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My friends and I were attending an open air film screening so we decided to buy some popcorn and other snacks for us to nibble on. After we bought some healthy fruit, we searched for the really important supplies - chocolate. Some Cadbury Clusters caught my eye because they were on a half price offer in Sainsbury's, meaning the 140g bag cost a pound. They reminded me of a little chocolate treat that my dad used to make me when I was small and my mum wasn't looking. Chocolate, raisins and crunchy cornflakes all mixed together sounded appealing anyway.
The Clusters come in a pouch that is supposed to be re-sealable but it didn't really work for me. There's a sticker on the side of the bag that you are supposed to peel off to use to seal the top again but it was so firmly attached in the first place that attempting to remove it actually tore what is a very thick bag. It may have been a rogue bag but it turned out to not be much of an issue. We didn't think the packet was that well filled so there was no danger in the end of us not polishing off the lot in one go.
The picture of the chocolates on the bag makes them look appealing - like choc equivalent of rock cakes because of the fact they are craggy lumps. They aren't a nice neat shape but who cares? They felt like they would be quite big through the bag but once opened I could see that they are all sort of different sizes, which makes dividing them out fairly more of a challenge! Some pieces had obviously broken off and there was a lot of chocolate crumbs in the bottom of the bag. Big or small they still taste good but the bigger the cluster the more satisfying the experience because they really give you something to sink your teeth into.
The chocolate smell hit me as soon as I tore the bag open and we all agreed that they smelt absolutely delicious. It is exactly like breaking open a bar of Dairy Milk, and if you were not hungry before you opened it, you certainly will be afterwards. The chocolate lives up to its aroma by tasting delightfully creamy and sweet but not too sugary. It's a generous coating, especially on the bigger pieces. The cornflake bits and raisins inside are densely packed in so every bite brings lots of flavour. I loved the combination of tastes - they are nice individually but heavenly when mixed together, because you also get to enjoy the contrasting textures. The whole cluster is a bit crunchy and a bit chewy but too jaw aching. The cornflakes provide a bit of that crunch but less flavour than the chocolate and raisins to me. The raisins are plump and almost sultana like and they are what makes these snacks really special for me. I imagine that they would taste fantastic when mixed with ice cream, if you crumbled up some of the larger pieces or used up all the bits in the bottom of the bag.
The nutrition information on the bag gives a breakdown of what you will be consuming if you eat one third of the bag, so I presume that is how many people they imagine sharing it. I would say two people would be better satisfied with the amount inside though! Anyway, I was surprised to read that that third contains 32% of your recommended levels of saturated fat. I don't expect chocolate to be a diet food and so I eat it in moderation, but I still thought that this amount of fat was higher than I expected it to be. Sugar levels are not much better at 27% of your RDA. The other thing that surprised me about these was how much the price can vary between shops. On the way home we spotted the same size bag for sale in a branch of WH Smith for £3 which is really outrageous, even allowing for the fact that this was a branch in a train station where you typically pay more than in the high street branches. I definitely wouldn't pay that, and I think even £2 is pushing it a bit, lovely as the taste is. I would recommend these based on flavour whilst bearing in mind the fat levels, but I recommend making your own even more. Having been reminded about how delicious this combination of flavours is, I melted some basic milk chocolate, stirred in some cornflakes and raisins and dropped spoonfuls on a lined baking tray and chilled it until they set. The result is clusters that may not be much better for you, but are a lot cheaper!
Available in most supermarkets and a lot of newsagents. Suitable for vegetarians. Contains milk and gluten and may contain wheat and nut traces.
Cadbury's Clusters haven't been on the market for very long but in the short time they have they've become a firm favourite of mine and the people I work with.
Clusters are basically like the cornflake cakes you used to make as a kid but about 100 times better, as they have a thick coating of cadburys milk chocolate and they also have the genius addition of raisins mixed in with the crispy bits to create a really unique and delicious texture and combination of flavours.
They aren't exactly bitesize, which is a bit annoying, as you generally have to bite each cluster in two and then you risk the cluster crumbling and being a bit messy. If like me you're a messy eater anyway then that can be a bit of an issue! Its also a bit annoying that towards the bottom of the bag you stop getting full 'clusters' and start getting little broken bits and dust.
