“ Brand: Cadbury / Type: Bar „
Well, its only coming up for the end of September and ALREADY the christmas choccies are up on the shelves! In our local Co-op is a shelve of Cadbury christmas delights. These include: Cadbury wishes stars, Snow bites, solid chocolate snowmen and these magic elves.
I bought 6 of these bars to share with my family and we thought they are a cute little treat.
These come in the traditional Cadbury purple packaging. They were sold in 1 elf packaging but i've heard you can get big packages of about 10, but i haven't seen them being sold around here so maybe thats just in specific places.
I didn't count how many designs of different elves there were, but all 6 of mine were different. they all had different names and different elve pictures on the front of the packaging. a few of ours were: Emerald, Ruby, Topaz and Citrine. All had different back stories.
Emeralds was: Devises ideas and designs for gifts that match the recipient, writes on all gifts (Christmas wishes and instructions) and wraps every present that leaves the North Pole - however, has a very bad temper and often wraps up other elves when cross.
These are quite nice for kids as they have different little stories on that they can enjoy.
When taking the bar out of its packet, it is sort of a slightly smaller and thinner version of a Freddo frog. It has a elve design engraved into the choclate, agian, this will appeal more to kids eating this bar.
The taste test:
Well, the chocolate is the good old Dairy milk bar, which i do love. Creamy and sweet. The new addition to this bar is it has popping candy! The candy pops wonderfully in the mouth and works really well! It dosen't have a flavour, just a sweet, sugar taste. I think i would have been cool for each elve to maybe have a different flavour. (i'e Ruby has strawberry popping candy.)
My thoughts and ratings:
I think this was a fun little treat, as did my family. I think that in future they should try out flavoured popping candy and see what public think! I think 1 elve comes to the price of 20p. This isn't awful, and if you are out shopping and the kids want a treat, it won't break the bank and is just the right size not to fill you up to much but to give you a choccie hit!
I rate this bar 4 out of 5!
It is that time of year when the confectionary companies release their Christmas specials and one of my favourites is by Cadburys. Each year around november or december they creep onto the chocolate shelves and tempt me, what am i talking about i hear you cry only the best chocolate ever its Cadbury's Magical Elves.
They are small in size more akin to the Freddo bars but they have hidden and magical ingredients. They come in the small bar sizes only 14g per bar and are great for snacks and fairly guilt free. The wrapper is in the traditional purple to make it easily recognisable as a Cadbury product and has one of 8 elves on the front. Now you might just think they are similar to Cadbury's Dairy Milk and what is all the fuss about and while the chocolate is Dairy Milk the magic ingredient is magical popping candy laced throughout the bar - takes me back to space dust and my childhood years. Take a bite of the bar (which is shaped like an elf) and feel and hear the popping candy, it is quite fabulous and fun and reminds of being a kid and in these times thats a pretty special chocolate.
They are only 70 calories a bar with 3.9g of fat per bar. You can buy them in most supermarkets and newsagents, Asda at the moment is selling them for 20p each, a bargain to give you some childish fun. But be quick they are only here for Christmas then gone for another year.
You know Christmas is coming when you see the selection boxes of chocolate bars on the shelves, those sadly these seem to start in October, can't remember that happening when I was a little boy. However it's always good to see new chocolate bars on the shelf, even the ones that aren't great are still a welcome addition, but when Cadbury's start selling one at 20p it's impossible to not at least try one. Magical Elves for those that haven't seen them are sadly the smallest bars on the market taking the throne from Freddo's however the similarities don't end on size alone as you'll find out if you read on.
The wrapper, like Freddo's are is mainly purple with an innocent seeming character on the front, in this case a random elf (depending on the colour of the footer of the wrapper each Elf has it's own name and colour, and a back story, as though they are a collectable character). The wrapper also gives a rather alluring description of being "Milk chocolate with magical popping candy", though the magical is arguable it needs to be said popping candy isn't used anywhere near enough. In fact what ever happened to packets of popping candy being available? You know, the stuff that left you're mouth feeling like a bomb test site as explosions went off like land mines all over the inside of your mouth.
The bar is made from plain Cadbury's milk chocolate and (again going be to Mr Freddo) it's has a detailed character etched into the chocolate (yes, like the frog). I'm assuming the character in the case of the pink one is "Topaz" the character the wrapper names and explains about her being "...an amazing cook and makes all the meals for Santa" (yeah you can tell it's a Christmas themed bar). After biting into the always gorgeous Cadbury's chocolate I was left with a party going off in my mouth from the popping candy, it was as if someone had given a 3 year old party poppers and told them to explode them all in my mouth. It's not often that eating is actually "fun" it can, and often is enjoyable, but rarely is it truly fun, this however was one of the most fun things I've eaten in a long time. It really was like a Freddo on crack.
Nutritional Information per 100g/per bar (approx 15g)
The bar contains milk and may contain Wheat and Soya though are fine for vegetarians (so try them).
