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I bought this chocolate to make chocolate chunk cookies with because I couldn't find semi-sweet chocolate anywhere else. The cocoa percentage in this chocolate is 39% so I don't think it quite qualifies as dark chocolate, which made it perfect for my purposes (or so I thought). My cookie dough is chilling in the fridge but I kept a bit of the chocolate back to try. My first impression was that it was way, way too sweet. I could taste the cocoa, it definitely didn't taste like milk chocolate, but the sugar was incredibly overpowering. Very disappointing really because the sweetness makes the chocolate taste cheap. Hopefully it's not so obvious when baked into a cookie, but I definitely wouldn't recommend this chocolate bar if you intend to eat it on its own. I'm sure there are worse chocolates out there but there are definitely much better ones as well.
Ahh.. dark chocolate out of all the chocolates that exist dark chocolate for me trumps them all.
From brand to brand I've tried plenty, Green and Blacks, Moser Roth, Co-operatives own brand, and recently Cadburys Bournville.
From first look of this chocolate you are presented with a bright red packaging with the Cadburys logo and a picture of the dark chocolate which is obviously there to ensure you are as eager as you should be to open up the packet and start munching on this wonderful treat!
According to the packaging there are 125 calories per 4 segments, a modest sum for dark chocolate, I would say 4 segments is equal to my own personal daily portion of chocolate, Moser Roth have approximately 140 calories per similar sized portion but boasts 70% Cocoa, which is frankly one of the main reasons I eat the stuff, Cocoa is incredibly good for you and no chocolate boasts as much of it than dark chocolate does.
The chocolate looks fantastic, a solid dark colour as is to be expected, I eagerly break a chunk off from the bar and pop it in my mouth before it starts to melt in my hand (one of my nuances). I am then greeted with what I can only describe as a slightly milky.. dark chocolate, I would say this is owed to it's lower cocoa content compared to some of the chocolates I'm used to tasting. However, it tastes fantastic and I have to demonstrate a great amount of self-control just to not have another bite at the apple so to speak!.
Overall this chocolate is fantastic, however there are better ones available out there.. Moser Roth do a 80% cocoa chocolate in Aldis which is very strong and leaves Cadburys bournvill in the shade in terms of strength of taste. But for milder chocolate enthusiasts I feel that Cadburys bournvill has ALOT to offer in terms of taste and texture.
Would I recommend this chocolate to the everyday consumer? Yes in a heartbeat. Would I recommend it to a seasoned chocolate enthusiast?... probably not.
This dream bar of chocolate, just gives you a lift during the day, when your taste buds are feeling in need of flavour.
Having the rich taste of plain chocolate compensates a costly price at around 59p a small 45g bar, and if you enjoy it as much as me you need to purchase at least a 100g bar. However it is just a nice pick-me -up with around six pieces to break off and savour.
Packaged in its traditional red wrapper, it is easily found amongst the many other chocolate bars; but the bar doesn't give the "come and get me" message because of its small size and it was only because I really felt like some and couldn't see a larger bar that I purchased while queuing up to pay for my petrol.
It is a waste of time and money printing the literature let alone the ingredients on the wrappers which must be literally around 0.5pts in printing size and having the red background makes reading virtually impossible so any warning about nuts etc could well go undetected for those not away.
I don't know if I will bother to buy this size as it will be the quickest 59p consumed.
My advice to Kraft will be to reduce the unnecessary words, keep the price down, Keep the flavour with the people who know best being those in Birmingham whom make the best chocolate in the World.
Bournville is a model village on the south side of Birmingham, best known for its connections with the Cadbury family and chocolate. This is where the Cadbury Bournville bar was named after. Cadbury Bournville is a bar of delicious plain dark chocolate, which has become popular for its excellent taste and added health benefits. You can eat this straight away or you can use it in cooking recipes.
Bournville comes in a distinctive red wrapper with gold writing. On the front of the packet it states that it's a classic dark chocolate. On the back of the wrapper you will find the ingredients and nutritional information. Bournville comes in 45g bars which will cost you approx 50-60p and 100g bars which are about £1.59. Bournville also comes in and orange flavour and an Old Jamaica flavour as well.
