Let me start out with an apology to all of you who don’t have Trader Joe’s grocery stores in your area, because that’s a lot of you, and the bar I’m reviewing is theirs. It’s the Boffo Bar! It’s pretty darned good. And if you don’t live near a TJ’s, you’re shit out of luck I’m afraid unless you buy them from some kook on ebay. And hey – you know what? You might want to.
I love the size of them. Not as long as your average Snickers or Baby Ruth, but thicker. Feels like you get a tad less (and you do in the case of Snickers – about 1g less.) But it’s OK. It still feels like the right amount.
The bar is your basic candy bar – the everyman of candy bars: peanuts, nougat, caramel and milk chocolate. Great ingredients that taste great together, sure, and I like them just fine. But original? No. Sour? uh uh. Gummy? Um no. Weird? Not bloody likely. Thus: nothing unique. The fact these are the opposite of novel means they aint getting 5 stars.
And yet, let’s not mince words: these are good. First off the nougat is thick, and we love nougat. Big Hunks, for example, are almost all nougat and Jonny gave those a very honest and true 4.5 stars.
The Chocolate on the Boffo Bar! is solid too; not too light for milk chocolate, and thick. The peanuts are full ones, like a Snickers would have, and the caramel isn’t just a thin layer. It’s a relatively dense section inside that you can feel on your tongue and taste solidly.
Now you don’t want me to read the ingredients because it’s a laundry list of allergens (from peanuts, wheat to soy and back again) but let’s agree to work past that every now and then, k? If you want tried and true, and you’re at Trader Joe’s and don’t want their more delicate or exquisite specialized treats, then go forth and procure The Boffo Bar! It’s – dare I say – semi bofforific.