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Cadburys Dairy Milk, bar of Plenty range berry fruit and vanilla shortcake is one of their new ranges. Perhaps new ought to be said a bit tongue in cheek because I`m sure they made this years ago and have just revived it.
I am a massive fan of Cadburys and am admittedly a chocoholic, my partner says I`m the only person than can peel a 2.5kg bar in my pocket and eat it without anyone knowing...
This bar has failed to impress me, I like the packet which is the usually CDM colours and the picture of the piece on the front makes your mouth drool but I feel its got too much shortcake and not enough berry , so much so that I feel it "chews" more like a biscuit than a Chocolate bar, nothing wrong with biscuits but when your a chocoholic its a vast difference.
On opening the packet its got the usual CDM appearance and quality, the aroma suggests your in for a lovely treat, and biting into it it has the smooth velvety taste you`d expect from a superior chocolate, but on chewing the shortcake dissolves quickly , theres not enough fruit and your left with half the portion you`ve bitten into.
Years ago they used to make a forest fruits bar and it was packed with fruit, so when I seen this on sale at £1 for a 140 gram bar I had to purchase it. I was disappointed and felt a little cheated if truth be told.
This range also comes in two other flavours Toffee Apple and roast hazelnut and honey roast cashews. I `m not sure if I`ll try these, I probably will but if I buy a 140 gram bar of chocolate, I`d like to get a good quantity of it in chocolate.
of which sugars 54g
of which sats 15.8g
Equiv as salt 0.30g
All in all a nice addition to the Bars of plenty range if not for me, I`ll stick to CDM Original 140 grams of chocolate
Cadbury Dairy Milk BAR OF PLENTY.
Recently in my local Sainsbury's i noticed a lady with a stall advertising this bar of chocolate, I carried on shopping, but then curiousity got the better of me by which time she was packing up, and placing the chocolate bars back into a stand at the end of the store.
I waited until she had gone, then went to see what all the fuss was about, and there they were these new bars of chocolate from Dairy milk a range of four different bars, three different bars being left on the display, the nut one having sold out.
I was pleased to notice that the chocolate bar was only being sold for £1.00. So as it kind of caught my eye, the design of the wrapping, I decided that I would pick one up and add it to my basket.
What attracted me to this chocolate, was the design of the packet, it looked like something out of a willy wonkas factory, with the brightly coloured green with all little bits of toffee and slices of apple floating down into squares of what looked like delicious chocolate.
The chocolate is still the great as ever, the one I brought was Toffee Apple, in this bar of plenty. But I have to say that the pieces of dried apple in a kind of toffee apple taste, were not for me.
I love their chocolate, but the pieces I ate were not only horrible tasting, they were sickly and really tasted like tiny pieces of dried apple, No I really did not like this, I havnt been able to try any of the other varieties in this range but this is definitely not for me.
I think that the concept and idea was obviously good, but the taste was not.
I do like chocolate and I do like toffee apples, but there were too many bits encased in their chocolate, and I really think that this was not a good idea on the part of Cadbury,s. Sorry this is my opinion and I think that this is not a good bar of chocolate.
The chocolate is great but the filling is yuck.
I will not be buying this chocolate again, I will try the other varieties to see what they are like, but I gave some of this to my friend, which is unusual for me to share a bar of chocolate with anyone, and he didnt like it either. What a shame, I will give this chocolate two stars one for the cleaver idea, and one for the package, but nothing for the added bits of toffee apple which I think spoilt this bar of chocolate.
Thanks for reading and rating my reviews. x.
I always think that Cadburys are fairly boring with their chocolate and so was shocked when I saw these new combination chocolate bars from them - "Bar of Plenty". I am assuming it is a new idea from Kraft, rather than the original Cadburys guys!
The bar was on offer at Tescos last week for £1 so I thought it was worth a try for that price - I was wrong!!
These bars were released in February and there are 3 types: Roast Hazelnut and Honey Roast Cashews, Berry Fruit and Vanilla Shortcake and Toffee Apple. The one I bought was Toffee Apple.
The bar is nice to look at. The packaging is the classic purple Cadburys wrapping. It has pictures of toffee, apples and chocolate and has "Bar of Plenty" written in big writing. The packet is easy to open, and the layout of the chocolate is the same as a regular Cadburys bar.
The chocolate is in chunks, and you can see the chunks of apple and toffee peeking out! The name "Bar of Plenty" does seem appropriate here as you can see that there is "plenty" of filling inside which is probably the only good thing going for this bar!
So, the actual chocolate is lovely - it is regular, Cadburys Dairy Milk chocolate - you ca't go wrong! It melts in your mouth and tastes lovely and milky. However, the added extras are horrible! The toffee isn't too bad, but the apple - yuk!
It is probably my own fault for thinking that the apple would taste nice - dried apple is never going to taste that great, and the added "spiced" part to the apple makes it even worse!
The toffee was quite hard, as toffee sometimes is, and I didn't mind this. The apple was a funny flavour. It was slightly chewy, in a kind of foamy way! It was spiced, and just tasted odd and slightly "off"!