The following information has been taken off a 45g standard bar of chocolate.
* Calories - 220 (11% RDA)
* Sugars - 26.5g (29.5% RDA)
* Fat - 11.8g (19.9% RDA)
* Saturates - 7.3g (36.5% RDA)
* Salt - Trace
***HEALTH BENEFITS OF DARK CHOCOLATE***
* Dark chocolate is good for your health and eating a small bar everyday can help keep your heart and cardiovascular system running well.
* Eating dark chocolate can reduce blood pressure in individuals whom have high blood pressure.
* Dark Chocolate can also help lower cholesterol.
* The higher content in dark chocolate means you feel like you've had enough after eating less. It's also lower in sugar and fat and also has mind boosting endorphins.
When you open the foil wrapper you will see that this bar looks like a normal bar of chocolate with chunks you can break off individually, but its dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate. You get 6 chunks in total and on each chunk Cadbury is engraved into the chocolate. When you smell the chocolate it doesn't smell too sweet, but does smell chocolatey. Obviously it smells a lot different to milk chocolate as it doesn't smell creamy and as sweet.
When putting a chunk of this into my mouth and biting into it, you can immediately taste a slightly bitter taste and a very strong taste of dark chocolate. It's not creamy like milk chocolate, but it does taste slightly sickly after eating a few chunks. The chocolate still melts in your mouth like any other chocolate and it still tastes extremely delicious. I found that this chocolate definitely isn't too more-ish as I find that a few chunks will satisfy you and help any sweet cravings you might be having.
After eating a bar of this chocolate I felt very satisfied and I was also left with the strong taste of chocolate in my mouth. The chocolate did make me very thirsty and it can get quite sickly after eating a bar. I definitely felt full up and didn't crave anything else at all.
A lot of people don't like dark chocolate and probably won't even try this. I love dark chocolate and often prefer a bar of this to milk chocolate as I find it fills me up for longer and of course comes with added health benefits as well. As these bars comes in 2 different sizes it's great to get a large bar and break a chunk off to satisfy your cravings or you can get a pack of the standard 45g bar and pop it in your bag and eat it on the go.
Cadbury Bournville is definitely the best dark chocolate I have ever tried, and isn't too bitter like some other dark chocolate can be. This is a bar I will definitely continue to eat from time to time as it satisfying, tasty and filling.
(review also on ciao)
With Christmas coming it's fun to try some more chocolate out and one of the rarer bars is "Bournville" Cadbury's dark chocolate brand. Coming in a red wrapper with gold writing (as opposed to Cadbury's more usual purple coloured wrapper) with clear design and a splattering of black at the top the wrapper looks simple but not very eye catching. The bar can be bought singular but is quite rare, it can also be found in a multi-bar packet of 5 bars for around £1.40 from as well as smaller bars being available in Cadbury's chocolate tins. These bigger bars are 45g though there is probably and even bigger version of the bar that was made for "sharing".
Inside the wrapper the bar is broken into 6 dark chocolate chunks each one with "Cadbury" written across it, The bar it's self seems a lot tougher than normal "milk" chocolate that Cadbury's make which feels like it could melt, this feels like you could hit someone with it and leave a nasty bruise. The bar can be "snapped" to get a piece off though it's much more difficult than of other bars by Cadburys such as their Dairy Milk range. The chocolate it's self is much more bitter than the normal "Dairy Milk" chocolate that Cadbury's make, in fact it's got a rather harsh taste to it that's ok in single pieces though seems as though more than 2 pieces and it becomes boring quickly. In fact it tastes a little bit more like cooking chocolate than normal "snacking" chocolate, and lets be honest, no of us want to eat cooking chocolate.
Nutritional Information (per bar):
220 Calories (11% RDA)
26.6g Sugars (29.5%)
11.8g Fat (16.9%)
7.3g Saturated Fat (36.5%) (Note the high %)
Trace Salt (Trace%)
The bar contains: Milk
The bar may contain traces of: Nuts and Wheat
Overall it's not a bar that will please you like most milk chocolates, in fact coming from the British chocolate masters it's unbelievably sharp and dry tasting which makes it hard to eat after just a few pieces. The bar is big enough to fill most and is a decent size for a chocolate bar, but when you find it impossible to finish off a single bar due to the taste it's not particularly good value for money. For those that remember mini versions of these coming in tins of "Roses" there was a reason they used to be so small, it's because a single piece was bearable, a bar isn't. Also worth noting is the incredibly high saturated fat levels which the product contains that probably make this one of the more avoidable bars. Definitely not a treat.
