Kcal 230 Fat 10g Fat (sats) 4g Carbs 32g (per bar)
Snickers is one of the best selling chocolate bars in Britain. Caramel, nougat, and milk chocolate are a winning combination, but only as long as the recipe meets an exacting balance. There are plenty of chocolate bars that use these ingredients, but what makes Snickers stand out are the additional peanuts, which add both crunch and saltiness. Messing with a successful formula is always risky, but it can lead to even greater success, such as with their Snickers with Hazelnuts. Would they pull off another triumph with Snickers Almond?
Provided by the people at American Soda, Snickers Almond is a special edition bar from the US. Snickers swapped their customary dark brown wrapper for a cool looking lighter cream. This immediately made me think it was going to be a white chocolate bar, but that is not the case. Just because it is still milk chocolate, however, does not mean it is the same milk chocolate we Brits are familiar with. A glance over the list of ingredients rang alarm bells in my head when I read it contained hydrogenated fat, corn syrup, and artificial flavouring. The UK has never really used corn syrup and no longer uses hydrogenated fat due to the health risks. As for flavourings, I compared one of our Snickers bars, which proudly highlights in bold that it is free of all artificial colours or flavours. I find it ironic that on the wrapper of Snickers Almond it said ‘Real Chocolate’. This bar was going to have to taste pretty damn fantastic if it was going to win back my favour.
If you have taken a sneak peak at the score, you will have determined it did not succeed. The Snickers Almond is so exceptionally sweet that all I could taste was sugar. Not even the almonds managed to escape; they tasted like they had been turned into frangipane or marzipan, it was so clawing. Texture-wise, the almonds just made the bar too bulky. Whole peanuts work well, but they are smaller than almonds, which really need to by chopped up into more manageable pieces. Unlike the nougat in a normal Snickers, which takes on a malty colour, the nougat here was so white it looked as if it had been bleached, and instead of stretching slightly when pulled, it just broke apart.
The only good thing I can think to say about Snickers Almond is that you will not find it on your supermarket shelves. It is an overseas product, and that is where it should stay.