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Cadburys Bournville Old Jamaica.
I remember when I was little this was my dads favourite choclate, I always used to buy it for him at christmas and birthdays. I remember having some of it and feeling very grown up to be eating chocolate with rum flavouring in it. It dissapeared from the shelves for quite some time so I was surprised to see it when I popped into Tesco at the weekend.
The wrapper is different now, it used to be in an orange wrapper and I'm sure it was wrapped in gold foil too but that may be my memory playing tricks. However now it comes in just the one wrapper which is a dark purply blue colour. It has a red block on the front with Cadburys bournville in gold letters and Old Jamaica in the purply blue colour written in it. There is also a strange black splodge on the front too. Im not sure why they have put that on there! On the back there is a picture of an old ship and the GDA's which are given for 4 chunks of chocolate, they are:-
The ingredients are also on there but they are very hard to read as they are in black letters against the dark coloured wrapper. Not very good if you need to check these for allergies!
Old Jamaica is described as "raisins and rum flavoured dark chocolate" I got a 180g bar for £1.79.
The chocolate smells georgeous, really strong and unmistakably Bournville. It has the lovely dark colour you expect from Bournville Chocolate.There are plenty of raisins in there and there is a definate hint of the rum flavour but I would like it to have been a bit more obvious. Old Jamacia is a very rich chocolate, I find I can't eat as much as I would if it were Dairy Milk, but that is a good thing. All in all Old Jamaica is pretty much as I remember it to be, just the wrapper has changed which is a shame. But the chocolate is still very good, rich and full of flavour.
I would definatly recommend trying this chocolate, it really is delicious.
Full rich flavour
Well, as with all chocolate the calorie content and the ingredients being so difficult to read.
I fancied some chocolate yesterday, but wanted something a little bit different from my usual Dairy Milk. After some time browsing the shelves, I saw this Bourneville Old Jamaica Rum and Raisin chocolate, and decided that this would be just the thing. I paid £1.89 in my local shop for a 125g bar, which seems about the average price.
This is dark chocolate (with a minimum 39% cocoa solids) and you can see this in it's appearance, a dark glossy brown, divided up into bitesize chunks, each chunk having the Cadbury logo moulded into it. You also get a very immediate whiff of the rum before even putting your nose near the chocolate - in fact, you can smell it as soon as you open the packet.
Snapping a chunk off the bar is easy enough, and into my mouth it goes. Right from the start its strongly flavoured, with the rum coming out first and foremost. As it melts, the chocolate takes on a rich velvety texture and becomes more noticable in the taste, the sweet creamy chocolate diliuting the initial strong shock of rum. The raisins are plentiful - I've not had a single chunk without them- and are sweet and juicy, perfectly balancing out the bitterness of the chocolate.
I did find the overall effect a little rich , and I think I would struggle to eat more than a few squares of this chocolate at a time. Thats no problem though, as it means can eat the bar over the course of a few days rather than all at once. I don't think this would appeal to anyone not keen on strong flavours though, and I certainly think this is one to savour in small amounts. 100G of this chocolate contains 115 calories, 5.9g of fat, and 14.7g of sugar . Not brilliant figures, but fine so long as you only consume this in sensible amounts.
Overall, I'm giving this 4 stars out of 5. I think the flavour is amazing, rich and powerful, but I do think this is something I would only eat occasionally. The reason I'm deducting one star is that I've not found this in any smaller sized bars, which is a shame as they would be much better sized for the amount I'd eat .
Still, 4/5 stars and a hearty recommendation .
I purchased this new Cadburys Bournville old Jamaica rum and raisin flavoured dark chocolate bar from my local Asda priced at only £1. This was a special offer price as the bar is a new addition to the Cadbury's family. I believe the bars RRP is around £1.89.
As you can guess from the name of the bar it contains Bournville chocolate which is a very rich dark chocolate that has a lovely rich taste to it. With the added flavour of rum with the combination of raisins really sets this chocolate bar off.
I found with the combination that the rum really over powered the rich taste of the chocolate. But the raisins complimented the rum lovely.
I do like the bar, but would much rather have the original bournville chocolate.
This sweet treat contains 115 calories per 25grams.
It is a very sweet treat and I wouldn't recommend eating the whole bar in one go. But as the taste is very strong of rum I wouldn't of thought that you would be able to. 3 or 4 cunks of the chocolate is really enougth to satisfy you.
