Twix bars have a special place in my heart. No, it’s not the cholesterol caused by the candy’s saturated fat. I’ve been a fan of the chocolate, caramel, and cookie crunch combo since its debut in the US. When I was growing up, if any house in the neighborhood passed out Twix on Halloween, I’d get some in one costume, do a mid-All Hallows Eve costume change, and return to the house to get more. That adoration is still with me today, because I find myself eating all the Twix from Mars candy assortments, leaving the Snickers and Milky Way as scraps. So these Papa Johns Twix Papa Bites are a no-brainer, right?
The dessert or horrible idea for a meal combines Papa Johns’ fresh dough with bits of Twix Cookie Bars. An order comes with eight pieces and is served with a caramel dipping sauce. After inhaling three pieces, I wondered if this would end up being my horrible idea for dinner because I wanted to eat them all, despite the item looking like the worse-case scenario for a microwaved Hot Pocket. But I didn’t give in to temptation and left the rest for another day. Okay, another hour.
It’s chocolatey. It’s caramel-y. It’s doughy. But it’s not cookie-y, and that’s a big but to me. A large part of Twix’s appeal is its cookie crunch, and these Papa Bites lack that. There’s a grittiness that I assume are cookie bits, but they’re so minuscule and have been sitting in melted chocolate and caramel that they don’t provide any crunch at all. They make so little of a contribution that I could tell folks that these are Rolo Papa Bites, and they would probably believe me.
As I mentioned earlier, an order comes with caramel dipping sauce, but only used it with a couple of pieces. There’s enough caramel flavor without it, but if you get candy-less bites, it does come in handy. Finally, much like pizza, these still taste good cold, but the dough is chewier.
Overall, Papa Johns Twix Papa Bites are a sweet, tasty way to end a pizza feast. But, for me, having a cookie crunch would’ve taken it to another level.
Purchased Price: $8.99*
Size: 8 pieces
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1 bite) 80 calories, 3 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat (okay, not sure what’s the deal with the fat numbers on the website, probably needs to be switched), 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 105 milligrams of sodium, 13 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 4 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of protein.
*Because I live on a rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, things are a bit pricier here. You’ll probably pay less than I did. The advertised price for this is $4.99.