Cadbury Dairy Milk Double Choc

16 07 2007

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Photos courtesy of Chocablog (the flash on my camera messed up all my photos)

I just want to begin this post by apologising for not posting yesterday. I just…forgot, sorry, strange how it slipped my mind but there you go. From now on I’ll probably be running this on a 6 day week anyway as on Sundays I will be writing a piece for my friends over at the Chocablog. Yes it seems Dom has recognised my awesome writing talents and has recruited me. So look forward to seeing my posts there as well, though of course the main bulk of my time is going towards this site. But now, back to this!

Double chocolate is an odd flavour when it comes to dessert. The basic idea of it is milk chocolate on top of milk chocolate, and so whilst it can work well in some situations, what are the chances of Cadbury getting it right for their Dairy Milk?

Well first off, what do we have? Like all Dairy Milk varieties, this is a standard Dairy Milk bar that has the filling inside it. So we have an ordinary Dairy Milk, that has some sort of slightly richer milk chocolate inside. The chocolate inside is darker in colour, though according to the back of the pack it’s a ‘chocolate flavoured centre’, so that’s hardly whetting my appetite.

To be frank, I’m not impressed with this bar. It doesn’t taste that differently to the Dairy Milk with Caramel, it has the same consistency and there’s no real problem with the bar, it’s just a little tasteless, very ordinary milk chocolate with…milk chocolate inside.

The chocolate inside is quite tasteless, and personally I feel there are better things that Cadbury could put into their Dairy Milk bars, like peanut butter, or a milk chocolate truffle or something, this is just lazy.

The bar has 220 calories, 2.6g Protein, 28.2g Carbohydrates (23.9g of which sugars) and 10.9g Fat (6.5g of which saturates). I don’t really recommend this though, not only are there much better chocolate bars, there are much better Dairy Milk chocolate bars.


Cadbury Heavenly Praline Dairy Milk Melts

11 07 2007

Dairy Milk Melts

The last in the Dairy Milk Melts series. This particular edition is milk chocolate, with a milk chocolate truffle that also contains small caramelised hazelnut pieces in there as well.

It’s hardly a surprise that this particular edition came out. Hazelnut-chocolate hybrids are very popular here in England and in Europe as a whole, and Cadbury are playing to their strengths, considering that they already have a hazelnut Dairy Milk bar on the market.

These are pretty good, quite similar in taste to the ordinary milk chocolate ones I had yesterday, just with little nuts in these, for a nice added flavour. I don’t think I’d buy these again because there are nicer hazelnut chocolates on the market (Kinder Buenos) that are cheaper as well, but it’s nice enough I guess.

Strangely enough these have 5 less calories per bar than the other two varieties, so instead of 75 calories per bar (8 bars per box, remember), these have 70, which is pretty awesome.

Cadbury Velvety Milk Dairy Milk Melts

10 07 2007

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I’ve previously reviewed the Dark Chocolate variety of the Dairy Milk Melts, so won’t go into great detail here about box design or whatever.

Basically, the box is the same, except this time it’s all about Milk Chocolate, rather than Dark Chocolate. The Dark Chocolate variety was Milk Chocolate with a Dark Chocolate Truffle, this is Milk Chocolate with a Milk Chocolate truffle. Did I use the word ‘chocolate’ enough there?

These are similar to the Lindt truffles in this aspect, though they’re not quite as good as they are. The truffle centre is very nice, quite velvety as they describe it, but it’s not too dissimilar in taste to the milk chocolate that coats it. And the chocolate isn’t much better than ordinary Dairy Milk chocolate, so while it’s nice, it’s not as great as it could be.

In terms of nutrional information, this is the same as the previous Dairy Milk Melt variety.

Cadbury Dairy Milk with Turkish Delight

8 07 2007

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I really like Turkish Delight for some reason. I don’t quite know why I do, but there’s something about it that’s just damn tasty. So I was quite looking forward to this bar. I had to get the rather large 250g block because I couldn’t find any regular sized bars, assuming they even do them at all.

What you get here is the regular Dairy Milk Chocolate, like with all their bars, and filled with Turkish Delight. The bar here is a thick slab of chocolate, sectioned with many individual squares. The squares are quite thick, and that’s where the Turkish Delight is contained.

The pack makes me in fact feel a little ill, it shows a picture of one of the chocolate squares, and there’s a hole in it where the Turkish Delight is oozing out, and they show it to be oozing out all over the bottom half of the pack, to fit in with their colour scheme. Turkish Delight is meant to be a jelly-like substance, not runny and watery like that, it doesn’t look too nice at all.

Fortunately the bar contains normal Turkish Delight though, it tastes similar to the stuff you’d find in a Fry’s Turkish Delight bar, who I’m sure are a subsidiary of Cadbury, only there’s much less Turkish Delight, and the chocolate tastes better. The two mix well together, neither overpowers the other and it’s really quite satisfying.

The problem is the nutritional information. There are 155 calories, 1.9g of Protein, 21g of Carbohydrates (20.8g of which sugars) and 7.1g of Fat (4.4g of which saturates) per 4 squares here (they call them chunks, same thing). And there are 32 squares (note: I may actually be wrong with this, I have forgotten how many there were) in the 250g bar, so be careful with this, as it can be very easy to overeat. Still, it’s a nice bar, not too sickly if eaten in the right amounts, I just wish they would do a normal sized bar.

