Remember, I was depressed about the Krackel, grief makes you do strange things.

Now I’m feeling better (3 ounces of real chocolate is one of the lesser known 5 Stages of Grief) and thought I should give it another go.

Scharffen Berger Milk Nibby Bar

The Milk Chocolate Nibby Bar is much darker than most milk bars. At 41% cacao, it’s almost as dark as the middling Hershey’s Special Dark (which is 45%). So the color is like coffee with only a dash of milk.

It doesn’t smell particularly sweet. More like wood chips and of course chocolate.

Snapping the bar, it’s pretty solid and crisp. Inside there are the little nibs, not as many as a crisped rice bar, but a great many of them dotting the chocolate base. The chocolate is smooth but still a little rustic. The notes are a strong caramelized flavor, the cocoa and lots more woodsy scents. The nibs are crunchy and buttery, almost like they’ve also been caramelized before adding to the chocolate. The texture is like a macadamia nut and perhaps a little of the soy bean’s malty flavors.

It’s a very dark bar for a milk chocolate product. The tangy bite that I didn’t care for in their straight bar is moderated well by the dark and bitter punch of the nibs.

I’m in love with this bar. I can’t say that it’s a replacement for the Krackel, because, well, it was $3.99. But it sure makes me smile when I eat it and it’s pretty rare for me to go out and keep buying the same bar over and over again when I have so many new ones at home.

The package has full nutritional labeling but also helpfully tells me that the whole 3 ounce bar has 410 calories. A quick calculation also tells me that this bar contains 100% of the my saturated fat for the day. Oops, I guess I’m eating pretty wholesome for the rest of the day. (But also 24% of my daily fiber in the whole bar plus 10 grams of protein!)

UPDATE 4/11/2009: I’ve had two more of these since the review, including comparing it to the new 68% Dark Milk and have bumped this up from the original rating of 9 out of 10 to a perfect 10 out of 10.

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  7. Scharffen Berger - Cacao Nibs
Name: Milk Nibby
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Scharffen Berger (Hershey's)
Place Purchased: Cost Plus World Market (Farmers Market)
Price: $3.99
Size: 3 ounces
Calories per ounce: 137
Categories: Chocolate, Nibs, United States, Scharffen Berger, Hershey's, Kosher, All Natural

POSTED BY Cybele AT 5:51 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. shoooot, if only i’d known about these when i was pregnant with my triplets. i had to eat 200 g of protein a day (and 4000 calories), so i ate a LOT of snickers. you know, packed with peanuts and all. i think this would have been a nice alternative! :D

    Comment by pam on 9/11/08 at 6:13 am #
  2. Sounds yum.  I love the dark nibby—so I’ll have to give this one a go.

    Comment by Karen S. on 9/11/08 at 7:49 am #
  3. Even without the review, you going back to it again and again with only the motivation of satisfying your craving speaks highly of this bar!  Scharffen Berger 70% is one of my favorite plain eating chocolates.  Here’s hoping Hershey doesn’t change it!

    Comment by April on 9/11/08 at 8:09 am #
  4. Sera's avatar

    I’ve only seen the bittersweet nibbly bar around. I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled.

    Comment by Sera on 9/11/08 at 9:32 am #
  5. callie's avatar

    Sometimes I hate living in a smallish town in the south. There’s no way I’ll ever find this bar. Sounds good though.

    Comment by callie on 9/11/08 at 9:37 am #
  6. The Whole Foods has this bar as well. The nibs give great texture to this chocolate bar while making me feel that it is almost good for me… I am just going to ignore the calories.

    Comment by Sharayray on 9/11/08 at 1:32 pm #
  7. I think I will have to pick this bar up the next time I am at World Market.

    Comment by Lauren on 9/11/08 at 6:57 pm #
  8. I just tried a nibby bar for the first time (it was a bit smaller than the one you have pictured). It was sooo good and crunch! smile

    Comment by Juliet on 9/20/08 at 11:22 am #
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