Dec 18, 2022

It's A Real Nice Surprise, Clark

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Double Crisp Bar
RM Palmer Company (2022)
Palmer has established themselves as a confections company that goes all-in during the holidays, but this one is a little different.  Most of the Christmas candy that they've sold over the years has been geared towards children, but this line of Double Crisp bars is marketed towards fans of the 1989 holiday classic National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.  There are three different wrappers for this new product, each of which feature stills of Chevy Chase as Clark W. Griswold from the movie.

The movie references continue beyond the candy bar wrapper.  The bar that I purchased has an imprint of the Jelly Of The Month certificate that Clark receives instead of his Christmas bonus in the movie.  I only picked up one of these bars, so I'm not sure if there is a variety of different designs or if this is on all of them, but it's pretty awesome.

If you're looking for something to fill up a candy dish for the holiday season, you could opt for a bag of the National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Double Crisp coins.  Each coin is in a foil wrapper with images from the movie, but the candy itself ins't embossed with anything festive.  They taste exactly the same as the candy bar.

Palmers chocolaty candy isn't for everybody.  The ingredients don't technically meet the FDA requirements to be called chocolate, and you'll see why this is the case as soon as you try it.  Double Crisps have a crispy texture like a Hershey Krackle or a Nestle Crunch bar, but the bar itself doesn't taste the same as either of them.  That's not to say that it's bad... it's just different.  Double Crisps are much sweeter than milk chocolate and they have a buttery flavor that is slightly stronger than the chocolate flavor.  This is alright in small doses, but it can become a bit unpleasant if you eat too much.  If not for the fun and festive packaging, I'd never pick this over a Hershey product, but I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me either.  There's plenty of room in the candy aisle for Palmers.