Over a month ago, Cadbury sent me a box filled with hefty blocks of their three newest wacky-fun chocolates from the Marvellous Creations line. Within this package was a marketing blurb stating that the chocolates came from a place called Joyville which, let’s be honest, sounds pretty silly. If this chocolate really came from Joyville, then it would’ve come to me on the back of a jewel-encrusted pony.
However, in Joyville’s favour, the above ribbon was useful for tying around the bottle of wine I gave my grandpa for his birthday.
Marvellous Creations Jelly Popping Candy Beans
The first of the Marvellous Creations I tried, all of which use the same milky-creamy-sugary Dairy Milk base, had three types of lollies hidden within. These were jelly bits (like jelly snakes), popping candy, and beanies (like Smarties).
Here’s the thing. I can’t review this chocolate properly. Yes, the Dairy Milk was super-sweet-thick-creamy, and yes, the beanies added textural interest (albeit no unique flavour). Yes, the jelly bits tasted like red jelly snakes, which is great if you like jelly snakes.
However, this chocolate also includes popping candy. And, look, there’s no other way to say this: I don’t like it when food moves in my mouth of its own accord.
Ergo, I don’t like this chocolate.
Marvellous Creations Jelly Crunchie Bits
Cadbury’s Jelly Crunchie Bits chocolate was perhaps the simplest block, incorporating only jelly bits and Crunchie bits. The aroma was very sweet, and definitely had strong enveloping notes of honeycomb from the Crunchie pieces.
I like Crunchies; the crumbly-crunch and deep honeycomb flavour takes me back to primary school. So that element of this chocolate was nice enough. However, I can’t get behind the jelly bits. They had a slightly bitter taste (which, in all fairness, I’ve always noticed in red jelly lollies) and, to me, jelly bits simply don’t meld well with chocolate.
I shared this block with Fiona, and she later texted me the following:
“Hey blossom, give that chocolate negative marks for being so stupidly shaped – it was impossible to break into pieces without getting chocolate all over my work! But thank you, it was sugary… [but] there’s nothing like regular shaped chocolate.”
Marvellous Creations Peanut Toffee Cookie
After the above two reviews, you’re probably thinking that I’m not a fan of Cadbury’s Marvellous Creations. After the above two reviews, so was I. But then, you see, I tried the Peanut Toffee Cookie block, which was studded with roasted slightly-salty peanuts, toffee pieces, and light-crunchy cookie pieces.
I kind of opened the block while at work one day and I kind of finished the block by the next day at work and it was kind of easy to eat in enormous quantities.
There’s no doubt about it; this chocolate is sweet. However, unlike the other flavours, the inclusions balance the sweetness a little. The peanuts are firm and well-flavoured. The shortbread-esque cookies shatter as you bite into them, providing a buttery not-too-sweet foil to the caster-sugar notes of the Dairy Milk. And then, throughout, the butterscotch-y toffee pieces and flecks of salt add an extra note of jazziness.
This block could have fuelled many a primary school sleepover, had it existed back when I wasn’t a quarter of a century old (ack!). Ultimately, that’s my take on these Marvellous Creations chocolates, as supported by my father: this is chocolate most likely to be enjoyed by kids, or adults with a serious sweet tooth. You know who you are.