I have never been a fan of dark chocolate in the past and so it does seem even now a bit strange to me that I would be writing a positive review on how much I love a dark chocolate product. I'm not sure what has happened really, perhaps my tastes have changed as I got older but when I was younger I always hated dark chocolate in fact I couldn't stand it, and because of that I hadn't really eaten in in a while up until I tried ones of these little Bournville's in the Cadburys hero's recently.
I really liked the little chocolates and I couldn't believe it as they were dark chocolate and usually something that I stay well away from. I liked it that much in fact that I bought my self a normal sized bar from the shop last week and devoured it all at once.
The chocolate is dark and it just looks nicer than the normal Cadbury dairy milk chocolate, it looks more like chocolate, it looks smother and it has a stronger better tasting chocolate taste to it.
I found myself eating this with a cup of tea and really enjoying it. I only had to bite off little nibbles to eat as just a tiny little nibble of chocolate would fill my whole mouth of a strong chocolate taste and really satisfy me, I found then that this bar lasted far more then double the time to eat that a normal milk chocolate bar would and I enjoyed the taste more, I still cant believe I'm saying this, but I love Bournville.
I love bournville dark chocolate as made by Cadburys, I love dairy milk chocolate as well but the taste of dark chocolate is one of my favourites.
Dark chocolate is literally chocolate without any additional emulsion, normally milk, milk is normally added to give the product a smoother creamier taste. Dark chocolate is chocolate in the raw, it doesn't have anything added to it, its not been messed with and gives you the taste of the original chocolate plant.
Dark chocolate as I'm eating at the moment is far sweeter than dairy milk chocolate, its definitely more bitter but you get the proper chocolate taste which sometimes dairy chocolate is hidden by the creamy taste. Bournville chocolate is the best known of the commercially available dark chocolate brands as made by Cadbury's, indeed its the name of the Cadburys model village.
The sweetness might come back from the 26.6 g of sugar per bar, it certainly leaves a taste on the tongue and is perhaps why french dark chocolate is far more bitter than the british version. I'm guessing the chocolate content for the product is around 70% because it doesn't have the bitterness 80 or 90% dark chocolate has.
I love the sweetness but can understand why some people dislike the product and prefer the milk chocolate version but if you like bitter-sweet chocolate then this is the product for you. Saying they've taken the milk out doesn't really affect the calorie levels because a small bar comes in at around 220 kcal.
The product as a final point isn't made by Cadbury UK but is manufactured in France, this seems craszy for me because the bournville name is one of the most recognoiseable in British confectionary so to move it to France seems strange.
"Bournville... ville as the wind blows..." - oops, sorry; I got a bit carried away there. Let's get on before I embarrass myself any further, eh?
I should really have written this review last year, since 2008 marked the centenary of one of Cadbury's oldest chocolate brands, Bournville. Ironically, despite being named after the famous Birmingham headquarters of the company, this bar is actually made in France! It's available both in small bars weighing 45 grams (as so often, these have shrunk slightly in recent years, the company choosing to do this in the hope that nobody will notice rather than take the more honest option of simply increasing the price) or large slabs of 200g. The slabs cost around £1.40 in supermarkets, much better value than the 55p or so charged for the small bars.
Up until a year or two ago, the Bournville bar benefited from an extremely attractive wrapper design, as seen in Dooyoo's photo: deep, metallic red with the brand name in classy gold lettering and the simple description above the ingredients list: "Chocolate." It looked the very picture of understated elegance. Sadly it seems since to have been got at by silly marketing types, and the wrapper is now a far less impressive lighter and non-metallic red colour with a strange chocolate-brown splodge at the top as though someone had thrown a glass of drinking chocolate at the wall. It's not even close to being as good. Oh well, at least they resisted the temptation to scrawl purple stripes all over it....
