Way too sweet for me, but I bet kids would love them!
Oh Grocery Outlet, what strange products you bring to my life! I have never seen these before, and will likely never see them again. Never having heard of them before, I obviously had to buy one of each flavor: grape and strawberry.
The idea with these is that it's the classic peanut butter and jelly combo, inside a chocolate bar.
"But I have never wanted such a thing," I imagine you are thinking. I agree: I thought that, too. But hey, you never know, right? I recently learned that avocado and grapefruit slices is a thing, and boy is that a tasty combo! I was willing to cut this combo some slack.
After all, peanut butter and chocolate is tasty. And we often pair fruit with chocolate. Granted, I have never wanted to pair grape or strawberry jelly with chocolate. Nor have I wanted to try a three-way with chocolate, peanut butter, and jelly all together. But you never know. YOLO. Etc.
The package size and shape led me to believe that this would be one large tablet chocolate bar. Instead, when I opened it I found individually wrapped sticks of candy, much the same (in size and shape) as a single Kit Kat segment.
Each stick is wrapped in gold foil, which seemed a bit pretentious given the contents. It also seems like an egregious waste of packaging, compared to just wrapping up a single bar. I am frankly befuddled as to the form factor here.
In both bars, the chocolate is similar to a standard Hershey bar. It is chocolatey, and (to my palate) too sweet for the jam inside it. I would prefer these in a dark chocolate, to cut the overbearing sweetness a little. But then again, kids are not known for being fans of dark chocolate, and these bars are clearly aimed at children. (The packaging features a cartoon grape or strawberry hanging out with a cartoon peanut, who is wearing a visor at a diagonal angle, Slim Shady-style.)
I thought the grape jelly was rendered more convincing than the strawberry. In both cases the peanut butter is satisfyingly gritty and just a bit salty. The peanut butter has a cake-like texture similar to that inside a Reese's Cup.
Overall, these were way too cloyingly sweet for me. And even after having eaten several of them, I am still dubious about the wisdom of pairing PB&J with chocolate. But I'm willing to bet there are a lot of people out here who would really dig these! (They can have mine.)