I guess it does sort of taste like toffee apple, but not in a good way, and I think it could taste so much better.
The other flavours sound good, and maybe I will try them one day, but I won't be rushing to it, and I definitely will not be giving this one another go!!
A serving (which is 3 chunks - who ever has only 3 chunks!?) has 85 kcal, and I am afraid you cannot kid yourself by saying "it has fruit in!".
Launched in February 2010 by Cadbury this is the first big launch by takeover kings Kraft. It is the newest addition to the flavoured chocolate range which already includes products like Fruit and Nut, Apricot Crumble and Cranberry and Granola.
There are three flavours in the new Dairy Milk 'Bar of Plenty' range: Toffee Apple, Roast Hazelnut and Honey Roast Cashews and Berry Fruit and Vanilla Shortbread Variety. It seems that Cadbury/Kraft have taken a leaf out of the Walkers crisps book and decided to excite consumers by inventing a whole lot of shocking and inventive flavours.
In this review I'll be referring to the Berry Fruit and Vanilla Shortbread variety. I bought my 140 gram sized bar as I was going through the checkout in Sainsburys and it seems that these bars are getting a lot of showcasing and promotion in stores. There is a definate 'Willy Wonka' vibe to the packaging design with the font having a playful and quirky appearance. The picture also shows the ingredients bursting out of the bar as if it has exploded! The design shows giant strawberries, juicy cranberries and elderberries alongside ragged chunks of golden shortbread and below this the broken square of chocolate with all of these ingredients seemingly stuffed in there. It looks delicious and when I bought this I imagined the picture was a fair representation of what was in the bar. I was somewhat wrong. As far as the fruit ingredients goes the bar actually only contains cranberries which are infused with "natural strawberry and elderberry" juices. In theory this might be a wise move, considering cranberries are naturally bitter. The strawberry flavouring is not exactly subtle or particularly authentic though. The taste is pretty much identical to that of strawberry liquorice laces. It's a flavour I'd call child-friendly and I'm not sure all adults will like it's sugary, jelly-sweet type taste. There is an undertone of elderberry juice which is barely noticable unless you think about it. The cranberry pieces are smaller than I imagined they'd be. I'd call them slivers infact and it only takes a couple of chews to really break these small pieces up. I would say that I like this fruity flavour a lot although it is not nearly what i imagined it would be! It's way more of a kid's cheap candy flavour than a type of Green and Blacks/Seeds of Change style luxury blend of exotic fruit.
The most dominant flavour is that of the shortcake pieces which are abundant in the bar and which seem to be formed into small balls. These are soft and fluffy and literally melt in the mouth. The shortbread has a toasted vanillla flavour which I'd associate with high quality brands of shortbread. The shortbread and crandberry pieces seem to have sunk to the bottom of the bar which means most of the top of each square is pure chocolate.
The chocolate is milk chocolate and has that creamy cows milk flavour mixed with a strong, cocoa-bean kiss. It's moreish, high quality chocolate.
The texture of the bar is very interesting and enjoyable to feel in the mouth. The shortbread has that soft, doughy consistency which mingles with the melting chocolate to form a knid of biscuity paste. The cranberries are chewy but don't have the toughness that a lot of dried fruit does. It's more like they are as soft as raisins and as sticky as a jelly mix-up sweet.
Do I like this chocolate bar? In general I prefer plain chocolate but I can honestly say that of all the bars that contain nuts, or a fruit medley that this is the nicest one I've tasted. It's perhaps a little light on the cranberry pieces but the texture and taste overall is spot on. Tasting this has deifnately made me want to try the other flavours in the range!
All information about the product is listed on the wrapper. This includes full ingredients. These include: Emulsifiers E442, E476, dried cranberries, natural strawberry flavouring, concentrated elderberry juice, 9% shortcake and natural vanilla flavouring. It also contains milk and wheat and MAY contain nuts and soya.
Nutritional values are provided in both easy read format and a detailed chart. Values are given per 3 chunks and per 100 grams. 100 grams of this provides 505 calories and 26.4 grams of fat, which is quite a hefty number!
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Something odd must of come over those folks at Cadbury. How else does one explain these craz-eee new creations?
I love Cadburys, I really do. I am their handmaiden infact. But they have become rather dull in recent times. Every 'new' thing they come out with seems to be simply a variation on cadbury caramel in some form or another. Untill now..
Waltzing around Tesco like I do (well not actually waltzing, that would be strange) I spied a display of NEW Cadbury bars, at the special offer price of £1. Woohoo! I love newness! Let's embrace the chocolate excitement.
The bars have been given the name "Bar of Plenty". Hmm. I'm sure there's an innuendo in there somewhere, but at present I can't think what it is (I'm v.tired) suffice to say this is to convey these as bars with 'plenty' in them.
Cloaked in familiar, yet swish matte purple packaging (don't you get a warm rush of love whenever you see that cadbury purple?) with varying illustrations that effectively portray the flavours, I must say it's all rather enchanting.
Or maybe I'm just a bit sad. Maybe (*crickets*).