Clusters come in a pretty big share sized bag so are great for taking into work or to the cinema or for a girly night in with friends. The bag opens really easily along a perforated line without ripping and can be re-sealed. However the pack is a bit big for one person so it would be great if they also came in a smaller individual serving.
They can be quite pricey at nearly £3 a bag in some places but if you shop around they're on special offer pretty regularly, usually in multibuys along with other cadburys sharing chocolate such as caramel bites and crunchie rocks that come in the same size bag.
This is part of a new range, well about nine months ago, from Cadbury's. The range includes this the Clusters, Caramel Nibbles and a new one called Crunchie Nuggets or something similar.
This is one that I had been avoiding so far despite being a sweet tooth and having tried about 90% of the Cadbury range because I wasn't quite sure the combination would work. It seemed a mix between chocolate rice crispy cakes and chocolate raisins. Sometimes these crazy combos work and sometimes not and I wasn't sure which was the case here.
I saw that these were 2 for £2.50 in Tesco however so I decided to make this my other option. The product comes in a standard re-sealable bag with an easy tear top and a sticker on the back to re-close it for freshness. It's easy to spot on the shelf and it is bright red with some pictures of the clusters on front. Each bag contains 150g.
They look identical to what is depicted and really reflect the choice of name. They're big and chunky pieces thrown together haphazardly. In some ways the strong fruit flavour reminds me of their Fruit Dairy Milk bars but although I like the chocolate covered flakes, I'm not sure both bits go together.
They're quite filling for a sweet I suppose and at least there's a small amount of vitamin value in there but because they are quite sizeable pieces, there aren't that many pieces in there for the weight so it's very easy to eat the whole pack far too quickly.
I didn't think this was really bad but I just am not sure that they did themselves any favours by throwing in the sultanas, maybe it would be better just the chocolate covered flakes.
A while back I saw that a new product was on the shelves at Asda and as they were made by Cadbury's, one of my favourite companies that I would say I trust, I decided that I had to buy some especially as they were at a trial price of £1.00 which seemed reasonable for a bag of chocolates that you could share.
The packaging was appealing, from the size of the bag I had thought that I would get more chocolate but that wasn't the case. It is resealable along with the other new products in that range such as Cadbury giant buttons which is useful since its a sharing bag and you might be by yourself, on a diet! It is a very noticeable red and it has the clusters name on it as well as the Cadbury logo, and information such as the calories and the ingredients.
How I would simply describe them is mini cornflake cakes with raisins. They are just so nice though and seem like much more than that, although if you wanted to then you could probably make them yourself at home for a fraction of the cost, this is of course just a much more convenient option that you can grab as you're out and about though. They are crunchy and taste so nice but they are just so moreish and addictive, it seems like there's hardly any in the packet as they can go so fast!
At the first the price went up to about £1.50 for a big packet and that is quite unreasonable for hardly anything in the packet, but then its gone back down to £1 which is a bit of a better price. The little snack bags are now also around 20p which is good for a quick snack. You can get them in quite a few places, for example the cinema.
Description: Manufacturer: Cadbury / Type: Chocolate
Like so many of us, I managed to eat and drink far too much over the festive period and put on a few pounds. Recently, I have been trying to eat healthily and avoid snacks so haven't been eating much chocolate. Mr Siamese came home with some of these the other night though and I had to try them.
Luckily for me, I found these sweets to be a big disappointment so after tasting them, wasn't tempted to go back for more!
They come in a sealed plastic pack which is red and purple with the Cadbury's logo on the front. They can be found in most shops and supermarkets and retail for around £1.70 for a 150g pack which I think is quite expensive.
Cadbury's tell us that these sweets are "clusters of milk chocolate with raisins and cornflakes". Unfortunately, they seem bland and tasteless and a little stale. The cornflakes are not crunchy enough and the raisins are a bit flat and chewy, not plump and juicy like I had hoped for.
I think it is probably important to point out that Mr Siamese is a big fan of Cadbury's chocolate, hence why he was keen to try these. Once we had opened the packet and tried them though, even he had to admit that they were pretty poor. So much so in fact that after he ate a few, we decided to consign these to the bin where they belonged. Now, for a Cadbury's fan to do that, it has to be bad!
