This is the complete antithesis of the Hotel Chocolat collection that Simon reviewed yesterday, but it’s another sample sent to us from the manufacturer – this time, from Tennessee based McKee Foods.
I’ve never heard of McKee or the Little Debbie brand, but looking at their Wikiepedia page, they seem to be something of an American institution.
Having done my research, my hopes weren’t particularly high for this. While there are some fantastic small American chocolatiers, my experience of chocolate from larger manufacturers hasn’t been great so far.
But as it turns out, I quite enjoyed them.
As you can see, Nutty Bars are very simple wafer bars. The layers of wafer are separated by a sweet peanut butter, and the bar is coated in a very thin layer of milk chocolate. In fact, the chocolate is so thin that you can actually melt it just by looking at it. I had to put a few bars in the fridge for half an hour in order to get a decent photo, but even so, the chocolate melted again the moment I picked it up.
But for normal eating purposes (i.e. ones that don’t involve getting decent photos first), this probably won’t be an issue. Each of the 12 bars in a box comes individually wrapped and you can just hold it by the wrapper when eating it.
When you bite into a bar, the first thing you notice is just how light and crispy it is. I’m not surprised each bar only has 100 calories – it’s mostly air! But that’s a good thing, because the result is something that’s tasty and satisfying without being stodgy and filling.
Taste-wise, they’re quite sweet and have a pleasant, nutty taste. The chocolate is so thin that you can barely taste it, but that doesn’t really matter. This is definitely a “less is more” snack.
With all the fantastic chocolates I’ve tasted recently, I really shouldn’t have enjoyed these quite as much as I did. But at $1.59 a box (that works out at about 7p each), I would definitely be buying these for mid-morning snacks. They’re simple, sweet, light and tasty.
Luckily, they sent me three boxes. :)