Product Type: Cadbury Chocolate
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Size isn't everything!
Cadbury Dairy Milk Magical Advent Calendar
Member Name: kiss_me2070
Cadbury Dairy Milk Magical Advent Calendar
Advantages: Chocolate tastes great, Chocolates get bigger
Disadvantages: Doors are all in order, No Christmas pictures on the back of the doors; Calendar starts to look tatt
When it comes to Christmas I am sometimes a bit of a big kid in terms of the countdown to Christmas. I do enjoy spending Christmas with my family and friends but I also like the build up to Christmas as well. I always buy myself an advent calendar as a treat every year for December so I can get ready to count down to Christmas. There is always a good selection of advent calendars to choose from but I normally for the Dairy Milk calendars as I prefer the taste of these compared to some of these cheaper brands such as Kinnerton.
The Advent Calendar
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The advent calendar is the typical Cadbury purple colour and has a large tree on the front which is decorated with lights and different objects. It also states on the top left hand corner that this product is a 'Cadbury Magical Advent'. The calendar is called a magical advent because as you get closer to Christmas the chocolates behind the doors get bigger. This sounded great and as soon as I read this on the calendar this was a must buy for me! The front of the calendar is very colourful and Christmassy looking. You can clearly see the square doors on the front of the calendar all of which are numbered. Numbers 1-19 are normal square shaped doors which are the size you expect on every advent calendar. Door's 20-23 are slightly larger and are more of a rectangle shape so I am guessing this is where the chocolates get bigger. You can't miss door 24 which is at the bottom of the tree and has double doors to open. On the back of the calendar are a few games to do such as 'Match the Christmas Gifts', Christmas Find-A-Word and 'Spot the Christmas Carol'. These may appeal to younger children, but they did not appeal to me. You can also find a list of ingredients and nutritional information on the back of the calendar as well. I purchased this from my local Sainsbury's store when it was on offer for £2.00 which I thought was very reasonable for a calendar in which the chocolates got bigger the closer to Christmas it was.
Opening the Doors
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The first thing I noticed when it came to opening the calendar was that the numbered doors are all in order which I was a little surprised at as normally the doors are jumbled around and it's what makes looking for them fun. The first few chocolates in the advent are small and round with a shape on the top of the round chocolate. This can be anything such as a star or present. On the other side of the door is some writing in gold which is actually quite hard to read due to the dark purple colour used on the doors. The doors say various things such as '23 days to go' or 'What are you wishing for?'. I had to admit that I was expecting a small, colourful Christmas picture on the inside of the doors, how-ever maybe these would come later on in the calendar. The doors were easy to open using the perforations as a guide to pull them open. Once you have opened the door you will see some silver foil which needs to be broken in order to get the chocolate out. The chocolate is nestled in a clear plastic tray and when you remove it will reveal a picture of count down on the surface under the clear plastic tray. Some of these pictures were Christmassy and bright but others were a bit dull and contained things such as '23 Days to Go'. The chocolate tasted nice and it was lovely and creamy and tasted just as I expected. It had exactly the same delicious taste as a Cadbury Dairy Milk bar. The chocolates were all the same size up until number 6. From here the chocolates in the calendar were much thicker and they were also shaped into different shapes.
I was impressed that the chocolates had already started to get bigger as I wasn't expecting this until at least door 20 where the doors actually looked bigger than the others. I don't like eating chocolate early in the morning so I would actually open my calendar after I had finished work when I got home. By now the calendar was starting to look a little tatty from where a lot of the doors have been opened or where the surrounding cardboard to the doors had ripped or torn when opening the doors to the calendar. I opened door 19 which was a bigger door and there was a bigger chocolate. This chocolate went back to being quite thin but was a festive shape of a cracker. I opened door 20 and again this was the same size as the previous one only slightly thicker. I can't remember what the chocolate was shaped like but it was another festive shape. There were still colourful pictures underneath the tray that held the chocolate and there was still some gold writing on the doors which I stopped paying attention to when opening the calendar. As I ate my way through the calendar door 24 was soon approaching I opened the doors as there were 2 small doors to make up a big one and saw a lovely sized chocolate in the tray. I popped the chocolate out of the tray without breaking it. It was a large cracker chocolate. This chocolate was thinner than the last one but was slightly bigger than the previous one. Behind the chocolate underneath the tray it said 'Santa is coming tonight'.
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The calendar wasn't very exciting, due to the fact that all the numbered doors were in order so it wasn't very fun trying to find the numbered doors each morning and I didn't really have to look. The overall look of the calendar is very Christmassy and although there are some games on the back, I didn't do these. The tree on the front of the calendar is very colourful and Christmassy looking, how-ever it starts to look tatty after you have opened about 2-3 doors on the calendar. The doors are quite easy to open but I did rip a few of the gaps in between the doors when opening a few of them. The foil which covers the chocolate is easy to break and I managed to pop the chocolates out of the tray with no problems. The pictures which are underneath the tray are colourful, but to me aren't that Christmassy. I don't really like the wording on the back of the doors as it's quite hard to read due to it being in gold front on a very dark purple background. I would have much rather had lovely Christmassy pictures on each door instead. My nephew also had this calendar and he liked the fact that the chocolates got bigger throughout the calendar. I think he would have also found the calendar more fun if the numbered doors were jumbled up again. In terms of value the calendar was a reasonable price but I don't think I would purchase it again as it's not a very fun calendar despite the size of the chocolates.
Please note: No I have not been naughty and have eaten the chocolate early. I started writing this review last year and never got round to finishing it!
(review may also appear on ciao)
Summary: The chocolates get bigger the closer to Christmas.