Look at that mallow filling!
I’m what you’d call a messy individual. As such, I always welcome a bit of extra convenience; the less I have to worry about, the better. This is why I find Russell Stover’s Big Bite S’mores bar to be a bizarre addition to their line-up. Okay, so I’m a bit behind with my review of this peculiarity. But both this and the Big Bite Pecan Delight have made, well, big waves at my store, so even a late review was irresistible.
When I think Russell Stover, I think neat, elegantly assorted chocolates. Along with Whitman’s Reserve and the like, they’re the richer sweets that stick their noses up at all those Snickers and KitKat flavors, be it here or in Japan, respectively. Like so, the worst mess you should face with them is a sprinkle or two left in an otherwise empty spot.
Not quite the case here.
Now, when I think s’mores, I think nature. I think of the night, when wolves and coyotes are deciding which fatty of our clique to indulge in; I think of mosquitos sucking your blood out because you’re not in a loving, sharing mood. I also think about how your epic s’mores concoctions fall apart easier than lettuce and black olives slipping out of your Subway sandwich.
Needless to say, the fact these two worlds are being combined is what a stereotypical English instructor would call an aberration. But it can work. This is Russell Stover, after all, so whatever mess is left should be relatively negligible, right?
You got your crumbs in my filling!
A co-worker actually treated me to one of these before, saying they wanted see my reaction (smile). Apparently there’s a ritual of enjoying this ever-degrading, mallow-y treat before gathering crumbs aplenty on the floor.
As for my initiation, I was quite pleased. Everything about the bar was what I thought it should be. The graham crackers could’ve been crispier, but the marshmallow filling was enjoyably chewy which, combined with Russell Stover’s wonderful milk chocolate coating, made for a scrumptious treat. That chocolate covering feels thicker than it looks, as it seeps throughout the crackers and filling to the point that you know precisely where those 25 grams of sugar went.
The bar that I purchased (and saved) for my blog was similar, all told; except the graham crackers were on the soggy and stale side. You know how store-brand graham crackers tend to feel chewy even when they’re right out of the box? That’s what this was. And since they’re the first things you bite into, it makes for an off first impression. Until the rest of the bar works its magic, that is. When your tongue and teeth begin savoring the real delights of this bar, the crackers become an afterthought.
In Short: Messy and inconsistent, but ever so tasty.
Purchased At: Walgreens
Purchase Price: $0.99 (on sale)
Candy Blog: http://www.candyblog.net/blog/item/russell_stover_giant_smores_bar
Junk Food Guy: http://junkfoodguy.com/2012/09/17/russell-stover-big-bite-smores-awkward-mondays-the-sunday-after-a-wedding-and-announcing-retro-cereal-week/
Serving Size: 1 bar
Calories: 230 (60 from fat)
Total Fat: 7 grams (3.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat)
Cholesterol: Less than 5 milligrams
Sodium: 140 milligrams
Total Carbohydrates: 42 grams (1 gram of dietary fiber, 25 grams of sugar)
Protein: 2 grams