April 14th: Cadbury Dream / Bournville Fingers

As I am sure you are all well aware, one of my favourite everyday milk chocolates is Cadbury Dairy Milk. If you are a regular visitor to the site you may also know that my love for Cadbury UK begins and ends with their milk chocolate - my reviews of the Cadbury Dream and Cadbury Bournville are evidence that I really don't think all that much about their capabilities in the arts of white and dark chocolate.

Despite me having previously poor experiences with the Dream and Bournville sub-brands, I couldn't help myself when I saw these Cadbury Dream & Bournville Fingers, as it was my turn to bring some biscuits into my work office this week. On the packaging both the boxes claim these are new, though anyone with any common sense will know that they are just the old dark and white fingers rebranded.

As I said above I bought these 125.0g packs to bring in to work, and co-workers were more than happy to share their views.

Cadbury Dream Fingers

Kcal 120 Fat 6.0g Fat(sats) 3.2g Carbs 12.8g (per 4 fingers)

'Crisp biscuits covered with white chocolate'.

Had you asked me which of the two I was least looking forward to trying, these Dream Fingers would have been my answer. In my opinion Cadbury's Dream white chocolate is god awful - it is a sugary, bland substance that I'm not even sure deserves to be called chocolate. Now having said all that I quickly have to retract it all, as to my own surprise I actually really liked these. The outer chocolate wasn't great, but it benefited massively from being so thinly implemented. The taste generated was sweet and sugary, but it had a nice milkiness and allowed the crisp, buttery flavours of the shortbread biscuit centres to shine through. I didn't think they were incredibly satisfying, but they had a real moreishness about them and were nice to eat in small amounts with a coffee.

7.9 out of 10

Cadbury Bournville Fingers

Kcal 100 Fat 5.6g Fat(sats) 3.2g Carbs 12.4g (per 4 fingers)

'Crisp biscuit covered in dark chocolate'

The words Cadbury Bournville always send a shiver down my spine. Not everyone will agree with me, but I think the Bournville chocolate we get here in the UK really isn't that good - the only Bournville bar I have ever liked was actually produced in France (See HERE). Still I was hoping that like the Dream Fingers, these Bournville Fingers would prove to be better than the original chocolate. Getting straight to the matter, I did enjoy these Fingers more so than a standard Bournville bar, but the quality of the chocolate still hampered the overall product. The outer chocolate was devoid of real flavour and just generated a meagre offering of musty, unsweetened cocoa flavours with it's waxy and laboured melt. The biscuit element still produced the goods, however it was general consensus that they weren't as good as either normal milk chocolate or Dream Fingers.

6.6 out of 10

Overall I was half expecting to write a review saying how I didn't like either of these two offerings, but the Dream Fingers pulled it out the bag and proved themselves to be far superior product to the original Cadbury Dream bar. The office environment always offers a great opportunity to test if one product is superior to another, and this comes mainly from the ability to observe 'which gets finished first'. Well judging by the fact the Dream Fingers box was finished at the time the Bournville Fingers box was still half full, it gives you some idea which one was preferred. Out of the two I would definitely buy the Dream Fingers again, but the Bournville Fingers probably not.

Have any of you tried either of these yet? Which did you prefer?