December 17th: American Soda Christmas Selection 2012

So far this year most of my posts about Christmas 2012 have all been featuring the best of British with the likes of Hotel Chocolat, Artisan du Chocolat etc taking centre stage. This week my pals @AmericanSoda reminded me that Christmas is also a rather big deal Stateside :-) and that the Yanks aren't to be outdone when it comes to seasonal produce. To prove this very fact they sent over these new Nestle Butterfinger /Crunch Santa Claus chocolate medallions and Baby Ruth Miniatures.
Nestle Christmas 2012 Santa Claus Medallions
Crunch - Kcal 170 Fat 9.0g Fat(sats) 5.0g Carbs 23.0g 
Butterfinger - Kcal 160 Fat 8.0g Fat(sats) 3.5g Carbs 23.0g

Both of these chocolate medallions came in 34.0g sizes and were wrapped in attractive looking foil wrappers. The medallions inside featured a big picture of the man in red and broke apart easily to reveal some rather generously portioned rice cereal (Crunch) and  crunchy peanut butter pieces. Both chocolates were notable for their chocolatey aromas;  I was expecting more of a nutty sensory bombardment from the Butterfinger but this was not apparent.

With a little help from a friend I got through both of these in just the single sitting. I have previously expressed a degree of dissatisfaction at the UK Nestle Crunch bar but I was more happy with what this Nestle Crunch Santa Claus Medallion had to offer. By my reckoning it was a lot more chocolatey and the rice cereal offered a crunchier, notable sweet cereal taste than normal. The Nestle Butterfinger Santa Claus Medallion was also pretty damn tasty and the small pieces of crunchy peanut butter consistently brought added doses of sweet, nutty flavours to the party.

Overall whilst I wouldn't say that these Nestle Santa Claus medallions were anything groundbreaking I got a good deal of satisfaction from them. Both the Nestle Crunch and Nestle Butterfinger bars have been previously criticized on this site, but I think this Santa themed format made the best of both of them and gave them invigoration both aesthetically and taste wise. As I said, I don't think they are anything life changing though as small Christmas themed chocolates you can go very little wrong with them. I think it is fair to say it is always a good sign when I'm asking AmericanSoda to send me some more!  

8.0 out of 10

Nestle Baby Ruth Holiday Miniatures
Kcal 210 Fat 9.0g Fat(sats) 5.0g Carbs 30.0g (per 4 pieces - 45.0g)

I'm not going to pretend like these are anything but normal Baby Ruth Mini pieces dressed up in Christmas coloured wrappers :-) Is that a bad thing!? Well no of course not! These chocolate coated treats combine peanuts, caramel and nougat, and are one of America's most popular brands. The 311.8g bag I nabbed from @AmericanSoda contained 28 pieces and was perfect for opening up with a bunch of pals to fuel a 'big night in' movie night. I've grown to like the Nestle Baby Ruth more over the years and I think this miniatures format suits the bar very nicely. Christmas credentials here are a little questionable but the tastyness of the chocolate certainly is not!

7.6 out of 10 - Buy HERE: American Soda - Original Nestle Baby Ruth review - HERE