January 27th: Cadbury Dairy Milk Fruit & Nut

Kcal 255 Fat 15g

Cadbury Dairy Milk Fruit & Nut was never a bar I bought all that often in my childhood, but had been around since I can remember. The bar comes billed as 'raisins and almonds in Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate', and can be found in a variety of different shapes and sizes, ranging from the 50.0g bar I tried for today's review, to the large 230.0g sharing size.

Like the rest of Cadburys' range the wrapper has changed several times down the years. The wrapper you can see above is the one as of August 2010 (I updated this review then!!!), and I personally think it looks pretty great with it's modern matted material feel and clean visual presentation. Although the wrapper has seen significant changes, one thing that has always stayed the same is the fantastic looking chocolate which has always been plentiful in it's fruit and nut protioning.

Fast forwarding to the all important taste test it wont surprise you to hear that I have always really enjoyed the Dairy Milk chocolate. I will hold up my hands and admit I am huge fan of Dairy Milk chocolate. It may not be too everyones taste but I personally delight in the sweet, cream based chocolate flavour hit it so consistently delivers with each bite. The differentiation it has from almost all other chocolates, is something that can't be sniffed at - there is only one Dairy Milk! In terms of this particular variety, both the fruit and nut did manage to come to the party, though I have to say neither were optimal in terms of their input. Taste wise both the raisins and the almonds were not as impactful as other fruit and nut bars I have tasted. That said the almonds were the ingridient with the most cut through, and added a pleasant nuttiness to each and every block where present. In regards to textures I felt both were a little more competent, with the fruit added a unique chewyness and the nuts proving to be fresh and crunchy to the bite.

Overall this was never going to be anything other than a product I enjoyed given that it was predominently made with one of my favourite milk chocolates. Whilst I didn't think the fruit or nut elements were the best as flavour enhancing, neither detracted from my liking of the milk chocolate which was every bit as wonderful as in any other Cadbury. The total bar proved to be a fufilling experience which also adds weight to the case of my recommendation. I may not rate this bar as highly as the likes of the Cadbury Caramel, but I would certainly say it is worth a try if you fancy something a little different from one of our proudest brands.

8.3 out of 10