While yesterday's review disproved my Candy Tenet Number 1, today's review affirms that it's very, very tough to improve on a classic. In the photo below, you can see the difference between the Snickers and the Limited Edition Snickers Xtreme. The difference is the Xtreme amounts of nuts and the absence of fluffy nougat. If you really dislike the nougat found in a regular Snickers bar, then you will absolutely love the Snickers Xtreme. Personally, I miss the nougat. The one benefit to no nougat though is that this bar isn't nearly as sweet as a normal Snickers.
I'm not sure of the reason for this bar unless you are a major caramel-peanut-chocolate lover who does not like the nougat found in a regular Snickers. The thing is, there is an entire science behind Snickers Bars. Mars has probably spent more money than most of us will make in a lifetime on research and development of the chocolate to peanut to caramel to nougat ratios and how the fluffy nougat is a perfect balance to the caramel and nuts and how the bar is perfectly engineered to be easy to eat and not messy at all. So, why do they change what is a tried and true formula? The answer.....Marketing. They bring this bar out every few years with a different wrapper. I think many people, including me, will buy a limited edition version only because it says "limited edition". But it is "limited" because it cannot match the science and engineering of the Original. (It's likely that only candy freaks that start their own candy blogs sit around and think about the engineering behind candy bars, but it is true that Snickers are amazingly perfect in their creation.)
I am not sure why more peanuts makes this "xtreme", maybe they were trying to draw in teens that are interested in all things "xtreme". I think "Peanut Lovers" might have been a better and more descriptive name for this bar. The size isn't xtreme either. It weighs about 10% less than the Original (1.82oz compared 2.07oz). Try one the next time you are staring at a convenience store shelf not sure what you are hungry for....but if you are hungry for a Snickers, stick with the Original. This is a good candy bar.....but not "xtremely good".
Taste: 3/5 Liked It
Calorie Counter: 1.82oz bar = 1 serving= 250 calories, 13g fat
Sample Provided by Mars
Snickers Web Site