May 25th: 'Bits n Bobs' Cadbury Biscuits, Cakes, Cookies & Chocos 2011

Cadbury have been pumping out so many new products this year it's almost been hard for me to keep up to date with them all. In an attempt to get somewhat close to covering them all off on the site I have today lumped some of the latest ones in to a single 'Bits n Bobs' post. If you guys have any opinions on any of the products being featured today I would encourage you to add your thoughts via the comments functionality.

Cadbury BiscBits Orange Crunch
Kcal 120 Fat 5.4g Fat(sats) 2.9g Carbs 16.5g (per 7 biscuits)

After a none to impressive first look at the Cadbury BiscBits range I don't know what quite compelled me to give this Orange Crunch variety a try (See Caramel Crisp review HERE). It must have been the faint hope of these being far superior to them, and the ever apparent 'New' labelling placed on the packaging that convinced me, as I indeed part with my single pound coin for a 110.0g bag. Described as 'orange flavoured chocolate biscuits covered in milk chocolate', these looked more appealing than the previous Caramel Crisp biscuits did as they lacked the scuffed, worn natured look of that product previous. Unfortunately taste wise they proved to be just as poor and it wasn't long before I realised these were just another cheap, cheerful Cadbury product that had recieved little or no thought put in to it. In line with expectations the chocolate was sweet and sugary in taste, though the overriding flavour influence came from the orange flavouring which had the most generic of tastes imagineable. It was neither zesty, refreshing or real tasting - just a real run of the mill sweet tasting dull orange flavouring. I'm sure the sheer blandness wont go as far as offending anyone, but I personally wouldn't recommend these.

6.2 out of 10

Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocos
Kcal 250 Fat 14.1g Carbs 27.0g (per roll)

Unlike some of the products being featured today these were given some exposure time in the press before they released in order to create some hype (See HERE). As referred to in the article these aren't exactly a 'New' idea from Cadbury as similar products have been on sale in the likes of Finland and Australia for a fair while now. To my knowledge though, this is the first time they have appeared in the UK and I'm glad to say they are a welcome addition to the Cadbury portfolio. As unexciting as this sounds the roll pack simply contained 11 Dairy Milk chocolate pieces that were no bigger or smaller than Rolos. Being this size meant they were the perfect for just popping out the packet and placing on the tongue for a quick, sharp burst of creamy Dairy Milk lovelyness. The roll pack format is an incredibly convenient way of getting your chocolate fix whilst 'on-the-move' (wanky term I know :D ) and I'm happy to say that the Dairy Milk chocolate experience isn't altered in any manner from the switch from bar to 'choco'. These aren't the most exciting of new products but you will be more than happy with what you get here.

8.2 out of 10

Cadbury Chunky Cookies Milk, Dark & White
Kcal 115 Fat 6.3g Fat(sats) 3.4g Carbs 12.7g (per cookie)

Can Cadbury make cookies? Well of course they can ... well they could try anyway :D If you have peeked at the taste score you will probably have been surprised by another average rating sitting in the region of 7.0 out of 10. How could it be that these Cadbury cookies scored lower than average!? For me there were two fundamental problems I had with these. Firstly, like the aromas suggested, the actual taste wasn't Cadbury like at all. The butter, wheat and brown sugar noted biscuit bases were delightfully tasty with the added raft of sweet chocolate flavours, but to my experienced Cadbury taste buds the chocolate taste wasn't half as creamy as is typical with the brand. My second real issue was the billing of white, milk and dark chocolate all in one. This simply wasn't delivered on, and there was no evidence of any differentiation in impact the taste from the white chocolate or dark chocolate chunks. Overlook all this negativity and I will concede that a single cookie made a nice afternoon snack paired with a coffee but unfortunately the negative aspects did outweight the good ones.

7.3 out of 10

Cadbury Chocolate Mallows
Kcal 55 Fat 2.2g Fat(sats) 1.2g Carbs 8.1g (per mallow)

'20 mallow teacakes covered with milk chocolate' - is there anything these guys wont try now? Burton's Foods have certainly expanded the breadth of Cadbury's portfolio over the last few years and this has included putting the Cadbury name to these mallow teacake biscuits. When I was lad, Tunnocks Teacakes (See HERE) were the only ones that I ever ate - I never thought any of the supermarket or even Marks & Spencer offerings could compare. The weakness of the Tunnocks ones however I always believed to be the chocolate, so there was at least a part of me open to seeing how good these Cadbury ones were. What I realised upon eating these were that whilst the chocolate standard was a step up from Tunnocks, the inner marshmallow and biscuit bases were far, far poorer. The mallow had a dense, foamy feel in the mouth and lacked any sort of definitive flavours as did the chalky biscuit base below. Whilst the chocolate was superior it could not make up for the poorness of the other two constituents, as it was so thinly portioned it mostly got lost within the bland mallow anyway. Unless you are looking for cheap fodder for sharing occasions like kids parties I suggest you keep clear of these. Cadbury might want to start consider some of the products they are putting their name to.

5.8 out of 10