Heads up everyone, ’cause there’s a new candy bar in town: Snickers Charged. This new version of the Snickers bar means business with its flashy, bright silver wrapper, red accents, and an image of a snorting, angry-looking rhino on the front. How is this Snickers different, you ask? Well, this Snicker’s limited edition contains caffeine, taurine and B vitamins to provide a big energy surge to help you get though your busy day.
The first thing I did was flip this candy over to see what it was really made of, even though the flavor description remains the same: milk chocolate, peanuts, caramel, and nougat. Upon inspecting the ingredients, there’s 60mg of caffeine, 250mg of taurine, and 10% of your daily value of Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, biotin and Pantothenic Acid in this Snickers. There’s also 4% calcium and 2% iron in there too. Considering all these additions, the size of this Snickers bar is slightly smaller than the average one, weighing in at 1.83 oz where the original as at 2.06 oz. I guess that extra .23oz with caffeine would have been too much to handle!
When I unwrapped the bar, the one thing that struck me right away was that the enrobing pattern on the top of the bar is different. The normal Snickers have nice criss cross braided folds on the top from the enrober machine, whereas this is almost entirely clean, except for two half hearted diagonal folds that are unevenly spaced toward one end of the bar.
The smell is the same as a regular Snickers: chocolately, peanutty, sweet. Taking my first bite, the bar tastes basically the same (from what I remember) too. There’s sweetness from the chocolate, a nice roasted nutty flavor with a kick of salt from the peanuts, a good chew from the nougat… waitaminute. Something does seem to be missing! Where is the caramel? I noticed almost immediately that I didn’t get nice, gooey strings of caramel reaching from my mouth as I pulled away to chew. Looking at the cross section, there does appear to be no strip of caramel. Confusing, isn’t it, since it is listed on the description on the front of the package.
This is what I think happened, it’s in there, but not as much of it is there as in the original. By dissecting the bar (you know, eating off the chocolate coating and then the peanuts one by one) I noticed that the caramel is thinly wedged in with the peanuts. They’ve compacted the two in to the same space.
As pleased as I was to finally find the caramel, I don’t think I like the new roommate situation that the peanuts and caramel have going on. Why? Well, I can’t taste the caramel at all! I find that I lack the extra sweetness that it delivered. Another thing I noticed about this bar, is that there’s a strange salty bitter aftertaste. I don’t know about you, but bitterness isn’t something I want in my candy bar.
As for the “charged” benefits, I didn’t find any. Which isn’t the best sign for me, since Snickers Charged packs a pretty decent caffeine punch. Take a look at how it compares to other caffeinated foods:
- SNICKERS Chargedâ„¢ contains 60 milligrams of caffeine.
- an 8-ounce soft drink contains 20-40 milligrams of caffeine
- an 8-ounce regular coffee contains 65-120 milligrams of caffeine
- an 8-ounce energy drink contains 72-80 milligrams of caffeine
So if you’re a die-hard Snickers fan who isn’t a fan of the currently available ways to provide yourself with some caffeine, Snickers Charged is for you. I do admit that on days when I’m needing a little extra “oomph”, a Snickers Charged sounds much more appealing than another cup of coffee of a can of soda.
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