April 22nd: Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations (UK 2013)

You would have thought that post Easter everything in the confectionery market would be a little quieter but as we've come to realise here at ChocolateMission it is traditionally this period just after when all the big companies release new products. Not failing to buck this trend, Kraft/Mondelez/Cadbury UK (whatever you want to call them) have seen fit to nick some ideas from their colleagues 'Daaaaaaaaaan UNDA' - with their Marvellous Creations range!

This is a range we've tried previously - see our review of the Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations Jelly & Crunchie Bits HERE. Today we got the chance to try the UK interpretation of  Marvellous Creations, these new Jelly Popping Candy Shells and Cookie Nut Crunch variations. Aside from the obvious flavour differentials, these bars looked no different in packaging or presentation to the Australian bars. They frankly looked fun, a little different and a nice breath of fresh air from the more refined standard Cadbury Dairy Milk range we are used to.

FYI these bars are going to be available very soon in both 200.0g (£2.49) and 47.0g (£0.59) sizes. Here is what we made of them ....

Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations Jelly Popping Candy Shells
Kcal 505 Fat 26.5g Fat(sats) 16.5g Carbs 60.0g (per 100.0g)

This flavour incorporated jelly pieces, sugar-coated candy pieces and popping candy into the usual Dairy Milk fair. We wont bore you with a taste description of the Dairy Milk chocolate, neither will we let Jim harp on about it his utter hatred of popping candy :-) To be fair to him though the added three ingredients were a little overkill, and it was the popping candy that was the least enhancive out of them all. Flavour and texture wise both the fruity jelly pieces and crunchy candy brought a nice bit of differentiation to the Dairy Milk experience. The popping candy however was ultimately less welcome, somewhat spoiling the pleasurable smooth melt of the chocolate and not adding anything to the taste. This wasn't a bad chocolate but it was our least favoured of the two UK bars and it would frankly just been better if they had stuck to the Australian recipe for this one.

7.4 out of 10

Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations Cookie Nut Crunch
Kcal 525 Fat 29.0g Fat(sats) 17.0g Carbs 58.0g (per 100.0g)

Well we sort of gave the game away above telling you which we preferred huh!? Oh well ... yeah we liked this one more :-) This Cookie Nut Crunch comprises biscuit chunks, crunchy nut caramel and roasted nuts into the Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate and was impressive for both it's textural and taste qualities. The added three ingredients again made for a busy combination of mad flavours, but unlike the above all three elements combined together nicely making a better overall experience. The crunchy, chunky nature of all three meant that not every bite included biscuit, nut or caramel but that was felt to be a good thing as it meant you never knew what you were going to get. The taste panel particularly liked the nuts and caramel additions, though it was felt that the biscuit pieces could of been a little more flavoursome as they were often lost in the viscous, creamy taste of the milk chocolate on offer. This bar wasn't anything totally amazing but it was one we would buy again out of the two.

8.4 out of 10

Marvellous Creations?? Perhaps a little bit overstated but certainly worth a try if Cadbury chocolate is your thing. Let us know what you make of them on Twitter @Chocmission