I found the 3 Musketeers Truffle Crisp in an import shop in Meadowhall, Sheffield. I hadn’t seen one before although I was vaguely aware of them, and as the packaging was quite attractive I picked it up and bought it without really stopping to look at it much. Which I then briefly regretted when I got home and had a proper gander at it.
I have a decent appetite. When I buy a snack, I want it to make me feel at least a little bit fuller. Therefore when I got home and realised that this thing was a mere 31.2g (how very specific Mars!) I wasn’t best pleased. Because, to be honest, a 30g bar of chocolate is like pouring a thimble full of petrol into a Ferrari. Not that I’m comparing myself to a Ferrari. Ok, well I was in that analogy…take the same analogy but put a Ford Escort in place of a Ferrari and the point still stands…30 odd grams of chocolate is very unlikely to be enough for most people.
So the Truffle Crisp was light as a feather. On the ‘plus’ side if you’re into this sort of thing, it does contain only 170 calories which is pretty low for a full sized chocolate bar I think?
The 3 Musketeers Truffle Crisp is an odd sort of bar. It looks like a Twix to start off with from the outside- two long and thin sticks. But inside is a slightly more unusual combination- here, you’ll get ‘whipped truffle and delicate airy crisp enrobed in real milk chocolate’. So in each of the photos, the darker top layer is a chocolatey truffle, whilst the whiter layer underneath is ‘airy crisp’ or (in more plain speaking terms) biscuit.
For the second review this week, the fecking bar was broken at some point on its way back to my house and thus looked like it had just come from a boxing match. But, luckily, for the second time this week, the bar had broken quite conveniently in that it was perfect for taking a cross-section photo.
I can’t say I’m all that surprised that it broke. I’m not exaggerating when I say that the 3 Musketeers Truffle Crisp feels like one of the weediest and weakest bars of chocolate I’ve ever come across. When you pick up a Yorkie, it is so bulky you could just go and twat somebody over the head with it and it would hurt them far more than the Yorkie. (In fact I went to a school where sweets were often used as weapons. Just try hitting somebody with a packet of Wine Gums…they are deadly. No joke!)
The milk chocolate coating on the outside looked and smelt very similar to Mars UK’s stuff. It’s super-light in weight, appearance (the brown colour doesn’t look all that cocoa heavy) and smell too. One of these days I’m probably going to grow out of liking their incredibly sweet chocolate I think…but not just yet.
As I said just a second ago, the darker coloured top layer is the truffle element. I had been expecting it to be exactly like the filling of a 3 Musketeers…a sort of chocolate Milky Way. But it tasted less rich than that. The truffle filling here does melt in the mouth very smoothly but it has very little milk chocolate flavour to it. I’d certainly like it to be much stronger and flavoursome myself.
The bottom ‘crisp’ layer more than matches its name. It was essentially an oblong Malteser! It had an initial crunch to it (whereas a Twix biscuit ‘breaks’, the biscuit here ‘snaps’) but after that, it melts on the tongue much like the centre of a Malteser does. In fact it even matches the flavour of a Malteser- it is…well, malty obviously, but with a bit of honeycomb flavour to it too.
The two layers are nice together- as you sink your teeth into the 3 Musketeers Truffle Crisp, you get the squidgy top layer and then beneath that a bit more resistance with the crispy biscuit layer. This stops the bar becoming too soft and mushy.
I’d never tried a textured bar quite like the 3 Musketeers Truffle Crisp before, and much like the Butterfinger review on Monday, I’m not entirely sure what I’d compare this to. The top layer is a relatively normal soft chocolate- much like a Mars Flyte or a 3 Musketeers. But the ‘crisp’ layer is unique from my experience… Maltesers fans will love it!
Overall, it is nice tasting and you get a couple of different, contrasting textures to keep the thing interesting. I think the ‘truffle’ part of this should have been richer with a more chocolate heavy flavour, but the biggest downside for me- by far- was the ‘filling-factor’. This was immensely unsatisfying and not at all filling… I was hungry again about 20 minutes after eating it and it scarcely touched the sides.
Don’t eat it if you’re hungry because it probably won’t help. But definitely eat one if you like lighter, airier chocolate options (or Maltesers)…this will hit the spot.