Product Type: Cadbury Chocolate
Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations Cookie Nut Crunch
Member Name: jo1976
Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations Cookie Nut Crunch
Advantages: Familiar creaminess of Dairy Milk contrasting with different textures and tastes
Disadvantages: Not suitable for vegetarians, expensive if not on offer
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.
Summary: A delicious take on Dairy Milk