Butterfinger: Improved Recipe?

"Butterfinger released a new recipe in early February and I had my first try on Valentine's Day. It is awful ..." - Fan on Reddit

Reviewed by Matty

April 16, 2019

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Ironic that their ad campaign for years was “Nobody better lay a finger on my Butterfinger” and yet Ferrero (makers of said bar now that Nestle sold it) went and changed the recipe.

When I read this on the r/candy sub-Reddit forum a month back I actually thought it was a joke. Or straight up lie.

How could they change such an iconic bar? It’s so unique. Previously, you’d never ever mistake it for a Snickers or Mars bar. But who knows now.

“To quote my wife: ‘At this point I’d be better off just eating a handful of peanuts.'”

“It’s absolutely horrid.”

“I just had one of the new ones. When this bag is done, I’m done.”

The Butterfinger fans’ reviews are in and overall – not so positive.

I don’t argue with fans. Fans know what fans like. But I also know that people are generally averse to change.  I’m a fan of the butterfinger too. So it only seems right that I mix metaphors and throw my 2 cents in the ring.

Look at the bar closely – see how there are 2 main layers in there? The bottom layer is the same Butterfinger you knew before: crunchy, sticky chick-o-stick-like, a moist, crushed sugary corn flake substance.

The top layer, thinner, is peanut butter. Or mostly peanut butter. Like a denser Reese’s.

That’s the crux of the difference between old and new: the 2 layers. More peanut buttery while retaining the old school ‘get stuck in your teethness’.

I gotta say, I liked it. I only bought one and I should have bought more.

… You still wouldn’t mistake it for Snickers, and yes, the new Butterfinger is not the novel bar it was before in terms of texture, but it absolutely hearkens back to the old triumph. With the deeper peanut buttery-ness, and the fact that it didn’t stick to my teeth as much? Well, I say change can be good.

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  1. Cathy

    I dislike this improved recipe – I will throw out the whole bag – they are awful!

  2. Huskergma

    Dislike the improved recipe! Will throw out this bag!

  3. CATNVol

    Just had my first of “new” Butterfinger. Tastes vary and I am sure some will like it but I’m not one of them. If I wanted a rolled out Reese’s Cup I would buy one and squish it up in my hands. One of the first things I noticed is that the chocolate was not as good followed by a center that had no crispness at all. I have to be careful about eating candy bars and Butterfingers were one my rare treats. Time to find a new treat.

  4. Jared

    They’re truly awful. My stockpile of old bars is running low; they need to banish these new bars and admit their sins, and bring back the Nestle recipe. Awful; just absolutely awful.

    • Matty

      I just didn’t think they were that bad. I know I’m in the minority here. They’re a tad different and not as unique, but they still taste good. Just not the same. Change is hard, I know.


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