Still, I suppose I can't go on complaining about that for the entire review, so let's have a look at what's on the wrapper and in the bar. It is dark chocolate, but only just, its 39% cocoa solids being not much above the 35% minimum mandated by the EU. In spite of this, however, it does contain a "milk ingredient"; this is a strange form of words, but presumably refers to the listed butterfat. The presence of this, and "traces" of egg, means that Bournville is not vegan, although it is suitable for vegetarians. Allergy sufferers should also note that it "may contain traces" of nut and wheat. A 200g slab of Bournville contains exactly 1,000 kcal, so I wouldn't advise eating it all in one sitting!
As you'd expect from a Cadbury product, the Bournville bar has a smooth texture and feels rather sugary, without the bitterness common to much dark chocolate. Despite the presence of the butterfat, it does taste surprisingly similar to a Dairy Milk without the milk; it has a pleasant and distinctive, almost smoky, aftertaste that lingers for quite some while. This does mean that it's not always the best bar to eat with food, although it does seem to match up quite well with a related flavour such as provided by a cup of coffee. The lowish cocoa percentage makes the bar less demanding on the palate than a lot of dark chocolate, and so a couple of chunks of Bournville can make a nice comfort food.
Nobody is going to mistake Bournville for a premium-quality, high-cocoa dark chocolate: it lacks the depth and sophistication of a bar made by hand by a dedicated chocolatier, and the very presence of butterfat on the ingredients list will lead some to look down their nose at this product, just as they would do when confronted with British milk chocolate and its dreaded vegetable fat. The fact is, though, that it is not fair to compare them directly: they are two different products, just as are fish fingers and smoked salmon. As with the fish, both types of chocolate can be welcome in different circumstances, but neither one can directly replace the other.
Aside from the feeble redesign of the wrapper, there isn't a lot wrong with the Bournville bar. It's not perfect, in that the smaller bars really are just that little bit *too* small and the company might do a bit more to eliminate some of those potentially-allergenic "traces" in the production process, but as long as you can live with that and the overseas production base, this bar fills a niche - for "easy eating" dark chocolate with a relatively sweet, mild taste - which it still has more or less to itself.
After reading recently in the newspaper that eating up to 2 bars of dark chocolate a week can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease by up to 70%, (I'll buy in to anything!) my first thought was "Why does it have to be dark chocolate, I hate dark chocolate, why can't it be a Wispa bar instead!" But the next time I was grabbing a few essentials in Spar I spotted a bar of Bournville on the shelf and found myself popping one in to my basket.
Now I'm not a big chocolate fan anyhow, it takes me ages to eat just a small bar of dairy milk and quite often I feel sickly afterwards, (it amazes me how some people can eat 2 or 3 in a row!) apart from when I eat the afore mentioned Wispa bar....that's different, I don't know why?! So, dark chocolate was always definitely a big no no, too harsh and bitter for my delicate little taste buds, until now that is....I obviously hadn't tried a bar of Bournville before! I'd seen my Nana and Granda eat it when I was little and always thought "How can you eat that!!"
Straight away, I loved the taste, not too harsh and not too bitter, just a smooth slightly bitter taste that I actually prefer to the sickly milky cloying taste of dairy milk and the like. It's quite a delicate taste compared to most dark chocolate and I guess that's why I like it, I can slowly nibble away at a bar with a cup of coffee and not feel sick afterwards.
It contains 39% Cocoa Solids, European rules specifiy that to be classed as a dark chocolate it must contain at least 35% cocoa solids minimum. On average it retails at about 55p a bar, but can also be bought in larger bars and multipacks which make it more economical.
This next part has been sourced from Wikipedia, "Dark chocolate, with its high cocoa content, is a rich source of the flavonoids epicatechin and gallic acid, which are thought to possess cardioprotective properties. Dark chocolate has also been said to reduce the possibility of a heart attack when consumed regularly in small quantities"
So to conclude, I originally bought it for it's health benefits (bet you never thought you would hear that about a chocolate bar!) but ended up finding a new favourite!
