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I've never been a massive fan of chocolate. There, I said it. Denigrate or, indeed, celebrate me as you will. That being said, it's not as if there are no chocolate bars out there for me to enjoy. My all-time favourite has to be Snickers, with close competition from Cadbury's Crunchie bar. Are you noticing a theme here? Yes, the less significant the chocolate and the more significant the filling, the more likely I am to be a fan of the chocolate bar in question. This has always been, and will continue to be, the way it works for me, so it is not very often that I find a new chocolate treat to (literally) get my teeth into. Oh, and did I mention that I AM a massive fan of peanut butter? Imagine my delight then, while browsing the sweet shelves trying to find a little pick-me-up for tonight's babysitting session, when I spot Hershey's Reese's NutRageous bar. Oh. My. Goodness. Described tantalisingly below the name as 'crunchy peanuts, peanut butter, creamy caramel & chocolate flavoured coating,' this sounds right up my sugary street. The packaging is in keeping with the Reese's line, most well-known for that great American export, Reese's Pieces. With it's bright orange colour and big, yellow 'Reese's' logo, it would be nearly impossible to walk past this in the shop without being blinded by the skilful, no doubt carefully thought-out marketing. The name of the bar is brilliant, I don't hesitate to point out. Not only is it a very simple, yet very effective pun, but capitalising the 'R' to separate the word 'Nut' from the rest of the title is a canny move indeed. Next to the brand and the name of the bar can be found a mouth-watering image of the contents of the package, cross-sectioned to reveal the innards which have sealed the deal for me on this occasion. A generous-looking peanut butter centre, surrounded with chunky-looking peanuts in caramel, all encased in a relatively thin (yep! thin! yeay!) layer of 'chocolate flavoured coating'. Now, I'm not quite sure what 'chocolate flavoured' means, but the suggestion seems to be that this is not real chocolate, which is absolutely fine by me. Further inspection of the bar starts to reveal details that will be of interest to certain people, but which I and probably many others couldn't care less about. The net weight is 51g (or 1.8oz), so it's a slightly smaller bar than some - Snickers, for instance, being 57g (or 2oz). There is no nutritional information on the packet, but I think it is safe to assume that, if there was some, it would read: this is not good for you. Beyond this, there is nothing other than a list of ingredients and a line reading 'Manufactured in the U.S.A. by The Hershey Company' then giving the relevant addresses for any letters you might want to send (I'm assuming these would be to thank The Hershey Company for such an awesome bar). An address for customers within the EU is included. The main ingredients are as follows: Chocolate Flavoured Coating (40%) Cocoa Mass Skim Milk Powder (cow's milk) Whey Powder (cow's milk) Milk Fat (cow's milk) Peanuts (26%) Peanut Butter (17%) Caramel (17%) There are other ingredients, but to list them all is unnecessary I think. Safe to say, if you have an aversion to peanuts, dairy products, 'E' numbers or things that taste amazing, then this definitely isn't for you. Upon opening the packet, there is not even a glimmer of disappointment. The bar itself looks exactly like the image with which it is advertised on the packaging, and as soon as I saw it I knew I was in for a treat. This is simple, unadulterated pleasure for appreciators of the simple things. For me in particular, with my specific set of preferences, this ticked all the boxes. The layers of flavour, the various textures. The chocolate can be tasted, sure, but it blends so beautifully with the innards of the bar that it becomes part of one whole, satisfying flavour. The peanuts are indeed crunchy and very sizeable, ensuring that their presence is not missed - something that I cannot always say about a Snickers. The peanut butter is divine; thick, creamy, salty, sweet and divine. Although the bar is smaller than some may have come to expect from other brands, this is made up for in spades by the quality of the product itself. I may be waxing poetical at times in this review, but this really is a gorgeous, delightful and brilliantly unusual treat. I've mentioned a couple of my long-standing favourites in this review, and have always been a fan of Limited Edition 'peanut butter' versions of other brands of chocolate bar, but this has shot to being in the list of absolute bests within the space of one sitting. In terms of availability and price, I picked this up from my local Co-Op store for 62p. I'd never seen it anywhere before, hence being so delighted to have spotted it tonight. Whether or not NutRageous is available in other stores, or which stores they would be, is beyond my knowledge at this point. However, from seeing other reviews, it would seem this product has been around for a good few years now, so it would surprise me if it wasn't stocked elsewhere. Oddly, single bars can be purchased from Amazon and ebay, but seem generally to be priced fairly extortionately from what I can see. Multipacks can be bought online in various places. However you go about getting hold of this product, if indeed you even do, I can assure you it is well worth it, providing the ingredients are to your personal liking. It's picked me right up this evening, not only because of the sugar content and other energy-providing aspects, but also and quite simply because I found it in the first place.
