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Russell Stover Big Bite S’mores Bar


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)

Other Reviews

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/

Nutrition

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

 
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Posted by on December 14, 2012 in Blog, Food, Review

 

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Coming Soon (Late Summer to Early Fall)

Marathon Reviews: Monster Cereal

Marathon Reviews: Milky Way

Marathon Reviews: M&M’s

Critical Consensus with a Crate of Salt

More Epic Movie Scenes

The Blossom Experiment

Blu-ray’s We’re Still Waiting For

And many more!

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2012 in Blog, Uncategorized

 

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Hershey Chocolate Twizzler (Classic Twist) Review

Nutrition

Serving Size: 4 pieces (45 grams)
Calories: 160 (15 from fat)
Total Fat: 2 grams (1 gram saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat)
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 85 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 35 grams (less than 1 gram dietary fiber, 19 grams sugar)
Protein: 2 grams

Who am I kidding by extending my blog to food in addition to film?  What do the two even have in common?  I’ll tell you: Movies and food go hand-in-hand like standing and burning calories.  You don’t realize one is being done while the other occurs, but it does.  And it’s for that exact reason I give you my first candy review.  After all, nothing quite screams bloated caloric content quite like many of our favorite sugary sweets.

So it’s only fitting that my first candy review be for a product that’s similar to one of my once-frequent selections: Twizzlers.  Sure, cutting my weight in half leaves less time for overdoing my indulgences, but the memories stick.  I’ve tried a number of Twizzler variants, ranging from the classic twists, to the cherry peel-offs, one pack of the black licorice flavor, the sweet and sour mix and, my personal favorite, Rainbow Twists.  If there’s anything my stepfather and I can agree on, it’s that those are the real king of Twizzlers.

But while our opinions are (un)likely to incite horrific rage, we have a different flavor to attend to.  Because I could care less about who and what controls each branch of candy, I guess Twizzler and Hershey are owned by the same company.  That or they just decided to go for a spontaneous collaboration.  And here we have chocolate flavored Twizzlers.  What’s interesting is that instead of giving these an official name for the said flavor, they’re just called Twizzlers with Hershey chocolate.  I guess not every odd combination is worthy of an official sounding name.

Half the reason I bothered trying this flavor is because it was the only one left at a store I just got hired at.  The other half is because it would go towards a coupon I’d use on a future purchase.  Call me frugal, but when you get a paycheck every other week after three months of unemployment, tendencies really die hard.  And so I approached these with a sense of uninspired curiosity (how’s that for an oxymoron).  My relationship with Twizzlers has proven to go up and down at various points, so anything was open with this cocoa-enhanced flavor.

First off, the bag didn’t leave a particularly good first impression.  It felt stiff, as if it had been shrink-wrapped and the Twizzlers were stale; whereas the other flavors would actually bend when held at one end.  But the expiration date was still four months away, so they should be good, right?

Pulling the bag and a few sticks apart (laboriously, I might add), I readied myself for my first taste of these babies.  I should probably point out that, upon opening, I got a decent whiff of cocoa.  However, this quickly gave way to a more traditional licorice smell that only made me more skeptical.  Reason being that the black licorice flavored Twizzlers have a bitter, rather cringe-inducing flavor that actually counteracts what candy should do in the first place: keep you addicted.

So with a lingering feeling of trepidation, I took my first bite.  My response?

It’s funny, candy tends to be something that you can immediately come to a verdict on.  These Twizzlers left me chewing and taking subsequent bites simply to decide what I thought.  Which is to say that they’re not a very satisfactory treat.  In fact, calling them a “treat” is a bit of a stretch.  Okay, so they’re not as appetite-breaking as the black licorice Twizzlers, but these are a candy you’d keep eating out of false hope.  You want to get more chocolate, hope the next piece will provide you with more.  Instead you’re greeted with something so bland it’d make rice without butter or salt seem taste like a collage of sodium-enriched flavors.  I’ll say that these are more enjoyable than black licorice Twizzlers, if only for the lack of bitter flavor and aftertaste.  But given how unfulfilling they are (at nearly 5 grams of sugar per stick, I might add), they clearly aren’t going to be a repeat item when I sneak something into the movie theater.

The Verdict: Toss It in the Spill

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2012 in Candy, Food, Review

 

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