Quite possibly the best dark chocolate on the market! Rich in flavour, but not in content. 'Cadburys' has done it again; produced amazing chocolate that captures quality taste with a reasonable price. The solid dark chocolate slowly melts in ones mouth, released the flavoursome chocolate essences. Unlike 'Dairy Milk', this isn't such a smooth chocolate, but that's what makes it different an exciting. Some would say it has a harsher bite to it, but this is a bonus, offering something else over bland boring chocolate.
The packaging show off the class this chocolate has, a rich shiny red with a streak of dark chocolate brown. At just 56p, you can purchase a 45g bar of this divine chocolate. For dark chocolate that really is a great price. A larger bar can be bought for £1.31. A whopping 200g! Of course, as I love this chocolate so much I tend to always opt for the 200g bar, which is actually a saving in itself if you compare it to the 56p bar.
As far as nutritional information, there's just 231 calories in a standard bar, which is quite a bit lower than some of the chocolate bars available to buy, though compared to those that aren't a standard whole chocolate bar, it's quite a bit more. Unfortunately it doesn't do well on the sugar front, at a whopping 58% made up of sugar, and when it comes to the fat content, that makes up about 27% which is a little better, but this of course isn't the most healthiest bar you could get with your money.
If you haven't tried 'Cadburys' finest dark chocolate, you're missing out! Available from 'Tescos' it's a must have in your next shopping basket! Don't go buying it every week, but it's certainly treat worthy!
I first tried Bournville chocolate years and years ago when my mum was doing some baking in the house. I clearly remember her saying that I wouldn't like it but she let me nibble on a piece anyway. I distinctly remember the taste and told her I loved it and wanted some for Easter (was that time of the year). I remember eating the bar in two halves and loving every mouthful!
But a few years later when I eventually came across the chocolate again I was disappointed to find that I didn't really like it that much any more!
So now about 10 years have passed and today whilst sat in the office, I've come across this chocolate again! Unsure on whether I'm going to like it or not, I take a piece and nibble away. My shift is coming to an end now and I'm really trying not to eat anymore as my taste buds have this time decided that they love it!
So it's either the kind of chocolate that you can go on and off, or it could have just been my taste buds changing!
At this moment in time, I'm thinking that the chocolate is, in a way, quite unique. It has 39% cocoa solids so it's not exactly bitter, yet it's nowhere near as sweet as milk chocolate. It's so much nicer than your average own brand plain chocolate, you can really tell the difference.
After eating a piece it leaves the chocolate taste lingering in your mouth and makes you feel like it's all round your lips as well! I'm sat here 5 minutes after eating a piece and I can still taste it.
Bournville chocolate is really quite good for cooking. It's the kind of chocolate you could use if you wanted to make a really nice chocolate pudding or soufflé or just some kind of chocolate dessert! The quality of it really comes through and you can definitely tell the difference in the puddings.
Dark chocolate is also 'supposed' to be good for your health (obviously in moderation). It contains antioxidants which are supposed to protect the body from aging and can help to reduce the risk of heart disease. There are supposed to be 8 times the amount of antioxidants in dark chocolate than in strawberries - so this gives us a great excuse to eat Bournville!
So a square of Bournville chocolate contains 40 calories, 2.2g fat (1.4g in saturated fat) and 4.9g sugar which is about the same as an ordinary square of dairy milk, but the dark chocolate is supposedly better for you (so I know which I would choose).
You can find Bournville chocolate on offer in many supermarkets, usually a 200g would cost around £1.50 on offer which is really quite good value for what you get. You can also buy smaller bars (like the size of an ordinary chocolate bar) which are great for snacking, these however cost around 50p (so you may as well go for the big bar).
I can understand that some people don't like dark chocolate but I really would recommend anyone to at least give this a go as you never know you may love it! It's nice to have a change from the ordinary milk chocolate as well.
In my opinion, it really is truly delicious.
The Dark Red wrapper with gold writing emblazoned Bournville lies seductively on the coffee table. The temptation to enter its secret lair has me shivering with anticipation. I know it's secrets I have visited it on many occasions I also know I have to resist the Devil Cocoa Bar for once entered it cannot be easily escaped.
The rich cocoa taste that bares only a hint of sweetness would not normally be on my consumption list. But as I said I know it's secrets it darkest glory. I am after all just a man.
