Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Snickers Nut ‘n Butter Crunch

Snickers Nut 'n Butter CrunchYou know what makes a candy satisfying? Sweet fat and protein. It’s a delicate balance, but I find that peanuts are usually up for the job. Mars pretty much knows that and designed the Snickers bar to take full advantage.

When I first heard about the Limited Edition Snickers Nut ‘n Butter Crunch I was wondering if it was going to be a Butterfinger knockoff, as the Butter Crunch portion of the name might indicate. Then I wondered if it was a remix of the Snickers Cruncher. But it turns out it’s something altogether different.

Instead of nougat, peanuts, caramel and milk chocolate in the regular Snickers, this new Snickers Nut ‘n Butter Crunch is peanuts and some sort of peanut butter mass (something they call “peanut butter taste” on the wrapper) in milk chocolate. I’d characterize this stuff as a chewy peanut butter fudge or maybe a chewy peanut butter nougat. I think it falls into the nougat camp since there are egg whites in there.

The bar is a little smaller at 1.71 ounces, but still rivals the fat content of the regular Snickers which is 2.07 ounces.

Snickers Nut 'n Butter Crunch

It’s odd, because the texture of the bar makes me think that there’s some caramel in there, it is definitely chewy. But look at that cross section ... it’s jammed full of that “peanut butter taste.”

I like it, I really really like it. I actually like that it’s smaller than a regular Snickers bar, which is always just one bite too much for me. I like the solidness, I like that it’s less sweet and I actually like that it has 5 grams of protein. I’ll be curious to see if this becomes a regular item like the Snickers Dark did.

It took me a while to get a hold of the bar, so if this sounds familiar you may have seen reviews at the AV Club or over at Candy Addict.

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Name: Snickers Limited Edition Nut 'n Butter Crunch
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 4 BENIGN
Brand: Mars
Place Purchased: Walgreen's (Echo Park)
Price: $.65
Size: 1.71 ounces
Calories per ounce: 146
Categories: Chocolate, Peanuts, Nougat, United States, Mars, Limited Edition, Kosher

POSTED BY Cybele AT 6:23 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

  1. My friend and I found these at a 7Eleven near Shelton, Washington on our vacation (I have a Slurpee obsession).  My friend thought the Snickers was amazing.  I thought the “peanut butter taste” nougat was a little creepy.  Reminded me of a cheap candy bar—not near the Snickers quality I was expecting.  My friend loved them.  We stopped back by the 7Eleven on our way home—and over a 3 day period they went from having a huge display to only having a dozen bars left, and this is not a highly frequented store—so we were surprised.  The cashier said most people were like “oh, what, a new flavor?  better try it.” 

    My friend loved the flavor, and quickly snatched up the overpriced dozen remaining bars, while I clutched my oversized Slurpee, left with an aftertaste of “peanut butter taste” and disappointment.

    (By the way, this 7Eleven also carried a Blue Vanilla flavored Slurpee.  Once again, I was dissapointed but my friend loved it.)

    Comment by Rachel on 1/08/08 at 7:39 am #
  2. Finally I found the Snickers cruncher replacement!

    Thanks Cybele

    Comment by crispin on 1/08/08 at 9:11 am #
  3. Ah, coincidences.  I just picked one of these up on my way home.  I’m a little concerned about the absence of caramel, but we’ll see!

    Comment by Alicia on 1/08/08 at 11:55 am #
  4. I bought one of these the other day at Walgreen’s.  I thought it tasted as if they replaced about 2/3 of the peanuts with peanut butter nougat, as it seemed much LESS crunchier than a usual Snickers.  The basic Snickers flavor is still there for me, but I miss the peanuts and the chewiness of the caramel.  There’s not enough texture for my taste.  I’m glad I tried it, but I’ll stick to the original.

    Comment by amy on 1/08/08 at 2:05 pm #
  5. I’ll admit I was hesitant to try the Nut ‘n Butter Crunch, but after reading your review, I had to pick one up and try it.  I hope it’ll become a regular item (but if not, I guess that means less money and calories spent on these. wink )  You were right (as always), it does resemble peanut butter fudge.  I’m pretty fond of it. 
    Love your blog, Cybele! smile

    Comment by Breigh on 1/08/08 at 4:05 pm #
  6. Yum. I wish that would be made available in the Philippines.

    Comment by Tina on 1/08/08 at 8:34 pm #
  7. Mmm, thanks for the heads up. I can never resist peanut butter anything so I’ll have to pick up a few of these.

    Comment by Porgy on 1/09/08 at 2:00 pm #
  8. Have you seen any advertising for this?  How are they marketing it?  The original snickers is one of the most energy (calorie and sugar) dense foods, and peanuts keep you full, so it is a hiking staple.  Thus, the “hungry, why wait” slogan.

    Your great review intrigues me and makes me want to check these out. 

    I also do food and gardening things at http://red-icculus.com

    Comment by Red Icculus on 1/21/08 at 11:07 am #
  9. A Walgreens in downtown Chicago is selling these 4 for $1 right now.  Don’t know if that’s for every Walgreens everywhere or not.  My guess is they’re getting rid of their stock.

    (I prefer regular Snickers by quite a bit, to be honest, but the one I had today appealed to me more than the first one I had a few weeks ago.  Something about the texture makes them seem kind of stale to me.)

    Comment by Brick on 1/24/08 at 11:11 am #
  10. i picked one up yesterday but haven’t tried it yet. i’m very curious to see how it compares to the peanut butter snickers that they stopped making like, ten years ago. i used to love those and was very disappointed when i could no longer find them.

    Comment by molly h on 2/05/08 at 5:41 am #
  11. I found this bar at christmas time at a turn pike rest stop and was a little afraid that i would be diappointed (for i am a regular snickers nut)I did not eat it for some time because it made it in to the center console glove box of my car and i had just found it the other day i have bought 2 more and i am rather pleased i am liking the fact that it is slightly smaller. i always get to the last bite and decide its to much (and of course eat it any way)i have been able to find them in most rite aids in the greaater pittsburgh are. i hope it will stay around for awhile. I have to say it could use more peanuts and it does not hurt my teeth as bad with no carmel but yes i miss the carmel despite the pain.

    Comment by Jaimsee on 2/10/08 at 7:34 am #
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