July 30th: Cadbury Old Gold Dark Chocolate Peppermint

Kcal 475 Fat 20.7g Fat(sats) 13.1g Carbs 66.3g (per 100.0g)

The facial expression on my neighbour when I went round to pick up my parcel of chocolates flown in from New Zealand really was a picture :D "chocolates from New Zealand???" ... "are you sure this parcel was meant for you?" A brief explanation of my chocolate reviewing shenanigans later, and I had myself a new reader! The company who caused all this 'confusion' was Shopenzed, who are a service who ship all manner of goods from the Southern Hemisphere right across the globe - See HERE. Included in my latest sampling pack from them was this Cadbury Old Gold Dark Chocolate Peppermint bar. I have previously had some good experiences with the Cadbury's Old Gold chocolate, so I was excited at the prospect of them making the most of this 'dark chocolate with a peppermint fondant' combination.

This bar came in a large sized 220.0g form, which was pretty lucky given that the rest of my family were pretty keen on getting their fair share. I've said it before, but let me reiterate it again, the Old Gold packaging looks superb. On my previous Old Gold reviews, readers have added comments along the lines of the wrappers not looking very Cadbury esc. and more Lindt in style, but on the whole the consensus seems to be that the range is nicely presented. The chocolate itself was segregated in the same format as the Old Gold Liqueur Flavoured Selection I reviewed last month, with each block being a manageable size for the mouth and the inner filling sensibly portioned.

The chocolate came wrapped in a thick layer of gold foil, which maintained the product in a fresh state both aesthetically and aroma wise. Taking in the smells, the chocolate emanated some fragrant cocoa scents, though I was a little disappointed that there wasn't any sort of minty offering until the chocolate was bitten in to. In terms of taste all four of us in my family didn't get overly excited by the Old Gold chocolate. Looking at it from a positive point of view, the two non dark chocolate fans in my family did remark they quite liked it, as the 40% recipe dished out a less intense, bitter taste than they had experienced with previous dark chocolates. From my perspective it wasn't so much the chocolate that I enjoyed, but more the peppermint flavoured centre which was by all accounts very nice. The mint fondant had a great presence throughout the taste, and immediately established a fresh tasting minty flavour burst as soon as it was encountered. I have found in the past that fondants can quickly become pretty overbearing in regards to their sugary sweetness, but this particular one managed to create more of a creamy taste as the melt developed. Personally I found this chocolate was best when eaten just a few blocks at a time, but on the contrary my chocolate mint loving sister was found reaching back in to the packet many a time for "just one last piece" :D

Overall I would struggle creating a case promoting the idea that someone outside of Australia/New Zealand should import this bar, but if I resided in the Southern Hemisphere it would certainly be a chocolate I would give a chance. For some reason or other, Cadbury just aren't the best at making dark chocolate. My views on the Bournville chocolate we have here in the UK are probably more extreme than the average consumer, but even I have to admit that the Cadbury Old Gold chocolate they make in Australia isn't half bad for a mass produced dark chocolate. Whilst the Old Gold chocolate was fair in regards to quality, the mint fondant centre was a step up in terms of class, and the creamy peppermint flavours certainly brought life to the overall experience. I have little doubt that chocolate mint lovers (like my sister *ahem*) would get a lot of enjoyment out of this Old Gold Dark Chocolate Peppermint offering, though I don't think I can go as far as saying it is anywhere near being a 'must try' product.

7.5 out of 10