There is a move afoot to change the direction of Halloween treats away from candy and onto something healthier. However, no one should expect such a change to occur quickly. It will take time to wean children away from the sweet treats they wait all year long to collect.
This year, more than any other, parents can expect to see things like stickers, trading cards, silly bands and other treat options in their children’s trick or treat bags. They will also see healthier snacks like popcorn, sunflower seeds and granola bars. However, that doesn’t mean that candy won’t still be the main ingredient.
Truthfully, it would spoil all the fun if that sweet confection weren’t represented in some way. The trick; however, is to find the candy that does the least amount of damage. To that end, I will continue to analyze some of childrens’ favorite candy treats for Halloween.
This time around, we are going to examine Nestle Crunch in small, .45-oz bars. This candy was always among my favorite candy bars growing up. Many children love still them because of the crispy rice surprise hidden in between layers of creamy milk chocolate. It’s the best of all worlds.
There are 8 small bars in the 3.6-oz package of Nestle Crunch. Three bars constitute a serving, making 2.5 servings per package.
There are 180 calories in each Nestle Crunch serving. About 80 of those calories are fat related.
There are 9 grams of fat in a small Crunch bar. Of that amount, 6 grams comes from saturated fat. There are also 26 grams of carbohydrate, 21 grams of sugar, 55 milligrams of sodium and 5 milligrams of cholesterol.
On the flip side, Nestle Crunch bars represent 2 grams of protein and 1 gram of fiber. They have no other nutritional value.
Ingredients in Nestle Crunch include barley malt, chocolate, cocoa butter, crisped rice, milk fat, nonfat milk, rice flower, salt, soy lecithin and sugar. They also contain artificial flavors and lactose.
Obviously, this candy might not be the best choice for children who are lactose intolerant or who have an allergy to rice. In those instances, it is best to search for another alternative.
Here is my summary review.
Smart Choice? Up for debate. Even these small Crunch bars are high in carbs and sugar. However, if distributed in moderation, say one bar instead of three, then Crunch isn’t any worse than any other candy choice.
Tasty? Yes. I’m the wrong person to judge this candy realistically. I’m addicted to any chocolate with crispy rice inside. While my favorite still comes from Russell Stover, a good Nestle Crunch will do in a pinch every time. The chocolate is smooth and creamy and the rice is perfectly crispy.
Variety? No. With Nestle Crunch what you see is what you get. That is milk chocolate and rice crisps. Yum!
Attractive Packaging? Yes. Like its sister candy, Baby Ruth, Crunch is all about the red, white and blue. The colors haven’t changed in decades because there is no mistaking a Crunch on the store shelf. Who wants to mess with what works?
Easy to Store? Yes, the small bar package measures just under 10″ by 3 1/4″ by 1/2″. It is nearly flat, which makes it easy to store in a kitchen drawer, cupboard, cabinet or pantry. The little individual bars measure about 3 Â¼” in length by 1 1/8″ in width and about 3/8″ in depth. That makes them small enough to put in a pocket, throw in a handbag or store a candy bowl.
Are They Fresh? Questionable. The small bars are usually only available around certain times of the year. Because of that and the fact that they are individually wrapped and sealed, they can be usually be considered fresh. However, for some reason, Crunch doesn’t store for long periods of time. The chocolate turns, the rice becomes hard and the taste is destroyed. This is one candy that should be consumed shortly after it is obtained. Otherwise, freshness cannot be guaranteed.
Diet Safe? Not really. While its fat content isn’t outrageous, Nestle Crunch is high in carbs and sugar. Those are two things that most diet plans would discourage.
Easily Available? Not Always. There was a time when Nestle Crunch was easy to find. These days; however, it can be a bit trickier. The small bars, in particular, tend to be available only around holidays where candy treats are given out – like Halloween. However, Nestle is still fairly main stream. You should be able to find Nestle products, including Crunch, in most grocery stores, drug stores, and at least some discount department stores.
Price Effective? Not really. If 3 bars represent a serving size and there are only 8 bars per package, that equates to just 2.5 serving per package. At between $1 to $2 a package, depending on where the candy is purchased, that translates to between $.45 and $.90 per serving. That isn’t particularly economical.
Product Purchase Recommendation? No. As much as I personally love Nestle Crunch, I can’t give it thumbs up for Halloween at 3 bars per serving. Reduce that to 1 bar per child; however, and it becomes a much better option.