The unveiling of the wrapper has beads of sweat running down my brow for I am about to embark on a journey that shall not be easily forgotten. A small portion is broken off and enters my mouth, there is no disappointment as I knew there wouldn't. The dark velvety chocolate melts to coat my tongue with mystery and subterfuge. The cocoa solids produce a rich vibrant taste that my taste buds are almost incapable of comprehending. In the excitement there might be something lost in the initial interpretation, then suddenly the bitterness bites followed by a very slight hint of sweetness. The thick choclately coating begins to slow progress along my tongue on it journey to my stomach.
This is truly a chocolate sensation worthy of my efforts. Another small piece melts seductively and produces the same consistent taste. My excitement calms as I am aware that in a few short hours if I continue to eat this delight to it's conclusion I will most probably have suffering at the opposite end of my anatomy.
This has little effect and I continue to consume the 35g bar. At a cost of 55p this has to be a real bargain. Taste buds are stimulated as never before. Dark and seductive the rich cocoa bean had once again tempted me into its bitter realms, and thrilled my taste buds as no other chocolate can. I do like the milk chocolate but Bournville is exceptional and as I reflect upon the pleasure now passed I dwell in its glory and idolise the cocoa bean.
There are other better plain chocolate bars out there but not in this price range they are way higher up the ladder, the 35g bar of Bournville is by no means big but it is certainly sufficient for the type of chocolate it is. I like to treat myself every now and again to a bar of this since the normal milk chocolate however sweet and delicious simply cannot compare.
Dark chocolate is not a favourite of mine to be totally honest with you. When looking for a sweet bar of something I always pick up either a milk chocolate or white above anything else. Very occasionally do I have the urge to nibble on some dark chocolate but none the less it does happen from time to time and I know I like stuff with a high content of coco solids. I also know that because it's rich that a couple of pieces does me and therefore it's healthier in so many ways!
The other night I had a craving for some chocolate and I knew some dark chocolate was in the fridge belonging to my step-dad lol He's going to swear blind I ate a bar but really, there was 2 squares in a 200g size bar left stored.
Well my packet is a 200g foil long packet. The packet is a dark shiny red colour with what can only be described as a dark brown splat to the top of it with gold lettering on it telling me it is Cadbury Bourniville, Classic Dark Chocolate and under that the size is stated. On the back ingredients are listed, allergy advice and nutritional information is given, contact details are given for Cadbury, I'm told it is suitable for vegetarians, a bit of information about the product is given, and the best before date is stamped on. Very nice packaging and definitely aimed at adults as it is quite elegant and sophisticated looking for a bar of chocolate.
The Chocolate Itself:
On the packaging I'm told that this contains 39% minimum cocoa solids and reassured that this is going to be nice as 'Bournville' have been producing this for over 100 years! Promising it is and I'd never tasted this before so I was quite excited to do so!
Appearance wise it's a very dark shiny brown as you would expect as it doesn't contain milk to lighten it up. Smell wise it smells like sweet chocolate really but you have to put it almost up your nose to smell anything at all so it isn't highly fragrant.
Once placed in the mouth it melts fairly quickly. At first all my taste-buds got was a shocking bitter taste that actually gave way to a sweet taste rather quickly. It tastes very rich but not very harsh. For a dark chocolate it really is smooth whilst having a bitter taste because what surprised me was that it goes from bitter to sweet and ending at slightly bitter but it really isn't one bit unpleasant, chalky or too sweet and that you feel the need to drink something to rid the mouth of the flavour after consumption. It's sweet in a natural way and doesn't taste crammed full of sweeteners and that's because it isn't! It's not at all messy to eat, staying firm in the hand and choosing only to melt in the mouth!
Not my favourite dark chocolate by any means but it's not half bad at all and the price to me reflects the quality of the product! It's smooth, sweet and bitter all at the same time. Not at all sickly or messy and it melts well enough in the mouth. I certainly wouldn't avoid it but personally I prefer something with a little more cocoa solids.
Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Milkfat, Emulsifier (Soya Lacithin).
May contain traces of nut and wheat.
