As I mentioned many times before Aldi is notoriously hit or miss on their knockoff chocolate products. Notice that I specifically mentioned “knockoffs”, because their basic chocolate offerings are generally very good. But when it comes to their private label versions of well-established confectionery bars, you really don’t know what quality you’re going to get.
In spite of that fact, I get them whenever I see them, generally just out of curiosity. With that in mind, here we have a rather large chocolate bar that goes by the name of “Break Time Chunky Bar”. I must admit that’s fairly clever as I assume that’s a reference to the chocolate bar whose motto was (is?) “break me off a piece of that…” (Wait, is this where “Break me off a piece of that ass?” came from? Or vice versa? I sadly searched for it and can find no confirmation either way.)
My “first impression” moment came right when I noticed them in-store: These bars are a scant $.65. I mean, that might not sound like a good deal for a single piece of chocolate, but the national brand of a similar product would probably be well over a dollar. I’ll admit I probably would have bought it no matter what the price, but this made my decision a hole helluva lot easier.
Given their inconsistent quality, I didn’t really know what to expect as I unwrapped it. It looks like the national brand, and has a lined “design” that runs diagonally along the top. “So far, so good,” I thought as I dug my way in.
Holy, holy hell. Wow. No matter the outcome, I was fully expecting the chocolate to be the same plasticy kind found in the national brand (and in a lot of mass-produced chocolates in general). But this ain’t that: The chocolate here is ridiculously rich and creamy, melting in your mouth almost instantly. It also has the benefit of actually tasting like a decent chocolate. Don’t get me wrong, I like the “break me off a piece” bars, but “high quality” is never a phrase I would use to describe them.
But as good as the chocolate is, the wafer is not. Actually, I don’t really know what the wafer tastes like, because it’s surrounded – and overwhelmed – by at least an inch of chocolate on every side. You know there’s a wafer in there, because you can see it and it provides a nice, crunchy texture, but it’s definitely not the star of the show. In fact, I wouldn’t even consider it a “supporting character” as far as taste is concerned. It’s more like a cameo appearance, showing up for virtually no reason.
I actually like it overall, and if it were marketed as its own thing, I’d like it a lot more. But since it begs comparisons to another “chocolate covered wafer”, then I can’t consider this one a success.
Overall: 6/10. For cheap milk chocolate, this is a fantastic bar that far exceeds the plasticy taste and texture of the national brand. However, in terms of actually replicating the national brand bar it’s knocking off, these leave a lot to be desired. The “wafer” in the middle is overwhelmed by the inch of chocolate that surrounds it, adding nothing besides texture. I happened to like it overall – especially when the $.65 price tag is factored in – but if you’re actually looking for a Kit Kat knockoff, this isn’t a good one.