As a highly trained professional snack writer and podcaster, I occasionally run across items that I’m embarrassed to admit I’d never heard of before. The Zagnut bar is a perfect example. Never heard of one before I saw it at my local Cracker Barrel last week. To me, a Zagnut sounds like an impossible-to-find engine part, an extremely painful male injury, or maybe the capital of Luxembourg. Come to find out, it’s an old-school candy bar that Hershey bought the rights to, and now produces in limited quantities. Like, I guess it used to be popular or something, but now it’s super niche and only old folks remember ’em.
The Zagnut bills itself as “Crunchy Peanut Butter. Toasted Coconut.” I love peanut butter, and I love coconut, but the two together struck me as odd and potentially unappealing. Upon opening the wrapper, I was shocked to see there was NO CHOCOLATE! I wasn’t disappointed, but the idea of a candy bar without chocolate was totally foreign to me. Back in the olden days, they didn’t need to slather everything in chocolate to appease the masses. The exterior of the bar was hardened peanut butter… kind of like peanut brittle but not quite as brittle, and a little more sugary. The inside was a thin yet flavorful layer of coconut paste. Sounds weird, right? The Zagnut was excellent. I highly recommend picking some up if you’re a fan of peanut butter and coconut (and you can stand the thought of a candy bar without chocolate involved).