One of my favorite candy bars in the entire word is the Reese’s Nutrageous bar, a slab of choco-peanut goodness that comes wrapped in the beloved and obnoxious orange packaging of all Reese’s products. The Nutrageous bar came on the scene in 1994, when I was in 7th grade, and it was love at first bite, as far as I can remember.
The Nutrageous has everything I look for in a candy bar: peanuts, caramel, and milk chocolate. As an added bonus, there’s the ingredient that really makes the Nutrageous special: whereas most peanut/caramel bars have nougat as their centers, the Nutrageous is held together by a thick, creamy layer of the famous Reese’s peanut butter. It doesn’t get much better than that.
If you look at the ingredient list of a Nutrageous bar, you’ll notice that peanuts come first. This is a very nutty bar, akin to a Snickers in terms of peanut density, with a smooth layer of caramel in place to add a nice touch of chewiness to the peanuts’ crunch. The base of the bar is, of course, the thick layer of Reese’s peanut butter, which holds everything together under a smooth and creamy layer of milk chocolate. The bar is a sensory delight: you have crunchiness, creaminess, chewiness, sweetness, and saltiness all in one bite, which is a lovely thing.
Earlier this year, Reese’s introduced their Select Clusters, a candy with a similar composition as the Nutrageous: chocolate, caramel, and peanuts. The Select Clusters also have pecans, though I noted in my review that the nut element of the Clusters was lacking, and that the Nutrageous bar was, in fact, more cluster-like than the Clusters themselves. I stand by it: the Nutrageous bar already is everything the Clusters should have been. It’s dense, chewy, gooey, crunchy, and awesome.
I’ve noticed that it’s getting harder to track down a Nutrageous bar – I finally got my hands on a Halloween snack-size bag in order to do this review, as I can’t seem to find the bars anywhere around here – and I’m worried that Reese’s might be phasing the Nutrageous out in favor of some of their new candies, which would be a shame, really, as the Nutrageous is one of the strongest candies in their Super Awesome Peanut Butter Arsenal.
According to the book “Developing New Food Products for a Changing Marketplace” by Aaron L. Brody and John B. Lord, the Nutrageous bar was originally called the “Acclaim,” but kids didn’t connect with the name, so the bar was branded “Nutrageous” instead. I personally have no problem with the name – I think it’s silly and fun (which, as everyone knows, is the ultimate point of candy), but some critics feel that Acclaim would have been a better choice. In the end, it doesn’t really matter what you call the bar, as long as it’s delicious – and in Nutrageous’ case, delicious is an understatement.
Buy Nutrageous Online:
- at Amazon.com