“ Brand: Cadbury / Type: Orange „
After reading a review on here I decided I just had to try the new Cadbury's Bournville Orange; I love Bournville chocolate and also adore any type of orange chocolate so naturally I couldn't wait to find a bar to sample. I found it in Sainsbury's eventually a few days ago and bought a large 180g bar to share with a friend who was visiting, if I remember correctly it cost £1.59 although I was so excited at having found it in the first place that I took very little notice of the price!
The chocolate bar smells wonderful as I opened the wrapper; the orange aroma mixes beautifully with the dark Bournville chocolate and made my mouth water in expectation of the glorious flavours to come.
Breaking off a segment I saw there were plenty of fruity pieces inside, I popped it in my mouth and waited for the tastes to come through. Wow! Absolutely delightful!
The chocolate is only 39% cocoa solids so this isn't going to be a rich and decadent bar of dark chocolate as you'd expect from, say, Green & Blacks or Lindt but it's extremely tasty indeed. The chocolate melts beautifully filling my taste buds with the traditional flavour of Bournville, this chocolate is extremely sweet and rich although does begin to taste a little greasy after a while. Perhaps I should have bought a smaller bar?
The orange flavouring is quite strong throughout the chocolate bar and as I encounter each piece of fruit the taste is intensified to provide me with a delicious burst of orange. There are lots of pieces of fruit inside each segment, and I don't call them pieces of orange because frankly they're not orange bits - for some reason Cadbury's have used pieces of sugared apple flavoured with orange which seems strange, although I'm sure they have their reasons for this.
The texture of the Bournville Orange is excellent; the smoothness of the chocolate paired with the slightly gritty consistency of the apple pieces makes it a very interesting bar to eat. If you pop a segment in your mouth and allow the chocolate to melt you'll be left with several small but flavoursome pieces of fruit which are lovely when chomped together and put me in mind of candied peel in a way.
There is a problem though and that is that this is an extremely sickly bar of chocolate. It's much, much sweeter than other bars of this type and the greasiness I mentioned earlier does have some effect on my constitution. I found I couldn't eat this chocolate as quickly (or as much of it) as I usually would and had to put the bar away before I'd eaten even the equivalent of a small bar of Bournville. It's not that it made me feel stuffed and sickly, I mean it actually made me feel like I could be sick if I ate any more - and that is very, very unusual when it comes to me and chocolate!
It's extremely tasty though, the orange tastes more natural than other orange chocolates and in this instance that is a good thing as it has been sweetened to perfection and tastes like 'proper' orange as opposed to the synthetic flavours found in other bars.
25g of this lovely chocolate contains 120 calories and just over 6g of fat, which is high enough but it's chocolate after all so this is to be expected! There is one other thing I should mention about Bournville Orange and that is that if you eat too much then you will find yourself on the loo the following day; even plain Bournville has a laxative effect if you overdo it, but this one will quite literally 'go through you' much quicker - presumably due to the oranges. Not pleasant though so do be aware of how much of this you're eating!
As a chocoholic I'll try just about any confectionary on the market. I have tried many chocolates that contain pieces of fruit and/or nuts: the Seeds of Change range and Green and Blacks, for instance. I have always thought of these types of chocolate as a luxury and as a specialist recipe. Cadbury's Bournville Orange is definately a rival to these luxury brands with this dark chocolate and orange pieces bar.
The product comes in 180 gram sized bars which are big enough to share if desired. It is wrapped in bright orange packaging. The back of the wrapper is printed with information including ingredients and nutritional values. The chocolate is suitable for vegetarians. The ingredients include 12% of 'orange fruit pieces' whose actual make-up consists of sugar, orange pulp, apple, citrus fibres and thickeners', so not really much real orange at all!
Each 25 gram of chocolate contains 120 calories and 6.3 grams of fat. The chocolate may contain nuts and wheat and also contains soya and milk ingredients.
