Schär’s Chocolate Hazelnut Bars a grown-up, gluten-free KitKat of awesome!

Schär Chocolate Hazelnut Bars

Schär Chocolate Hazelnut Bars

Product: Schär Chocolate Hazelnut Bars – $4.99+

The first time I ever had one of Schär’s amazing products, I was in Los Angeles, California.  One of my besties, Tawn, came down from Fresno and when I walked in the house, we hugged, we hugged more…and she looked at me and said, “I have gifts for you!”  What she brought out of her luggage was a thinkThin bar and one of Schär’s Chocolate Hazelnut Bars.

I, naturally, ate them when I needed a snack or was at a restaurant where there were no real options for me.  That being said…I didn’t blog about the gift snacks…because I devoured them before I took pictures of them.

Well, I remedied that already with the thinkThin bar…but the Schär wafer treat had yet to see it’s day in the blog spotlight.

Tonight…that changes.

During a major gluten-free closeout at my local grocery store, the entire section it seemed was on sale.  So, while out grocery shopping that night, we piled our cart full of everything that was marked down and on closeout, fearing that the gluten-free section was being taken away from us…or shrinking.  That wasn’t the case.  I think they were moving out old stock to make room for a lot of new stock and new items.  We didn’t know that at the time though.

One of the items that were tossed into the cart of gluten-free madness was a package of the Schär Chocolate Hazelnut Bars.

Memories of my time in Los Angeles crept back to me immediately.  Happy, happy memories.  But, other products had to be used up before I got to these…and so…they sat…and waited.

But today was the big unveiling of the Schär Chocolate Hazelnut Bars.  I couldn’t really recall what they tasted like anymore.  That trip to California happened over two years ago.  I remembered finding them delicious though, so I wasn’t too concerned about taking this item to work for my afternoon snack without a backup plan.

Schär Chocolate Hazelnut Bar (individual)

Schär Chocolate Hazelnut Bar (individual)

I had been anticipating my 3 p.m. snack most of the day.  Every time I opened my desk drawer, the Schär Chocolate Hazelnut Bar was sitting there…tempting me.  But…I behaved and waited until the appropriate time.  But once the clock struck 3 p.m., all bets were off!

First of all, I love how this is the actual size of a candy bar.  The picture on the cover shows a treat that resembles those little wafer cookies (the ones that come in chocolate, vanilla and strawberry that you devour as a child).  So, already this bar is like that…but on steroids.  After splitting it in half, and taking the required picture for the blog, I took my first bite.

Oh. My. Gluten. Free. God.

Rich.  Decadent.  Light.  Fantastic.  Heaven in chocolate-covered wafer form.  One bite and I knew this was a treat to be savored.

It tasted like the awesomeness that would emerge should a KitKat Bar mate with a Ferrero Rocher.  Honestly.  It was more of a dessert than a snack when it came down to it.  That’s not knocking the bar in the slightest.  It was melt-in-your-mouth awesome from the first bite to the last.  I let my teammate, Andrea, try some and she also loved it.  She’s very picky…especially with gluten-free foods…but this one only garnered compliments.  My roomie also tried a little portion of it…and she too enjoyed it.

Really…it’s a decadent mid-day pick-me-up…or a sweet treat when you are craving something rich, smooth, and chocolatey.  The wafer crackers are thin and lend a slight crunch.  The hazelnut cream is the perfect amount to lend its flavor without overpowering the rest of the bar.  And the milk chocolate that surrounds this treat…exceptional.  Schär managed to find the perfect balance between snack and dessert.  This was definitely a decadent mid-afternoon snack.

It’s also not the healthiest option I’ve ever brought with me for that 3:00 p.m. munchie attack.  One Schär Chocolate Hazelnut Bar packs 200 calories and 12 grams of fat.  Like I said…It’s much more like a dessert than a snack.  And perhaps that’s how these should be treated.  But, at least these are made with recognizable ingredients, have no preservatives, no gluten, no wheat, and no eggs.

Super smooth.  Super rich.  Super delicious!

Super Schär does it again…wrapping up hazelnut goodness in a simple chocolate coating.  The results…sweet chocolate-coated wafer nirvana.

Mmmmm…it tastes as good as it sounds!

Schär Chocolate Hazelnut Bar (unwrapped and split open)

Schär Chocolate Hazelnut Bar (unwrapped and split open)

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