You know how it is, Christmas comes and everybody seems to buy you chocolate. Well, its pretty much that way inmy family - maybe they're just lazy. Anyway, none of my folks like orange chocolate. Nor does anybody I know actually. To be fair, neither do I. But I went to my mum and days last night to say hi, and they offered me the last bar left over from Christmas - NEW Cadbury Dairy Milk Orange Chips, I decided to give it a go.
John Cadbury opened his first shop in 1824 in Birmingham, which was the beginning of the Cadbury Limited that we know today. Their most famous brands include: Cadbury Dairy Milk, Cadbury Cream Egg, Roses, heroes, Flake, Crunchie, and many many more. The Dairy Milk range also come with added ingredients including nuts and raisin, wholenut, caramel, mint, biscuit, and more!
The orange Crisp one is quite new, and to be honest I've never seen it in the shops before. All Dairy milk packets have the exact same design. In fact, you will find that they are exactly the same in every country they are sold in, except for the language. The front of this packet is deep purple at the top, metallic orange at the bottom, and has 'Dairy Milk' written accross the centre in purple lettering on a white band. In the top left hand corner it says 'new' in a red circle, followed by the very famous Cadbury logo. On the right hand side of the pack it has the 2 glasses of milk pouring onto a square of chocolate, with orange bits in it. Did you know that these glasses of milk symbolise their famous slogan "glass and a half of full cream milk in every half pound" ?
On the back of the packaging it has the best before end date, large bar code, ingredients, and nutritional information. Being a little health concious it worries me rather that one 49g bar contains 245 callories, and 12.4g of fat. Maybe I wont be eating all of it this morning. It also warns that the product may contain nuts, wheat, and soya. But of course, if you are allergic to these things then you will be looking out for that anyway! It also gives their address if you have any complaints or queries, and states that it is by appointment to her majesty to the queen. While I am talking about Cadbury, did you also know that Cadbury have one line of chocolate just for the Queen?!
The plastic packaging is very easy to tear, and allows you to get in at it without breakingit or making a mess. The chocolate is made up of 6 chunks, easy to break apart from one another, each with the Cadbury logo printed on top. Actually, after breaking one off, it smells quite sweet with a hint of orange. Where the chocolate has broken from the adjoining piece, you can see tiny holes where the orange pieces were, and small shiny pieces which I am guessing (and hoping) is orange!!! Because I dont normally like orange chocolate, I popped the first bit in my mouth, and crunched it up really quickly ready to get rid of it if I didn't like it.
Actually, I was quite pleasantly suprised. The chocolate was perfect Cadbury standars, all sweet and smooth. The orange was not at all overpowering, in fact it was quite complimenting and just added a hint of extra flavour. However, what I found quite off putting was the pieces of orange that were fairly hard, and sort of got stuck in my teeth which is a little annoying. The second piece I lay on my tongue, and softly sucked the chocolate making it melt in my mouth. Yum yum. The orange pieces this time were all left on my tongue, and because they had warmed up a little, were less harsh on my teeth.
This chocolate bar was in fact a lot better than I thought it was. You could taste the orange, but it wasn't too strong, and didn't overpower the chocolate. Although I didn't plan to eat it all, I had to, and by the end the orange tast was quite strong. It leaves a bit of an orangy aftertaste, and a dry mouth, but all flavoured chocolate does that to some extent. To be honest, I don't think it is something that I would purposely go out to buy, but if you want to give it to me for free then I'd be more than happy to eat it!! At a cost of around £0.40 for a 49g bar, I'd say its worth it
Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate! It really is the cure for all ills Life doesnt seem nearly as bad with a kilo or two of the delicious brown substance within easy reach!
This is why I made a bee line for my favourite aisle in Tesco the other day - the one holding the numerous sweets and chocolates - to stock up on all things sweet, brown and sugary! But what to buy! It seems hardly a day goes by when a new brand, breed or incarnation of the glorious substance is not foist upon us to try and reject / accept into our lives.
Nowadays you can have virtually any flavoured chocolate, from mint to Turkish delight. You can have it with a high cocoa butter content or even with little berries in it heck you can even have it with chillies imbedded in it! And now it seems that those master chocolate manufacturers Cadbury are embracing the added bits fad by giving us Dairy Milk with Orange Chips to sit alongside its Mint bits bar. Now I dont mind a little orangeness to my chocolate when the mood takes me so I did the only sensible thing and dropped a couple of the 200g bars into my shopping basket for later delectation and consumption Well, at just £1.04 each it would have been rude not too!
The bar is unmistakably Cadbury with the deep purple wrapper adorned with the Cadbury name and the glass and a half of real milk logo. The bottom of the wrapper is a metallic orange colour to signify which incarnation of the bar it is and a square of chocolate sits riddled with little orange bits. As is common in food products the rear of the wrapper is given over to nutritional, ingredient and customer satisfaction information with the 200g bar I have in my possession notching up a very even and well rounded 1000 calories.
Also worthy of note is that over a quarter of the bar is made up of fats so it is fair to say that those watching their figures should perhaps stick to eating a fresh orange rather than this! The ingredient list is fairly unremarkable and seems par for the course for a bar of chocolate with sugar, cocoa mass and cocoa butter all featuring prominently. Finally, the bar may well contain traces of nuts, Soya and wheat so those that are intolerant to such things should also look else where for their chocolate fix. A freephone number and address are supplies so that any concerns, problems or issues can be reported to Cadbury quickly.
Right, enough shilly-shallying, lets get the wrapper off and try the chocolate after all, the proof has to be in the eating! Ripping the wrapper off releases the faintest of sweet chocolate smell with perhaps the merest hint of an underlying orange scent. The bar breaks easily thanks to the standard chunk lay out and the odour is very much exacerbated when the chocolate is broken. On placing a chunk in the mouth the first thing that strikes me is the smoothness of the milk chocolate, as it starts to melt in the heat of my mouth the orange chips start to give off a strong yet not overpowering flavour. As more melting occurs the orange chips are left to be bitten or swallowed as needs be, they are very crisp to the bite and while masticating they give off a last vestige of orangeness before dissipating. The aftertaste is not at all unpleasant sort of a sugary orange hint unsurprisingly.
I did find that when I got towards the end of consuming the bar I had a slight sore throat but then this is not an uncommon occurrence when eating high sugar foods so I guess it serves me right for eating the whole bar in one sitting! Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this newest member of the Cadbury Dairy Milk stable, the orange flavour was balanced to perfection so that it did not overpower the creaminess of the chocolate but rather complimented it beautifully. Four stars out of five from this chocolate lover.
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