The chocolate is dark and is set into small, chunky sqaures which can be broken into pieces. The chocolate has a very strong, cocoa-rich aroma that has the same bitter, smokey smell that coffee beans do. The chocolate has a high quality feel to it. It is not too waxy or fatty. It has a bitter sweet tang to it. When it melts in the mouth it turns into a dense, almost powdery substance which is very tasty. The cocoa taste is very noticable but is frequently overpowered by the orange flavour. The brand actually ship their cocoa beans from Ghana as the chocolate makers in the early Twentieth century did.
The chocolate is embedded with these 'orange fruit pieces'. They are abundant throughout the bar and the base and top of each square has several chunky pieces in them. Before reading the ingredients I guessed these were not just dried orange pieces. They tasted too sugary and had a crystalised texture which I found to be un-natural. They also have a pale yellow colouring - a colour much more like apple which infact comprises of their make-up. When you bite into them they are soft and jelly-like but also a bit grainy. They do taste strongly of orange - a sweet, fruity taste that lingers in the mouth.
The taste combination of rich dark cocoa and intense orange fruit is really lovely and moreish. Unlike other chocolates which contain fruit pieces I find this one very easy to east. The fruit pieces don't have a dry and chewy texture which makes them difficult to chew. They dissolve at the same time as the chocolate.
This is definately one of the best chocolate and fruit pieces bars I have ever tasted. The taste and texture of the rich chocolate and juicy fruit pieces combined is great. I like this enough to have already given bars to my family who agree it is a great tasting chocolate. My only concerns would be the fact that the orange fruit pieces are in fact made mostly of sugar, orange pulp and apple. This feels like a bit of a cheat to me and I feel that this diminishes the quality of the bar in comparison with brands like Green and Blacks and Seeds of Change. I would, however, recommend trying this Bournville bar as lovers of delicious dark chocolate and fruit bars will not be dissapointed by the taste sensation!
When I was at the Co-Op recently, I bought a bar of this along with a bar of Bournville Old Jamaica on a 2-for-1 special deal. I don't normally buy chocolate that often, but I was interested to try these new flavours.
Although I preferred the Old Jamaica, this variety also exceeded my expectations. Although I am not normally a fan of Cadbury's products, the Bournville range continues to provide pleasant surprises, and apart from a product made by Lindt this is the best orange chocolate I have tasted.
Although the dark chocolate is not of the highest quality, it is far better than I would expect from Cadbury and is smooth and bitter. The sweet tang of orange tastes genuine, and there are pleasant little bits of crystallised orange in the bar as well.
It's an 180g bar, which will suit some people and not others. It isn't available in smaller sizes at the moment. Personally I would normally only buy chocolate in large bars as it is more economical and, frankly, most chocolate bars are far too small for me to feel I've got my money's worth no matter the price!
Orange and chocolate is a genius combination, for that reason I'm a huge of a certain famous chocolate orange but have become a bit miffed lately at the cost of them and that the bar versions aren't quite the same, it should be the same chocolate inside but the taste doesn't quite hit the spot.
Imagine my utter delight when I spotted a new variety of Cadbury chocolate in my local Co-op recently, a bar of dark Bournville chocolate with orange. The fact it was a largeish size didn't put me off buying one, after all there was no way on Earth I wouldn't enjoy this.
The chocolate is sold in bars of 180gm, the packaging is a bright orange in colour to stand out on the supermarket/sweet shop shelves and also features the classic red Bournville logo on the front.
I thought the chocolate would simply be well, chocolate laced with the flavour of oranges but I was pleasantly surprised on taking my first bite that the chocolate has tiny little crystalised orange pieces throughout it containing pieces of orange peel (and for some reason apple!) . They're very slightly crunchy and also chewy which is a nice contrast to the bitter and smooth dark chocolate.
I did well to make the bar last a whole week as it's moreish enough to tuck into with gusto once you get the taste for it. I find putting it in the fridge firms up the chocolate making the eating experience even better.
It's been noted by some that this chocolate contains less cocoa than some milk varieties and therefore shouldn't be called dark chocolate and can be a little too sweet but I'm not fussy and will happily chow down when I want a sweet fix.
The only bad thing about this chocolate is that at the moment it isn't available in smaller bars to enable a fix at a lower price.