- Why I Bought - I feel compelled to tell you all about the Reese's Nutrageous chocolate bar I have just eaten because it was the best chocolate bar I have had in a while. I bought two of these bars this morning when I saw they were on offer in Sainsbury's for just 29p. - The Brand - Reese's is actually owned by the big American chocolate manufacturer The Hershey Company. Reese's is most famous for making Peanut Butter Cups and Reese's Pieces. Their products generally are made from peanuts, caramel and chocolate. - The Packaging - This chocolate bar comes in the usual Reese's orange packaging. It is bright and eye catching which I'm sure helps them sell these bars. Both the Reese's and Hershey brands are displayed. The bar is described as 'Crunchy peanuts, peanut butter, creamy caramel and chocolate flavoured coating'. It weighs 51g. - The Ingredients - The ingredients are listed on the back of the packet. I won't list all the ingredients but obviously this is not a healthy item. The main ingredients are chocolate, peanuts, peanut butter and caramel as the description suggests. It also contains copious amounts of sugar, salt, emulsifiers and flavourings. I will list the E numbers as some people are allergic or try to avoid certain ones (E322, E304, E310, E330, E471). This bar has 260 calories, 16g of fat (5g saturated) and 22g of sugar. - The Taste - The chocolate bar consists of a caramel centre surrounded by peanut butter and peanuts which is then covered with a milk chocolate coating. The chocolate and caramel give this chocolate bar a lovely sweet flavour which works very well with the saltiness of the peanut butter and peanuts. The contrast of the soft caramel and peanut butter with the crunchy peanuts is amazing! The layer of chocolate is the perfect thickness as it is quite thin and doesn't detract from the flavours inside but does add a nice sweetness. It really is a delicious chocolate bar. It isn't too sweet, too soft, too chewy or too crunchy but has all these elements spot on. It is the size of a typical chocolate bar. I can eat one without feeling sick but I wouldn't go for a second. I would liken it to a Snickers bar but I think it is much nicer. Obviously this won't be for you if you dislike nuts or are allergic to them. - Price and Availability - I didn't think these chocolate bars were widely available in England. A friend of mine used to bring me Peanut Butter Cups back from his trips to America as they were hard to find here. I was surprised to see these bars in a Sainsbury's superstore and delighted to see that they were only 29p. According to the label the usual price is 59p which is a fairly standard price for a chocolate bar these days. I believe they are also available in Waitrose for 62p. You can order them online from Amazon and specialist chocolate websites but I find they are usually really over priced and you end up paying over £1 per bar. - Would I Recommend? - I would definitely recommend trying this chocolate bar especially if you are a fan of peanuts and peanut butter. It really is delicious and would be a welcome addition to the usual chocolate bars we get in this country.
