Spetember 9th: Cadbury Caramello (US) - (Original Post - August 7th 2008)

Kcal 220 Fat 10.0g Fat 6.0g Carbs 29.0g

My continued relationship with AmericanSoda (See HERE), has given me the opportunity recently to revisit a few of the American products I first reviewed way back at the start of the ChocolateMission. Two weeks ago you may recall me checking back over my past review of one of my all time favourite bars, the 3 Musketeers (See HERE). Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of my redux review of that bar, I thought it would also be worthwhile seeing whether the Cadbury Caramello bar had improved since I last tried it.

Well one thing I think we can all agree on is that my photography skills have improved since August 2008 :D - I hope you guys now have a better idea of the bar presentation. Wrapper and production wise there was no difference. The foil wrapper still looked attractive, but disappointingly the bar was still split into four large sized blocks.

This format of course meant that the same issue I found over three years ago was still unfortunately there. I found the taste of the chocolate still pretty closely aligned to Cadbury UK chocolate (perhaps a touch less creamy!), however the usual thick melting texture still wasn't there. Just as with my experience in 2008, I found the caramel to be more of a mid grade syrupy sweet experience compared to the UK golden nectar that has that ever so delicious butterscotch, salt licked delightfulness. The burnt sugar aftertaste was still retained and gave it some unique character, but my own personal preference still resided with the sweeter finish of the British bar.

Overall like the 3 Musketeer bar there was no difference in what I perceived over three years ago and I still feel very comfortable with the original score I awarded it. Having since tried a crazy amount of different Cadbury Caramel bars from all corners of the globe since my last review of this US Caramello I would say it was probably one of the weaker ones. I can recommend trying this bar if you are interested in seeing how the same chocolate bars vary by region as it does offer something different to what many of the others do. Based on satisfaction delivery as a chocolate bar though I would still say you would be more happy sticking with the UK option.

8.1 out of 10

Kcal 210 Fat 9.0g Fat 6.0g Carbs 29.0g

Today I continued my pursuit of finding the best Cadbury Caramel bar sampling the US variation. The US bar shares its name with the equivalent Australian bar...'Caramello'. The bar weighed in at slightly less than the UK Cadbury Dairy Milk with Caramel at 45.0g, and was split into four bigger sized blocks in comparison with the six blocked UK and eight blocked Aussie variations. Aesthetically this didnt bother me - it still looked nice but as I will go into, the design of the US bar did indeed have a few detrimental repercussions.

After opening the wrapper I was confronted with a familiar cocoa smell - it also had quite a strong sweet caramel scent which combined with the cocoa made for a very appetising prospect. Texture wise the bar had a slightly different proposition to its UK /Aussie counterparts. Due to the bar being split into four blocks it felt only natraul (and most convenient) to eat it in four chunks. The base of the bar was particularly thick and the caramel was well and truly crammed into each of the four block pockets...to the point of overspill (see above picture). What this all made for was a slightly detrimental texture as the two ingredients felt very isolated from each other. What I enjoyed so much with the UK version was the way the chocolate and caramel were proportioned, and how the chocolate melt coincided with the slow release of the sticky caramel. Unfortunately this wasn't the case here as the thick chocolate base did not retain the same melt in the mouth quality and conversely acted as a massive barrier between the two components combining ... slightly disappointing. Taste wise the chocolate retained many of the attributes of the UK Dairy Milk - it was creamy and had a rich cocoa taste ... absolutely delightful. The caramel in the US version was more akin to the Aussie version and didn't have quite the same smooth flavour depth of the UK equivalent. It was still pleasant but it had an over agressive 'burnt' aftertaste despite having a very sweet initial flavour.

Overall this didn't quite live up to the standards of the UK Cadbury Dairy Milk with Caramel. The design of the bar with its four block approach came at detriment to the texture and made for a weaker synergy of flavours between the chocolate and caramel. The taste of the chocolate retained most of the UK Dairy Milk qualities and was very pleasant, though the caramel was not quite of the same standard and varied in its taste. This is still a great chocolate bar but simply not as good as the UK version.

8.1 out of 10