Overall the only problem I have with the bar is the size (which is tiny) other than that these are unadulterated fun in a chocolate coating, cheap and ingenious. I plead with everyone reading this to try it, you will not be disappointed, in fact you'll go back and raid the shelf for more you'll spend your change or pocket money on them. This is as close as possible to something actually giving your mouth an orgasm.
Last night might have been Bonfire Night but the village shop is crammed full of all things Christmassy and mostly they're on offer. Occupying centre space in an enormous array of goodies was a small box containing an assortment of multicolour Magical Elves. We'd never seen these before but there were squeaks of delight when the demonic daughters realised each one not only had a cheerful elf on the front but was also edible. There was no way I was going to escape the shop without agreeing to at least one each especially at 20p.
In all there are eight elves to choose from and because of this it seemed to take them an eternity to decide precisely which elf to take home with them. Each one is named after a gemstone and is clothed in the colours of that stone. The the rear of the packet reveals a little about the elf in question and his or her role at the North Pole. Daughter No. 1 opted for Citrine who loves animals, No. 2 went with Zircon who is apparently a bit of a farty pants and I ended up with Alexandrite the electrician responsible for the lights on the Christmas toys.
Clearly the gimicky Christmas packaging is very effective. The sealed foil wrappers background is the easily recognisable distinctive deep purple which features throughout the Cadbury chocolate range.
Each tiny bar weighs in at a truly petite 15 grams. This is an approximate weight as Cadburys don't include the bar weight on their packaging and my scales weigh in 5 gram increments so it could be 2.5 grams more or less. If I had to bet on it my money would be on less. Still they've managed to cram 75 calories and 3.9g of fat into it.
Tearing open the wrapper was almost as exciting as buying the bar in the first place. The demonic daughters could barely wait to get home and upon arrival her the first thing they did was rip off the wrapper squeak about the cute elf shape inside, which incidently reminds me of a penguin,(perhaps thats the giant nose) and they promptly bit off the elfs heads.
Cue lots more squeaking as the elves exploded within their mouths. "Help me help me" yelped the littlest one "its a magic elf and its very cross. Its waving its wand inside my mouth I can feel the sparks". "Daddeeeeee". Unfortunately the other half and I were laughing too much to do anything much as DD2 whooshed past us to the kitchen for a glass of water to put the fire out. Perhaps if they'd read the tiny purple small print on the front of the packaging they'd have realised it contained popping candy and this was supposed to happen. As it was they didn't and as they've never had popping candy before it probably wouldn't have helped much anyway.
Once we'd stopped laughing enough to explain this to the daughters they demolished the remaining elves in three bites. Declaring the chocolate as delecious. To me it tasted just like an ordinary bar of Cadburys Dairy Milk, smooth and scrummy but with an added fizz which continues for almost a minute after the chocolate has gone and which rather bizarely you hear more than you feel.
I'll be buying a few to pop in their Christmas stockings.
Cadbury Magical Elves are one of the first signs of Christmas, and I love them to bits!! They are kind of like a more seasonal version of Freddos - minature chocolate bars with an elf design. Made with Cadbury's finest chocolate, they have popping candy inside. If you remember those Willy Wonka chocolate bars from a few years ago, they are like those but smaller and with Cadbury's Dairy Milk.
The popping candy inside makes the chocolate taste nice and crisp. As they are around the same thickness as a Freddo, this doesn't cause any problems in terms of biting! Plus you get the nice popping candy experience after, with the crispy noises and weird sensation. I'm not describing it very well, mainly because it's a real tactile sensation that needs to be experienced for yourself!
The Elves are, I supposed, aimed at children (sadly). The purple wrappers each feature a different character, all of whom are named after precious stones, such as Zircon and Amethyst. I'm not quite sure why they've chosen to do this, but it seems like a nice idea.
The Magical Elves have a website at www.cadburymagicalelves.com , where you can read stories about the characters and their origins, watch movies and do various other things. According to the site, Santa was sick of the elves stealing chocolate, so he put popping candy in it so he could hear when they'd stolen it! A sweet story to tell the kids :)
Another thing that confuses me about Magical Elves is the name. Despite having 'Magical Elves' written on each packet, you only get one, like a Freddo. I'm not sure why it's not called a 'Magical Elf' - perhaps it was originally intended to be sold in packs?
Magical Elves cost 20p each and can be found in most big supermarkets and lots of corner shops. If you're a real fan like I am, it's worth checking out Costco for a slightly better price. Magical Elves can also be bought from www.cadburygiftsdirect.co.uk (don't forget the cashback!) for £11.50 for a box of 64. This makes them around 17p each, which isn't an amazing saving but saves the checkout staff looking at you like you're mental for buying whole handfuls of them. (I shared several of them round the office, I'm not that greedy!). They'd be great for those advent calendars that you put your own treats in, or for putting between the layers of Christmas pass the parcel.
A great chocolate fix, you don't have to feel guilty because they're small, but still lovely Dairy Milk. Yay :)