Nestlé’s Crunch Bar is a crispy and crunchy chocolate bar made from milk chocolate and crisped rice. True to its name, the Crunch Bar is indeed crunchy, and is considered a tasty and textured candy bar. The Crunch Bar boldly has its name in large raised molded words on the square chocolate slab that makes up the candy bar. The bottom side of the Crunch Bar has crisped rice visibly embedded into the chocolate, giving the Crunch Bar its crispy and crunchy texture.
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Crunch Bar Information
The Nestlé Crunch Bar is a candy bar in the shape of a relativity flat square of milk chocolate, with its name “Nestlé Crunch” printed in molded chocolate on the front of the candy bar. The Crunch Bar is made with crisped rice embedded in it, a popular combination for chocolate treats. Nestle Crunch was first released in the year 1928, and is produced as of 2018 by the company Nestle, though will be produced by Ferrero Italia by the end of 2018. The Crunch Bar is, as its name implies, crunchy, and has been described as “Music to your mouth”. The Crunch Bars noticeable stand out name printed in molded chocolate on the candy bar often will see children eating around it so they are left just with the letters, adding a spot of fun to the snack. Sometimes Crunch comes as a purely solid slab of chocolate, and sometimes it comes with perforated chocolate squares that breaks up into smaller slabs, each with its own individually molded “Crunch” namesake on it.
“Strategic Copywriting: How to Create Effective Advertising”, published in 2004, describes a variety of reasons consumers choose to eat Nestlé Crunch. Some of these reasons being to get a burst of energy, to satisfy a craving, or to enjoy a treat. It also goes on to describe the distinct target market for the Crunch Bar being at white women ages 25 to 34, who have graduated high school, and have an income range of around $75,000 a year. It also describes the main target market for the Crunch Bar as those being married, and having children of 6 to 11 years old. Of course, this is not to detract from the fact that many different demographics of people enjoy the Crunch Bar, and the product has a solid fan-base. The Crunch Bar is often viewed as a competitor to the Krackel Bar, made by the Hershey Company.
In 2013, Nestlé Crunch began using 100% certified cocoa beans. At the National Confectioners Association’s Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago May 2013, Nestlé USA announced that it will for the first time source 100% certified cocoa beans for the entire line of standard Nestlé Crunch bars. This is part of the Nestlé Cocoa Plan, a company’s global initiative to help improve the lives of cocoa farmers and the quality of their products while also assuring a sustainable cocoa supply for years to come.
As of 2018, the Crunch Bar has been sold to Ferrero Italia (Ferrero SpA), a family-owned Italian based chocolate and confectionery manufacturer. In 2018 it was announced that Nestle would be selling its rights over 20 of its candy products for 2.8 billion dollars in cash. Products being told to Ferrero Italia include the Crunch Bar, as well as Butterfinger, Nerds, and LaffyTaffy and more to Ferrero Italia. The Crunch Bar is allowed to have the Nestle name on it for 1 year after the sale but must be removed after that time. This marks the first time the Crunch Bar has changed hands in its existence, nearly a century after the Crunch bar was invented. The reasons for the sale was reported as low growth in the mainstream chocolate market. Nestle has lost market share in recent years, as start-up brands like Kind have grown quickly, and while expensive chocolate products seem to be doing well, there is increasing variety makes the snack market tough for mainstream candy bars like the Crunch Bar.
The Company That Makes The Crunch Bar
The company that makes the Crunch Bar is family-owned chocolate producer Ferrero Italia (Ferrero SpA), who purchased the rights to the Crunch Bar, as well as other candy products, from Nestlé in 2018. The former producer of the Crunch Bar was Nestlé, who sold the Crunch Bar along with over 20 other candy products to Ferrero Italia for 2.8 Billion Dollars.
The Year Crunch Bar Was Invented
Nestlé Crunch Bar was invented in the year 1928. Created by Nestlé, the Crunch Bar filled the role of a crunchy crispy chocolate snack.
Crunch Bar Slogans
Crunch bar has had a few slogans over the years. One of the first slogans used to advertise Nestlé Crunch was “Music to your mouth”. However, in more recent years Nestlé has been using the slogans "Munch Now. Munch Some Later." and "For the Kid in You."
The Crunch Bar VS Krackel Bar
The Crunch Bar has an arch nemesis, the Krackel Bar. Both chocolate bars are somewhat like each other, both sound alike in name and both fill the same specific role in the snack and candy market. Both the Crunch bar and Krackel bar give consumers a crispy and crunchy chocolate treat, and both have a similar feel and texture to them. These two candy bars are often in fierce competition, with a loyal fan base. The Crunch bar was invented by Nestlé, and it became owned by Ferrero as of 2018, and the Krackel bar is owned by Hershey.
These two candy bars have a lot going for them in terms of similarities, but there are differences. Some consumers do note a difference in the taste and texture, though there is a debate on what candy bar is better overall, and what chocolate is smoother and so on. However, regardless of personal preference or viewpoints on some aspects of these candy bars, there are some clear differences in the ingredients between them.
