The Spring of the Nutty Bar
When Mr. Tidbit visits the snack-cakes aisle, he doesn’t normally look around – he just grabs his usual box of Little Debbie Nutty Bars and moves on. Thus recently he almost overlooked Little Debbie Spring Nutty Bars – and for all he knows, he has overlooked them every spring for years, but he doesn’t really think so. So on the chance that they are new, and in any case because they are related to Little Debbie Nutty Bars (which he believes to be one of Nature’s most perfect foods) Mr. Tidbit this week focuses his mighty spotlight on a comparison of the two.
Please forgive his devoting an entire installment to a single item: When a product as vital to the American economy as the Little Debbie Nutty Bar is involved, Mr. Tidbit feels he can do no less.
The basics: Little Debbie Nutty Bars are wafer cookies with peanut butter filling, enrobed in a cocoa-based chocolatey coating. They are wrapped in pairs; each bar is a handy measuring device if you keep a pack in your pocket at all times: The single 28-gram bar is about 4 1/2 inches long, almost exactly 1 inch wide and just shy of 3/4 of an inch thick. One bar contains 155 calories, 9 grams of fat (4 of them saturated fat), 10 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.
The Spring bar is a wafer cookie with peanut butter filling, enrobed in a white coating with green drizzles. Each 22-gram bar (they are individually wrapped) is the same length and width as the original bar, but it is only a tad more than 1/2 inch thick. It contains 120 calories, 7 grams of fat (3.5 of them saturated fat), 9 grams of sugar and 1 gram of protein. (If it were the same size as the original bar, it would have about the same nutritional profile as that bar, but a bit more sugar.)
There are 12 Nutty Bars in a 12-ounce box; where he bought them the box was $1.79 – 15 cents per bar and 15 cents per ounce. There are only 10 bars in a 7.56-ounce box of the smaller Spring Nutty Bars; at that store the box was $2.19 – 22 cents per bar and 29 cents an ounce – almost double the per-ounce price of the original bar.
Mr. Tidbit’s gustatorial evaluation: The Spring bar is pretty good. The original is really, really good. If for some reason you feel you need to eat a smaller version of the Little Debbie Nutty Bar, he suggests you eat part of a regular one.