October 18th: 'Bits n Bobs' Halloween Cake Bar Special

Today you get an extra special 'Bits n Bobs', New Product Monday, Halloween Cake Bar Selection post ... you lucky things :D

Somehow or other, Halloween seems to be creeping up on us all already, but hey we have probably all known that for a while now given that our supermarkets have been stocking Halloween products for the last two months :D Over the course of this time I have been trying out various Halloween Cake Bars that have been created by both Cadbury and McVitie's. As you will see from the wrappers I think the presentation points have to go to Cadbury for making slightly more of an effort than McVitie's this year. The Jaffa Cake bars were a little subdued with their Halloween efforts don't you think? Below are my thoughts on the Halloween offerings this year.

Cadbury Cake Bars Scary Orange

Kcal 120 Fat 4.7g Fat(sats) 2.7g Carbs 18.4g (per cake bar)
'Golden sponge with a red coloured orange flavour topping, covered with milk chocolate'

Someone at Cadbury must have put in an excessive order on the red food colouring for Halloween, you will see what I mean in the coming days - literally everything they are making this year contains the stuff!

This needn't be a long review as I pretty much said all I had to say about this particular product in my review of the Cadbury Jaffa Cake Bars back in January (See HERE). What with the market and 99%.0 of consumers already satisfied when it comes to Jaffa Cakes thanks to McVitie's, I personally think Cadbury needn't aswell bother. To be frank, the addition of the red food colouring did little change to my mind whatsoever from what I wrote in January. Compared to the unsweetened chocolate coating you get on the McVitie's Jaffa Cake Bars, the sweeter tasting milk chocolate simply didn't work as well. The orange flavoured filling was decent enough, but even that lacked the zingy, citrus flavour impact you get from the aforementioned competitor. Unless you really hate 'dark' chocolate I see little reason to buy these.

7.0 out of 10

McVitie's Jaffa Cakes Lemon & Slime Cake Bars

Kcal 95 Fat 3.5g Fat(sats) 1.8g Carbs 15.0g (per cake bar)
'Dark crackly chocolate and light sponge with a lemon and lime centre'

This time last year I remember posting a news link on '7Days of Chocolate Reviews' announcing the launch of these McVitie's Jaffa Cake Lemon & Slime bars. Unfortunately I never actually came across them in the shops, thus I never got the chance to give them a try. This year I'm glad to say I managed to track them down in Sainsbury's amongst all the other Halloween cakes.

Despite my failure in 2009 to try these, you may remember my review of the McVitie's Jaffa Cakes Lemon Cake Bars which I posted just a few months back in June (See HERE). In that review I made the controversial call that I liked the lemon filling better than the original Jaffa orange - believe me I copped it a bit from readers for having that opinion haha!. The lemon and lime flavoured filling here was very similar in terms of taste, though there was just an extra sharpness coming through from the lime which made them ever so slightly more acidic compared to the solus lemon bars. As I did with the previous I thought this fruity filling was very well balanced with the chocolate and the light sponge, it's such a shame that McVitie's don't make these lemon varieties a permanent part of their line up. Please note these are 'limited edition' again so be sure to grab some if you fancy trying them - if you like Jaffa Cakes I advise you do!

7.6 out of 10

Cadbury Trick or Treat Mini Rolls Blackcurrant & Vanilla

Kcal 125 Fat 5.5g Fat(sats) 2.8g Carbs 17.7g
'Golden sponge with blackcurrant jam and a vanilla flavour filling, covered with milk chocolate'.

If we were dishing out scored based on longest names ever then these Cadbury Trick or Treat Mini Rolls Blackcurrant & Vanilla would certainly give a lot of products a run for their money. I have to hold my hands up here, I really don't like jam of any sort and would never crucify a fine bit of toast by having that instead of my beloved marmite. When it comes to cakes I always find jam can make them taste to sweet for my own liking - this is probably why I have never bothered reviewing the original strawberry jam variant of Cadbury Mini Rolls.

Why did I review these then? Well truth be told I needed a third product to make up the numbers for this post - but boy am I glad I did buy them. Without doubt these are the nicest Cadbury Mini Rolls I think I have ever tried - in my opinion even better than the originals. I needn't remark about the chocolate or the sponge, you will all know the sweet milky cocoa treat they serve up. It was the combination of the genuine and real red berries flavours of the blackcurrant filling (which reminded me a lot of Ribena!) and the creamy vanilla centre that really made these special. Neither were too sweet or overly dominant in the taste, they were just nicely balanced and very surprisingly fresh tasting for a mass produced product. I liked these so much I've bought another pack already - easily the best out of the cake bar selection for this years Halloween.

8.2 out of 10