My friend has been telling me how amazing these chocolate bars are for ages now. I haven't seen them in any shops and she bought one for me. They are usually 55p but she bought it in Tesco for 39p as they are on special offer at the moment. The wrapper is bright orange with Reese's written in yellow, NutRageous written in blue and the rest of the writing is black. They are described as crunchy peanuts, peanut butter, creamy caramel and chocolate flavour coating. I was a bit surprised to see chocolate flavour coating rather than just chocolate. I couldn't find any allergy information on the packaging and it doesn't say if it is suitable for vegetarians. The ingredients state that there is milk, soya and peanuts in the bar though. The chocolate bar is 51g in size and although it doesn't say it on the wrapper 100g of this bar would give you 499kcal, 27.4g of fat of which 13.4g are saturates 45.5g of sugar and 0.4g of salt. The fat and calorie content are not really much different from any other chocolate bar. When you first open the wrapper, the chocolatey aroma hits you first. It smells really nice. There were loads of huge peanut pieces poking their way through the chocolate on the top of the bar. I don't normally like Hershey's chocolate but it is not so bad on this bar as it blends in with the other flavours. The chocolate covering is thick and gives the other ingredients a good coating. The peanuts all seem to be half whole ones so you get their lovely nutty flavour and their crunchy texture to off set the caramel. The caramel layer is quite thin and wraps around the peanut butter. I am not a huge lover of caramel but as the flavour of it blends in with the other flavours in this bar, I couldn't really taste it. The peanut butter is smooth, rich, creamy and buttery. It tastes divine. I think it would be a little bit dry on it's own but the caramel stops that. My overall opinion is yum yum yum but I couldn't eat more than one bar without feeling sick.
Yesterday I wrote a review for the site on Reese's pieces - an M&M-like peanut butter centred sweet that I picked up in Morrisons. I wrote at the time that they were incredibly moreish and as I had to revisit Morrisons to pick up some milk that I had forgotten these were still on my mind. Typically for me I chose a till that didn't have the pieces on display, but did manage to pick up a bar of Nutrageous instead. Packaged in a bright orange wrapper similar to the one shown above, this is a thickly chocolate coated bar with a centre of smooth peanut butter and individual peanuts surrounding the centre. Unlike Snickers which is rectangular in shape, this is actually a long rounded roll probably the same length as other chocolate bars available. Taking your first bite you break through the thick, sweet chocolate and are met with the crunchy, salty peanuts before ending up with the peanut butter centre. The saltiness of the peanuts mixes with the richness of the chocolate and together the taste is divine. Your mouth waters with the intense savouriness of the nuts and if allowed to melt in your mouth your tastebuds are bombarded with the combination of flavours, Far more of an intense hit than the pieces I described yesterday this is a far more filling and satisfying treat than the pieces and I enjoyed every single bite. The chocolate on a Hershey's bar tastes a lot sweeter than Cadburys and I noticed that it is thinner in consistency and texture, being an American brand and again manufactured in the US there is no nutritional information listed on the wrapper but once again I can't imagine this being low in either calorie or fat content. Being a peanut based chocolate bar it is obvious that those with a peanut allergy need to stay far away from these bars as they won't be suitable for them. If you don't have a problem with peanuts though then one of these makes for a filling, tasty treat that makes a change from the usual Cadburys and Nestle selections. I liked this bar far more than the pieces as the flavours were more intense and filling and for the cost - 55p you can't go wrong. As I said in my other review its the tracking down of these that seems to be a problem, I have only ever found them in Morrisons on the chocolate bar section on the checkouts and depending on which checkout you visit will determine which choice from the range you will be offered. As far as I am aware there are 3 choices available from the Hershey's Reese's range; this Nutrageous bar, the pieces I reviewed yesterday and the peanut butter cups which seem to be the hardest to track down as Morrisons only have them in occasionally. All three make for a delicious choice and for me they are out of this world. A definite 5/5 Dooyoo stars for me, I'm not even deducting a star for the lack of nutritional information this time, you know what to expect from a bar of chocolate and one containing peanuts and peanut butter isn't going to be the healthiest of choices you can make. Eaten in moderation or when the fancy takes you this is a superb choice if you want an alternative to Cadburys.