There is an okay amount of Cadbury's chocolate on these but the cornflakes and raisins are just not up to scratch so the overall effect is rather disappointing. If you want a sweet treat then I recommend that you give these a miss and just reach for a bar of Dairy Milk instead!
I was desperate for chocolate (again, you'd think the two bars of Green and Black's would have been enough for me for a while, but no!), and spied some Cadbury's Clusters in the reduced section in Tesco. A closer look informed me that they had only been reduced to 40p from 52p, which isn't a massive saving, but hey, I was desperate.
I have had these clusters before, but in the larger bags. This particular bag is only 37g, a snack size, if you will. One pack contains 175 calories, which isn't too bad considering it's chocolate.
Cadbury's Clusters are comparatively new: they have only been around for a year or so. The packaging is bright red with the purple Cadbury's logo and a picture of the product. A description on the back tells you that the product involves "clusters of milk chocolate with raisins and cornflakes'.
This pretty much sums up the product. If you ever made cornflake cakes as a child you will be familiar with the kind of thing these clusters are. They are chocolatey, crunchy and delicious: the raisins add a different kind of flavour and texture.
Full marks for taste. However I was disappointed with how few clusters there are in a packet! There were only about eight which considering the price isn't many at all. I could have done with something else afterwards!
I really like these Clusters and will buy them again, but only in the bigger 'sharing' bags (usually priced around £1.80 for 150g) - you really don't get enough in the small ones!
Cadbury's Clusters are suitable for vegetarians. They contain milk, cereals (barley), soya and may contain nuts.
A pack of these new Cadbury Clusters are not cheap, they are £1.85 for a 150g pack which is a little expensive however they are absolutely deliscious and make a nice treat however as they are also packed with calories and are incredibly moorish they will not be something I would buy on a regular basis. Every 25grams of this product delivers 125 calories so scoffing the whole pack would be a big mistake.
They come in a sealed pack that can be resealed as well to keep the product fresh. It is a bright red colour with pictures of the product on the front and nutritional info on the back.
The clusters are flat based and then lumpy on top and are in irregular shapes of varying sizes from about the size of a raisen or single flake to clusters that are a mouth full. The three main ingredients are crunchy flakes, juicy raisins and lovely Cadbury milk chocolate.
They ahve a nice crunch when you bite into them and then the raisins give them a chewy consistency and the milk chocolate is the lovely creamy variety that you always associate with Cadbury, they are very tasty, naturally they are quite sweet and the three flavours combined work well together.
These are a nice treat and ideal for sharing, the only criticism I had was that there were a lot of crumbs and really small bits in the bottom of the bag which can be messy and a bit annoying.
As I write this, Cadbury seem to be on the verge of being taken over by the giant American Kraft company. I'm not overflowing with joy at the prospect, and neither it seems are most chocolate lovers in Britain, but almost all Cadbury's shares are controlled by institutional shareholders who probably care a lot more about their bank balances than their palates (the philistines!) so one assumes that after a bit of horse-trading the deal will go through. That being so, it seemed appropriate to test a Cadbury product to give some sort of snapshot of how they're doing.
Cadbury Clusters are, the packet says, "clusters of crunchy flakes & juicy raisins tumbled in scrumptious Cadbury milk chocolate". I'm not a fan of the use of ampersands in anything other than the very briefest notes - it tends to look rushed - and the description seems too long to be memorable; you couldn't imagine it ever being used in an advertising campaign, for example. The pack design, however, is very attractive: a metallic red colour with the obligatory splash of Cadbury purple for a sort of ribbon design on which the name is written in white.
Clusters usually cost somewhere in the region of 49p for a small (37-gram) bag, putting them in the "impulse buy" category along with standard chocolate bars. However, I managed to find them in my local B&M for a measly 19p, which is either the bargain of the decade or a sign that they're not the success Cadbury would have wished. We'll see which in a minute! You can also buy Clusters in a larger pack weighing 150 grams; this sells for around £1.70 in supermarkets, so is not actually an enormous saving over the smaller size.
