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I saw this whilst doing my food shop around Morrisons and it caught my eye - who doesn't love Cadburys Chocolate, and who doesn't love cookies? Together I thought they'd be a match made in heaven to match my bottle of wine and my Saturday night telly (yes, that's how rock and roll I am!).
Ok so first off, the 200g bar retails at £2.50 currently, although I've often seen it on buy one get one free.
This is the nutritional info for 100g (half a bar):
Energy (KJ) 2190kJ
Energy (Kcal) 525kcal
(of which sugar) 53.5g
Total Fat 29g
(of which saturated fat) 17g
*Equivalent as salt 0.43g
The taste - I have to confess I read the "cookie" bit of this chocolate bar and then didn't bother to read anything else, I was already sold at "cookie" so why would I need to read on??? Well if I'd of bothered to read on I would have known that it contained tasty little caramel almonds and hazelnut pieces - a very tasty surprise addition to my cookie chocolate! As always with Cadburys the chocolate itself is so creamy and chocolately and delicious, and the cookie pieces in it are plentiful, crunchy and moreish.
The shareability - Ok this is the only negative I have about this bar.... you know how like with normal chocolate bars you can split it into squares and share it evenly? well with this bar all the squares are wonky, it sort of looks like crazy paving which makes it difficult to share - especially if you are sharing with children as they argue over who gets the biggest square!!!!
I'd say this chocolate bar is definitely worth a try, and if you want to avoid the fight between the kids about who gets which square you could just eat the whole bar yourself instead??? ;-)
I do enjoy the occasional bar of chocolate, especially Cadburys dairy milk so when they launched there marvellous creations range I couldn't wait to try them. There are 3 different varieties in the range with the one I will be reviewing today being the dairy milk with cookie nut crunch.
The marvellous creations bars can be purchased in most supermarkets or convenience stores and come in small individual or larger sharing bars. I purchased an individual bar today from my local Tesco store where it was priced at 60p or 3 bars for £1.20.
The bar is wrapped in the usual signature purple plastic wrapper and details all the usual information including ingredients listings and nutritional information.
The bar is described as milk chocolate with pieces of biscuit, crunchy almond caramel and chopped roasted caramelised hazelnuts. The bar itself although shaped in the usual rectangle, the individual pieces are not the usual uniformed shape but instead all random and have different textures on the top. When you break the pieces off you can see the pieces of biscuit and caramel inside.
Obviously all those additions to the chocolate make this bar really high in sugar and calories. The individual bars contain the following nutritional information:
Calories - 245
Sugars - 25.0g
Saturates - 7.9g
Salt - 0.20g
I wasn't as keen on this bar as I was with the previous one I had tried which contained popping candy and jelly pieces. Although the dairy milk chocolate is as delicious as always I found that the biscuit pieces, nuts and caramel made the bar have a rather gritty texture which ruined the taste slightly. It was also difficult to distinguish the flavours with the biscuit pieces seeming to over power the nuts and caramel. The pieces of caramel were very small and hard and when I tried to distinguish the flavour they did remind me of small pieces of dime bar but are hardly noticeable.
Overall I wasn't as impressed with this chocolate bar as I expected to be, I thought it lacked flavour and the gritty texture made it almost unpleasant. This is not a chocolate bar that I will be purchasing again.
Cadburys as a brand are continually bringing out new products to tempt our taste buds and keep us chocoholics happy. Their latest creations are called Marvellous creations which come in two different varieties, Cookie nut crunch or popping candy shells one. After eating way too much of the popping candy one I thought I'd give the Cookie nut crunch a try.
The small bars are on offer in Coop at 50p a bar and the large 200g bars were also on offer at £1.32. I consider these a bargain price especially as I saw them in Tescos priced at £3.35 but was probably because they were about to go on offer as stores tend to raise the price before it goes on offer.
The packaging for these bars stands out quite well, you have the usual purple colours along with a white striped pattern in the back ground with Marvellous creations written in large print and a aqua colour banner underneath with cookie nut crunch on it. The popping candy bar will have pink colour banner instead.
When you open these bars with their peel me back and wrap me round new style wrappers you will possibly be surprised as the bar isn't your average chocolate squares. The whole bar is made up of odd shape pieces which I find more awkward to break a piece off of it. They are 30 rectangular, triangular and nearly square shaped pieces of various sizes.
Taste wise the chocolate has cookie nut crunch in it which is fancy way of saying nutty cookie pieces. Small balls of cookies with a nutty crunch bit contained in it. The taste reminded me of peanut brittle and I found the nutty taste was too overpowering for the chocolate so I kind of lost the lovely Cadburys chocolate taste I like so much.
I will always try new chocolate and I'm glad I tried this one but I won't buy it again where as I would the other version.