Nestle’s Crunch Bar has always stuck to using crisped rice for its original bar, although some spin-off products have diverged from that. The Krackel Bar, however, did not always contain crisped rice, when it was first invented it used almonds, and then peanuts were added a year later. Krackel began using puffed rice in 1941, bringing it closer to its competitor, Nestle’s Crunch. The Krackel bar used sweeter chocolate then the Crunch Bar, which was described by many as waxy, however in 2008, Crunch Bar introduced sweeter more rich chocolate into its formula, allowing it to compete with Krackel in that area. Most sources list both the Crunch and Krackel bar’s as containing PGPR, a common emulsifier, and vanillin, an artificial vanilla flavoring. However, the Krackel bar may have had the PGPR and vanillin ingredients removed, or may have them removed in the future, due to a company plan to revamp the Hershey Bar’s ingredients as well as revamping other candies product’s ingredients under the Hershey brand.
Crunch Flavors And Variations
Here is a list of the different flavor, types, and spin-offs of Crunch
Original Crunch Bar
Nestlé Crunch Mocha (A version of Crunch made with mocha instead of milk chocolate.)
Crunch Crisp (A variant of Crunch made with wafers and chocolate creme.)
Nestlé Crunch Stixx (A type of Crunch bar, which features wafers and Nestlé Crunch Candy Creme)
Nestlé Crunch Dark Stixx (A type of Crunch bar, which features wafers and Nestlé Crunch Dark Candy Creme)
Crunch with Caramel (A Crunch bar featuring milk chocolate and crisped rice mixed in, and containing a caramel center.)
Dark Crunch with Caramel (A Crunch bar featuring dark chocolate and crisped rice mixed in, and containing a caramel center.
Crunch with Peanuts (A limited edition version of Crunch made with milk chocolate and crisped rice mixed in, and featuring peanuts.)
Nestlés Crunchettes (Containing "Bite Size" Pieces of the Crunch bar.)
Nestlé Crunch White (A version of the Crunch bar featuring white chocolate instead of milk chocolate.)
Buncha Crunch (Candy pieces that are inspired by the Crunch bar, made of milk chocolate with crisped rice mixed in. Buncha Crunch was introduced 1994, they were originally only sold exclusively in movie theaters, but as of May 2012, they have become available in most grocery stores.)
Nestlé Crunch Ice Cream Bars (An ice cream spin-off to the Crunch bar. It contains vanilla flavored ice cream in the center, surrounded by a milk chocolate coating with crisped rice mixed in.)
Nestlé Crunch Cereal (A chocolate breakfast cereal with crispy rice and wheat clusters.)
YoCrunch brand yogurt (Features pieces resembling Buncha Crunch mixed in with both Strawberry and Vanilla flavored yogert.)
How To Buy Crunch Bar
The Crunch Bar is often sold in convenience stores and shopping centers in the candy sections. It is a commonly found candy as of 2019 and can be found in stores like Walgreen’s or CVS. The most commonly found version of the Crunch bar is the standard variant, although sometimes you can find one of the others flavors of Crunch for sale online. You can check below this section for a list of stores believed to sell the Crunch bar. If you are looking for a special type of flavor or version of Crunch then you may have a more easy time finding it online. You can also buy the Crunch bar in bulk online fairly easily and have it shipped out to you, if you need a large amount of the candy for a party or gathering. You can check the sections below for offers on buying Crunch Bar online.
Stores That Sell The Crunch Bar
Here is a list of stores that may sell the Crunch Bar:
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Crunch Seems Like It’s Shrinking Over Time
Over the years Crunch bar may be getting smaller. Advertisements in 1984 for the Crunch Bar seem to depict a much larger candy bar then what we have here in the year 2019. While Snack History could not find the size information for the 1984 version of the Crunch bar, the appearance in the pictures of a size difference between then and now is striking. The size of the crisped rice in Crunch has also shrunk significantly in newer versions of the candy bar.
Pictures Of The Crunch Bar
Here are some pictures of Crunch.
Watch Crunch Bar Commercials
Here are some video commercials about Crunch Bar:
Crunch Bar Nutritional Information
Nutrition Facts: Amount Per 1 serving: 4 fun size bars (41 Grams). Calories: 205 CAL, Total Fat: 11 Grams (16% DV), Saturated Fat: 7 Grams (35% DV), Trans Fat: 0.1 Grams, Cholesterol: 5 mg (1% DV), Sodium: 62 mg (2% DV), Potassium: 125 mg (3% DV), Total Carbohydrate: 27 Grams (9% DV), Dietary Fiber: 0.8 Grams (3% DV), Sugar: 23 Grams, Protein: 2.1 Grams (4% DV), Caffeine: 12 mg, Vitamin A: (0% DV), Vitamin C: (0% DV), Calcium: (4% DV), Iron: (1% DV). (DV = Percent of daily value). Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Known Potential Allergens: Milk, Soy; Made in a facility that also processes peanuts, nuts, and wheat; contains barley malt (gluten)
(Last updated 3/31/2019. Information taken from USDA)