On the back of the wrapper, apart from a waffly and irritatingly self-serving piece about how amazingly fantastically wonderful Clusters are as a "yummy nibble" - not that I'd expect Cadbury to slate their own product, of course, but this does go on a bit, and looks a little bit desperate - together with the all-important nutritional information. One 37g pack provides 175 kcal - less than most chocolate bars - but also a rather gulp-inducing 23g of sugar (25.6% of an adult's Guideline Daily Amount) and an even *more* gulp-inducing 5.1g of saturated fats (again, over 25% of GDA). These chocolates are vegetarian, but contain milk, barley and soya, and may contain nuts.
Opening the packet is very easy: it comes open where it should, without tearing and without needing to collar a passing Olympic shot-putter. This shouldn't really be something that needs mentioning, but so much packaging is terribly designed that the simplicity of the Clusters pack comes as a genuine relief. Inside you see... well, this is where things begin to go downhill a bit. Guess how many chocolates were in my bag? Answer: seven. Yes, seven. And some crumbs. And a great deal of air. And therein lies the problem with these things. Still, let's get on to actually eating them.
They actually taste very nice. The chocolate is not quite up to Dairy Milk standards in terms of creaminess (it's only 14% milk solids, whereas Dairy Milk is 20%) but it's smooth and pleasant all the same, and does offer that warm, comforting feeling Cadbury milk chocolate usually gives me. The raisins are surprisingly strongly flavoured, more so than in something like a Fruit & Nut bar, so don't go eating these if you're not quite a big raisin fan. If you do like them, though, you'll enjoy Clusters, as raisin is certainly the dominant flavour. Despite their large, knobbly shape the chocolates don't feel awkward to eat, and being chewy like caramel rather than chewy like toffee they won't break your teeth in the bite!
Really, in and of themselves there's nothing wrong with Clusters. The problem is that a bag with precisely seven chocolates and with that much empty space is never going to feel anything other than mean. 37 grams is just not enough to be more than a taster, and for me at least it's not enough to fill me up. Two bags, however, is too much for a single snack. Thus, they fall between two stools and lack that vital element of satisfaction that chocolate should always possess. An interesting effort, but by no means one of Cadbury's best products. Kraft, if they do get their grasping mitts on the company, should probably drop this line, except perhaps as a seasonal line at Christmastime.
I have been dying to try these for a while now, but couldn't bring myself to pay what I thought was quite a high price for them. However, after reading many reviews on Dooyoo - this week I succumbed...
***What are they like?***
This is a chocolate snack that comes in red packet and contains little clusters of raisins and cornflakes covered in Cadbury's milk chocolate. It is the type of think you might have made yourself as a child I suppose. The red packet has the usual purple Cadbury logo and has 'New' highlighted on the front. The packaging is quite good I think at displaying quite a bit of information on and the best before date on my packet was February 2010.
The first thing to say is that there is only 37g of chocolate in this pack, so it is not at all filling. Yes, the raisins did feel quite juicy and fresh and the combination with the cornflakes gave a nice crunchy texture. The familiar Cadbury's chocolate tasted delicious encased around the raisins and cornflakes. I suppose you could feel a little bit virtuous knowing that you are eating dried fruit, but you would be wrong because the calorie content for such a little snack is poor.
The pack contains 175 calories and 8.2g of fat, which is 11.7% of the recommended daily amount. The raisins made up 18% of the product and the cornflakes 12%, which seems like a small proportion to me.
They smelt and tasted nice overall, but I wasn't full at all in the same way that I would be if I had had a Mars bar! I suppose they would make a nice treat or surprise if they were added to a lunchbox.
The product may contain nuts - so beware anyone with allergies.
Overall, I thought the mixture of ingredients went together well and it reminded me a bit of a Picnic bar. I will buy them again - but only at the right price (see below).
They also do chocolate covered peanuts and chocolate covered raisins in the same format and they retail for around 49p a packet - the standard chocolate bar price I suppose, but nowhere near as filling. I refused to pay that and if I had paid it then I would only be giving this chocolate 2 stars because of the value. However, I paid £1 from Poundland for 6 packs, which I thought was quite good value in the end.
At that price I would up my rating to 3 stars. I don't feel that I can give it anymore because it is a very expensive priced snack for what it is. If you were also good at baking etc, it would be really easy to run up some of these yourself.
A nice change from time to time.
I bought two big bags of these from my local Wine Rack last night. They were on offer - two 175g bags for £2.50 - this doesn't strike me as a fantastic deal, but I had the savage munchies and the idea of the product appealed.
