As previously noted on NEAROF!, I don’t mind Aero. It’s a plain sort of chocolate bar that mixes things up by adding air bubbles instead of raisins or nuts.
The Aero Peppermint bar has always seemed a curious extension to the line, though it’s also kind of ingenious. It introduces a new flavour without changing the texture or messing with the overall less-is-more concept of Aero.
The Pitch: “Feel the bubbles of Aero melt in your mouth. Made with natural flavours, using vanilla and a touch of real peppermint.”
The Look: Pretty foil-plastic packaging, playing on both the Aero brand and the minty chocolate bubbles inside. The bar itself looks ordinary enough … until you bite into it. The outside coating of brownish milk chocolate conceals a vibrant interior of light green chocolate bubbles. It’s a playful, quirky bar design.
The Taste: There’s much, much more than a “touch” of real peppermint here. Any of the promised vanilla is buried under the surge of mint chocolate. The mint hit is just intense enough without encroaching on chewing-gum country. The extra surface area provided by the bubbles helps the chocolate to quickly dissolve into a sweet, creamy, cooling, tongue-coating peppermint cocoa mush. The effect of the quick melt on the overall flavour experience is what makes the bar worthwhile.
RATINGS AND DETAILS
Cost: For me, free. I won it during a giveaway dealie at Safeway in Calgary. The regular Safeway price is $1.19 for a 41 gram bar.
Value for cash money: Good.
Nutrition?: Per 1 bar (41 grams): 220 calories, 12 grams of fat, 35 mg of sodium, 0 grams of fibre, 2 grams of protein.
The verdict: Yummy. Given the choice, I’d still pick a peppermint pattie, but it’s good for scratching both a mint itch and a chocolate itch at the same time.