The Butterfinger Energy Bar You Forgot Existed

The year is 2009. Let's set the scene: Obama is sworn in as President of the United States, Kanye West interrupts Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards, and the world is introduced to the phrase "gym, tan, laundry" through "Jersey Shore" (via PopBuzz). During such an eventful time, the world apparently needed a candy bar containing caffeine — at least, according to Nestlé.

Enter Butterfinger Buzz: a classic, crispy, peanut butter-filled Butterfinger candy bar with the added benefit of 80 milligrams of caffeine, reports Caffeine Informer. To put that number into perspective, it lands between an 8-ounce cup of drip coffee with 95 milligrams of caffeine and a shot of espresso with 63 milligrams of caffeine, per Healthline. Moreover, one Butterfinger Buzz clocks in at the same amount of caffeine as a Red Bull, according to the drink's website. So whatever happened to this pick-me-up of a candy bar? As Candy Blog reports, Butterfinger Buzz was a limited-edition release available at 7-Eleven and Walgreens locations for a short time. It's unclear if the product is officially discontinued today, but it's not currently listed on the Butterfinger website.

What did the Butterfinger Buzz taste like?

With Butterfinger being one of the most popular candy bars in the country, it makes sense if consumers had high hopes for the flavor of the caffeinated Butterfinger Buzz. As is the case with many products containing caffeine, however, the candy bar had a bitterness that was too much for some customers. According to Caffeine Informer, Butterfinger Buzz tasted mostly like a regular Butterfinger "until you're ready to swallow, where inevitably there is a dreaded bitter caffeine aftertaste," adding that the aftertaste was fortunately brief. Candy Blog echoed this sentiment, writing that the bar had "a slight metallic aftertaste" and that it had a "denser" interior compared to its usually flaky one.

Based on these reviews of the disappeared product, you're probably better off with the original Butterfinger and go-to caffeine source, anway. If it's not broken, don't fix it!