Edit: It turns out they do do a normal single serving bar, but none of the shops near me sold it.

Cadbury Deliciously Dark Dairy Milk Melts

17 06 2007

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Cadbury’s newest chocolate, this is the dark chocolate Dairy Milk Melt, what you get here is a cardboard box with eight individually wrapped dark chocolate bars. Seems almost like the Japanese overpackaging, which is wonderful!

The box opens at the side, and indeed what you see are eight thin Dairy Milk sticks, each individually foil wrapped. Each bar has two segments, each with ‘Cadbury’ etched into them.

Looking closer at the box, it turns out that the chocolate is milk chocolate, and each bar has a dark chocolate truffle centre. Like with their Chocolate Cream I reviewed yesterday, they don’t mention how much cocoa solids are in each bar, so I’m going by taste. And my tastebuds are telling me that this chocolate isn’t very dark at all, hardly a surprise.

Fortunately I’m willing to forgive Cadbury, because these things are very nice. Quite filling, but because they’re individually wrapped it’s very easy to just close the box and forget about them, with no worries about the bars going stale or anything.

Essentially, this seems to be in my opinion, Cadbury’s attempt at a slightly posher chocolate, in direct competition with Nestle’s Heaven bars, and perhaps with the Galaxy bars, which are naturally a good quality chocolate. I haven’t tasted any of the Heaven bars, so I’m not sure how they match up, but this is pretty good, the packaging is awesome and I really like the idea of individually wrapped chocolates, as it helps keep good control of your cravings.

Cadbury’s have a very indepth GDA (Guideline Daily Amount) box here, which I wish they’d make the standard on all their bars, which shows that each bar has 70 calories, 0.7g of Protein, 6g of Carbs (5.5g of which sugars) and 5g of Fat (3g of which saturates). They also mention how much of your GDA each figure is, for example the 3g of Saturates make up 14.9% of your daily amount of Saturated Fat. It’s an awesome idea to put things like that on the box, because again it really makes you think about what you’re eating, and helps control it.

So overall, I’m really impressed with these. Awesome box, awesome nutritional info, the bars themselves are of a good, high quality, soft dairy milk chocolate with a very tasty truffle filling, which isn’t that dark at all, but is still very good and creamy. I highly recommend these.

Fry’s Chocolate Cream

14 06 2007

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Fry’s, perhaps more famous for making the Turkish Delight bars, are a subsidary of Cadbury. Evidentally the Fry’s brand means something if Cadbury have decided to keep it on some of the bars.

One such bar is the Chocolate Creme bar, billed as ‘Dark chocolate with fondant centre’. Sound familiar? It sounds to me like a dark chocolate version of the Cadbury’s Creme Egg bar I reviewed a few days ago, but will it be as good?

One of the biggest disappointments with this is that they don’t tell you how dark the chocolate is, this in fact the first dark chocolate bar I’ve ever seen that hasn’t listed it, and from the taste of things it’s not very dark at all.

What it is though, is sweet. Sickeningly sweet. Sweeter than a Creme Egg. The fondant centre hurt my teeth it was so sweet, and it wasn’t as nice as a Creme Egg either. I know I’m being unfair comparing it to a Creme Egg, but they’re made by the same company (sort of) and have similar taglines, hence the comparison. It isn’t a plain fondant, it instead has a slight flavour to it that I can’t quite put my finger on.

The main downside is that it’s just too darn sweet, it makes the whole thing a little sickly, also on the backside of the bar were a ton of scuff marks, as if the chocolate had been poorly made, granted I only had the one and I may have been unlucky, but it just looked like no real care had gone into the presentation of the bar. Also, though there seem to be segments to the bar, they’re not indented at all, so good luck actually trying to break the segments, because it took a fair bit of effort from me.

Anyway, there’s no real competition for this anyway, in terms of there being no other dark chocolate bar with a Creme Egg-esque fondant centre, so if you really want to try one then go for it. It has 210 calories, 1.4g of Protein, a monstrous 35g of Carbs and 7g of Fat. Eat these in moderation, because no doubt the 35g will be mainly sugar.

Dairy Milk with Creme Egg

11 06 2007

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I remember seeing these reviewed on Chocablog and really wanting one, but I could never find them anywhere. All of a sudden we got them in my local shop, and I snapped one up as soon as I could.

This is an ordinary Dairy Milk bar, with Creme Egg in the middle, it’s not one long bar, but is divided into six segments. Each segment has its own individual creme filling. So essentially you’re eating six small creme eggs, considering that that is just how this bar tastes.

I remember seeing in Chocablog’s pictures that the Creme there was a strange dark orange, Cadbury have since fixed this, and it’s now white and orange like a normal Creme Egg. Other than that though, it’s hard to comment on this though, because it’s just as I said; a Creme Egg in Dairy Milk form.

It’s not as sickly as a Creme Egg, probably because it only has 210 calories. It does have a rather large 29.2g of Carbs in though, with 2.3g of Protein and 9.4g of Fat as well.

Other than that, not much to say. If you can see this then get it, I’m hoping it’s not limited to Easter like the Creme Egg, and if not then that’s your way of getting Creme Eggs all year round.