September 28th: 'Bits n Bobs' - Cadbury Selection

Having being sent/bought several obscure Cadbury chocolates over the last few months, I thought it best to do a 'Bits n Bobs' Cadbury post to showcase a few of them all in one go. On show today we have the Cadbury Dark Burnt Almond and Cadbury Cerises bars from Canada, the Cadbury Chomp from South Africa, and lastly the Cadbury Jaffas from New Zealand.

Cadbury Dark Burnt Almond

Kcal 240 Fat 14.0g Fat(sats) 7.0g Carbs 24.0g
'Dark chocolate with roasted almond nuts'.

This bar came in a 42.0g size that I consumed over the course of a single sitting. The outer packaging looked none to dissimilar to the style we used to get here in the UK, and I liked the brightness of the foil wrapper which I think gave the bar decent stand out.

With expectations set by the really dark, almost black colouring of the chocolate it was nice that the aromas had similar impact, and the mixture of cocoa and nut hints certainly made for a promising prospect. Cutting to the chase, the chocolate wasn't perhaps as strongly flavoured as I would have liked, though I guess I expected this due to this being very much a common consistency across most mass produced dark chocolates. The chocolate solus would perhaps of been a little bland and boring but luckily the almonds added an extra dimension to both taste and texture, bringing elements of savoury nuttiness and hints of butter with their crisp, crunchy feel in the mouth. I wouldn't have this bar down as a 'must try', but if you are a dark chocolate amateur looking to ease yourself in to 'the dark side' this is a nice option for you.

7.6 out of 10

Cadbury Cerises
Kcal 200 Fat 8.0g Fat(sats) 4.5g Carbs 32.0g
'Milk chocolate with a Maraschino filling'

This Cerises bar came in a 45.0g format that contained four splendid looking large thimble shaped chocolates. Despite failing to register any aromas of great interest, when cross-sectioned the pieces looked very unique, with the glace cherries glistening nicely within the Maraschino liqueur - my intrigue was certainly raised.

The chocolate held no surprises with it's sweet, milk led taste - standard Cadbury fair really. Due to the thickness of the outer shell the chocolate was allowed to express itself to a decent level, but this all changed as soon as the inner constituents were breached. Despite it's liqueur billing, the Maraschino taste lacked an alcoholic edge, though personally I can't say I missed it and I still got some pleasure from the syrupy red fruit flavours. I'm no fan of glace cherries, but the variation brought by the unique chewy textures were a decent enhancement to the overall experience, making their presence worthwhile for this reason alone. This wasn't a product that was much suited to my own tastes, but I would recommend it to people who like their cherry flavoured chocolates.

7.4 out of 10

Cadbury Chomp (RSA)

Kcal ??? Fat ??? Fat(sats) ??? Carbs ???
'Wafer biscuit and caramel covered in a chocolate flavoured coating'.

As you can see above this wasn't product notable for it's presentation, however it had a friendly charm about it, and the random addition of the hippo figures were more to my liking than the bastard Freddo or Magical Elve characters that cover our kiddie offerings here in the UK.

Fast forwarding to the all important taste test, this South African Chomp suffered from many of the UK Chomp's problems - the most obvious one of course being it's small, unfulfilling size. What was more surprising however, was the sub-standard milk chocolate this bar had to offer. Unlike the majority of Cadbury products, the chocolate had a lazy, waxy melt and it disappointingly created a very mild and sugary based taste. Luckily this bar was somewhat passable due to the relative tastiness of the caramel and wafer layers which combined created a satisfactory amount of toffee and malt flavours. Unfortunately it can't be ignored that the outer 'chocolate' coating was horrendously poor, which is something I wouldn't ever expect to say about a Cadbury product. This was by no means the worst product I have ever tasted, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it.

6.2 out of 10

Cadbury Jaffas

Kcal 123 Fat 5.0g Fat(sats) 3.0g Carbs 18.8g
'Orange coated, chocolate filled balls'.

These Jaffas came in a 50.0g box that contained around 25 pieces, which were about the size of Cadbury Tasters. To my immediate surprise (and concern) I saw that the pieces were red coloured, despite being billed as orange flavoured!? I should have probably taken this as a sign of what was to soon follow!

Time to describe the taste ... well this wont take long :D These tasted of nothing more and nothing less than pure sugar. The outer shells completely dominated the experience and offered a set of cheap, artificial chemically flavours. The taste was simply one dimensional, boring and utterly joyless - the chocolate needn't be mentioned as it just had no say in matters whatsoever. After 3 pieces I knew the rest were destined for the bin. I didn't even bother offering them to any of my co-workers, I'm not that cruel :D I would honestly avoid these like the plague - just check out the score.

3.6 out of 10

If any of you have any views on the products featured today please be sure to drop me a comment with your thoughts.