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Nestle Butterfinger

11 Feb

001The Butterfinger bar- a product which I think is synonymous with American society and culture. I’ve seen so many T.V shows, films and posters about the Butterfinger, and it just seems to come hand in hand with the U.S.A. Whether Americans actually do love the Butterfinger as the media would suggest…I don’t know…perhaps some American readers could comment on its REAL popularity in the States. But having seen so many (admittedly fictional characters) people enjoying Butterfinger bars, I thought it was time I should try one.

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So, as you’ll notice above, Nestle’s Butterfinger came with the tagline ‘crispety, crunchety, peanut-buttery’. Are those actually even words? I’m really not sure that they are…but given that I’ve ‘created’ a few of my own words in the past as well (say anything with enough confidence and conviction and people will trust you even if it’s a load of crap…can’t you just tell I’m doing a politics degree with a statement like that!) I’l let Nestle off. The second interesting thing from the photograph is that, alongside the English language, the wrapper was also adorned with the Spanish translation.

This confused me somewhat… as far as I’m aware, Nestle don’t sell their Butterfinger in Spain…I wondered if the bar was imported from a Southern state in America with a significant Mexican population like New Mexico or Texas? Anyone with a real answer is most welcome to reveal all!

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The bar came with a big split almost right down the middle. For a split-second, I was gutted about this…then I remembered that I always cut a product I’m reviewing in half for a cross-section photo anyway. So I narrowly avoided crying myself to sleep about it.

Butterfingers are surprisingly big. This beast was 59.5g- an above average size. And when I looked inside the fractured bar, I was taken aback at the contents. You see, you know how I wrote at the start that I’d seen the Butterfinger bar everywhere and stuff? Well, that was all true. But whilst Nestle’s marketing team had done brilliantly with searing the brand logo into my brain…I didn’t actually have a damn clue what a Butterfinger was. Turns out that the middle of the bar is layers of really compact peanut butter. This shit was DENSE.

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It had a weird, orangey glow to it. When I think of peanut butter, the natural colour I associate with it is more of a yellow, creamy kind of colour. The centre of the Butterfinger was closer to a high-visibility jacket! I probably could have used it as a nightlight. If I needed a nightlight. Luckily I’m not afraid of the dark so I could eat the bar instead. I don’t understand how people are afraid of the dark. Every blink must be a living nightmare!

The name Butterfinger was interesting to me too by the way. I’m aware that the name here is because the bar has a buttery theme and is finger shaped. BUT, my real question is: in England, we play cricket. People like me, and my friend Alex (who loves cricket so much he writes a blog about it) gather in our lovely English village greens and play cricket during the summer. And when somebody can’t catch the ball, they’re often mocked as having “butterfingers”. I wondered if Americans had a similar nickname for notorious fumblers in American Football and weak basemen in baseball? Once again Yanks- put me out of my misery if you know the answer!

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So anyway, the tag-line from the wrapper was ‘crispety, crunchety’. I’m delighted to say that Nestle deliver that with the Butterfinger. BIG TIME. It’s probably one of the crunchiest bars that I’ve ever eaten. The packed layers of orangey peanut butter are so dense that it takes some real teeth-effort to work through them…and when you eventually do, there is a tremendous snap that I think reverberated all around my street! But whereas some bars ensure their crispiness by being incredibly dry, there is a sticky and moistness to the peanut buttery centre too. It really is a unique textured middle- there is an initial snap, but as you chew it becomes more chewy. I liked it a lot.

The peanut butter flavour isn’t quite as successful. It isn’t bad in the slightest, but I had expected it to be much stronger (Americans normally know peanut butter is best eaten- in large quantities!) but it was actually quite plain and bland. There was some taste of savoury peanut and a little creaminess, but nothing special.

And the milk chocolate coating was equally plain. It’s probably best described as unobtrusive. The thin layer surrounding the peanut butter centre didn’t ruin the bar, nor did it particularly add anything.

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Reading it back, those last couple of paragraphs sound harsher than I intended. I enjoyed eating Nestle’s Butterfinger- mostly because of the texture. I like to try and compare products when I’m reviewing (I think it helps you guys understand and relate to what I’m writing?) but I’ve never come across a bar with the Butterfinger’s consistency and texture before so I can’t compare it. It is both crispy and chewy simultaneously.

Was the flavour all there? Not quite- it was probably average rather than below average though. I wasn’t convinced by the bar for the first bite, but each bite after that got progressively nicer and (as sod’s law would dictate) by the time I finished the bar I really fancied another soon after. So I’l buy more Butterfingers in the future for sure. The best American bar I’ve tasted? Not even close. But recommended? Yeah, I’d say the texture alone warrants giving it a try.

Rating- 7.7/10.

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18 Comments

Posted by on February 11, 2013 in 7.7, Chocolate, Nestle, Non-British, Peanut Butter

 

18 responses to “Nestle Butterfinger

  1. Kevs Snack Reviews (@kevvieguy)

    February 11, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Good review Dave. I haven’t tried Butterfinger in years.. I find them extremely sweet, but love the crunchy texture. I prefer the smaller bars, you get a nice sweet fix but they’re not too overbearing.

