Wednesday, March 8, 2006

See’s Peanut Brittle Bar

See’s recently moved into the “candy bar” arena with their Awesome collection. They’re candy bars you can buy singly at their stores or in boxes of eight bars. They’re a buck a piece and prepackaged and a pretty good deal for a premium candy bar (unlike Lake Champlain’s 5 Star line).


See’s packaged an old favorite, peanut brittle into a compact bar and covered it with chocolate. It’s less of a nut brittle and more of a toffee though, in my opinion, but the recipe is absolutey for brittle (baking soda being the operative ingredient).

The bar is a little tiny, at only one ounce, it’s a little less of a candy bar than I’m used to. But the whole peanuts and salty brittle is a really great combination. It tastes really salty, but when I checked the sodium content, it’s not really any different than any other standard nut candy bar like a Reese’s or Snickers. The milk chocolate coating is sweet and smooth. The bar crunches and flakes easily with a slight foamy texture (that’s brittle for you). I liked the bar, but it’s not going to knock the Awesome Nut & Chew bar from that top spot in my mind.

I’m glad See’s created some more portable versions of their best candies. I’m just waiting for a Scotchmallow version in dark chocolate. I read in Los Angeles Magazine that the candy bars were actually created by the workers at the factory, who had been making them with short ends for themselves and as gifts when the corporate folks decided it was a really good idea. I know it sounds odd, but for dieters, these could be a good option. The bars are smaller than standard candy bars (this one is an ounce, the Nut & Chew and Walnut Brittle are 1.5 ounces) so you can feel indulgent without being tempted by a full box of mixed chocolates. I’m a firm believer in giving yourself what you crave, in moderation. Because there are a lot of nuts in all versions they’re very filling (the protein and all).

Name: Awesome Peanut Brittle Bar
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: See's
Place Purchased: See's (Fashion Square - Sherman Oaks)
Price: $1.00
Size: 1 ounce
Calories per ounce: 150
Categories: Chocolate, Peanuts, Toffee/Brittle, United States, See's, Kosher

POSTED BY Cybele AT 9:13 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. 150 calories?!  I have to find these!

    Comment by Julilla on 3/08/06 at 12:08 pm #
  2. Isn’t it time for you to make a See’s factory tour?



    Comment by desertwind on 3/08/06 at 12:58 pm #
  3. Yum! Reading your review made me want to run to See’s a get one right away. I’ve been enjoying the peanut brittle bar since they first came out, and I agree that the portability is a great development. I also love the story behind the bar. Just discovered your’s so great!

    Comment by Carol on 3/08/06 at 4:20 pm #
  4. I practically WORSHIP See’s.  Partly because they’re a California institution, partly because they’re inexpensive, but mostly because THEY MAKE GOOD PRODUCTS.  There have been few times when I have been dissapointed by a See’s product and in the two or three times I’ve had one of these bars (and the nut and chew bar) it’s been no exception.

    Comment by Alex on 3/08/06 at 9:03 pm #
  5. They make little Scotchmallow eggs at Easter and sell them in 6-packs; I always hint that it’s PERFECT for my Easter basket, but always end up having to buy them for myself.  Which I do…willingly!  I love the Mayfair eggs, too.

    Hmm, I may have to head to Sees on my lunch…!

    Comment by Lesley on 3/09/06 at 8:22 am #
  6. Wow - to my mind See’s make the finest chocolates I’ve ever tasted, and I’m not a big chocolate eater.  Perfect balance of sweetness and texture without being too sugary or grainy.  I also love their lollypops - the butterscotch is sooo rich tasting.  I’ve paid a pretty penny to have them shipped!

    Would love to try this…

    Comment by jen on 3/11/06 at 10:32 am #
  7. I have always loved See’s candies, growing up in California, my parents always gave us See’s candy for holiday’s our birtday’s and just because…maybe we just deserved a treat. Now I live in Michigan, See’s sets up shop around the holidays. With online, I order my mother (who is now 86) an assortment for Mother’s day - but the shipping is so expensive that next time I will get my girlfriend to go to the See’s store and give her $5 for gas. This See’s Lover will not be purchasing her favorite candy on line again.

    Comment by yone payton on 4/30/10 at 12:12 pm #
  8. I would never order from See’s Candy again. They ship via UPS and UPS is horrible. The gifts do not come timely. They have lost a customer on the east coast. They need to get it together. When you call customer service they just pass you around from person to person.

    Comment by nytre on 2/14/11 at 10:27 am #
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