You are spoiled with the choice of three flavours:
berry and vanilla shortacake
hazelnut and honey roast cashew
I say! This could take a while..I chose the toffee apple since it sounded the most EXTREME and NEXT LEVEL and I like living life on the edge. The bar was 140g (split into 24 chunks, for those with a need for numerical order) so £1 was a good deal.
Inspecting the wrapper tells us this is milk chocolate with spiced apple and toffee pieces. Spiced? Really? Concerning, I don't much like curry. Sure it will be fine, it's Cadbury for pete's sakes. In its naked form, you will see these alledged 'spiced' apple chunks and toffee crowding about on the underside of the bar. Cripes, there's loads! They weren't lying when they said there would be plenty. Oh Cadbury, how dependable you are.
The chocolate was a creamy, comforting, melt-in-the-mouth joy. Ha! Classic Cadbury. I adore Cadbury chocolate, it is so dairy rich and sweet (but not overly so) with just enough of a cocoa hit to be satisfying but with that underlying creamyness that just rounds the whole thing off as it thickly melts away. Amazingly yum, as always.
Sadly, I wasn't completely won over by the added bits. The toffee was very tough and brittle, and slightly jarring your teeth when chomped into. It had a pleasant buttery sweetness, but the flavour wasn't quite strong enough to match the rich milky chocolate, so apart from the imposing (and actually a bit painful) texture they got kind of lost. Boo.
The dried apple pieces were more successful. They had a soft, slightly chewy texture and a sweet fruity flavour. And the dreaded spice? It came in a nice warming wave of cinnamon, which made this quite a comforting eat.
To be honest I kept swaying from liking, to not liking this bar. After I got over the initial novelty of the 'toffee apple' flavour (and kudos to Cadbury for showing a bit of innovation and daring for a change) I'm not entirely sure the combination worked. The cinnamon-y apple with the weakly flavoured rocks of toffee didn't quite pair with the chocolate, and the chunky, munchy texture got a bit irritating after a while.
It was completely lovely for a change, but once I've finished the bar I don't think I'll be bothering with this particular flavour again.
I'll definitely have a go at the other varieties though. Hell yeah, just try and stop me. I suspect the other flavours might be more of a success, I feel it in my waters.
For the health conscious (good for you guys!), there are 495 calories in 100g, equating to 85 calories per 3 chunk portion.
I have just bought a bar of this new creation by Cadbury, and I admit it was an impulse buy but for £1 who cares. (think this was on promotion, I didn't notice anything past how yummy it looked)
I have been saying for weeks how I miss Dairy Milk with Biscuit, so seeing this seemed like the answer to my prayers.
On the very mysterious, Willy Wonka-looking packaging, it is described as being 'berry fruit & vanilla shortcake' and since the name is bar of plenty, I was expecting it to be jam packed with these new ingredients. I was right, each little piece (3 of which contains 90 calories, which seems a lot at first but a Cadbury Freddo is around 100 cals so its not too bad) contains lots, well plenty of little shortcake pieces and chewy dried fruit, mainly cranberry.
I wouldn't say that the vanilla comes through very well, but I don't mind as it tasted nice anyway, and upon looking at the ingredients there is just some vanilla flavouring in the shortcake recipe. The biscuit isn't too sweet and it compliments the sweet yet tangy tastes that come through from the cranberries.
I am disappointed that this new bar is only available in 140g bars as it is so moreish! My friend and I have just accidentally nibbled through the whole bar with a cup of tea, and we haven't had dinner yet! oops.
If you like ingredients-filled chocolate, shortcake, dried fruit and you miss Dairy Milk with Biscuit, then I would recommend trying this, but please don't hold me responsible when you can't stop!
There are 2 other flavours available:
Toffee Apple-don't think I fancy that one
Roast Hazelnut and Honey Roast Cashew-when I have gotten over the guilt from this bar I may try that one.
I saw this lovely looking product in the co-operative priced at just 99p for a rather large bar, oh what the hell i said in my head this will sort me out!! the diet out the window! tut tut!!
This is a new product from Cadburys called bar of plenty this comes in a range of flavours apple and toffee, vanilla,berry and shortcake and hazelnut and cashew all coming in a very generous 140grams worth! I decided to try the berry and shortcake so this is the one im talking about!
The chunks are very large maybe a bit too big so you feel like you have to bite half be able to suck it, it has very generous amounts of shortcake balls which are lovely and crunchy, the berries are red and almost like raisins but have more of a zingy sour taste to them, but i found this went very well with the hole sweetness,crunchy,chewy texture in my mouth this was and ok bar of chocolate but i didnt find it very enjoyable to some.
I wouldnt buy this again because i didnt find as tasty as the good old fruit and nut and i also didnt seem to taste any vanilla in it when it states there is? soo cadburys did you forget to put it in? well atleast i gave it ago but because this wasnt to great i wont be tasting the rest.
Nutrition Information (per 100g)
Energy (KJ) 2120
Energy (KCal) 505
(of which Sugar) 54g
Total Fat 26.4g
(of which Saturated Fat) 15.8g
* Equiv as Salt 0.3g