With any luck, today’s double chocolate review should see us free of Cadbury chocolate for the foreseeable future*. I’d like to say it’s been swell, but we all know that would be a lie. In truth, it’s just been sugary.
* Unless, of course, new flavours come out and are immediately put on sale at my local supermarket. Oh, the lure of cheap novelties…
Cadbury Dairy Milk Salty Caramelised Peanut
Once again, I saw the French word “arachides” on the packaging here and immediately thought “Spiders! Arachnids! Get them away from me!” This led me to think about the spider chapter in Rowan of Rin, which even now gives me the heebie-jeebies, and then I started reciting the relevant prophecy in my head (“Let arms be still and voices low / A million eyes watch as you go / The silken door, your pathway ends / There fire and light will be your friends…”)
Then I paused to consider the fact that my mind can recall verses from a children’s book I read fifteen years ago, yet still can’t remember my postal code here in Toronto.
The ingredients in this Cadbury Dairy Milk Salty Caramelised Peanut bar aren’t horrific. The chocolate is made from sugar, milk, cocoa butter, unsweetened chocolate, and flavouring, while the caramelised peanuts are simply peanuts, brown sugar, sea salt, and flavouring. Hurrah for a bar without murky vegetable oils!
The bar’s aroma was akin to a Reese’s peanut butter cup, with additional vanilla and honey notes. The chocolate had the standard caramel- and dairy-strong Cadbury milk chocolate taste, but the peanuts did add crispy-crackly interest to the mix.
The peanut flavour was pretty light and, despite the bar’s name, there wasn’t much salt to speak of. However, at certain points the overall flavour reminded me of sneaking multiple samples of Darrell Lea peanut brittle at the shopping centre with my brother while our parents weren’t looking (again, fifteen years ago now) on a weekend morning, and such nostalgic memories are never a bad thing.
(I miss my brother.)
Cadbury Dairy Milk Toasted Coconut and Cashews
Gold stars for all of you. Let’s see if I can do better this time ‘round.
The aroma of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk Toasted Coconut and Cashews was reminiscent of Golden Roughs, which I occasionally ate as a kid. However, more often than not, I’d spend my pocket money on Fun Dips, sour gummy worms, Redskins, and those tangy chewy Toffee Apple bars rather than Golden Roughs. In other words, the smell of this chocolate made me want a Fun Dip.
Childhood memory: check.
This chocolate was studded with a goodly number of toasted golden coconut shards and honey-roasted cashews. Each bite was a mix of caramelly-sweet Cadbury chocolate and the buttery-sugary-crackly-little-bit-like-praline-and-dulce-de-leche nuts and coconut. In small doses, the chocolate was quite enjoyable, but after eating
half the bar in one sitting, the sugar had near burned my throat to doom with its cloying intensity.
Chocolate review: check.
I think I need my Lindt 90% palate cleanser now.