Overall this is a great sweet treat but if you're not keen on strong flavours i wouldn't recommend it. Otherwise why not give it a go. It really is like marmite you'll either love it or hate it.
Yesterday I was given a large bar of chocolate as a present from one of my elderly clients while shopping. Wrapped in a Blue and red wrapper, I noticed the familiar word "Bourneville," written in Gold lettering and "Jamaica" in blue.
Intriguing colours I thought to go with my best chocolate and knowing "Jamaica" meant Rum to me; I knew I was going to enjoy it.
Of course one of the main concerns is the name Cadbury. Its future and name has been very high profile in the news these days with the attempting take-over from Kraft and other companies who want to destroy yet more of our home-based industries. You only have to ask the former workers from Terry's chocolates that one.
Getting back to the Bourneville Jamaica, which I couldn't resist opening once I had dropped my old client off with the rest of her shopping.
I put the piece of dark chocolate in my mouth and was soon taken by the rich flavour of the plain Chocolate with the tint of rum which warmly ran down my throat leaving a chewy raisin to finish the taste. The only problem is that I wanted another, then another and so on until I had to stop myself from being too naughty.
I would say that there is a good balance of flavours with the rum adding to the richness without impregnating it too much, but that is my own taste. The Chocolate (Cocoa) isn't too hard and yet gives you time to savour before digesting and you can say the raisin is like the cherry or icing on the cake as old saying go.
There is a small statement on the package about the history of the Rum and Raisins and Cocoa beans being shipped from Ghana in 1908 thus giving the great recipe from Bourneville. Unfortunately this isn't very clear with the blue background, and the small black print with the ingredients, energy measurements and nut and wheat warning the presentation suffers slightly, I had to use my glasses like with any legal small print.
I saw this in the Co-Op recently on a 2 for 1 deal, and decided it looked worth a try. I bought both this and the orange bournville variety, and ended up preferring this one.
I did not expect much from it to begin with; Cadbury's products are rarely particularly inspiring. I expected it to be too sweet and sickly, but it turns out that they are far better at making dark chocolate than milk chocolate, and this is deliciously bitter.
The rum flavour (this is a rum and raisin flavoured chocolate bar containing whole raisins; I thought I should mention this since the product name does not make it clear) is very powerful, which for me is a very good thing. It is slightly chemically, which I suppose is to be expected since a manufacturer like Cadbury would be highly unlikely to use real rum in their products. Rum and raisin is a tried and tested combination that works beautifully; normally I am not a fan of raisins in chocolate but they complement the powerful rum-like flavour beautifully.
I strongly recommend this; the rum taste may be too strong for some and slightly artificial, but the overall flavour is delicious, and uncharacteristically good for a Cadbury product.
I was so excited when I heard that Cadbury were bringing back Bournville Old Jamaica rum and raisin flavoured dark chocolate. I had fond memories of it as a child as it was always the chocolate that I would have at Nan's house. It had seemed so exotic in it's gold foil and sunset coloured wrapping depicting an old ship, and the taste of rum, to a child, was a little bit of naughtiness!
Now a fully grown adult I was just as keen to sample that taste again. so I purchased the new 180g bar from Sainsburys which cost me £1.65. The packaging has changed completely and is now an insipid purpley lavender colour but incidentally does feature a nod to the old days with the hint of a sailing map and a small ship on the back. On opening, the first thing to hit you is the smell, an almost overpowering aroma of rum flavouring, not rum because there is no actual rum in it. The bar breaks easily but because if the huge amount of raisins in it, it doesn't often break into the divided squares but instead strange misshapen pieces. And to the all important taste, well, as the smell would suggest the taste of 'rum' is very strong almost to the point of giving off fumes! But unfortunately it's such an artificial taste that you can taste little else, certainly not the dark chocolate, which incidentally is only 39% cocoa solids anyway. And it's sweet, very sweet - far too sweet in fact. I don't know if Cadbury have changed the recipe but I certainly don't remember it tasting like this when I was a child, although I guess my palate may have changed as I've gotten older.
The nutritional information on the pack states that each 25g serving contains 115 calories, 14.7g sugars, 5.9g fat, 3.6g saturates and 0.01g salt. So it's certainly a treat to be had in small doses, but to be honest small doses is about all I can manage. I have since seen this chocolate for just £1 in Poundland, so would recommend that you try not to pay more than that for it. A disappointing trip down memory lane.