Crunch (chocolate bar)
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Crunch, known outside the U.S. as Nestlé Crunch, is a chocolate bar made of milk chocolate and crisped rice. It is produced globally by Nestlé with the exception of the United States, where it is produced under license by the Ferrara Candy Company, a subsidiary of Ferrero.
Nestlé Crunch was first introduced in 1928.
In the UK it was sold as Dairy Crunch from introduction in mid 1960s up to 1990s when it was rebranded as Crunch.
In January 2018, Nestlé announced plans to sell its U.S. confectionery brands (including the U.S. rights to Crunch) to Italian chocolatier Ferrero SpA, maker of Nutella, for US$2.8 billion. Ferrero folded the acquired brands into the operations of the Ferrara Candy Company.
Nestlé discontinued the traditional packaging technique of wrapping the bar in aluminum foil, sleeved inside a paper label, in favor of more conventional packaging practices, most likely due to the excessive time it took in double-packaging the bar. The chocolate bar can now commonly be found in a single-ply inner metallised boPET polyester film, typical of convenience foods packaging.
Besides the chocolate bar, Nestlé also produces or licenses other Crunch products:
- Buncha Crunch are candy pieces made of milk chocolate with crisped rice mixed in. Released in 1994, they were originally only sold exclusively in movie theaters; as of May 2012, they have become available in most grocery stores.
- Crunch White is a candy bar made with white chocolate instead of milk chocolate.
- Crunch Ice Cream Bars have a firm, vanilla-flavoured ice cream center, surrounded by a milk chocolate coating with crisped rice mixed in.
- Crunch with Caramel is a candy bar made with milk chocolate and crisped rice mixed in, containing a caramel center.
- Crunch with Peanuts is a limited edition candy bar made with milk chocolate and crisped rice mixed in, containing peanuts.
- Dark Crunch with Caramel is a limited edition candy bar made with dark chocolate and crisped rice mixed in, containing a caramel center.
- Crunch Stixx is a variant of Crunch, which consists of wafers and Crunch Candy Creme.
- Crunch Dark Stixx is a variant of Crunch, which consists of wafers and Crunch Dark Candy Creme.
- Crunch Dark and Buncha Crunch Dark consisted of crisped rice and dark chocolate. Crunch Dark was available in single-bar packages. Bunch Crunch Dark was available in resealable stand-up bags and concession box sizes. The products were launched in collaboration with Candytopia. These products were available for a limited time through July 2018.
- Crunch Mocha is a discontinued candy bar made with mocha instead of milk chocolate.
- Crunch Crisp is a full size candy bar made with wafers and chocolate creme.
- Crunch Cereal is a chocolate breakfast cereal with crispy rice and wheat clusters.
- YoCrunch brand yogurt features Crunch mix-ins in both Strawberry and Vanilla yogurt flavors. The pieces themselves resemble Buncha Crunch.
- Crunchettes are "Bite Size" Pieces of Crunch.
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