Since British supermarkets started selling - with wanton disregard for those with peanut allergies - these Hershey's confectionary bars, I've become quite the convert to chocolate-coated peanut-butter-centered anything. Having been steadily working my way through the Reeses Pieces back catalogue, I have now arrived at Reese's 'Nutrageous'. At Tescos it currently costs about 45p for an average chocolate-bar sized block of the stuff. I find this chocolate bar almost, but not quite as good as the little chocolate-coated peanut-butter cupcake Reese's-brand thingys that they sell. While it's strangely reminiscent of the British (Rowntree's?) 'Starbar' chocolate / peanut bar you used to be able to get in the 1970s / 1980s it's much nicer than I remember that (very friably centered) snack as being. To me, the Hershey's milk chocolate coating on this one doesn't taste quite as lower-grade as the stuff surrounding the (adored) peanut butter cups - though that may well all be in my imagination. Under the chocolate are pieces of nuts embedded in soft-ish caramel and inside that is an inner-tube of wonderful peanut butter. (Ah, the joy.) It all tastes predictably peanut-butter-salty yet sugary sweet at the same time and the texture is excellent. There is no trace of the 'stale nut' flavour that you often get with nut-based confectionary - I don't know how they do that. My only minor complaint about this product is that as the packaging is very similar to other Hershey's / Reece's Pieces prodcuts I have purchased, I find it surprisingly difficult to differentiate visually between the different types of sweets in the shops (unless I pick one up, of course - in the hand the packets feel quite different). If however you are trying to get someone Hershey-bar-naive to buy some on your behalf, what you actually end up getting turns out to be very much a matter of pot luck.
I'd spent some time living in America and so I'm familiar with the Reeses brand of peanut butter and chocolate products. You can sometimes find the Peanut Butter Cups in some stores but I've been really pleased to find Nutrageous and Reeses Pieces in Tesco stores. I love peanut butter and if you too are a fan then this is the bar for you. It is a chocolate coated bar with a mixture of their peanut butter, caramel and peanuts inside. With every bite you get a real hit of chocolate and peanut butter and is very very moreish. The bar is in a bright orange wrapper and this really makes it stand out in the shops (not to be confused with a Toffee Crisp of course!) and it generally sells for about 52p. I know that Hersheys chocolate does not have a good reputation over here but Reeses are a in class of their own and Nutrageous is a very tasty and very much worth a try. The widespread distribution of this bar can only make me hope that more of the Reeces range is on it's way over!
After having had some of the Reese's cups a few weeks back I was interested when I saw one of these NutRageous bars on the shelf (when I realised it wasn't a toffee Crisp). As with the whole Reese's branding the packets are a bright orange identical to that used for the toffee crisp bar, however the products themselves are highly different. The Reese's cup was a peanut butter cup created with thin Hershey's chocolate and filled with the Peanut butter that the company are well known for, the problem with it was that the peanut butter seemed to make up too much of the product whilst the actual chocolate content was relatively minimal. They were however rather nice and very unique on the UK market, so when I saw this bar I decided I was going to try it and see if the chocolate on this was as nice as the little bit from the cup. This was a bar so it was going to need a chocolate coat if nothing else. The wrapper includes a vast array of written information and logos, most obviously that of the manufacturer (Hershey), the brand (Reese's) the product name (NutRageous) and the ingredients. However there is no nutritional information on the bar (which is why it's absent from this review). Though with the ingredients the bar contains Milk, whey Powder, Soya, Peanuts, Sorbitol (a sugar that needs to be regulated if you're on a sugar based diet) and E322, E330 and E471. When the packet is opened fully the striking thing firstly is the smell, of incredibly strong peanut butter than seems to transcend the bar and hit you a foot or two away, personally I'm not a huge fan of peanut butter, or of chocolate I can smell from a bit away, but it wasn't repugnant by any stretch of the imagination. The second was the sight of the bar which looked like a slightly less ugly Picnic or Lion bar, the peanuts directly under the chocolate was pretty much visible through the chocolate which was quite bizarre. When it came to eating it, it was actually quite pleasing as the lovely chocolate coating covers several layers inside. The first is that of caramel with peanuts seemingly stuck in side, then a peanut butter layer in the centre which is a great idea. The chocolate has a really smooth taste that actually seems better than both Mars and Nestles milk chocolate which always seems a little too cheap and bitter tasting. Each bite was a really enjoyable feeling and rather filling as the bars contents give you a good mouthful and a great mixture of textures and a delightfully nutty taste. The texture is two fold the first of part is that it's chewy, really really chewy from the peanut butter and the caramel that is a really enjoyable experiences. Whilst the nuts cause a crunchy texture to the product, so as you're chewing the bar the the nuts crunch in your mouth causing the bar to feel a little bit bitty and probably more substantial. Though it could perhaps be seen as a little bit overly salty. Overall I must say if I want a peanut bar in the future I'd say this is definitely going to be tried again and highly considered. It was delightful and on par with Snickers, which though I admit I'm nut a huge fan of peanut bars, it's not like I ignore them either, so for readers who enjoy Snickers, it could be worth trying this if you see one. The bars are 51g and can be bought for around 50p, though are by far much harder to come across than Snicker's Morrison's seem to be the only UK retailer who sells them at the moment.