The clusters are packaged in a handy tear open bag, which is supposed to be easily resealable, but I wouldn't know about that, as there is no need to reseal an empty bag!
Basically, the product is like a tiny Cadbury's version of those little chocolate cornflake cakes you make when you're little, and too young to use the oven. They have raisins mixed in too, which makes for a decent contrast with the crunch. All in all, they tasted pretty good, although I felt quite sick as I had no-one to share my share-size.
This morning, reading the back of the empty pack, I noticed that Cadbury's chocolate is made with hydrogenated vegetable oil (a trans fat), and I felt really unhealthy about eating the whole bag. I do think though, that it would be easy to home-produce a better quality version using really good chocolate and different nuts and cherries etc. These would probably be better for you too.
Everyone will enjoy these, but I won't buy them again, as I can make nicer clusters myself at home!
Cadbury clusters are a pretty new product from Cadburys I think they only came out a few months ago and seen as the packaging looked good for them I thought Id give them a go one day.
The are basically chocolate coated cornflakes with raisons mixed in there as well. Well I absolutely love those little chocolate cornflake buns you can make yourself really cheaply and I love chocolate raisons so the idea of these seemed so simple but like something id never thought about before.
They taste fantastic, the chocolate, cornflakes and the raisins all go really well together and the crunchiness of the cornflakes and the chewy ness of the raisons means the texture of them is really good too.
They come in small or the bigger packets. For a small packet its about 40p or more, the same as a normal chocolate bar however to be honest you don't hardly get anything in the packets at all, and to say there only cornflakes with chocolate on which are really cheap to make and a few raisons chucked in there not really worth it.
As an idea they are good and I may try make some of my own like this but I probably wont buy them again unless they are on a good offer.
They were selling these small packs of Cadbury Clusters in Home Bargains where you could get 5 packs for £1.00 so I got some to try because I thought they sounded nice when I've read reviews about them.
They are like chocolate cornflake cakes with raisins in them but the milk chocolate is so rich that they are better than home made cornflake cakes and the raisins give them a lovely texture. The cornflakes are quite crispy and the raisins are plump and juicy so the 2 different textures go real well together and the chocolate is solid but melts quickly so they are all round soft but with the crunch of the cornflakes.
I love the flavour of these because the chocolate is very rich and it gives the whole Cluster a strong chocolate flavour that is so moorish that I'd eaten 3 bags before I knew it! The raisins also taste of chocolate which is brill because I'm not mad keen on the taste of raisins at all and the cornflakes have also absorbed the chocolate taste so over all this is a very chocolaty treat.
I like the size of the Clusters as well because they are perfect bite size so you can hold the bag and just pop them into your mouth one at a time and then the chocolate will melt and they are just so yummy!
People have moaned about them because they are just like mini cornflake cakes but I don't see why they're moaning because these are made with Cadburys chocolate and taste good so who cares that they're called Clusters instead of cornflake cakes! The taste of them isn't like any cornflake cake I've eaten before and there is a lot of chocolate on them so even at the full price I reckon they're good value for money and at 5 bags for £1.00 I think they're a bargain.
These Clusters are brill quality and I think they're great for the money and save the stress of all the washing up after you've made your own cornflake cakes.
I paid 54p per pack at the coop. However the coop is often expensive, I'm sure a cheaper pack could be hunted down somewhere.I bought these as a small treat for our 6 year old grand daughter, she loved them, but ended up eating the second pack myself- so why did I buy a second pack- especially as I'm trying to keep my weight down-I mustn't do that again, but at least it means I can write a Dooyoo review on them.
The pack describes these clusters as "Clusters of crunchy flakes & juicy raisins tumbled in scrumptious Cadbury milk chocolate. " Now dare I say it but I'm not actually a big fan of Cadbury chocolate. To my no doubt faulty taste it seems a bit cloying, I much prefer Green and Blacks or even the type sold by Aldi.But the Clusters are nice, and tasty.However,t small ,and the pack is also less than generous.This could be an advantage for children who don't need a massive ammount.
My conscience also tells me I could easily make some at a much cheaper cost at home.
Each pack contains 175 calories which is 8.8% of average daily calorie requirements.
