A quick and to the point review of Nestle Coffee Crisp, a Canadian candy bar purchased in an American supermarket.
Have you ever stopped to browse the international aisle of the supermarket? It can be a treasure trove of hard to find items, international favorites and unusual finds. On a recent trip, my kids and I lingered in that aisle to see what we could find.
Enter the Nestle Coffee Crisp, a candy bar I’ve never seen before or heard of. But since I love coffee anything, I decided to try it.
It took a few searches to find the Canadian site for this candy bar, but when I did I learned some interesting things about it. Since 2011, it’s been made with natural flavors, and a glance at the ingredients list confirms that. The list includes actual sugar, coffee and chocolate — a good thing. Also, this: “100% of landfill waste at our chocolate factory in Toronto is diverted to an electrical co-generation plant.”
So what is the Coffee Crisp? It’s a wafer bar with a crispy coffee-flavored layer in the center. And it’s enrobed in a thin layer of chocolate. Oh, and it’s made in Canada.
But could this hard-to-find in the United States candy bar be tasty? Only one way to find out, right …
The Good: True to its name, this bar is crispy — but not unpleasantly so. It has a nice flavor to it. Also, you can taste the coffee in the bar, which I love. As for the chocolate, it’s rich and milky. Nice layers of flavor in this bar.
The Bad: I really wanted the coffee layer to be creamy, but it’s crunchy instead. Also, the package calls this “a nice light snack” but at 250 calories per bar, I wouldn’t call this “light.” Also, it claims to have a smooth cream layer, but I didn’t find that.
The Verdict: Despite wanting the center to be different, I love this candy bar. The crispness, the clean flavors, the chocolate … it’s a good mix and a good balance. I’d buy it again.
Find It: I found this in the international section of my local Shaw’s Supermarket. A quick web search reveals that it may also be available at stores including World Market, Amazon.com and Wegmans.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. Her latest cookbook is The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook, published by Rockridge Press, which focuses on quick, easy, from-scratch cooking for busy people. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.