I think its outrageous that Nutrageous has only recently been stocked on the shelves of stores across the uk, its been available in the US for years!! I like many other people really like hersheys chocolate, and i think that they do some incredible products, which thankfully are filtering over the pond these days. Anyway, about the Nutrageous bars themselves... The bar i am going to review is the smaller (51g) of the two available, which seems to be the new UK version that is available in most outlets now. The bar itself is described as: "Crunchy Peanuts, Peanut Butter, Creamy Caramel and Chocolate Flavoured Coating", and comes in a snickers/Mars bar size and roughly the same shape packaging. The packaging is different from the above picture though as i think they have had a redesign recently and the 'Reese's' word is much more prominent than the 'Nutrageous', and it now has a lovely cross-section picture of the bar on the wrapper as well. Breaking the bar down to the above sections, the 'chocolate flavoured coating' is not very sweet which is great for this bar as it doesnt give you too much sweetness and kill of the flavour of the nuttyness inside, but gives you just enough to let you know that the hersheys choc is definately a part. The 'Crunchy Peanuts' are there in abundance, and they are exactly as described, giving you a great feeling of satisfaction as you bite into the bar. The 'Peanut Butter' is well proportioned, and there is enough in there to give most peole their peanut butter 'hit', but just before the peanut butter you encounter a layer of "Creamy Caramel". I'm not sure I would describe the caramel as 'Creamy' per se, as this depends on the products serving temperature... however it is another sweet hit in the cycle of textures that make up the bar. Personally I think that the newer UK version of the bar is about right in the portion size department, and they have thickened the bar up a bit so you get more of a big bite from it, as opposed to the US version which is longer, and wider, but thinner. This also seems to have meant that therecan be more peanuts surrounding the core and I again am in full agreement with the company for doing this. This is definately a bar to be eaten whole in a manly, Yorkie way; just open and take nice big bites from it, as opposed to the many ways you can eat other choccy treats by breaking them down sections at a time and prolonging the experience (e.g. the kit kat chocolate stripping method, or the Jaffa cake edge, choc, sponge and jelly method...). now for those all important facts: Sorry, but they are not available on the wrapper! however I would like to point out from a health and safety standpoint that this is one sweet treat that anyone suffering from a nut allergy should keep at least ten feet away from, as it is so incredibly nutty, you might have a reaction just getting close! They are available at varying prices from outlets all over and cost approximately 70p which some may consider a little high, but trust me, its worth it.
Now as a non-lover of peanut butter you'd think anything by Hershey's which had peanut butter and chocolate would be a no no !!! Well I was surprised as everyone else when I found the Reese's range of chocolates to be right up my street ! How many peanuts are in this thing I have just finished a bar bought from our local tesco metro for a not too bad 56p and what a lovely bar lots of peanuts / peanut butter daramel and the chocolate, for American chocolate, was very good. I'm just wondering if that very Scottish idea of deep frying everything in batter will catch on to these bars as that would be a dentist trip waiting to happen. If you have kids keep these bars out of reach and save them til they have gone to bed. sssssshhhh don't tell the children I would liken it to the size of a lion bar for the sizest of you out there I have seen a family bar out in the US but not here yet 8 out of 10 and I'm just off to buy a peanut chunky kitkat as I now have the peanut butter bug