Well thats about all there is to say about them . I think they will go down ok, but not a classic.
I thought I would give these a try as I found them in my local Homebargains at the very reasonable price of £1 for 6 small bags (37g each). Supermarkets also sell a larger bag at 150g.
They are packaged in a very attractive shiny red foil bag, with the trademark Cadury's purple detail on the front. The front of the pack also shows you a picture of what the clusters look like, basically raisins and cornflakes covered in a very thick milk chocolate.
It is a combination that really works. Thick, creamy tasting chocolate, chewy sweet raisins and crunchy cornflakes. They taste really moreish and one little bag was gone in a few seconds. But maybe that's because Cadbury's have been a bit tight with the portions....Having eaten a few bags now I have noticed there's an average of 6 clusters in each bag. The clusters are bigger and more substantial that minstrels or maltesers for example, but you do seem to get a lot less than the other chocolate snacks on the market.
If we take our own sweets to the cinema I would be quite satisfied with a bag of minstrels or similar, but a bag of 6 clusters would leave me wanting more. And 2 bags would make me fatter!
Nutritionally they are pretty naughty but that's no surprise. They are 175 calories for a small bag and 8.2 grams of fat. It's ok if you're only eating them as an occasional treat but it seems to be very calorific for the amount of food you are actually consuming.
Although they taste really nice I'm not sure they are worth the normal retail price or the amount of calories. The 150g bag is retailing at about £1.70 and the smaller 37g bags are 49p, although there are offers available making them a little cheaper. I would only buy these again if I saw them really cheap.
I've seen these on my travels in a number of shops and supermarkets and although I was tempted to buy them (basically because I love Cadburys chocolate and the packet looks good) I found my heart fighting with my wallet over the price.
According to Cadburys website I quote 'Juicy raisins and crunchy flakes tumbled in scrumptious Cadbury milk chocolate. Perfect for a yummy nibble anytime of the day. Available in large bags for sharing or individual bags'. This refers to the bag pictured above and the one I am going to review.
The price for the 37g packet averages at around 60p (more in some shops), so you do expect a reasonable experience for your 'buck' in this time of credit crunching (or cluster crunching). First impressions are excellent. The packet is red in colour with cadburys purple band spread across the front with Clusters written across it. It also says NEW in bright yellow and has mini pictures of clusters on ther front. This type of packet you would expect to stand out on the shelves, so well done to the marketing team.
Moving on to the experience though. I opened the packet which was sealed extremely well and keeping the product nice and fresh inside. So what was waiting for me? Well in total I emptied 9 small clusters of crunchy flakes and rasins' onto my teaplate. In essence then I guess at the price these are sold in most shops, I would have been paying about 7p a cluster. Quite expensive I initially thought. So now it was time to try the cluster experience. Maybe it was something so exciting I'd be rushing out to buy all the cluster packets in the UK. Just maybe it would hit the news even more than the Willie Wonker Bars did in the hit movie 'Willie Wonkers Chocolate Factory'.
Well sadly I can tell you no. It reminded me very much of a couple of crunchy cornflakes with raisins, covered in milk chocolate. The taste was nice and they were nice to eat. Funny enough the crunch of the cornflake, and the sweet taste of the rasin complimented each other very well. It reminded me in a kind of way of a Picnic Bar!! But why won't I be rushing out to buy more. Well to be honest the experience was nice, but not as nice as some other Cadbury's treats on the market. It also left me still wanting more. It no way satisfied my chocolate fix. The price was very expensive too - although I'll tell you a secret, I only paid 19p for mine in Home Bargains, so the big fans of clusters out there may like to stock up now. The sell by date in Jan 2010, so you have plenty of time to eat them!!
Milk Chocolate: Milk Solids 14% Minimum. Contains vegetable fats in addition to Cocoa Butter.
Milk Chocolate 70%
Dried Whole Milk
(Raisins Vegetable Oil)
Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin))
Contains Milk, Cereals (Barley), Soya, May Contain Nuts
Suitable for Vegetarians
***Nutrition Information (per bag)***
(of which sugars) 23.0g
(of which saturates) 5.1g
Sodium * 0.08g
*Equivalent as salt 0.20g
In summing up I would recommend these chocolates but think Cadbury have nicer ones and ones that offer more value for money!!