Contains milk ingredient.
of which is sugars 59.0g
of which is saturates 16.3g
Equivalent as salt 0.01g
Available in 45g and 200g sizes. Expect to pay around 46p for a 45g bar (regular size bar of chocolate) and about £1.11 for the 200g (large size). Can be found in alot of corner shops, supermarkets and all-sorts of places, just keep your eyes peeled!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I have been an unregistered reader on Dooyoo for a long time now and thought I would try my hand at a review. This is my first so please be kind.
Cadbury's Bournville has been around forever and since I was a child it hasn't changed tastewise. Each mouthful of Bournville is a treat as the dark chocolate is rich with a perfect amount of sweetness. It takes longer to melt in your mouth than Cadbury's milk chocolate which serves to make the savouring of this delicious bar last all the longer.
As much as I enjoy a Bournville, I am aware of better quality dark chocolate in the shops. Green & Blacks Maya Gold or Lindt 70% Cocoa Solids are the 2 best affordable dark chocolate bars that I can think of. Bournville is a lovely bar of chocolate but doesn't taste authentic to me after eating other bars. It hasn't got the important bitterness that I think is key to dark chocolate and is too sweet to be classed as a premium dark chocolate bar.
Bournville costs anything from 45p to 59p depending on where you buy it but it is available anywhere that sells the Cadbury's range. I am not sure of the calories but I think it would be quite high, if you decide to buy a bar of Bournville then the nutritional details are clearly printed on the wrapper for you to make your decision.
When I was a wee fella growing up in Scotland in the 50's and 60's there wasn't nearly as much choice of choccy bars and sweeties as there is today. I can remember that my favourite chocolate bars back then were Mars Bars, Picnic, and Fry's Chocolate Cream. (And orange)
My old dad's favourite was Cadbury's Bournville, a plain, dark chocolate, that I was convinced he used to eat because he knew my mum and I didn't like it, and he would get the whole bar to himself!
I tried it, of course, but it used to remind me of Senopod. (or was it Senokot?) Anyways, the stuff that my mum used to give me to kick start my bowels when I would get constipated. (Yuck!!)
But it's amazing the way our tastes can change with the passing years. Nowadays, Cadbury's Bournville would be among my favourite chocolate bars, and I often buy a bar to nibble when I'm out cruising the streets in my taxi, or sitting at the old 'puter composing yet another masterpiece to post here at dooyoo. (Heh, heh) In fact there's a bar sat in my golf bag right now for when I hit the links later on this morning.
One good thing (or bad thing) that I personally find about Bournville is that because it is so rich in flavour, I tend not to scoff it down so quickly as I do with some other chocolate bars. I have to be a bit careful if I'm eating one of the larger size bars, as if I eat too much at one go, I tend to end up with a bad dose of heartburn. (Which then necessitates me getting out the old Rennies tablets)
Bournville, unlike the majority of chocolate bars on the market, is a plain chocolate. That's to say it has no added milk or other ingredients to lighten the colour and smooth out the flavour. (Like another Cadbury's favourite, Dairy Milk, for instance)
The ingredients are simple. Cadbury's use two different types of cocoa beans, sugar, vegetable fat, and soya. The result is a rich, dark, velvety, slightly bitter tasting chocolate, that bites your palate rather like a mug of rich, dark, sweet coffee. (Yet another favourite of mine)
It says on the packet that it's suitable for everyone, including vegetarians and vegans. But it also states that it may contain some traces of nuts, egg, and wheat. I'm not so sure that it *IS* suitable for vegans in that case! (Are vegans allowed to eat eggs??)
Be that as it may, it's suitable for most folks, unless you happen to have an allergy to nuts or soya beans, in which case take care.
Bournville is manufactured at the Cadbury's plant near Birmingham in England, and at Coolock, a suburb of my own home city of Dublin here in Ireland.
It comes in a couple of sizes. A large 200g bar, and a smaller 100g bar. Here in Ireland the small bar retails at about the 90 cent mark, and the 200g bar about double that at Euro1.70 or so. It's hard to miss on the confectionery counter, as it's packaged in a very distinctive rich red packet with gold lettering.
Bournville is a great tasting chocolate bar, but one that will not be to everyone's taste. I highly recommended it, but if you *DO* buy it, then don't come blaming me if you don't like it. You pays your money and you takes your choice.
Also posted at Ciao, but this review has been slightly edited