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Snickers bars are no stranger to change. Over the years they have had almonds in addition to peanuts, dark chocolate instead of milk, and various combinations of all nougat and nuts, or all caramel and nuts. The latest Snickers offering is, I think, a bigger change: Snickers Peanut Butter Squared. There are two big modifications to this bar: 1) a layer of peanut butter is added between the nougat and the caramel, and 2) it's not a "bar" at all, but rather two squares packaged together.
The squares have a thin layer of nougat on the bottom, about 1/8 inch thick. A much thicker layer of peanut butter, about ? inch thick is on top of that, and the peanuts are (I think) mixed into the peanut butter. (It's a little tricky to tell whether the peanuts were on top or within the peanut butter, because my samples had so few peanuts.) A thin caramel layer is on top of the peanut butter, and the whole thing is encased in the familiar Mars-brand milk chocolate.
My biggest complaint was the texture. There is a lot of peanut butter, and when you combine it with the similarly-textured nougat, most of the bar ends up being the same slightly dry, slightly gritty texture. I wish that either the nougat layer was omitted (dare to dream!) or that there were a lot more peanuts to add some much-needed crunch. In most cases, I got only 3-4 peanuts for the whole square. And because the caramel layer is so thin, that texture and flavor was entirely lost. So this one wasn't a winner for me, but I think that if you love the original Snickers, and if you like the crumbly peanut butter filling in a Reese's cup, you will like the Snickers Peanut Butter Squared.
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