     
  2. The sparking recoverer

    February 11, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Oooo yes, there’s a big hype for these, seen them everywhere in the states, in fact my sister made me bring her home a 1kg bag of the mini ones haha, safe to say, I look like a fat kid in a candy store :), They are yummy tho, happy you finally got to try them and it wasn’t a big disappointment! Great review, Dave…as always :))

     
  3. TheSnackReview

    February 12, 2013 at 11:21 am

    You guys write nice things about my reviews. This makes me smile!

    Both of you talk about mini Butterfingers though….I didn’t even know these existed. How mini is mini? Like, those ‘snacksize’ bars that Cadbury and Mars do over here for Mars bars and stuff?

    I’m still trying to think of a bar which the Butterfinger compares to in texture too…

     
    • Tina Land

      April 23, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      Products often have spanish translation as well as english since there is a large population of spanish speaking americans from mexico.

       
  4. The Daily Yum (@thedaily_yum)

    February 12, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    I like the mini ones too, just because it’s quite a sweet bar and bite-sized are nice. I recommend a bar we have here in Canada, Cadbury Crispy Crunch which is very similar to Butterfinger but a bit nicer flavour. I’m pretty sure I saw it sold at Cyber Candy when I was over there.

     
  5. Hunter-m3

    March 11, 2013 at 2:04 am

    I live in “the states” and while the bar is popular, I only know one person that says it’s there favorite. It’s far less popular then the Snickers or Reese’s. I would maybe put it more on par with Payday and Baby Ruth for popularity. In addition, we use the term “butterfingers” for people that can’t catch also. Furthermore, I belive the Peanut Butter taste is oddly similar to butterscotch flavor in the bar, and as a youngster I use to think that this was where the name came from.

     
    • TheSnackReview

      March 11, 2013 at 9:07 am

      Thanks for taking the time to comment Hunter, I really appreciate it- you’ve managed to answer all of my questions which is great!

      You learn new things every day!

      Best wishes,

      Dave

       
    • Tina Land

      April 23, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      It’s THEIR favorite, not ‘there favorite’. Sigh.

       
      • Hunter-m3

        April 24, 2014 at 2:56 am

        @Tina: Wow, I was quickly writing a comment on a food review review site. Sorry, I didn’t edit for you…Get a life.

         
  6. Elise

    March 14, 2013 at 4:40 am

    I am from the US and Butterfingers are popular insomuch as they are sold everywhere (gas stations, convenience stores, grocery stores, etc.) and they have been made into many different mostly size-related iterations, most recently Butterfinger “bites” Butterfinger “Snackerz”- not sure if those are available in the UK. I personally love Butterfingers, not totally sure why, since their chocolate and peanut butter flavors are so illegitimate, especially in comparison to other chocolate and peanut butter candies. But it’s always nearly a first choice for me when I want a non fruity or sour candy. I can’t explain it. Like a previous commenter, I don’t really know anyone else personally who adores Butterfingers but they must be popular I guess.
    Also, the term “butterfingers” means pretty much the same thing here 🙂 Someone clumsy, who drops the ball (in sports) or drops anything a lot. Not sure what that would have to do with the candy… their big slogan here at least is “don’t lay a finger on my Butterfinger”. The mystery continues!

     
  7. TheSnackReview

    March 15, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Thanks for the comment Elise- always great to hear a more knowledgable opinion from an actual American!

    Weird slogan too by the way. Doesn’t really make sense but I guess that you can’t argue with the Butterfinger brand when it is 90 years old!

     
  8. Faye

    April 14, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I agree that it was astonishingly huge for an average chocolate bar when I first got it. It was good but it stuck in my teeth so bad!

     
  9. TheSnackReview

    April 16, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Mine too Faye, mine too!

     
  10. Anonymous

    April 8, 2014 at 6:46 am

    I’ve always wanted to try a Butterfinger for months but I never got the chance. My mother said that she would get me one for Easter this year from the Lollie Shop! 😍

     
  11. Sofya

    May 30, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    I just tried it for the first time, it’s being sold in the Netherlands. I can’t get the butterscotch taste out of my mouth. It’s soooo sweet, but that’s probably because I’ve never tasted anything it. It’s crazy but I kinda like it.

     
  12. Matt

    October 27, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Butterfingers are not particularly popular in the U.S. This is the first I’ve ever heard of them having some kind of iconic American status. I’ve lived in the U.S. for 31 years and never met anyone whose favorite candy is Butterfinger. You say you’ve seen “so many” fictional characters enjoying Butterfingers, but the only one I’ve ever seen is Bart Simpson. Spanish is the second most common language spoken in the United States, and we share a border (and trade goods) with Mexico, where it is the first, so it wouldn’t be unusual to have Spanish copy on the package, and it definitely has nothing to do with Spain. “Butterfinger” as a term for someone who is clumsy with their hands is not unique to the U.K. It means the same thing here. The milk chocolate coating that you called “plain” is not a milk chocolate coating. It is compound chocolate, which is a cheap mixture of cocoa, vegetable fats, and sugar.

     
  13. Jamie Perritt

    July 7, 2015 at 1:03 am

    Crispy Crunch has the same texture.
    I’m in Toronto, Canada, and for some sad reason I hardly ever see Butterfinger around anymore, and I’m trying to make a complaint. Lol All I can find in Wal Mart are the mini ones, and nothing anywhere else, even in Mac’s Convenience stores.

     

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