These bad boys were the other thing I picked up whilst visiting Cyber Candy in Covent Garden last week. And to tell you the truth, these excited me as much as any snack I’ve bought for quite a while. I like Snickers; LOVE peanuts and couldn’t wait to get home and try them.
So what actually are Snickers Pods? Well they are described on the (Australian) packaging as ‘crunchy biscuit wafer with cream, covered with smooth milk chocolate’. There is nothing even close to these available in the UK normally, so I was pleased I was able to get hold of them.
I’m not going to beat around the bush however; Snickers Pods were a massive, massive disappointment for me. Maybe my expectations were just too high.
When I opened up the bag, I thought that they must have been packaged wrongly or something. These were Snickers-y sweets made by Mars? So the smell should have been a mixture of peanuts and rich chocolate, with a bit of a biscuit aroma. Wrong. These things smelt EXACTLY like Coco Pops.
The ONLY scent present was of breakfast cereal. This was a bad start. None the less, I powered on.
Upon picking one up, I was amazed at the weightlessness of it. I realise that they only have a creamy middle which isn’t particularly dense, but these Pods were like air!
The covering of dustiness you can see in the photo above was not deliberate by Mars- they were just a little smashed up and there were a lot of crumbs. I’m not going to complain about that though; they had come from blooming Australia!
How did they taste? The answer to that is that they didn’t! Well, nothing like a Snickers anyway. The outer layer of ‘biscuit wafer’, as Mars describe it, was totally dominant. There was hardly any cream at all, and the chocolate flavour was pretty undetectable.
To make matters worse, you might remember that I said I smelt Coco Pops when I cracked the bag open? Well there was a reason for that- the so called biscuit wafer covering tasted exactly like Coco Pops. Without milk. Which meant that every Pod was like eating a handful of Coco Pops right out of the bag. Maybe you like doing that (in which case these things are for you!), that’s cool- I’m not judging anybody for that…but I signed up for Snickers Pods, and these things had no real nutty element to them.
To test just how much these Pods could claim to be Snickers flavoured, I blind tested two of my family. They had two Pods each. My brother thought they were a new cereal product. My uncle thought that it was a new flavour of Kinder Bueno, with chocolate cream filling.
I wanted these Snickers Pods to be so good. I think with a bit of fiddling with the proportions, they still could be. The idea is still great. Additionally, the cream centre was very nice when scraped out with a knife and consumed on its own. But the ‘biscuit wafer’ is far too prevalent which makes these Pods excessively dry and crispy.
Considering a bag of these will cost you the best part of £4.50-£5.00 from an import store, I can’t in any way recommend them. There are a million and one imported snacks to choose from; some hits and some misses. Sadly, these were most definitely a miss in my opinion. That won’t stop me from heading back to Cybercandy next time i’m in London and picking up some new and exotic snacks though!