I tried my first Reese's Nutrageous bar a couple of days ago. It was brought for me from Tesco on a half price deal for 28p (usually 56p). Nutrageous is a chocolate bar made by Hershey - one of Americas most popular chocolate manufacturers which is slowly (but surely) making it's way over to the UK. Nutrageous was introduced in 1994 but I've only recently seen it on our shelves. The bar is made from chocolate, peanut butter, roasted peanuts and caramel. It's basically a chocolate bar with caramel, peanuts and peanut butter crammed into it. It comes in an orange pack and the size of the bar is 51g. The chocolate itself is around 4 or 5 inches long and has a lumpy texture (looks a bit like a lion bar) due to the peanuts inside. Seeing as I don't like peanuts or peanut butter I was a bit worried about how it was going to go down. However I was starving at the time and I do somehow like Snickers, so I gave it a try. To my suprise it was really nice. The peanut butter and camarel was really soft and the peanuts gave it a nice crunch. Towards the end it did get a bit sickly though. The disadvantages were that I actually thought my throat was going to close up because of how thirsty I was afterwards! It must have had too much salt in it because I just had this salty taste and dry sensation in my mouth until I had a drink. Each nutrageous bar also contains 17g of fat and 260 calories which is really quite bad. I may have only rated it 3 stars but I would still recommend trying it simply because it's quite a unique chocolate bar. I don't think I've seen anything like it before anyway. Peanut butter enthusiasts would probably benefit from this too. It's gelatine free which means it's suitable for vegetarians. It is also free from added colours and flavourings. Exact ingredients: Chocolate flavoured coating (40%) Sugar, modified palm and shea oils, cocoa mass, skim milk powder, whey, whey protein, milk fat, caseinate, emulsifier (soya lecithin, E322), salt, vanillin), peanuts (26%), peanut butter (17%), peanuts, sugar, lactose, milk fat, salt, corn syrup, antioxidant (propyl gallate, E310 and ascorbyl palmitate, E304), caramel (17%) invert sugar, corn syrup, sugar, glycerol, refined palm kernel oil, whey, whey protein, caseinate, salt, vanillin and emulsifier (monoglycerides, E471). Nutritional information: Calories 260 Total Fat 16g (Saturated Fat 5g) 25% Sodium 100mg Total Carbohydrate 28g Protein 6g.
Reese's 'Nutrageous' is one of a few Hershey's products which have appeared on the shelves of my local Asda. This may have been something to do with the Wal-Mart takeover of the store chain or it may just have been customer demand for the novelty American confectionary. Either way, Hershey's now competes with Cadbury, Nestle and other mega-buck brands that we all know and love. My first experience with Hershey's was on a holiday to America. I was keen to try to chocolate I'd heard mentioned so much in Hollywood movies. I did think the chocolate was too plain, bitter and dry and thought that it couldn't hold a candle to the chocolate available in the UK. I also found that the confectionary range over there is packed with similar products to this 'Nutrageous' in that there are many chocolate and peanut butter based products. 'Nutrageous' is sold in a bright orange pack and retails at around 50p. The wrapper states 'Big Bar' but is looks standard size and is 60g net weight. The bar is protected by a cardboard tray to avoid damage or breakage. The first time I ate this I was actually surprised by how flat the bar is - I thought it would be more rounded. I have had the odd bar that is broken into two or three pieces, despite that protective tray. The bar is about six inches long and is covered with a chocolate coloured coating. It's shape is very nobbled and bumpy and it even looks mis-shapen. The smell of peanuts is very strong when you open the pack. When you bite into the bar you can see that the inner core of the bar is a layer of peanut butter paste. Surrounding this is a layer of caramel toffee. Stuck in the toffee are large, rather dry half peanuts, which are then covered in the outer layer of what the brand calls "chocolate flavoured coating". The combined taste is a tasty mix of sweet and savoury. The peanut butter has a definate salty tang yet the caramel is sugary. The consistency of the caramel is quite tough and chewy. The nuts are very dry too and can be difficult to eat. The chocolate layer is a little thinner than I'd like - and the chocolate flavoured coating is not as milky or as melt-in-the-mouth as I would hope for. The ingredients shed light on what the coating is: palm and shea oils, cocoa mass, whey, milk powder and milk fat. There are several E numbers listed in the ingredients also: E322, E304, E471. There are also artifical flavourings added. There are no nutritional values on the wrapper but I'd like to guess this is quite fattening and high in sugar! As far as Hershey products go this is one of the better sweet treats available. Taste wise, they can't beat their counterpart Snickers though, but do provide a hearty, filling snack that more than satisfies my sweet tooth.