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It was whilst I was shopping in my local Asda supermarket fairly recently that a display of 'new' items caught my eye. Catching sight of the all-too-familiar bright purple coloured packaging that I know and love so well, I could see immediately that the items on the display were from my beloved Cadbury's range of chocolate flavoured goodies and I decided to treat myself!
I opted to try a multi-pack of 'cake bars' from the range, and although there was a mint crisp version available, I chose instead to buy the 'Milk Chocolate' variety. The package of cake bars contains five individually wrapped bars, and I paid around 80 pence or so for this treat.
Removing the bar from its individual wrapper, I can see that the cake itself is covered in a layer of delicious Cadbury's milk chocolate. The outside of the bar does resemble that of a Cadbury's 'Mini Roll' or something similar and is quite smooth in appearance, although there are a few bumps in the chocolate coating here and there. As soon as the cake bar is removed from its wrapper the smell of rich, delicious Cadbury's chocolate is very evident and my mouth instantly starts to water, such is the richness of the aroma wafting to my nostrils.
Taking a bite of the cake bar, I am struck by a delicious chocolate-flavoured sponge which lies nestled underneath the chocolate outer coating. I am surprised by how light the sponge is as I usually find cakes like this are quite dense and stodgy!
After the first bite, I take a second and this is when the centre of the little cake bar makes itself known to me. In the very middle of the bar is a little helping of what can only be described as a creamy fondant. Similar in texture to butter icing or something similar, I find that the texture is absolutely delicious and the chocolate taste to the cream or fondant in the centre of the cake really brings it all together.... Yummy!
This may sound like a little piece of heaven to many of you reading this review. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but both me and my partner were really quite disappointed in these little cakes!
Firstly, the cream fondant in the centre of the cake is so sparse that one can't help but feel a little cheated. This isn't helped by the picture on the front of the cake's packaging that shows an image of one of the cake bars and the fondant centre on that cake is simply OOZING out of the centre! Tutness!
Secondly, (and possibly due to the lack of creamy filling) the cakes are really quite dry. I don't mean that I would recommend having a big glass of milk or a hot cuppa whilst eating one of these cakes in order to compliment the whole experience, I absolutely URGE you to have a drink of sorts to hand, such is the dry, claggy nature of these cakes whilst they are being consumed. I personally think that the overall taste of these little cakes is similar to a Cadbury's mini roll, but whereas they taste similar, I have never had the 'overly dry' problem with the Mini Rolls, so I can only assume that they have had their recipes looked at and the makers have found the perfect balance!
The nutritional information on the reverse of the packaging informs me that each of these cake bars will provide me with... (Wait for it....) 150 calories and 7.4g of fat. There is also information provided to inform me that this product is suitable for a vegetarian diet, although it is not suitable for those with a nut allergy.
The multi-packs of Cadbury's cake bars are widely available in all good grocery stores and supermarkets such as Sainsbury's, Tesco and Asda. The average price for a pack of five bars ranges from £1 to around £1.50.
If you take my advice you will opt for a pack of alternative cakes or snacks altogether because these really are not worth the price and proved to be a huge disappointment in our house. For these reasons, I am only going to award these cakes one Dooyoo star, which I never thought I would do with a product from the Cadbury's brand!