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Candy Review: Nestle’s Coffee Crisp

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Coffee Crisp Package

Nestle’s Coffee Crisp is a bar that has a very dedicated fan base. When I first heard of it, it was though an online petition that was demanding it’s distribution back in the United States. I found it recently on the shelf at a convenience store I happened to be in, and I couldn’t help but wonder what all the hype was about.

It is described as a coffee center surrounded by light wafers and covered in milk chocolate. Sounds harmless enough, right? Unfortunately, I wasn’t ready quite for what I was about to taste.

Coffee Crisp bar

It was greasy. Seriously, it gave me a gross feeling on my fingers on just handling the bar. I took a bite and it didn’t taste much of anything. I didn’t taste chocolate or coffee. Isn’t that supposed to be the point? I do feel obligated to say that the wafers were nice, at least. Perplexed as to why the bar lacked flavor and had such a strange texture, I turned it over to look at the ingredients list.

On the Nestle website they list the ingredients in plain view, so take a look for yourself:
“SUGAR, WHEAT FLOUR, MODIFIED PALM AND VEGETABLE OILS, MODIFIED MILK INGREDIENTS, UNSWEETENED CHOCOLATE, COCOA BUTTER, SOYA LECITHIN, LACTOSE, COFFEE, SODIUM BICARBONATE, POLYGLYCEROL POLYRICINOLEATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOUR. MAY CONTAIN SALT, COCOA POWDER AND YEAST.”

Are they proud of this? Personally I’m not a fan of trans fats being on the ingredients list of my candy. Especially when they use it to cheapen the chocolate. Seeing cocoa butter on the list confuses me further: is this real chocolate or not? So now I know why it felt/tasted funny.

I can’t recommend this because I couldn’t even finish it. That’s unusual for a Candy Addict. Let me know when Nestle decides to ditch the trans fats and I’ll give this another go. For now, I’ll stick with Java Twix.

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12 Responses to “Candy Review: Nestle’s Coffee Crisp”

  1. 1
    joyce says:

    You are spot on regarding the Coffee Crisp bar. I could not wait to try them, as I love anything coffee. Finally found them on-line, and silly me, bought a case of 24. Well, to put it mildly, they really suck. There is NO coffee flavor anywhere, and as you said..there is no chocolate flavor either. You get the crispy feel of the wafers, but there is no distinct flavor to the candy bar at all. And they should be ashamed of the quality of the chocolate, and the other horrid ingredients.

    You got this one right. I love candy, and not too many are as bad as the coffee crisp bar. I honestly would not eat one if they were given to me for free.

    I tossed the ones I had bought.

    Do not waste your money or your health on coffee crisp!

  2. 2
    Brian says:

    I tried one and didn’t think they were BAD, but they weren’t nearly as good as I was expecting and hoping for. I finished it, but I wouldn’t buy another. Give me a Java Twix any day :)

    –Brian

  3. 3
    Breanna says:

    Awwww… I am actually a fan of Coffee Crisp, or I should specify, I love the Triple Chocolate variety (nowhere to be found except for in Canada). Maybe you had an old one?

  4. 4
    Swing Ninja says:

    I actually tried several since they’re free :) and I like it. It tastes more like mocha than coffee. About the greasiness, I didn’t get that. But from what you’re writing, it sounds like you removed the wrap completely and holding it with bear hands while eating it (eeeeewwwwww).

  5. 5
    Gino says:

    I think the problem is they’re making them differently here in America.

    I have no proof behind this, but my mom makes at least a monthly trip to Canada to see my uncle and usually brings back candy for us (Coffee Crisp and Aero bars, which are completely amazing) and they were still great. When I bought one from a local 7-11 recently, it had the exact qualities you described (Waxy, almost greasy, just lacking in flavor) and the only thing I can think of is that they’re making it differently.

    See if you can get your hands on a Canadian Coffee Crisp bar.

  6. 6
    Julie Nicolay says:

    Hmmm, I think there might be something to be said about a Canadian version of the bar being better. I had a Coffee Crisp and wasn’t all that thrilled, and for me who loves wafery bars, that was surprising, but then was at a friend’s parent’s house and they had come back from a trip to Canada with a boatload of food stuff. Coffee Crisp was among the goods, so I gave it a second try, and whoa, I liked it alot! So maybe they do make a different (better) version in Canada!

  7. 7
    Heather says:

    Here’s my take on things… I HATE coffee…. a Canadian friend sent me one of these and out of curiosity, tried it. It is now my favorite candy bar EVER. Now, the ones I buy are from a local specialty shop and are shipped from Canada or Great Britain… not sure if this makes a difference… I don’t find them even remotely greasy and about the trans fats…well…something’s gonna kill us all, may as well be candy.

  8. 8
    Jgarrett says:

    I don’t know if it’s because my job is so big and has it’s own convince store, but their stock of Coffee Crisp is nothing like you explained. Maybe they get theirs from Canada…

    I tried it and thought it was nice. I don’t like coffee that much so the light hint of coffee was a plus for me. My Boyfriend who loves coffee even likes it. I don’t know if yours was an old candy bar that was expiring or what. I don’t trust candy that has been on the shelf for a long period of time.

  9. 9
    Jolyn says:

    I took a trip to Canada this summer where I experienced a Coffee Crisp bar for the first time. I was addicted and when my small supply of three bars(all that lasted after the week) ran out, I was left feeling incomplete (ok so maybe that’s a little exaggerated but still!) My mom found some at a convenience store and brought them home for me. I opened the package to take a bite of the wafery, chocolaty goodness, but was very disappointed with the nauseating sensation that this thing caused!

    Lesson learned. Canada has better Coffee Crisp than the US does.

  10. 10
    Chris says:

    Funny, I’ve always preferred the Coffee Crisp to the Kit Kat primarily because Kit Kat always had a more greasy texture to it. As an American candy lover, I am a lifelong fan of Coffee Crisp. My first coffee crisps were enjoyed as a child visiting family in Canada. While Canada was a great place to visit, I definitely looked forward to visiting to try another Coffee Crisp (or Aero bar). I’ve had the opportunity to try a couple off the US shelves, and it’s honestly hard to say whether they are different than Canadian ones. I recall once having a USA batch that were lackluster, and then I’ve had a domestic batch that had vibrant flavors. I’m guessing this has to do with freshness. Still, it is quite possible the very scarce and hard-to-find US bars are made differently, which would be a terrible shame and bad strategic move by Nestle. I wish the “good” Coffee Crisps were widely available in the US – they beat many of the standard candy bars we have on our shelves.

  11. 11
    hoser says:

    OK, two things I would like to share that might help:

    1) Coffee Crisp may be an acquired taste. I bet you would hate Vegemite if you ever tried (extreme example).

    2) You need to get these fresh. It is extremely difficult to find fresh ones in the US. Then tend to sit on the shelves for a long time and I have even found them to be bad inside.

    But for coffee lovers out there please note these are not made of coffee nor do they taste taste it. It is more like a sweet mocha flavored chocolate wafer biscuit. And if you can think of it that way you might find yourself saying hey this is good. (Not for chocolate, not for coffe but more like a cookie – a wafer with mocha flavored.

  12. 12
    Martin Evans says:

    My desire is to find coffee crisp in Australia. The last time i had a coffee crisp was back in the 70′s when russell yoyos and coca cola where having competition to win yo’yos for doing the amount of tricks you had to do. And if you were crap at playing you got either a free can of coke or a coffee crisp. So if there is anyone that knows how i can get some coffee crisp in australia please reply.

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