Friday, April 4, 2014

The Clark Bar is the 'All Natural' Version of our Canadian Favourite


A quick stop into a local candy store last weekend revealed something new and exciting. I discovered the Clark bar - a milk chocolate coated peanut butter-crunch bar that rivals our Canadian "favourite" (refCrispy Crunch. The Clark bar is American and what's unique is that it is 'all natural'. Now I'm not saying that sugar and corn syrup (the first two ingredients) are good for us, but I do like it when a candy bar maker includes ingredients like real vanilla, and excludes nasty junk like hydrogenated oil.

Since I am a huge peanut butter-and-chocolate fan and I am Canadian, my go-to chocolate bar has always been the Crispy Crunch bar.  As much as I love fine chocolate and bean-to-bar craft chocolate, I still need comfort food every now and then. And since my stop at the candy store fell on my birthday last Saturday, I thought I would treat myself to something similar.

So what's the difference? Besides the obvious Canadian vs American factor, there are a few differences between the two chocolate bars. The Clark Bar is slightly thicker, which makes it a bit messy to eat. But it was tasty. Cadbury's Crispy Crunch is very tasty because it is a bit moister and sweeter, but there are some modified milk ingredients and modified oils in the product (ref).

The differences may not matter depending where you live. But I'll leave it to you to make the choice.

More details on the Clark bar:
The Clark bar was founded by 'Irish immigrant David L. Clark' in 1886 (ref) and the brand is now owned by New England Confectionery Company (NECCO). You can find more information here.

The package details are as follows:

Clark Bar - Real Milk Chocolate, Real Peanut Butter Crunch (60g)
NECCO (Revere, MA)
www.necco.com
Ingredients: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Ground Roasted Peanuts, Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Chocolate Liquor, Whole Milk Powder, Soy Lecithin, Vanilla Extract), Molasses, Corn Flour, Invert Sugar, Coconut Oil, Salt, Natural Flavours, Soy Lecithin.
Allergy Information: Contains peanuts, milk and soy. Processed in a factory that also processes wheat, eggs and tree nuts.

I bought the Clark bar at Boo-Bah-Lou 2 in downtown Sudbury, Ontario - a fun candy store known for carrying imported candy bars. Learn more about this store on Facebook here.

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