CandyPirate have recently got hold of a load of New England Confectionery Co. (Necco) goodies, and have been kind enough to send me across a few samples. Included in their latest package was this Clark bar, which consisted of 'honeycomb peanut butter crisp, with a chocolatey covering'. Yes indeed this bar as Cybele at Candyblog would put it, incorporated the famous mockolate (no cocoa butter!!). Anyway I wasn't going to let that put me off - especially where theres peanut butter involved.
The bar came in a 49.6g serving - this proved to be a sufficient snack. I wasn't all that sure about the presentation of the product. The packaging looked a little plain to me, a little stuck in between retro and just old fashioned. Though not setting the world alight with its looks, the plastic wrapper maintained a degree of freshness. The bar like the wrapper was a bit plain looking, but once cross-sectioned I thought the middle looked pretty appetising. I enjoyed the smell of the peanut butter that emanated once the wrapper was opened, however was a bit surprised at the lack of aromas from the chocolate.
Now even though my expectations of the 'mockolate' were really rather low, I couldn't help but be surprised at the pretty poor quality. The outer coating felt extremely greasy to touch, and just didn't feel altogether that nice in the mouth. Even with the extra oils that were obviously present, the melt of the outer chocolate was quite lazy, and had a slightly granular texture. The flavours weren't much better either, it had a very sweet taste with an element of smokiness in its aftertaste. Though smokey flavours can be quite appropriate in some bars, it seemed largely out of context here. At this point this bar seemed destined for sheer disaster, however the rather good peanut butter centre rescued some credibility. The centre was likeable to the Cadbury Crispy Crunch and the Nestle Butterfinger, though was not quite as crispy and had a softer chewier consistency. The nut flavours were forthcoming and luckily dominated the taste of the chocolate. The extra sweetness of the honey brought an extra dimension to the buttery nut flavours, though as you can imagine it did make the overall taste very sweet indeed, and it did get a little sickly towards the end of the bar.
Overall the degree to which you enjoy this bar will purely be dependant on your prior expectations . If your expecting an all round good chocolate bar with a peanut butter flavoured centre your going to be disappointed - simply put, the coating is pretty terrible and among the worst chocolate I have tasted. However, if your looking for a nicely flavoured peanut butter bar, and aren't too fussed about the rest of it , then there's probably some enjoyment you can get out of this product.
6.8 out of 10