Shocking to see that one whole bar of this contains 1050 calories, I couldn't eat a whole bar of this one in one go but if I did I'd need a long jog afterwards to burn those calories off.
I am undecided about recommending this particular bar as to me I'm not keen on it but to others that like nutty then they may well really enjoy it. I'd say give it a try but make sure you find it on offer in a store.
Cadbury's Dairy Milk has to be one of my favourite brands of chocolate bar so it was pretty inevitable that I would try their new range of 'Marvellous Creations.' The range comprises of two different chocolate bars; one with 'Jelly Popping Candy Shells' and this 'Cookie Nut Crunch.' In the interests of making a fair comparison, I felt obliged to try both varieties. (There really are no limits to the sacrifices that I am prepared to take for reviewing purposes.)
Price and Availability
I picked up two of each variety in generous 200g sizes, although smaller 50g bars are also available for anybody with a little more willpower than I possess. Fortunately, for my purse, I found the new range on offer in Morrisons where I paid just £1.24 per bar. Whilst this doesn't initially sound anything out of the ordinary, it is when you consider that some supermarkets have been selling these bars for well over £3 each!
Packaging and Design
Sporting the traditional trademark purple colouring of Dairy Milk bars, these bars are easy to distinguish with 'Marvellous Creations' printed clearly across the front and a rather enticing image of the chocolate inside. The packaging is easy to rip open and Cadbury have rather thoughtfully designed the pack to be re-sealable, although that it isn't really an issue that causes many problems in our household with three chocolate-loving boys to satisfy!
The chocolate itself is very cleverly designed. Cadbury have reinvented the traditional square blocks and made the segments irregularly shaped, with differing designs on each piece. Despite the unusual shape, the chocolate is still really easy to snap apart and separate into individual pieces or strips. (Come on, who really just eats a single square of chocolate?!) There were a few occasions when my over-enthusiastic snapping did result in a particular large section of chocolate snapping off...
The taste of the chocolate itself is particularly worthy of comment. The blocks are really thick and the familiarity of the sweet and creamy taste of Dairy Milk was the first thing that I noticed. The bar (and each segment) is randomly but fairly evenly spread with various pieces of biscuits and caramelised almonds and hazelnuts. The pieces are well proportioned so that don't dominate or detract from the creaminess of the chocolate at all. I have found that some chocolates containing biscuits can be a little dry but that is not the case at all here. The texture of the biscuits has been captured to perfection. I find them similar to the texture of Maltesers, without the distinctive malty taste. The size of the biscuit pieces is perfect to get a decent crunch without overwhelming the chocolate and caramel.
I'm not, personally, a big fan of nuts or nut-based confectionary so I wasn't expecting to be all that keen on the flavour of this variety due to the inclusion of hazelnuts and almonds. In all honesty, the taste of the nuts is pretty much totally disguised by the caramelisation process. If it hadn't been for the name of the bar, I wouldn't have actually been aware that it did contain any nuts at all as, on taste alone, the slightly crunchy, slightly chewy pieces of caramelised nuts could quite easily pass for toffee or caramel pieces. I could imagine that this could be a slight disappointment for a real nut lover who was expecting to find great pieces of whole nuts here as the actual nutty pieces are quite tiny but, personally, the proportions and variety of tastes and textures couldn't be any better balanced.
Crucially, the chocolate itself isn't overly sweet and the combination of the biscuit and caramelised pieces isn't at all cloying. Within my household, I'm unlikely to ever get the opportunity to devour a whole bar to myself but I could certainly eat at least half a bar in one sitting without feeling any the worse for wear!
Warning for Vegetarians
I don't generally see the need to include details about ingredients and nutrition for confectionary items. (Let's face it- this is going to be packed with sugar and fat and not recommended for people on a calorie controlled diet.) I will mention that there is a relatively small and unobtrusive warning at the bottom of the ingredients list that this is not actually suitable for vegetarians. That is a little disappointing and quite strange considering that the other variety does feature a vegetarian friendly label and I would have expected, out of the two, that the other bar with its jelly sweets and candy would be far more likely to contain non-veggie ingredients. I'm not actually sure what the non-vegetarian additives are within this chocolate bar as there are no obvious suspects such as gelatine included. It does include shellac as a glazing agent so it could possibly be that although the Popping Candy variety also includes shellac and is veggie friendly. This is clearly something that a strict vegetarian has to avoid, unfortunately.
Having tried both of the Marvellous Creations bars, I must admit that the Jelly Popping Candy Shells version has proven to be slightly more popular in my household - on the basis of how little of that variety is left compared to this Cookie Nut Crunch. I think the Jelly variety is more of a novelty, especially for children, whereas this variety is a more classic combination of flavours. I'm certainly happy to recommend this flavour and will be purchasing more of each variety.